Tribute – Rebuilding Vizag… Hudhud relief Fund Raiser. Nritya Madhavi group and Kuchipudi Suma Maala – 5   Kudos to Nritya Madhavi School of dance on the successful finale to Kuchipudi Suma Maala -5, an Odyssey of Cultural entanglement, extravaganza and artistic pursuit. Every year, it marks the annual day of the school, but this year has a co-memorable significance to it.   Nritya Madhavi School of Dance, supported by National Organizations such as NATS(North America Telugu Society) and Local Organizations like TFAS(Telugu Fine Arts Society), Help Foundation and We care charity, has dedicated this year’s Kuchipudi Suma Maala to the Hudhud relief fundraiser for rebuilding the City of Visakhapatnam. This beautiful city, as we all know, has been hit with a major catastrophe, the devastating Hudhud that has caused a huge loss to the city and nation, both financially and emotionally. DSC_0105 DSC_0133 DSC_0670 DSC_0707_1 DSC_0750 DSC_0819 High Quality Organics (HQO), a Reno-based multi-national Corporation, that supplies Organic ingredients to retail chains in the USA, has partnered with Nritya Madhavi, as a grand sponsor to the event.   CEO and Managing director of the Nritya Madhavi School, Mr. Venu Yeluri spoke about the value of giving to the community, and he stressed on how the Nritya Madhavi group is dedicated to inculcating such good values in young minds.   Nritya Madhavi’s artistic director and founder, Guru. Smt. Divya Yeluri has once again hosted a “Kuchipudi Dance Extravaganza”. Over 100 students from Nritya Madhavi, learning and practicing the Divine art form of Kuchipudi, performed 17 Kuchipudi dance items, creating a magical journey into the mythological stories, uplifting the Indian Classical arts and culture.   Young children performed to good selections of Annamacharya Keertanas like “Parama Purushudu, Indariki Abhayammu and Vedukondama and these renditions were depicted aptly with ease. There were traditional Kuchipudi Bhagavata items like Ramayana Sabdam and Indira Mandira Bhakta Tarangam. Also, Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam’s everlasting choreographies like Brahmanjali, Jathiswaram, Hindolam Thillana, Rukmini Pravesa Daruvu, Vedelera Vayyarulu, Sivashtakam, Natesa Koutvam, Bala Murali’s Vinayaka Koutvam were performed with depth and intricacy. Then there were a few items that truly brought out the genius in Guru. Smt. Divya Yeluri’s choreographies like Behag Thillana, Nava Durga and Pralaya Payodhijale. (Jayadeva’s Dasavatara Ashtapadi rendered by Sri. M.S. Subba Lakshmi. )   The highlight of the program was the Rukmini Pravesam by Aasha Yeluri from the dance drama ‘Kalyana Rukmini’. Aasha personified the character of Rukmini with her delicate movements and grace. Special mention needs to be made of items “Nava Durga and Pralaya Payodhijale”. The choreography was exquisite and touched many hearts and the dancers in these items were very involved and performed from their hearts. The items Vedelera Vayyarulu, Behag thillana, Hindolam Thillana and Sivashtakam were received extremely well by the audience and the dancers in these items were absolutely flawless. Public Utility Commissioner Sri. Upendra Chivukula, Mr. Murali Medicherla representing NATS, Mrs. Padma Boligala Raju representing HQO, Mr.Sankar Rao Polepalli representing Help Foundation, Mr.Raghu Sankaramanchi representing Sai Datta Peetham, NJ, Mr.Srini Gandi representing TFAS, NJ were some of the guests invited and they spoke about the noble cause behind the event and extended their complete support to Nritya Madhavi.   Nritya Madhavi School awarded BharataNatyam Artist Smt. Akhilandeshwari Vasudeva Murthy” with the Nritya Keerthi title, and recognized the Krishna Vrundavan temple trustees with “Nritya Kala Poshaka” title. All sponsors, donors and supporters (Mr & Mrs. Dayanidhi, Mr. and Mrs. Shenoy, Mr. and Mrs. Chillara, Mr. Balaji chintamani, Mrs. Parijatha Boga, Mrs. Surekha Battula, Mr. Duddagi, Mrs. Aparna Singeetham and the like…) were recognized by Nritya Madhavi executives.   Nritya Madhavi volunteers Mr.Vadan Kopalle and Mrs. Sailaja Kopalle prepared a beautiful presentation on the city of Vizag, and other Volunteers like Mrs. Saroja Ponnam,  Mr.Madhav Kodati, Mr. and Mrs. Konala, Mrs. Shirisha Pogaku, Mrs. Gayatri Mahidhara, Mrs.Roja Venkat, Mrs. Padmaja Putta and many others came together and made it a true celebration to provide their support for a good cause.   On the whole, Kuchipudi Suma Maala-5 was a grand celebration of Kuchipudi dance with a noble cause of giving attached to the event. 100 percent of the funds collected on this occasion will be donated towards rebuilding Vizag.