London: Ragasudha Vinjamuri, who basically hails from Hyderabad and now living in London, has been honoured with the prestigious British Citizen Award BCAa for her contributions to Art. She is one of the twenty-six people selected from throughout the UK for the award, for the services to Education, Health, Art, Volunteering, and Community. The British Citizen Award, in partnership with One Stop, recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country. Medals are presented to only a small number of such exceptional individuals each year. Ragasudha is the first Telugu woman to receive the award.
The glittering ceremony took place in the House of Lords of British Parliament, Palace of Westminster. The medal of honour, inscribed with the words “For the Good of the Country” was presented to her by Wendy Pretten, Managing Director England, Places for People. The event was hosted by famous actor-presenter Tim Vincent, with BCA Patron Dame Mary Perkins, Founder of Specsavers, and other senior figures from the sponsor community including Big Bus London, Objective HR, Places for People, Specsavers and One Stop in attendance.
In her brief speech, Ragasudha has acknowledged her teachers and the community as her inspiration, and emphasised how dance is a powerful tool to raise awareness on important social, cultural and environmental themes.
Her huge commitment and work in dance for 12 years, beyond her usual job as a University academic in the UK has been acknowledged and highly appreciated. Ragasudha had been invited to dance during two consecutive Prapancha Telugu Sadassu events, in 2012 to Tirupathi and in 2017 to Hyderabad, to dance on pradhaana vedika.