DALLAS, TX: Members of the Dallas-Fort Worth Telugu community joined together on the afternoon of Sunday August 5 at Ohry’s Restaurant banquet hall to collectively express their profound sorrow at the demise of Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam of Kuchipudi Academy of Arts, Chennai, India.
The venue was decorated with a beautiful photograph of Dr. Chinna Satyam flanked by the traditional oil lamps and flower bouquets. Prasad Thotakura, the President of TANA opened the meeting by sharing highlights of his long cherished association with Guru Chinna Satyam and his family. He announced that TANA will undertake the project of installation of the statue of Guru Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati China Satyam at Kuchipudi village to perpetuate his memory. Other speakers included several friends and admirers of Guru Chinna Satyam, the disciples of the great master, and younger generation dancers.
Guru Chinna Satyam revolutionized and transformed the Kuchipudi Art form and took it to new heights in the eyes of music and dance lovers all over the world. The words Kuchipudi dance and Vempati Chinna Satyam have become synonymous.
His dedication to Kuchipudi art form is unmatched. Through his rigorous and demanding training he produced some of the finest Kuchipudi dancers. Besides being one of the greatest performers, he choreographed several dance ballet master pieces that won him numerous titles and awards such as Kalaprapoorna, Natya Kala Bhushana of Guntur, Kalaimamani Padma Bhushan, etc.
Padma Bhushan Chinna was simple, unassuming, highly compassionate and generous person leaving an impression on every body. The attendees felt that the fond memories will be cherished by one and all for years to come.Several video clips of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam were shared during the meeting.
India Post News Service