GATeS celebrates Bathukamma and Dasara Sambaralu
Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS) celebrated the Bathukamma and Dasara Sambaralu on October 2, 2022 at DeSana Middle School in Atlanta. GATeS has been celebrating Bathukamma, a floral festival celebrated predominantly in Telangana, for the last 17 years in Atlanta.
The festival started with lighting of the lamp by EC, BOD, Founding Members, Past Chairmen, and Presidents along with their families. The GATeS team, supported by Naveen Battini, the Cultural Secretary, worked diligently with local artists to prepare Bathukamma. The folk songs focused on bringing out the true importance of Bathukamma festival and the bounty of Telangana’s nature. The emcee, Lavanya Guduru, who is also a Mana TV Anchor, started the celebrations. After folk singer Mallika, KT Sravanthi performed. This was followed by singing by Shruthi Layalu Music Academy. Then it was time for dance academies: Neelima Gaddamanugu, Garima Dance Academy, Sahitya Dance School, Kinkini Dhwani Kuchipudi Nithyanikethan, A2Z Funtime, and Shiloh Besties. There were also dance performances by Battini Sisters, special Violin performance by Vishwakteju Pannela, and songs sung by Aneesh Gosangari and Veda Gosangari.
Jyothsna Palakurthy, BOD; and Geetha Narannagari, Chair of Bathukamma; worked with all women groups to prepare Bathukkammas on the special day. Best Bathukamma prize categories were Group, Individual, and Teens. The winners of GATeS Bathukamma and Dasara Sambaralu Tennis Tournament were also given prizes.
Led by GATeS President and Chairman, all sponsors and community leaders were recognized and facilitated on the auspicious Bathukamma event. The Late G.S. Reddy (Founder, GATeS) Memorial Award was presented to Prabhakar Boyapally for his community service and continuous Support to GATeS. The Volunteer Award was presented to Kishan Tallapally for his dedicated service to GATeS and other organizations in Atlanta.
This was followed by Gauri Pooja and live singing by Mallika. The women participated in the festivities and playedkollatam. Bathukamma Nimmajanam ended with live Dappu, M angalaharathi, and Prasadam.
The GATeSpresident Sunil Gotoor and chairman Prabhakar Madupathi briefed about GATeS services as well as Bathukamma and Dasara Sambaralu celebrations. They thanked event sponsors (the list is in the event report on the Khabar website), advisory, EC, board of directors, committee chairs, volunteers, singers, dance academies, photographers and videographers, agencies responsible for audio and decoration, and media partnersfor their commitment to celebrate Bathukamma and Dasara festival successfully.
Palakurthy thanked ladies for their support and time spent in making the Bathukamma and in making GATeS Bathukamma event successful. She also thanked judges and representatives from local organizations (the list is in the event report on the Khabar website). The GATeS team recognized all yearly volunteer teams with special thank you note from President Sunil Gotoor and Chairman Prabhakar Madupathi.
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