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S.O.B.H.A -
​Scholarships Offered to Brilliant and Hardworking Artists

This scholarship and fee assistance program was started in the memory of my teacher, Dr. Sobha Naidu. She has taught hundreds of students all over the world for free and very affordable rates. Her contribution and compassion has inspired Yamini to develop this program to support up and coming serious dancers who would like to train full time dancers. 
This semester we are offering one full scholarship in dedication to Guru, Dr. Sobha Naidu and to support a fully devoted and committed dancer.

Since the start of Kritya School of Dance we have offered several dozens of scholarships and class fee assistance to hard-working students who wished to immerse themselves in the Kuchipudi arts.

Scholarship Awardees

2023 - 2024 Scholarship Recipients

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Beginner Student

Abhivarshini - Guntur, India

Miss. Yamini's teaching style and her dedication inspired me to learn more from her by joining Kritya School of Dance. It is not just Miss. Yamini's dancing but also her life journey has inspired me tremendously. Through my experience of learning at Kritya, I understand the dedication and determination which is required for Kuchipudi, which is very profound. And recently I have realised that I want to a be a professional dancer like Miss. Yamini.

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Intermediate Student

Sreehitha - Iowa, USA

We really think Ms. Yamini is a great Kuchipudi teacher. She helped us a lot with our flexibility and strength. She really encourages us to learn Carnatic music seriously. In the future, we see ourselves becoming doctors because dance has made us interested in Human anatomy.

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Beginner Student

Myra - Mississipi, USA

Yamini Akka showed me two different things that I should remember. Practice every single day, and we should also be passionate about everything we do. I enjoy learning Kuchipudi dance. It is super exciting to dance. Yamini is strict, passionate, strong and positive. I look forward to being in class next semester.

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Intermediate Student

Sayanthana - Kerala, India

I grew up watching Yamini Akka's performances on Youtube. My mother is a dancer herself. She showed me Yamini Akka's videos as a reference to what I must envision my Kuchipudi practice to look like. I always love Yamini Akka's choreographies and see myself performing them in the future. 

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Advanced Student

Amulya Pilla - Arizona, USA

Bio

Amulya Pilla is a multi-passionate artist who has been practicing Kuchipudi since the age of five. Since October of 2004, Amulya has studied Kuchipudi as a part of Kuchipudi Kalakshetra School of Dance under the guidance and mentorship of Smt. Padma Sonti Garu, ardent disciple of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and Smt. Sobha Naidu. Amulya also received advanced mentorship under the guidance of Smt. Chavali (Vempati) Bala Tripura Sundari, daughter of Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, and more recently, Yamini Kalluri, disciple of Padmasri Dr. Sobha Naidu. 

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Intermediate Student

Deekshitha - Iowa, USA

We really think Ms. Yamini is a great Kuchipudi teacher. She helped us a lot with our flexibility and strength. She really encourages us to learn Carnatic music seriously. In the future, we see ourselves becoming doctors because dance has made us interested in Human anatomy.

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Beginner Student

Srinika - Mississipi, USA

I am eight years old and I already finished my first semester. What I do in class is the first ten steps, warm ups and slokas. Yamini Akka always encourages us to learn new things and is very strict. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn Kuchipudi. Thank you for accepting me as a scholarship student.

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Intermediate Student

Anandhi - Kakinanda, India

One of the main reasons I'm learning dance from Ms. Yamini is to clean up my technique in dance. And I also liked the way she teaches me personally. After joining this school it has improved my confidence in my basics. And I really look forward to becoming a fulltime dancer.

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Beginner Student

Meghana - New York, USA

I was introduced to Yamini akka via Youtube Dance Videos and your Telugu interviews while I was learning Kuchipudi back in India. My desire to be a strong dancer like Yamini akka urged me to reach out to you with the hope that one day I become as strong as a dancer like Yamini akka! I got truly lucky that one of my relatives had her contact information to start this journey with you. Yamini akka is the best dance teacher I have ever met. I hope to make Kritya School proud!

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