Carnatic vocalist – dancer Smitha Madhav
TAMA to benefit Vegesna foundation
Ravi R. Ponangi
Atlanta: Smitha Madhav, a popular Carnatic vocalist and
Bharatanatyam dancer will be on a tour of US cities giving
performances of her twin pursuits of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic
music. She will be accompanied by a distinguished orchestra
consisting Kumbakonam Atma Rao Gajendran, Nagai S Narayanan and
Kanakam Chandra Rao. Smitha says she feels privileged to be
traveling and is grateful for the opportunity of assisting the
noble cause espoused by the Vegesna Foundation.
Vamsee Rama Raju, managing trustee of Vegesna foundation will
accompany Smitha Madhav and her troup. Vamsee Rama Raju says
that the foundation utilizes Smitha Madhav’s performances in
various cities of US as awareness campaign to tell Non-Resident
Indians about the foundation’s work and to reach out to them and
showcase India’s rich culture and traditions.
Vamsee Rama Raju needs no introduction as he is well known to
most of the NRIs in different countries and he is a friend of
NRIs here. He is always on the forefront to help the needy.
Vamsee Rama Raju started Vegesna Foundation in 1988 with the
help of NRI friends to serve the rural differently able
children. During the past 18 years he has created awareness
among the parents for the rehabilitation of their “differently
able” children; he has made many crawling children to stand and
walk on their legs, he has created self-confidence and esteem in
the “differently able” able children.
Vamsee Rama Raju's centre for the disabled aims to give them a
new lease of life. Vegesna foundation picks up the kids or
adults from bus-stands, road centers and hamlets. “It's painful
to know that most of them are made professional beggars by their
own parents”, says Vamsee Rama Raju.
Vamsee Rama Raju is also well known in cultural and literary
circles as the architect of Vamsee Art Theatres and Vamsee-Berkley
film fare awards. He is the founder of Vamsee Art Theaters
International. It was established 32 years ago in Hyderabad and
it has honored several people and institutions.
Smitha Madhav’s work has been widely acknowledged, and she is
the recipient of various prestigious awards. She started
receiving awards since her childhood. Smitha played the lead
role of Seeta in the feature film Ramayanam produced by M.S.
Reddy and directed by Gunasekhar. Unique in that its entire cast
comprised children between 10 and 12 years of age, the film won
the National awards. As a performer, Smitha's concerts are well
received by the connoisseurs and the lay viewers. Smitha
currently has, under her wing over 30 students of Bharatanatyam
at the Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad center of the Sruthi Laya Kendra
Natarajaalaya. Smitha regularly gives music and dance recitals
at the December Festival in Chennai and has also performs for
audiences at a number of other centers in India and abroad.
Smitha has spent years being trained in Carnatic vocal music and
Bharatanatyam by leading Gurus. She brings tremendous energy and
dedication to promoting these arts. Smitha has acquired a
repertoire that has spellbound diverse audiences in cities and
towns all over India. She regularly performs in several
prestigious dance festivals and cultural events.
Smitha has found that her twin pursuits of Bharatanatyam and
Carnatic music have complemented each other greatly. She seeks
to excel as a dancer and as a singer by drawing on a variety of
cultural influences and marrying them to the elaborate
Smitha Madhav with her live archestra will visit Atlanta, GA,
South Carolina, Saylorsburg, PA, Orlando, FL, Ft Lauderdale, FL,
Denver, CO, San Jose, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Washington, DC, New
Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY. Chicago, IL, Temple, TX,
Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX and Dallas, TX. Her first concert
starts from Atlanta on September 23rd and concludes at Dallas,
TX on November 6th.