Teja Kadire Crowned Miss TAMA 2004 During Sankranthi Fest
The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) celebrated Sankranthi festival on January 24th at the Meadow Creek High School in Norcross. The festival included a Miss TAMA beauty pageant, for the first time in the association's history. There was also a ?Kids' Fest' and cultural programs. Around 700 people attended the celebrations.
TAMA president Surender Reddy Mutyala, who was instrumental in organizing the pageant, said the Miss TAMA contest is not necessarily about physical appearance but (a platform) to instill confidence and teach young adults how to carry themselves and their culture with pride and dignity. The pageant included "Achamaina Teluginti Adapadachu", a talent show, and question / answer sessions. Teja Reddy Kadire was crowned Miss TAMA 2004.
The ?Kids Fest', which aims at helping children build and enhance their inner abilities included contests like Rangoli, Team Game, and Just A Minute (JAM). Kids between the ages of 6 and 16 years engaged in Brainstorm sessions, Blindfold Drawing, Impromptu Talk, and a talk on the significance of "Republic Day of India". Cultural programs were planned in such a way that all age groups could participate and be entertained.
TAMA is currently undertaking initiatives to bring get the youth actively involved in the association, said president Mutyala. "As part of achieving this vision, we have initiated several youth meetings, where a lot of youngsters have expressed interest in working with TAMA and becoming part of the association's mainstream," he said. "These meetings have not only served as a foundation for their involvement in TAMA activities but also created an environment for them to share their views about its current state and discuss ways to go about transforming it into a better organization."
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