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Fundraiser at Hindu Temple of Atlanta for Shantiniketan Rehab Center for special needs kids

June 2019
Fundraiser at Hindu Temple of Atlanta for  Shantiniketan Rehab Center for special needs kids


(Left) Madhavi and Dr. Sreeni Gangasani are felicitated for their contributions to the cause.

Once, the father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi, said, “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Similar comments were expressed by metro Atlanta’s Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Narendar Reddy, Kusuma Kotte, Dr. Vittal Kusuma, and Viju Chiluveru, at the fundraising event organized by nonprofit organization Shantiniketan Rehabilitation Center for the Differently-Abled or special needs children, held on May 4, 2019 at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (HTA), Riverdale, Georgia.

Shantiniketan Center is in Kondapur village in Nirmal District of Telangana State, India. It was conceived by Mr. Janardhan Pannela, currently a Special Educator for children with special needs in Georgia schools and consultant rehabilitation psychologist with a vision to provide care, support, education, training, and interventions to children with special needs in India. Shantiniketan Center’s goal is to prepare these children to enter mainstream society with dignity and respect, potentially to seek equal opportunity. The school is cofounded and supported by several NRIs around the world.

Groundbreaking for the school building was made on June 14, 2016, and now it is nearly complete. The school will provide hostel facility for about 50 students coming from nearby villages. So far, Shantiniketan has been helping children with hearing and speech impairments caused by autism, cerebral palsy, and various other debilitating conditions.

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Sheela Lingam, president of HTA, speaks at the fundraiser.

The fundraising event began with lighting of the jyothi by HTA president Sheela Lingam and several donors amidst chanting by a priest and nadaswaram music. Cultural items presented included a classical dance by Akhila Ballari, Panchatantra story dance-drama by Nataraja Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance Academy, and classical songs by Raagam Taalam Pallavi Music Academy. A beautiful classical dance from Niti Mirkhelkar, Nisha Mirkhelkar from KA Academy, violin music by KA Academy, was a unique item and received much applause. Shantiniketan felicitated the directors of the classical dance schools, Smt. Neelima Gaddamanugu, Srivalli Sridhar, Gayatri Subramanian, and C. V. Subramanian with shawls and bouquets.

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 (Left) RapidIT's Mr. Goutham Goli and Jyothi are felicitated for their contributions to the cause.

Founder Janardhan Pannela gave a video presentation and launched a song dedicated to the center. He got emotional speaking about the project, and said he got the idea to incorporate this nonprofit when he was 23 years old; he loves seeing smiles on kids’ faces. He declared, “Every child born on this planet has an equal right for basic needs and education.” His dream is to see children grow up and chase their dreams. Janardhan’s wife Roopa is a great supporter of the project.


Janaradhan inspired his listeners with a famous quote from Joshua Chamberlain: “The inspiration of a noble cause … enables men to do things they did not dream themselves capable of before.” The event was followed by a traditional south Indian dinner (pankti bhojanalu).

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Diamond Sponsors of the project are Paramount Software Solutions, RapidIT’s Mr. Goutham Goli and Jyothi, Girish and Ramesh Meka (in memory of their mother Lalitha Meka), and Ashray Reddy CPA.

Gold Sponsors of the project are Dr. Sreeni Gangasani and Madhavi, Dr. B. Krishna Mohan and Rajyam, Kiran Reddy Pasham and Swapna, Dr. Pulipaka Bheemeshwar Rao and Jaya Rao, Shiva Prasad Rao Vuppula and Santhosh Rani, Dr. Ravi Sarma and Dr. Seshu Sarma, Udayabhasker Kotte and Kusuma, Janardhan Mydam and Dr. Sridevi, Pramod Musipatla and Rekha.

Silver Sponsors of the project are Dr. Jagan Mohan Rao and Suguna, Ravi Kandimalla and Hema, Jyothi and Babu Reddy, Dr. Kusuma Vittal and Shyamala, Naga Midasala and Subhashini, Narayana Reddy Thouda, Sambasivarao Bethamcherla and Bhulakshmi, Venkat Gaddam and Latha (Dream Realty).

Bronze Sponsors of the project are Sohini Ayinala, Innaiah Enumula, Ramakrishna Velpuri, Chinmaya Manchala, Padma Koganti, Ravi Puppala, and Ravi Kalli.

Janardhan thanked all the volunteers and well-wishers for making the event a grand success, including Mr. Venkat Chennubotla, Beats & Events; Suresh Volam, Sri Photos; Media Coverage by Sivakumar Ramadugu, TV 9, Niranjan Podduturi from GNN channel, Décor AR Dazzle Events, Viju Chiluveru, Kishan Tallapally, Innaiah Enumala, Babu Reddy, Bala, Ganesh Kasam, Ravi Kalli, Vanaja Lagisetty, Venkat Thota, Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, Ravi Chander, Amar Gannarapu, Harsha, Venkat Meesala, Aparna Podduturi, Phani Vadlamudi, and Dr. Thota Ganesh.

We thank of the trustees and executive team members of HTA for the support. To learn more about Shantiniketan visit http://shantiniketanadb.org/

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