Visakhapatnam is all set to create a record today when 7000 girl students from various Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS)’s schools and colleges will perform Kuchipudi at RK Beach. The event that is being jointly conducted by APREIS and the Social Welfare department will be inaugurated by CM Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of several state ministers.
The event is being held to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. 7000 girl students performing Kuchipudi at the event are coming in from 21 Mahila Gurukhula Patashalas from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. “We had provided accommodation in our schools at various places in the city and APSRTC had provided eight buses for transportation of the girls from the schools to the venue at the beach road. We are also providing food to the participants,’’ Coordinator of Organising Committee S Roopavathi reportedly said.
Students taking part in the event have been trained in Kuchipudi for the last two months by professional dancers. The programme will start with three songs featuring the theme of the life story of BR Ambedkar. Initially, there were claims that students participating in the event were asked to pay for it.
But Organising Secretary Col V Ramulu stated that no money was collected from the students for the costumes and makeup. In fact, the state government had even provided each school with Rs 4 lakh, apart from providing the required dresses and makeup kits. Each student participating in the performance were also given Rs 1000 each.
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