Descriptions of nature and the pangs of the heroine were some expressive moments of abhinaya. The rhythmic interludes were presented with competence and conviction by the dancer. The dancer’s maturity in abhinaya came to the fore in telling the story of Kunti’s dilemma, the music based on a Telugu poem.
V V Ramani, The Hindu, Aug 31, 2017
If Divya Devaguptapu’s recent Bharatanatyam recital is anything to go by, traditional repertoire is here to stay. This senior dancer, based in the US made the customary ‘margam’ worth a watch by lending it a tinge of originality with her own choreography.
Ranee Kumar, The Hindu, July 14, 2017
Right from the opening item Sannadhi tracing stillness through movement, the dancer’s quality spoke. Divya’s compositional skills while never crossing the conventional vocabulary saw the dancer getting away from too much frontal dancing by angling movements to both sides of the centre, enabling closer communication with the scattered audience in the hall. Divya’s involvement in the abhinaya won high marks.
Leela Venkataraman, Narthaki.com, July, 2017
Holding an audience in close attention for onward of two hours with a discourse on only padam is a daunting task, even with the support of the finest lyrical, musical and dance material. Dr. Sowmya emerged eminently successful in the effort of presenting Kshetrayya padams. Divya, in her resplendent costume and jewellery, elevated the mind to soulful levels with her chaste abhinaya.
The Hindu, August 12, 2016
Her performance stood out for it’s complex nritta segments and soulful abhinaya. With rare choice of different ragas and talams in each composition beautiful conceptualization and choreography by herself, an impeccable stamina and deep understanding of the nuances of dance Divya’s delightful performance was a fitting finale.
Narthaki.com, February 26, 2016
Divya Devaguptapu’s distinct and delightful performance of spiritual kritis explored the musical dimension in dance. The novelty lay in her approach… an excellent visual and aural delight in one.
The Hindu, December 10, 2015
In “Nada Sudha Rasa” Divya Devaguptapu’s vibrant choreography and maturity saw her sail past the most unconventional of presentations… there were enough moments of wonderful music and intense involvement to set the performance apart as a must-see.
The Hindu, December 10, 2015
The ettugada swaras that she performed were bang on and won applause every time. She maintained equanimity in sustaining energy levels and movements.
The Hindu, November 12, 2015
Philosophy and abstract ideas are often suggestive of solemn expositions, but this was not the case with Divya Devaguptapu’s Bharatanatyam performance for The Music Academy. Though the artist dealt with weighty concepts which was presented in Margam, the vim and vigour that pervaded her dancing lent a refreshing air to the recital.
The Hindu, February 19, 2015
Divya Devaguptapu from USA packed her Bharatanatya with plenty of punch and made it a very powerful performance, graceful and eloquent. Her intense but changeable emotions were exquisitely expressed. She sprung into life with Sannidhi, an invocation to god to ward off all evils (Agamaarthantudevanam). The nritta attached to it was dealt with ease. A Telugu work ‘Kunti vilapam’ by Jandyala Papaiah Sastry with Mahabharata’s Kunti’s tale as the theme turned out to be a mini dance drama. Her virtuosic flamboyancy made a compelling case for her versatility in nritta, nrithya and abhinaya.
Dr. M. Surya Prasad Narthaki.com, November 22, 2014
India & You, January-February 2014
NRI World, January 2014
Indian Express, November 6, 2013. Kozhikode
Spiritual to the abstract… Divya Devaguptapu’s energetic Bharatanatyam opened the fete. Intricate choreographic patterns combined with rich abhinaya conveyed spiritual import of the piece in abundance
The Hindu, January 24, 2013
The Hindu, January 3, 2013. New Delhi
Expansive expression… Divya Devaguptapu scored purely on her abhinaya. In such features of expression, Divya was exceptional than the present day veterans
The Hindu, December 7, 2012
This new face to the Bay area rasikas instantly made her way with grandeur into our hearts. Everything about her including her heavy thattus, perfectly arched mettus, the alignment of shoulders to elbows, the eye language, the chest that was high as though it was brimming with pride and passion for the art, her beautiful aramandi, delighted even the casual rasika.
Narthaki.com, October 5, 2012
There is always this challenge to be unique and unforgettable, especially for a Bharatanatyam dancer who showcases his or her skill through a centuries-old classical style that has little elbow room for creativity and a long list of contenders. For Divya Devaguptapu, it was maturity that set her apart. It was a well-thought out recital, with an unusual repertoire, clever rhythm and thought-provoking interpretations.
The Hindu, August 9, 2012
Divya Devaguptapu, disciple of the Guru Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan of Chennai performed the Ananda Tandavam well, her performance was marked with the quality of precision and structural excellence
Afternoon Despatch and Courier, Mumbai 2012
Her jatis were crisp and efficient. Quick changes in the phases from the energetic pace of the jatis to the intense expression of bhava (demanded by sahityam) showcased her talent as a dancer and choreographer.
Narthaki.com, March 6, 2010
Set to a score by Anoushka Shankar, Devaguptapu is riveting as she tells the story of the Hindu God Shiva with expressive hands and solid presence.
San Diego Union Tribune, 2010
…the performance mirrored her command over the idiom of classical dance in it’s varied shades
Indian Express, 2010
Indian dancer enthralls…Bharatanātyam came alive as Divya danced her way into the hearts of a large audience. The performance was a blend of proficiency, rhythmic precession and posture accuracy.
Gulf Times, Doha (State of Qatar), 2001
Divya enchanted the audience in Rāgam –Tālam ’98 with prodigious skill, phenomenal perfection and excellent Abhinaya as she demonstrated the various facets of Krishna.
The Hindu, Chennai, India, 1998
Hinduism Today, San Francisco, USA, 1991
Femina, India, 1987