■In November、2014, Neha Seetamraju, junior at the Pingry School and leader of
Pingry’s Skype session volunteers, donated all of the money that she received for her Indian dance graduation recital to Ashita-Tomorrow. This money enabled us to send an additional student to participate in the 2015 Spring Visiting USA program. Thank you, Neha, and here is a picture from her recital and an explanation about Indian Classical Dance (“Kuchipudi”) Recitals.
I have been learning the Indian dance form, called Kuchipudi, for over eight years. I am passionate about this ancient dance form, which uses body movements, facial expressions, and even occasional dialogues. At the end of my sophomore year, I had my dance graduation (“Rangapravesam”), which marks the transition of a student into a full-fledged artist. It was a very big day in my life and I was happy to share it with my friends and family. I was humbled by the generous gifts I received on this occasion and wanted to put it to good use. I decided that donating the money to the Ashita-Tomorrow organization was the best use for it as I am really passionate about the organization and want to help the Japanese students as much as I can. I was delighted to learn this money was able to help fund a Japanese student’s visit to America.