Uma Ettigi
Uma pursued Music and Dance since her young age, hand in hand with her other academic pursuits. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bangalore University.
She has been trained in Bharatanatyam from different Gurus including Dhananjayans and Narmada. She has been a student of M.V.N. Murthy and Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam in the Kuchipudi Dance style of South India. She has given several performances at national and international level. She has also trained her daughters in Bharatanatyam and they perform together as a MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS TEAM.
In Veena she has been trained by Gurus: R.K. Srinivasa Murthy, Doraiswamy Iyengar. She gives recitals at national and international level. She has released an audio cassette titled “THE JOY OF VEENA”.
She has been trained in Vocal by Gana Kokile Chennamma from Karnataka and by Hameed Hussain in USA. She competed in the national competition at the University of Baltimore, Maryland and won the first prize in 1987 and 1988 in the GHAZAL COMPETITION.
It is a struggle to maintain Indian Culture and its HEritage in a foreign land. She tried to pass on the morals and the ethics to the community children in the form of DRAMAS. She writes the plays, directs them with the children for various Indian festivals. She has been teaching Indian Dance, Music and Culture at the local Public High School Students. Her plays are published in two volumes entitled “AT THE DAWM”.
Uma is the director of the ETTIGI FINE ARTS ACADEMY established in 1989 in Richmond, Virginia, USA. She conducts Music and Dance classes.