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Soorya Foundation organizes North Georgia Indian Dance Festival

June 2023
Soorya Foundation organizes North Georgia Indian Dance Festival

Soorya Foundation for Performing Arts presented its 4th edition of the North Georgia Indian Dance Festival in Cumming, featuring more than 130 classical dancers and musicians as well as seven dance and music companies and schools from Georgia, Alabama, and Philadelphia. The three-and-half-hour event attracted people from all over metro Atlanta, North GA, South Carolina, and Alabama.

[Left] Senator Shawn Still inaugurates NGIDF.

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Soorya Foundation honored Guru Sheila Rubin of Natyananda School and Dance Company, Alabama, for lifetime achievement in Indian dance in the U.S. An American by birth, Guru Sheila learned Indian classical dance in the ’70s and ’80s in South India and established her school in Alabama in 1978.

[Right] Natyananda Dance Company, Alabama.

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 The North Georgia Indian Dance Festival was inaugurated by Georgia Senator, Shawn Still, who appreciated the efforts of the Soorya Foundation and its founder Guru Sushma Mohan in bringing the community together with their traditional Indian dance festival. He stressed the need for such festivals as it showcases the rich Indian culture and arts, and encourages young Indian Americans. 

 [Left] Nrithya Samarpanam.

Senator Still was highly appreciative of the Indian community and stated that even though the Indian community was only one percent of the total population of GA, they represent six percent of taxpayers.​​

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Deeksha School of Performing Arts, Atlanta.

 AT_11_06_05.jpgYoung students from RAMA Atlanta chanted Sanskrit mantras praying for peace and knowledge while the Senator lit the traditional lamp signifying the inauguration of the festival. The extremely popular Three Aksha Dance Company, a 15-member group, had traveled from Philadelphia to perform at the event. Natyananda Dance Company from Alabama performed to a standing ovation while local GA dance companies—Deeksha School of Performing Arts, Samyuktam Natya Academy, Nrithya Samarpanam, and the host, Soorya Dance and Music Ensemble— impressed the audience with their performances.

[Right] ThreeAksha Dance Company, Philadelphia.

The activities and projects of the Soorya Foundation are supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts, the National endowment for the Arts, and the Forsyth County Arts Alliance.

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Dance gurus of Atlanta with the NGIDF lifetime achievement awardee Guru Sheila Rubin.


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