Siddhendra Kuchipudi Art Academy, founded by Swathi Atluri, celebrated its 20th anniversary at Venkateswara Temple Auditorium in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The event was attended by a large number, including members of the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, renowned community leaders, various telugu associations leaders, as well as famous actresses Kamalini Mukherjee and Ankita Jhaweri.
There were more than 200 students of SKAA (Siddhendra Kuchipudi Art Academy) who performed Kuchipudi dance with grace. Many senior students travelled from various states to participated in this milestone event.
Guru Swati Atluri was honored at the occasion for her exceptional community service. Guru Swati was honored with three awards on the stage during this grand celebration: Proclamations from the State of New Jersey, Edison Township and Woodbridge Township.
The New Jersey Board of Utilities Commissioner, Upendra Chivukula, was one of the chief guests at the occasion. He presented the proclamation from the New Jersey Senate and Assembly to Guru Swathi, while appreciating her contribution to the society.
Board of Education Member of Monroe Township and Democratic Party leader, Anand Palluri, congratulated Guru Swati for her contribution to this exceptional artform.
Edison Township councilman, Ajay Patil, presented the proclamation from Edison Township and appreciated Guru Swathi’s contribution to the community.
Padma Bhushan Guru Saroja Vaidhyanath, a world-renowned Bharatanatyam guru was one of the chief guests at the event and she applauded Guru Swathi’s contribution to the artform.
Sunil Hali, CEO of Radio Zindagi, appreciated performances of SKAA students and their perfection.
Bindu Madiraju, a ccommunity leader and Guru Swathi’s childhood friend praised Swathi for her unique ability to choreograph very tough items with ease.
Sudhakar Uppala (TFAS President) appreciated Guru Swathi Atluri for her passion towards Kuchipudi, her unique talent, and commended the way she is helping community by promoting Telugu culture to future generations.
Renowned telugu actress Kamalini Mukherjee says she was very impressed by the Kuchipudi performances of students of Siddhendra Kuchipudi Art Academy, stating that “Guru Swati is an amazing teacher who has made them such great artists”. Telugu Actress Ankita Jhaweri, who is well known as Rasna girl in India was very impressed to see this quality of Kuchipudi performances and appreciated Guru Swathi’s relentless efforts in promoting Kuchipudi.
Brian Levin, Somerset County Freeholder, and Debbie Boyle were astounded to witness exceptional dance performances and appreciated Guru Swathi’s contribution.
Sai Datta Peetham Founder and chief priest Raghu Sankaramanchi blessed both Guru Swathi and Sri Atluri for their service to society.
Srilakshmi Kulkarni emceed the event professionally and the event overall was a feast to the eyes of audience.
Community Leaders Mahender Musuku, Vidya Garapati, Srinivas Ganagoni, Sharat Veta, Lakshmi Devineni, Madhu Rachakulla, Damu Gedela, Madhu Anna along with other dignitaries were present on the stage when proclamations were awarded.
Guru Swathi thanked everyone who attended and is very appreciative of the honor from the State of NJ, Edison and Woodbridge townships