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7,000 girl students perform classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ in Andhra Pradesh to set a Guinness World record

The girls from 21 government-run residential schools in north coastal Andra participated in the event to commemorate 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar

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Visakhapatnam, April 11, 2017: As many as 7,000 girl students on Tuesday performed classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ in this Andhra Pradesh coastal city to set a Guinness World record.

The girls from 21 government-run residential schools in north coastal Andra participated in the event to commemorate 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar.

The girls performed in unison with three songs, whose theme was the life story of Ambedkar.

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The event was jointly being organized by Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS) and Social Welfare Department.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, ministers and top officials attended the programme.

The organisers said it broke the earlier record of the largest Kuchipudi dance.

As many as 6,117 artists had performed the classical dance in Vijayawada in December last year to set the record.

The girls who performed in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday were trained by professional dancers for last two months.

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In his address, Naidu said Kuchipudi was the cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh. “It’s the responsibility of all of us to pass on this great heritage to our coming generations,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 100 crore were allocated in the state budget for promotion of Kuchipudi. He said Kuchipudi Academy would also come up in the new state capital Amaravati.  (IANS)

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In a bid to bridge the widening skill gap, Microsoft on Monday announced expansion of the capabilities of its Cloud-powered “Project Sangam” to the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in India by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year, “Project Sangam” is a Cloud-hosted platform that leverages Azure services and professional networking platform LinkedIn to support new entrants to the job market, enabling key stakeholders across the skilling ecosystem find the right talent.

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“Lack of skilled resources is one of the key issues that governments across the world are facing. There is an enormous scope for technology to come in to address the skill gap that exists in the workforce today,” Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, said in a statement.

Nadella launched “Project Sangam” to help the Indian government not only train but also assist people get jobs via LinkedIn that was acquired by the company for $26.2 billion in an all-cash deal in 2016. “Project Sangam” was commenced from Andhra Pradesh.

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“‘Sangam’ is the first project that wields the combined strength of LinkedIn and Microsoft to tackle the challenge of how to provide every person the opportunity to skill themselves,” added Bhansali who is also Managing Director of Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited. As part of the expansion, Microsoft South Africa and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) have launched “Thint’iMillion”, an online mass learning system.

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Part of the “Tshepo 1Million Digital Mass” learning programme, the “Thint’iMillion” programme will be deployed on “Project Sangam”, allowing young people to access content via an on-phone app (Android only), tablet mode (Windows and Android) as well as an interactive web portal. IANS