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Stellar BITSian performance at the CWG

Sunday, March 06, 2011   (0 Comments)
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"Dance is spiritual, dance is graceful, and dance transcends us to an ethereal world. It’s expressing our self in the best possible form”

The BITSian dance tradition has always been very strong. We are extremely proud of our accomplished dancers and we love watching them set their stages on fire – whether it’s at Oasis inaugural ceremony or at a Raagmalika concert.

With true BITSian style, Sarvani Yadavalli, a chemical engineer from BITS, Pilani has taken her dancing to a stage so large that she not only made her alma mater, but her entire country proud. This Kuchipudi dancer wowed audiences at the Opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010, held in Delhi on October 3rd 2010. She performed along with Dr. Raja & Radha Reddy’s troupe in "Tree of Knowledge Segment” showcasing Guru Shishya parampara. The performance is an amalgamation of six classical dance forms- Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi representing six different seasons. Sarvani is a part of the Kuchipudi troupe representing winter season leading the fusion part performed by all the six different classical dance styles.

Sarvani has been practicing dance from the age of five. She started the divine dance form- Kuchipudi, classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh, under Sri Rajaram garu. Later she got trained by brilliant guru, Sri Vedantam Radhey Shyam garu, in Sdhendra Kala Kshetram, Kuchipudi (Kuchelapuram) where this dance form was originated. She took a break at the age of fifteen and after completing her engineering from BITS Pilani, she continued her dancing and got trained under Smt. Padmasree Sobha Naidu garu in Srinivasa Art Academy, Hyderabad. Then, she got married and moved to Delhi. There she added more elegance to her dance by learning more techniques of dancing from Gurus Smt. Seetha Nagajothy & Sri P.Nagajothy.

She started performance on stage at a tender age of seven and gave many stage shows, TV shows and participated in several dance competitions. With constant support of her mother, she was able to perform the classical items choreographed by Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam garu. She also performed in many ballets and even appeared in "Sadhana” program telecasted in SVBC channel where she presented "Bho Shambho, Brindavana nilaye” and also a part of the title song.

Sarvani graduated from Pilani in 2008 as ‘Best Outgoing Chemicalite’, with a huge list of accomplishments to her repertoire including being Secretary of the Chemical Engg Assoc, Vice President (Chem) of BITS Embryo and being a part of the organizing team of the National Conference for Environmental Conservation. She was a recipient of "Monalidey Award” given to the best chemical engineering student who has excelled both in academics and extra curriculars. She is also a recipient of Pratibha award from AP State government and Best paper award in University-Industry linkages conducted by Bits, Pilani.

With an intention to learn and know more about Kuchipudi and to present this dance form in her unique style, she is heading towards reaching her goal with a hope to lead her whole life in this world of dancing. May God bless her in learning, dancing and teaching to the tune of nature. Kudos to her on her newest addition! On behalf of the entire BITSian community, we congratulate her for her performance and may God bless her in learning, dancing and teaching to the tune of nature.

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