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Dancing to Aid Community
on 2001/8/8 9:48:02 ( 887 reads )


CALIFORNIA, USA, Aug. 4, 2001: Last weekend,14-year-old Sharanya Mukhopadhyay performed an Odissi dance at the Federation of Hindus Association's temple in Diamond Bar, California, to raise funds for the victims of the Gujarat earthquake. Last year, she helped raise funds for the Orissa cyclone and has performed three other times for different causes. "Basically, I want to help people through my dance." More than $3,000 was raised last Saturday and donations will also be matched by Intel Corporation. One of the crowning moments of Sharanya's budding dance career came last year when she won the prestigious Princess Grace Award, which recognizes and assists young talent in theater, dance and film. Sharanya went to New York to receive a $5,000 prize. Her latest charity performance had an added significance for Sharanya since she danced under the tutelage of her guru Nandita Behera.

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