TAMA celebrates Ugadi with music masti and festive food
Chief guest Todd Jones from District 25, Georgia House of Representatives, invited the community to come to his office if they had any community needs.
Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) celebrated Telugu New Year 'Ugadi' on April 13th 2019 at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA. For the first time in the history of TAMA, event was sold out before the event started with 2000 plus record turnout. TAMA’s once-a-year Indian traditional dinner known as Sahapankti Bhojanalu and Tollywood playback singer Geetha Madhuri from the South Indian film industry were the special attractions.
TAMA’s once-a-year Indian traditional dinner known as Sahapankti Bhojanalu was one of the special attractions.
The event kicked off at 2pm with the Spell Master Challenge, followed by Math Bowl competitions for elementary and middle school kids. About 200 kids participated in these contests hosted by Vijitha Gutta's team from Curie Learning Center in Cumming.
Several vendor booths were setup offering snacks, jewelry, financial and educational services, clothes etc. At around 3:30 pm, everyone welcomed singer Geetha Madhuri and took pictures as part of the meet-and-greet.
Cultural programs started at 4:30 pm with a welcome note by TAMA Cultural Secretary Subbarao Maddali. Singer Geetha Madhuri and Anchor Sameera were present at Jyothi Prajwalana. Various cultural performances by top-notch dance and music schools, a fashion show, and witty anchoring by Sameera entertained the audience. Ugadi special Panchanga Sravanam was presented by priest Sri Ravi Medicherla from Satyanarayana Swami Temple.
TAMA President Venky Gadde invited chief guest Todd Jones from District 25, Georgia House of Representatives, onto the stage and explained about TAMA’s service activities and about the Ugadi festival. Todd wished everyone happy Telugu new year, expressed his happiness in witnessing Telugu culture. He invited the community to come see him in his office to discuss any problems that the community faces. Later he was felicitated with a flower bouquet and a shawl.
Several raffle prizes sponsored by Dr. Nandini from WellStar Hospitals, Indian Flavors, Cafe Bahar, Olive Garden, Vijaya Collections, and Native Trendz were drawn throughout the event. Trophies and certificates were presented to the Spell Master Challenge and Math Bowl competitions winners.
Tollywood playback singer Geetha Madhuri being felicitated at the event.
Popular Tollywood playback singer of Big Boss show fame, Geetha Madhuri enthralled the audience with her many hits. The auditorium was jam packed with crowd cheering all over and kids dancing on stage till 11:30 in the night. The highlight of this segment was Shiv's Institute students dancing for Geetha Madhuri's live singing. It was an energetic night with seven hours of nonstop entertainment. Everyone enjoyed Ugadi Pachhadi from Hindu Temple of Atlanta and mouthwatering dinner by Persis Biryani Indian Grill served in Indian traditional style known as Sahapankti Bhojanalu. TAMA team recognized the event sponsors and artists with flower bouquets, shawls and mementoes on stage.
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Executive Committee members: Venky Gadde, Bharath Maddineni, Innaiah Yenumula, Priya Balusu, Sairam Karumanchi, Aditya Gali, Ravi Kalli, Suresh Bandaru, Rupendra Vemulapalli, Bharath Avirneni, Srivalli Sridhar.
Board of Directors: Vinay Maddineni, Rajasekhar Chunduri, Nagesh Doddaka, Anand Akkineni, Kamal Satuluru, Srinivas Uppu.
TAMA Cultural Secretary: Subbarao Maddali.
TAMA President-Elect Bharat Maddineni thanked
Sponsors: Persis Biryani Indian Grill, Patel Brothers, Horizon Softech, EIS Technologies, 27th Investments, and Gandhi Farmers Insurance Agency.
Also thanked were Anchor Sameera, Singer Geetha Madhuri, Audience, all local dance and music schools, Cultural Participants, A/V & Photography support by Sridhar Reddy of Vakiti Creations, Ugadi theme decoration and photo booth by Sujatha Ponnada of Maarigold Events, Volunteers specifically Srinivas Lavu, Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, Anil Yelamanchili, Rajesh Jampala, Ram Maddi, Upendra Narra, Srini Balusu, Vijay Kotha, Vijay Kothapalli, Giri Suryadevara, Murali Boddu, Suresh Dhulipudi, Bala Madda, Anil Kolli, Venkat Adusumilli, Mahesh Pawar, Venkat Meesala, Sreeram Royyala, Yashwanth Jonnalagadda, Hemanth Varma Penmetsa, Ramesh Vennalakanti, Sanvi, Akshu, Monish, Tanish, Rithik, Rushil, Akhil, Vamsi Kanamarlapudi, Srinivas Kukkadapu, Santosh, Saritha, Gouthami Prem, Satya Nagendar, Anil, Nagesh Maganti, Murthy Mollivenkata, Srinivas Goli, Srinivas Kodela, Giridhar Kotagiri, Sasi Kelam and Apparao Gopu for helping throughout the event.
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