TAMA’s grand Sankranthi festival
TAMA (Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta) had a huge Sankranthi festival on January 18, 2020 at Norcross High School, celebrating in a grand way, with around 1,450 Atlantans. More than 60 ladies participated in the rangoli competition. Around 240 kids were part of GlobalArt’s Art Competition and The Young Leaders Academy’s Public Speaking Contest. Winners were presented with prizes.
TAMA’s various programs were described by Community Services Secretary SaiRam Karumanchi. He mentioned programs related to Clinic, Education, Entertainment, Knowledge, Charity, Help, Seminars, Service, Cultural, Literary, and Sports and Games, given at different times.
The events began with TAMA Executive Committee and Board lighting the holy lamp. Chief guest Lohith Kumar enthralled the audience with his mesmerizing mimicry and jokes. Performances by local Atlanta talent in devotional songs, shlokas, traditional dances, medleys, dramas, filmy songs, etc., kept the audience entertained. Cultural Secretary Rupendra Vemulapalli handed Appreciation Certificates to all the Participants.
The new TAMA team was introduced and thanked by President Bharath Maddineni and Board Chairman Rajasekhar Chunduri, and Sankranthi wishes were conveyed to all the spectators. Bharath emphasized TAMA’s commitment to help and serve Telugu people and touched some finer aspects of TAMA past and present. Rajasekhar provided details of the Free Clinic, Telugu School, Scholarships, Seminars, Life Member Benefits, and TAMA’s recent eligibility for U.S. Presidential Volunteering.
Chief guests and Tollywood singers, Damini and Dhanunjay, captivated the audience with their songs and words. Kids and adults are equally enchanted; many were seen dancing. The best thing was that the singers even went into the audience and enticed people to dance and relish every bit of it.
TAMA’s ‘Go Green’ initiative is an enormous shift, which avoided a lot of plastic usage. All dinner cutlery is eco-friendly, including water cups.
Ladies and kids were seen at many shopping stalls and free mehendi. People were talking about different things, like “Facilities provided are the best,” “Event should have continued for some more time,” “Stage decoration is like a movie setting,” “Photo booth is traditional,” “Sankranthi Restaurant’s food is splendid,” and so on. Even though it is a big school, parking was not available at peak time. The hall was full and many were standing till the end!
The TAMA team appreciated and thanked the event sponsors, Shoora Investments, Sakranti Restaurant, Magnum Opus IT, and My Tax Filer for their commitment and support of this mega event. TAMA team also described what our sponsors do and how they can be useful. Sponsors Hari Prasad Salian and Suresh Dhulipudi were applauded and felicitated on the stage. They mentioned about their company activities, their relationship with TAMA, and how much they appreciated various initiatives.
President Elect Innaiah Yenumula concluded the program by thanking all the fascinating onlookers, sponsors, chief guests, artists, school management, video and stage support Byte Graph, photography Ravikumar Vaddamanu, Niranjan, TV5 Praveen Puram, participating Atlanta music and dance schools, rangoli and raffle sponsors, Lucky Charms decorators, volunteers Vinay Gopisetty, Srinivas Lavu, Ramesh Palem, Uday Kambhampati, Priya Balusu, Subbarao Maddali, Raj Kiran Moota, Sravanthi Kovela, Venkat Thota, Ravi Yelisetty, Suresh Dhulipudi, Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, Anil Yelamanchali, Murali Boddu, Mallik Medarametla, Venky Gadde, Harsha Yerneni, Srini Peddi, Ram Maddi, Gowri Karumanchi, Naresh Yelkoti, Sridhar Paladugu, Teja Vemuri, Mahesh Koppu, Ramesh Meda, Suneel Kanth Devarapalli, Vinay Maddineni, Mahi Nimmagadda, Reema Boddu, Romit Chunduri, and Aneesh Rudraraju for making Sankranthi event a thumping success.
TAMA Sankranthi Sambharalu 2020 : Musical Night by Damini Bhatla and Dhanunjay
TAMA Sankranthi Sambharalu 2020 : Dance - Girls Dance - Performance with 4 movie songs
Feb 2, 2020
Coordinator: Rajani Naladala
Participants: Akshara Veluvolu, Kavya Gaggara, Nikitha Naladala, Rishika Majjiga, Siri Dodda
MORE VIDEOS HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NvRpddjOWBHmZ9NWAcELA
including upcoming event:
TAMA Ugadi Utsavalu 2020 : 04th April 2020, Denmark High School, Alpharetta, GA
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