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2010  An Evening with a True Hero 

Presented by : Bharathakala Naatya Academy
Choreographer : Smt. Subathra Sudarsan
Venue : Lanier Technical College, Forsyth Campus
Date : Friday, December 3rd 2010
Fundraiser for : Akshaya Trust

Third Eye Dancers and Bharathakala Naatya Academy felicitated real life hero, Mr. Krishnan of Akshaya Trust on Friday December 3rd, 2010 at the Forsyth Conference Center. Mr. Krishnan has been recently recognized by CNN as one of the top ten CNN Heroes of 2010.

Akshaya Trust is a non-profit organization based in Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu. Akshaya Trust, with the herculean effort of one man has set out on a mission to feed the destitute and the poor. The Trust feeds more than 400 people, three meals a day. Akshaya is Sanskrit for "undecaying" or "imperishable," and the name was chosen "to signify [that] human compassion should never decay or perish. ..." Third Eye Dancers and Bharathakala Naatya Academy chose to organize a fundraiser for Akshaya Trust to support Mr. Krishnan's commitment to 'helping the helpless'. The event was conducted on December 3rd 2010 at the Forsyth Conference Center. This event attracted more than 650 people who had come to support Mr. Krishnan and Third Eye Dancers.

The students of Bharathakala Naatya Academy danced in "Shuklam Baradharam," a prayer to Lord Ganesh, followed by a prayer to Lord Vishnu. "Kathana Kuthuhalam" showed Lord Krishna dancing with Radha and the gopikas. A composition of Shankaracharya, "Ganesha Pancharatnam" depicted Lord Ganesha, blessing his devotees.

Other dances followed: "'Adharam Madhuram" on Krishna; A.R. Rahman's composition, "Nila Kaigiradhu/Khila Chandni" from the movie Indra; and "Krishna Nee Begane Baaro," a popular number from the group Colonial Cousins, had the dancers pleading to Krishna, Allah, Jesus and all other divine powers to return and deliver kids from misery and suffering. This last piece by Hariharan and Lewis was specially choreographed for this event.

Various Atlanta associations, including Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam (GATS), Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta, IACA, Naya India and the Rotary Club of Emory/Druid Hills joined hands with Third Eye Dancers to felicitate Mr. Krishnan.