Sudha Vadlamani
As a child in the quest for Indian Dance she found her inspiration in renowned dance exponents the great legend PADMA BHUSHAN Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam, Smt. A B Bala Kondala Rao, Sri. Hari Rama Murthy and Sri.Mahankali Sri Rama Chandra Murthy. Her passion for the art continued through her learning years at "Kuchipudi Kalakshetra", Visakhapatnam (founded by Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam) for 15 years.

Even to date, whenever she visits India she finds time to go to the Kalakshetram and improve/learn new items and skills needed to teach. In spite of many obstacles faced personally, Sudha made it a point that she will never give up learning dance. She feels that one should learn any kind of art form (not necessarily dance) to keep them emotionally, spiritually , intellectually and academically strong. She feels that one should have a door open to let one's feelings expressed. For Sudha, her heart fell in love with dance. She is grateful to her parents Late. Mr. Buddhavarapu.L.N. Rao & Mrs.Vasanthi for their support during the early years of learning and to her husband Mr.Sarma Vadlamani for the sustained encouragement to continue her passion in this art form.

She was fortunate to have been associated with great Gurus as mentioned above. She gave numerous solo and group performances all over India & Eastern U.S.A.

Performances in USA:
  • Telugu Association of Greater Delaware Valley Telugu Cultural Competitions - Ugadi (1994)
  • Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society (1996-1998)
  • Participated in Dr. Vempati's ballets:
    • Ardhanareeswaram - Kuchipudi Pratidhwani Tour (1998)
    • Chandalika (1998)
  • Nrithyanjali - Hindu Center of Virginia Fund Raising Event (1999)
  • Participation in Sri Siddhendra Aradhana Celebrations (2002)
  • Virginia Dance Festival, Richmond, VA (2004)
  • Attended Summer workshop conducted by Guru Vempati Ravi Shankar and participated in the program at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Washington, DC (2008)
  • Sree Nrithya Siddhi School of Kuchipudi Dance Work Shop / Camp, Richmond, VA (2009)
  • Several Solo programs in Richmond and surrounding areas with various associations (1999-Present)
Performances in INDIA:
  • SriKrishna Parijatam (Choreographed by GURU Dr. Vempati)
  • Gurustuthi (Choreographed by Bala Akka) for GURU Dr. Vempati's birthday).
  • Participation in the Ballet Festival conducted by the South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, India
  • Performances at Ravindra Bharathi (Hyderabad), Kala Bharati (Visakhapatnam), to name a few and in various "SABHA" programs such as Thayagaraya Gana Sabha (Hyderabad).
  • Participation in the prestigious Sindhendra Aradana Mahotsav organized by Akhila Bharata Kuchipudi Natyakala Mandali, Kuchipudi and performed as Rukmini in Sri Krishna Parijatam and won the hearts of Kuchipudi Teachers present at that time.
  • Several Solo and group programs all over India. (1985-1993).

After her wedding, Sudha moved to U.S.A . She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband Sarma Vadlamani and her daughter's Sindhura and Sameera both learning this art form from her.

Initially Sudha was interested only in being a performer and not so interested in teaching dance. However, when Pedda Master Garu (Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam) visited Richmond, VA in 2000 for presentation of "Ksheera Saagara Madhanam", her view changed from being a performer to a teacher.

When he said, "teachers learn when they teach and actually will improve and evolve them as a better person". This one sentence changed her stance and thoughts towards dance. She is glad to be back after many years of break and hope to learn more while teaching students. In her pursuit to become a good teacher, she sought help and support of Vempati Ravi Shankar (son and disciple of GURU Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam), GURU Hari Rama Murthy and her close friend, musician, and Kuchipudi dance teacher Mrs. Kalpana Jayanti. They all are real sources of inspiration for Sudha to come back into teaching dance.

Academically, Sudha graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with Accounting major in 2005. She worked for KPMG for three and half years and is presently taking a break from work. She is currently teaching dance to interested students, learning music from Mr.Satya Gopal Tumuluri and taking advanced lessons in dance when offered by teachers visiting from India. Sudha is planning on pursuing her career in Accounting/Auditing and teaching dance. She believes that each student is teaching her how to become a better person.

She is grateful to the wonderful students and their families who are constantly supporting her in every way. Her childhood friends Nanduri Satya Bhanu wife of Guru Hari Rama Murthy, Sarada Jammi and Mallika Vadlamani supports her in every way to make her dream come true.

As a teacher, Sudha choreographed various items (Surati Thillana, Annamcharya keerthans, Ramadasu keerthnas and few folk songs) which were presented in numerous programs conducted in Richmond, VA. Recently, she was invited to be a judge for Dance festival theme presented by the Hindu center of VA at the Festival Of India. Under her direction, the Sree Nrithya Siddhi Dance School is striving for the perfection and she is confident of teaching all the attributes needed to be a good artist.

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