s r i v a a n i   a c a d e m y

Srivaani Kuchipudi Dance Academy is a non profit organization run by Revathi Komanduri in Atlanta GA. It was incorporated in 2003 and has been extremely active over the past three years. It is a school of dance that teaches a classical dance style called Kuchipudi. This dance style is more than 2000 years old and has originated from a small village by the same name, Kuchipudi, in Southern India. Revathi Komanduri has learnt this dance style in India for over fourteen years from the most eminent Guru in this dance style, Dr. Vempati Chinnasatyam , who is a living legend in the field.  Ms. Komanduri moved to United States in 1992. She has been taking private lessons since 1994. However her passion for the art form motivated her to incorporate an organization that will serve in spreading this dance form by teaching and performing at a more professional level. The mission of her school is to perform, spread and teach this dance form to as many students as possible. Her Academy now has 30 students enrolled on a regular basis.

Srivaani Kuchipudi Dance Academy has done many shows and performances all over the United Sates of America after it was incorporated. The school trains children from the age of seven. The student usually takes eight to ten years to graduate and so far Srivaani Kuchipudi Dance Academy has had the privilege to perform five graduations since its incorporation. These students have had private lessons prior to the incorporation of the school.

Other performances of the school include:

  • A major fund raiser for the Gujarat earth quake victims on June 23rd 2003, the program raised more than $10,000 for the victims of the quake in India. This was done for the IDRF (India Development and Relief Fund).

  • Lecture demonstrations in private schools for the faculty, staff and children of Westminster Academy, Atlanta. This was done to introduce the dance form, its origin and style to the school. This was done once on September 21st of 2003, and again in March of 2004.

  • Performed in many non profit organizations, Indian Associations,

  • May 2003. June 2003, July and August 2003. for various religious occasions.

  • Performed in Hindu Temple of Atlanta (a non profit organization), for many fund raising events. Choreographed many items for them. These include performances in April, May, August, and December of 2003.

  • Helped raise funds for the Hindu Temple of Atlanta again on December 19th of 2004.

  • Performed a dance ballet (dance drama) with  live orchestra in many states all over the USA, including,

    • Detroit September 12th 2003

    • Nashiville TN October 2003

    • Pittsburgh  -   November 2003

  • Performed again in the months of May, June, July and August of 2004 for local, out-of-state Indian Associations and Temples.

  • Performed in Corning NY to exhibit the Kuchipudi Dance for the people of Corning  in April 2004.

  • Performed on March 8th 2005 at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta

  • Performed on April 13th  for TAMA a local Indian Association

  • Performed in Public schools also in the month of April 2005 to showcase Kuchipudi in the international day of the school.

  • Performed in many International dance festivals in 2004 and 2005.

  • Performed a in Rochester NY on September 16th of 2005 for the

  • Performed in Corning NY on September 17thof 2005 to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina

  • Performed on October 8th of 2005 in Mobil AL  and raised over 10,000 dollars for the victims of Katrina.

  • Raised funds for the victims of Tsunami on March 19th of 2005.

  • Performed  in the Hindu Temple of Atlanta on January 1st of 2006.

  • Performed for  Mahathma Gandhi foundation USA on October 8th of 2005.

  • Performed on January 28th of 2006 for the TAMA a non profit organization

  • Students have received NFAA awards for excellence in Kuchipudi Dance form in the years 2003 and 2006.

  • Performed in Festival of India programs in the years of 2003, 04 and 05.

  • The school also has a small yearly scholarship for students who cherish this art form.