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G20 Summit: The Chair of India’s engagement group for Gender Equality visits Amma, Chair for Civil Society

Amma and Dr Sandhya stand together and smile

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  • G20 Summit Engagement: Dr. Sandhya Purecha, a renowned classical dancer and academician, visited Amritapuri to meet Amma. Dr. Purecha has been appointed as the Chair of W20, an engagement group for Gender Equality linked to India’s G20 Summit, while Amma serves as the Chair of C20, the G20’s Civil Society engagement group.

  • Long-standing Wish: Dr. Purecha expressed her deep desire to meet Amma, which had been a longstanding wish, and she felt blessed to finally have this opportunity.

  • Dr. Purecha’s Background: Dr. Sandhya Purecha is a highly accomplished classical dancer and scholar, known for her expertise in Bharatanatyam. She holds a doctorate in Natyashastra and is known for her innovative approach to Indian classical dance, combining traditional technique with a modern style, making her a pioneering figure in the field.

9 December 2022
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Civil 20 Engagement Group (C20)
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Dr Sandhya Purecha, who is known as India’s foremost Performing-Academician, arrived in Amritapuri to meet Amma. The Govt of India has appointed the renowned classical dancer as the Chair of W20, an engagement group for Gender Equality with India’s G20 Summit. Amma is the Chair of C20, the G20’s Civil Society engagement group.  

With tears in her eyes, Dr Purecha shared that she has wished to meet Amma for a long time, but many incidents stood in the way. For example, on one occasion, she was not able to attend Amma’s birthday, as she had a previous commitment in Boston. Another time, she was invited to meet Amma in Maharashtra, but was not able to.   

“And God. It’s Amma who called me today here. I’m very blessed. She’s not honoured. She’s accepted me as her daughter. I think matrudevo bhava. She’s the Divine Mother of all of us. May her blessings shower on us—always. Thank you very much. Thank you,” said Dr Purecha.   

As a classical dancer, Dr Purecha is the senior-most disciple of the Late Guru Acharya Parvatikumar and has learnt under his tutelage in the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara. Having earned her doctorate in Natyashastra in Theory and Practice of Angika Abhinaya in Bharatanatyam, she expresses herself as an incredible dancer, choreographer, and an erudite author, scholar and researcher. Her passion for excellence and artistic talents shine through her commitment to Indian classical dance.  

At the same time, she expresses a rare intensity and authority of her essentially modern style, convincingly disciplined by her immaculate traditional technique. This has resulted in her innovative approach towards shastra (theory) and sampradaya (practice), which has been described as a pioneering effort.  

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