TAMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. P.V. Rao
At the silver jubilee celebrations of TAMA (Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta) in November, the multifaceted Dr. P.V. Rao – a professor of physics at Emory and a leading figure in Atlanta – received the lifetime achievement award given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions. The citation reads: "We gratefully acknowledge your unparalleled contribution to the Telugu community of Andhra Pradesh in the field of fine arts, visual arts, community service, literature and theater. You are truly an embodiment of Kala Tapasvi in every sense." A distinguished educator who conducts research in experimental atomic and nuclear physics, Dr. Rao has published his work in many scientific journals and has been invited to talks at national and international scientific conferences.
He has taught courses on Hinduism, Indian mythology and Yoga for the "Evening at Emory" program. Dr. Rao has served as a special consultant at Fernbank in Atlanta and at the John Templeton Foundation. Widely known in Telugu literary circles, he was responsible for starting the first Telugu journal in North America back in the ‘70s. The winner of many awards, Dr. Rao is not only an editor, most notably at Telugu Bhasha Patrika, but he is also a creative writer with an interest in poetry, fiction and drama. His adaptations of classical Telugu works have been presented in Atlanta. And his acrylic paintings have been exhibited locally. An active community leader and a mentor to youngsters, Dr. Rao promotes understanding between various religious communities through FAMA (Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta), of which he is the vice president.
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