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Teen Artist from Georgia to Receive National Arts Award

January 2003
Teen Artist from Georgia to Receive National Arts Award

MIAMI ?Archana Dittakavi, a 17-year-old native of Alpharetta, Ga., has been named a national finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search� (ARTS) program. Archana was selected from 6,544 applicants nationwide and is now among 100 national finalists who have been judged as exceptionally talented in the performing, literary or visual arts.

Archana, a classical dancer, who attends Centennial High School in Roswell, will travel all expenses paid to Miami, Fla., for a special week of master classes, workshops, auditions and showcase performances during Jan. 8-12, 2003. During these events, panels of professional artists and arts educators will evaluate the young artists for unrestricted ARTS cash awards and the chance to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In addition, the top level winners in jazz, music and voice will progress to another level of judging with the Music for Youth Foundation for a chance to win three individual cash awards valued up to $25,000 each.

NFAA is the exclusive nominating organization to the Commission on Presidential Scholars and nominates up to 50 of the ARTS finalists to become Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Ultimately 20 young artists will be named Presidential Scholars in the Arts and will travel to Washington, D.C., in June 2003 for National Recognition Week. The week includes a White House sponsored medallion ceremony and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or have works displayed in a Washington, D.C.- area museum.

Archana has been a student of Ms. Revathi Komanduri, a disciple of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, a renowned guru and advocate of the Kuchipudi dance style.


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