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Swiss Forum Honours Ragasudha Vinjamuri

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Switzerland forum honours Ragasudha Vinjamuri with citation and title. . . . reports Asian Lite News

Ugadi Honours
Ugadi Honours

Telugu Association of Switzerland has recently honoured UK based Ragasudha Vinjamuri with a citation and title ‘Nrutya Nagaja’ during their vibrant Ugadi celebrations in Zurich. Ragasudha Vinjamuri is currently teaching at the University of Sunderland in London. Her cultural persona includes performances at various festivals and venues in India, Germany and Britain. She has been lauded for having performed at the British Parliament for four times. She has rendered the inaugural opening dance for the prestigious Diwali celebrations at Trafalgar Square, the first ever Telugu artiste to perform during the 15 year old history of the festival. She has also received appreciation from Her Majesty Queen’s representative in Midlands for her dance performance at Consulate General of India in Birmingham.

Dance Performance
Dance Performance

She conducts workshops in schools across the UK on importance of dance and story-telling in Hinduism and has briefly taught dance in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Manchester before moving to London. She has represented the UK at United Nations Convention on Bio Diversity COP 11, and has the distinction of performing at different European and World Congresses. She has been conferred awards for her contributions to culture and art in the UK, and earned the title Kala Vaaradhi and Abhinaya Praveena.

Her research temperament is vivid through her articles on how Telugu language and Marathi languages were taught in the UK way back in 1840s. Her poems, articles and short stories appeared in different publications in UK and abroad. Her book of poems Kavitaa Ragasudha is catalogued both in British Library London and in Washington Library. She has translated Telugu stories and poems into English for the University of Wyoming, USA. She is now bringing out a transcription of 300 year old Telugu text present on palm leaf folios in the possession of British Library, at a function hosted at British Parliament’s House of Commons in May 2016.
She has established Sanskruti Centre to impart cultural education to the young, and stands out to be a pioneer in offering training in Indian folk dances in the UK, with a focus on Telugu folk art. With a multifaceted acumen, her work with children in terms of culture, language and training helped bring families and communities together and has been applauded by novices and connoisseurs alike. She holds distinction in organising the first ever environmental short film festival in Britain, inaugurated by Minister for Climate Change and Energy- Baroness Verma.