Atlanta community felicitates Oscar-winner Chandrabose
On the evening of March 14, on a whistle- stop visit to Atlanta barely a couple of days after his historic win at the 95th Academy Awards, Oscar-winner Kunakuntla Subash Chandrabose was felicitated by the Atlanta community at “Atlanta Celebrates Naatu Naatu” event that was organized by Atlanta entrepreneurs Chand Akkineni and Goutam Goli.
[Left] Johns Creek Mayor John Bradberry felicitated Chandrabose along with Dr. Swati Kulkarni, CGI Atlanta, and Chand Akkineni.
The venue for the event was Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech in Cumming, a last-minute decision as the venue had to be moved to a larger location due to the overwhelming response from the community.
The event began with traditional lamp lighting. Chandrabose was presented with a shawl, bouquets, and also a plaque to commemorate his Oscar win and its celebration by the Atlanta community.
Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India in Atlanta, presided as the guest of honor. Guests also included John Bradberry, Mayor of Johns Creek; Bob Erramilli and Dilip Tunki, Johns Creek city council members; Ron Freeman, Forsyth County Sheriff; and other officials from community organizations.
The event, which was organized in Telugu to honor the language of “Naatu Naatu,” was anchored by Lavanya Srinath Guduru. The program saw many song and dance performances by children as well as adults. In keeping with the occasion, most were based on “Naatu Naatu” and also “Rangamma Mangamma,” another very famous song by Chandrabose.
The organizers, Akkineni and Goli, said the Indian community organizations, including IACA, IFA, and other Telugu organizations, were privileged to host the first felicitation of Chandrabose after receiving the Oscar. They said that the Oscar win was a proud moment for Indians worldwide.
Chandrabose said he appreciated the community turning out to celebrate this achievement. He said music brings cultures and people together, and he was pleased to see that his music had brought everyone together
at the event.
Khabar’s exclusive interview with Chandrabose is also included in this issue.
— Pooja Garg
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