Akshay Yeluri grew up with the Indian Classical arts, especially Kuchipudi dance and Carnatic music. He started learning Mridangam and Carnatic vocal when he was just 6 and began formal instruction in Kuchipudi Dance under his mother, Guru Smt. Divya Yeluri, a few years later; he continued pursuing both art forms throughout his school years. As a dancer, Akshay progressively exhibited his talents, performing & winning awards at competitions/events hosted by local social organizations, charitable nonprofits, and religious centers & cultural groups (Shruti Laya, Zalak, Cleveland Aradhanas, Chennai Music Festival). Akshay had the privilege to participate in multiple Kuchipudi International Conventions in the USA and India, culminating in commendation by the Guinness Book of World Records for contributing to the world’s largest Kuchipudi Dance Performance.
He was recognized for his presentation of several critical roles in Kuchipudi Dance dramas including ‘Narada' in Sri Krishna Parijatham and Venkateswara Vaibhavam, ‘Vinayaka’ in Ganadhipa, ‘Swami Vivekananda’ in Vivekananda, ‘Manmadha’ and ‘Young Bhandasura’ in Lalitha Parameshwari, ‘Lord Shiva’ in Shiva Padam, and many others. Recently, in the summer of 2017, Akshay, along with his sister Aasha, completed his Rangapravesham (a 3 hour Kuchipudi recital/graduation). As a musician/mridangist, Akshay has excelled, winning first prize in 2014 at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhanas, and performing in events like Sustaining Sampradaya and concerts accompanying his world-renowned mridangam teacher, Sri. Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan.
He also won numerous awards for mridangam and flute at local competitions organized by CMANA (Great Composer’s Day) and Saraswathi Awards. Akshay is an incoming sophomore at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, with a minor in Computer Science. He graduated as Salutatorian of the J.P Stevens High School Class of 2017. A few of his other noteworthy achievements include attaining a perfect SAT Score (2400) and being recognized as both a National Merit Scholarship recipient and a U.S Presidential Scholar.