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Sandy Springs Library celebrates Diwali with local dance academy

December 2010
Sandy Springs Library celebrates Diwali with local dance academy Libraries regularly celebrate international festivals. The youth coordinator at the Sandy Springs Library, Shannon Duffy, for example, organizes a Diwali celebration by reading books about the festival and Hinduism to young readers—and this year, the Narasimha Academy of Arts, helmed by Preeti Shah, was invited to present an hour and a half segment on music and dance with the younger students of the academy. Over 125 local residents gathered at the library off Mt. Vernon Road for the Diwali program on November 6th, 2010.

Over 47 participants between the ages of 5 and 13 presented Carnatic kritis, bhajans and Bharathanatyam dance items. The show, emceed by Srividya Janakiraman, began with an invocation song and was followed by a traditional diya dance. Kritis by Thyagaraja and Dikshitar were performed by boys and girls alike. Traditional dance items such as a Kauthuvam, Allarippu, Jatiswaram and Keerthanams were showcased. Recent Arangetram graduate Roshni Kailar presented a solo dance piece on Lord Ganesha, and senior student Kritika Subramanian presented a Jatiswaram in the Mohiniattam style of dance. Under the direction and tutelage of Guru Preeti Shah, the students performed with grace and confidence. Many visitors had to be turned away as the library’s performance space had reached full capacity.

Shannon Duffy thanked Preeti Shah for the audiovisual treat and promised the audience more events such as this at the library for all local residents to enjoy

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