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CB East senior turns musical accomplishment into event

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Central Bucks East senior Aditya Gunturi recently took the stage for his Indian Carnatic Classical music graduation debut at the Zlock Performing Arts Center on Aug. 25.

At his performance, Gunturi showcased his skills in this ancient art form by giving a three-hour solo vocal concert, along with a violin and mridangam (an Indian drum). The debut was the culmination of several years of practice and symbolized the beginning of his career as a professional singer.

Gunturi has participated in the MEA (PA Music Educators Association) districts, regionals, and all-states choir conferences. He has also performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Quebec City, and Montreal as a member of East’s Select Choir.

Even though he is accomplished as a musician, Gunturi also wanted to help out the community. He turned his debut into a fundraiser for A Woman’s Place, a local nonprofit organization that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic violence, as well as education and prevention programs for the entire community.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick attended the event as a guest of honor. He presented the teenager with a commendation from the US House of Representatives and reentered his name into the Congressional Record for both his current and previous community services.

Throughout his life, Gunturi has been heavily involved as a volunteer. He has been an active member in his local Scout Troop 24, not only serving as its highest youth leadership position, but also achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He previously conducted a countywide fundraiser that raised more than 2 tons of food, toiletries, and supplies, and donated it to the New Britain Food Larder in New Britain. He also worked closely with the Bucks County Opportunity Council to strengthen ties between his home Troop and the Doylestown community, by opening both service opportunities and the chance to help to the Scouting program at large.

Fitzpatrick described Gunturi as “instrumental in the transition of Scouting from all-boys to co-ed,” and praised his efforts “to spread awareness of teen dating violence” to prepare his Troop to receive recruits of all genders.

“Even small actions by many people can together create a great impact,” Gunturi said. “I wanted to take my debut, an important milestone of my life, as an opportunity to make change within my community.”

In his speech, the Congressman referred to Gunturi as someone who “is not only very active in the community, but seeks to expand his horizons,” as well as “someone who focused not just his youth on service, but also his future as well.”

Gunturi hopes to continue working with A Woman’s Place, the Bucks County Opportunity Council, and other organizations in Bucks County to help change the community for the better. Over 175 attended the performance and donated to the fundraiser.


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