TAMA Fiesta Promotes Culture and Talent
The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) celebrated Deepavali with a cultural fiesta at the Meadowcreek High School in Norcross on November 16. Noted physician and media personality Dr K Sujatha Reddy was the guest of honor.
The association also held its General Body Meeting to nominate new office bearers for the year 2004. Surender Reddy was named president, Pinnamaneni Krishna Mohan Rao vice-president and Indurthi Balakondareddy the secretary, for the forthcoming term. Current president Seetha Vallurupalli was named cultural coordinator for 2004.
The cultural program attracted a large audience of over 600 people. Around 200 children participated in 27 items, and in the process imbibed the spirit of Deepavali and strengthened their cultural bonds.
In her address, guest of honor Dr Reddy paid glowing tributes to her parents who, she said, had helped her imbibe the cultural traditions of India, as she grew up in America.
TAMA also recognized people for outstanding contribution. Miss India USA Meghna Nagarajan and Miss Teen India Georgia Vandana Aggarwal presented mementos to Viju Chiluveru, Raghava Thadavarthi, Sudhakar Vallurupalli, Dr Sujata Reddy and Malathi Thadavarthi.
TAMA president Seetha Vallurupalli urged parents to encourage their children to participate in cultural events, in order to strengthen their cultural identity.
Earlier in the afternoon, children had a gala time at the Kids Festival. There were plenty of competitions like deepala decoration, mehndi, drawing and "Just a Minute" on the subject "Significance of Deepavali". Children could be seen soaking in the cultural atmosphere.
The cultural festival ended with dinner, which was catered to by Minerva restaurant.
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