Srinivasa Prasad Gutti, affectionately known as ‘Vasu’ departed from us eight years ago, leaving a legacy of kindness, goodwill and compassion for people as well as an unparalleled passion for the performing arts. He had a vision to propagate the South Asian performing arts among North American Youth. His kind, gentle nature and his compassion to help others touched everyone he met and so SPIFPA was formed to fulfill his aspirations.
Vasu expressed his passion through his pursuit of Kuchipudi performing art and Karnatic music throughout the 22 years of his life. He earned 'Natya Visarada' title at Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai, India. Vasu was also awarded the 2001 Millennium Youth Award for his performance at Ravindra Bharathi Cultural Center at Hyderabad, India. He was a founding member of “Case in Point” an A Capella singing group at Case Western Reserve University and was the musical arranger for much of their repertoire of songs. He played an active role and directed high school musicals while he was at Kiski School. Vasu was valedictorian and was at the top of his class throughout his academic career. He was also the recipient of the Westinghouse Top Family Scholarship during his years at Case and was the recipient of Chairman’s award in Biomedical Engineering there. He accepted admission into CWRU’S MD PhD program with full tuition scholarship and was about to begin his medical education during the fall of 2004. He earned several honors and awards for his performing art presentations both in India and in USA.
Two qualified non-profit foundations have been established to fulfill Vasu’s lifetime aspirations:
An accomplished and dedicated artist in Kuchipudi dance, Bindu started her dance training at the age of five at Nataraja Nritya Niketan of Kakinada under Sri B. Satyanarayana Rao. She has continued at Kuchipudi Art Academy of Chennai Padmabhushan Dr.
Vempati Chinna Satyam and at Kuchipudi Kalaa Kendram of Visakhapatnam under Smt. A. B. Bala Kondala Rao.
Bindu has given several solo performances across the globe and has played many different lead roles in productions choreographed an produced by Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and Smt. A. B. Bala Kondala Rao. She was invited to perform at the Siddhendra Yogi Dance Festival in Kuchipudi in 2008, and for the Kumbhabhishekam celebrations at the S. V. Temple in Monroeville, PA in August, 2009, for which she directed Annamacharya Sankirtana Sammelanam. She co-directed Gurusmarana in 2012 in memory of the late Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and Premanjali in 2010.
A graduate of Brown University, she completed her premedical curriculum while earning a degree in South Asian Studies focusing on arts and religion in India. She holds a Diploma in Kuchipudi Dance from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University in Vijayanagaram. As a medical student, Bindu was the Kuchipudi dance instructor at the Hindu Temple of Toledo. While pursuing her residency and fellowship in the Combined Child Psychiatry Residency Program at UPMC/WPIC in Pittsburgh, PA, she opened her Kuchipudi dance school at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Pittsburgh, PA, in October of 2012. She is currently an attending Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Excela Health in Latrobe, PA. Bindu is the artistic director of the Srinivasa Prasad International Foundation for the Performing Arts, which was established in memory of her late brother Srinivasa Prasad Gutti, also an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer, Carnatic musician and Nattuvanar. The foundation upholds both Bindu’s and Vasu’s passion to promote the Indian arts among North American youth. Sri Bindu Madhavi plans to continue her extensive involvement in Kuchipudi along with her career in medicine and hopes to play a significant role in the propagation of Kuchipudi in the United States.