Medha Acharya had a dream! She wanted to raise money to help those less fortunate. She is a very accomplished dancer and decided to have a dance program to raise funds. "Arpana" was her brainchild and she spent most of her summer working to help raise money for KCF, which sends money to various projects in India. Arpana was performed on August 29, 2015 to a full house and was very well received by the audience. Her goal was to raise at least $5000, but guess what!! Medha's gargantuan efforts along with the undying support from her family and community helped raised $22,450 for Konkani Charitable Fund!
Medha performed traditional Bharatanatyam pieces in the first half, along with a couple of dances with her friends, starting with the Pushpanjali and ending with Thillana. She recruited help with participation from her friends in the second half, since she thought group dances would enhance the program. They presented folk dances, classical fusion and also a popular Bollywood number. All in all, the program was a grand success!
Because of the success of Arpana in 2015, Medha created “Arpana 2016.” On August 28, 2016, Medha performed a full Bharatanatyam solo show to yet another full house audience. Through her efforts, she set the bar even higher, raising $30,560 for the Konkani Charitable Fund and making her overall contribution to KCF $53,010!
Medha is a girl of many talents. A beautiful dancer who performs classical Bharatanatyam, semi classical and Bollywood as well! She has also performed and choreographed at many of our KAOCA events. She is a singer and has been trained in western pop and jazz, and western classical, and she is a choral singer at school. She also participated in Irvington Idol and won 3rd place judges’ choice. She draws and paints for relaxation. She is an athlete too and has been playing competitive soccer since 1st grade. She is currently the goalkeeper for her school varsity team. She has been a varsity debater for 3 years, part of a parliamentary debate team in school, and is now an officer for the debate club at school organizing and teaching new debaters.
Reading has been a passion with her, she loves to watch Bollywood movies, the news, and she loves politics. And of course like any other teenager, she is on FB and loves to sleep!!!
Medha Acharya is an energizer bunny! She keeps going and going and stops at nothing! She is a 17 year old and a senior at Irvington High School in Fremont, CA. She plans on studying biomedical engineering, hoping to enter research for drug development or maybe medicine in the future.
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in living your own life that you forget about helping others. And while it’s important to put yourself first sometimes, it’s even more important to help others whenever you can. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to help those in need. MEDHA, a big thank you to Medha, her parents Aruna & Ramesh Acharya & her team