A chance discussion with a friend took this bureaucrat from Hong Kong Administrative Service (HKAS) officer to Eranki Srihari Baladitya, a teacher of Indian classical dance teacher.

“I did not even know what to ask for, but after a few minutes, the Guru suggested I learn Kuchipudi. That’s how my tryst with this 600 year-old art form began,” said Amy.

Asked about her inspiration, this HKAS officer said she was always fascinated by art and culture, particularly Indian classical dances, on the sidelines of the inaugural of the 3-day, 3 International Kuchipudi Dance Convention, an initiative of SiliconAndhra. Hong Kong is an interesting place and being very ‘international’, there is a lot of cross-cultural exchange taking place all the time.

Amy and her friends are part of the delegation in town to attend the Convention. “With encouragement and guidance from my teacher, I could give a solo performance in Visakhapatnam a few months ago. I practice about one to two hours everyday, but I know that it is an ocean and I have lots to learn,” Amy said, in an attempt to be modest.