ATA Day raises $250,000 for convention
(Photos: Vakiti Creations)
The American Telugu Association (ATA), the leading Telugu organization in the US, raised $250,000 in Atlanta on February 20, 2016 for its upcoming Silver Jubilee convention to be held in Chicago from July 1-3, 2016. Atlanta’s ATA Day was one of several events taking place around the country with lots of fun and entertainment, as part of bringing awareness in the Telugu community about the upcoming 3-day convention.
Hundreds of families gathered for ATA Day at Skyland Business Center in Cumming, GA. The beautiful evening was planned and executed by the ATA Atlanta team under the leadership of President-Elect Karunakar Asireddy and Kiran Pasham. Regional Coordinator Thirumal Pitta welcomed the guests. Anchor Syamala and Telugu movie artist Madhavi Latha visiting from India graced the occasion.
Anchors Vindhya and singer Rahul Sipligunj also from India and Srivalli Kondur from Atlanta entertained everyone with their melodious songs. Rahul started with a song on Ganesha, followed by “Dazzling Stars” (a medley of English, Telugu, and Hindi songs from movies S/O. [son of] Satyamurthy, video Aa Raha Hoon Main, and Justin Bieber's “Sorry”), a group performance by Sri Dutt Raga Fine Arts choreographed by Akhil Turaga, followed by “Chittiya Kalaiayan” performance by Ritya Godala. “Dole Baaje” performance by Orugallu Girls and a medley by Orugall Boys attracted the audience, while a solo dance by Zee TV Dance India Dance's little master Akhil Turaga was the highlight.
Videos and photos showcased ATA’s biennial vedukalu, community service projects conducted in the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Last December’s projects were in the districts of Adilabad, Warangal, Khammam, Mahaboob Nagar, Hyderabad, and Visakhapatnam.
Various Telugu organizations were represented: Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATEs), Greater Atlanta Telugu Society (GATA), Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA), North America Telugu Association (NATA), NRI Vasavi Association (NRIVA), Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA), Telugu Association of North America (TANA), Telangana American Telugu Association (TATA), and Telangana Development Forum (TDF).
ATA leaders from different states attended: Keetidahar from Jacksonville, FL; Ramakrishna Reddy Alla from Nashville, TN; Tirupati Reddy Yerramreddy from Lexington, KY; and members from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama attended and made the event successful.
ATA President Sudhakar Perkari, ATA President-Elect Karunakar Asireddy, Regional Director Anil Boddireddy, Secretary Madhu Bommineni, and Conference Director KK Reddy spoke, highlighting the convention and thanking donors for the whopping $250K pledge.
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Karunakar Asireddy, Kiran Pasham, Anil Boddireddy, Nanda Chatla, Thirumal Pitta, Shiva Ramadugu, Prasheel Gukanti, Sai Gorrapati, Aurn Katpally, Venkat Gottam, Venu Pisike, Mahesh Nilagiri, Raghu Banda, Vikram Sudini, Lakshmi Naramreddy, Pavani Putta, Venkat Veeraneni, Suresh K. Volam, Rahul Chikyala, and Sunil Kuturu from Atlanta planned and worked for the event to make it a grand success. Photography and video by Vakiti Creations, audiovisual and music by Divinity Creations, and food from Taste of India added flavor to the evening with their excellent services.
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