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All set to achieve another milestone



Anand Kuchibhotla

He is a Wharton graduate with a remarkable trail of achievements as country head of a Fortune 500 company and more.

' But what's more interesting is his love for his mother tongue and Telugu culture.

When he started Silicon Andhra ten years ago little did he knows that it would grow up to create four Guinness records.

All set to create another first in the US for the 10th anniversary, Anand Kuchibhotla, founder and chairman Silicon Andhra, tells Syeda Farida what's in store for the celebrations in August and the journey so far.

What is the programme for the fete?

We normally hear of an ‘Ashthvadhanam'. But a ‘Shatavadhanam' in the US to be held for the first time by Sri Garikapati Narasimha Rao. We are also planning an Andhra cultural festival by youth born and brought up in the US.

What have been the milestones achieved in the ten years?

The reason I started Silicon Andhra was to help the second generation of Telugu speaking population get connected with their roots.

If you see the Japanese or Chinese in the US, they do not forget their language or culture. We started the ‘Manabadi', weekend classes for schoolchildren. We have over 2,000 families as members of Silicon Andhra.

Did you expect the kind of response you received for the 'Annamacharya Laksha Galarchana' and the International Kuchipudi Dance Convention?

The success of international Kuchipudi Dance Convention proved that you don't need film songs and dance to draw crowds.

Similarly the ‘Annamacharya Lakshagalarchana' also proved that what could entertain people for over 2,000 years can do so even today.

What are the plans now?

We started Silicon Andhra Publications to identify talented writers. The first book we published was 'Bathukamma Shatakamu' written by Jonnavittula Ramalingeshwara.

It was simultaneously released in 10 countries. We are planning to build a Kuchipudi kala kendram in the Kuchipudi village soon.

We recently had soft launch of a virtual platform for uploading music and practising for vocal excellence with noted classical artistes on board.

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