Archana Fine Arts Academy

Archana Fine Arts Academy is a renowned school of classical Kuchipudi Dance tradition in North America.  It’s Founder - Director, Smt. Uma Bharathi is trained in this art by Stalwart gurus – Padmasri Vempati Chinna Satyam and Kalaprapoorna Late Sri. Vedantam Jagannadha Sarma.

The Academy’s cultural and social activities include:

*  Fund raisers for temple construction projects of Sri Meenakshi Temple Society of Houston, Kansas city, Atlanta, Miami, Jackson MS, Washington D.C, Harrisburg P.A,  Detroit, Chinmaya Misson of Houston,  Oklahoma city, Grambling, Ruston, Tampa, Tulsa, Augusta, Atlanta GA, New Jersey, New York, Sankaracharya celebrations of Cincinnati, Kentucky Louisville Hindu Temple, International Religion Conf at Brownsville.

* The Academy sponsors a child each year at the Vegasna Foundation School for the Handicapped in Hyderabad, India.

* Students are active participants of many cultural events and community celebrations that include a dedication in honor of the World Peace Leader Dalai Lama and the bi-annual International TANA (Telugu Assn of North America) and ATA (American Telugu Assn) Conventions.  They received much recognition and outstanding performance awards at Los Angeles, Detroit, Cincinnati and Philadelphia at these conventions.  Some of them received rave reviews and recognition in India as well.

* Archana Fine Arts Academy produced ‘Temple Bells’ – made for television movie (with some of its students in lead roles) depicting the importance of Indian Arts and Heritage among the N.R.I younger generations and depicting social and cultural issues among teenagers.  The film was telecast as a series in 2000 in more than 12 countries including U.S and Canada and well received by the audiences.

* Students attend the summer camps from around the country to train in the intricacies of the art and theory.

*The awards and recognition received by the Academy for its continued efforts to propogatew the art of Kuchipudi include the ‘Jyothi Baphule Award’ in ’91, ‘Vamsee International’ in’93, and the ‘SomaParijatha Award’ in 2000.

* Its educational and entertainment classical video and movie projects, ‘Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi’ and ‘Dances of India’ have been released as video series and are popular classical art videos on youtube.

* Apart from training the students in this art form the Academy strives to propagate the rich heritage and traditions of India among the youngsters.   Students graduate from the Academy each year and continue to pursue the Dancing with zeal and enthusiasm.

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