GATeS celebrates Telangana Formation Day
Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS) celebrated Telangana Formation Day on June 12, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia at Memories Event Space Venue with special invitees Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India, Atlanta; Jim Gilvin, Mayor of Alpharetta; and Joe Perkins, Deputy Sheriff of Forsyth County along with GATeS committee, founder members, past organization leadership and other committee presidents.
[Left] Joe Perkins, Deputy Sheriff of Forsyth County, being felicitated by GATeS advisory board member, Karunakar AsiReddy.
[Right] Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India in Atlanta, launched new initiatives by GATeS.
The event had been organized to commemorate and honor the sacrifices done to achieve the Telangana state as well as the sacrifices done by frontline workers all over the world during the pandemic. Janardhan Pannela, GATes Secretary and well-known folk singer, commenced the event briefing about The Telangana Formation Day, introduced special invitees; and invited GATeS President Kishan Rao Tallapally as well as Chairman, Board of Directors Chittari Pabba. Ceremonial candles were lighted by Dr. Kulkarni, Gilvin, Perkins, Tallapally and Pabba.
[Left] Mayor Jim Gilvin was felicitated by GATeS advisory board member, Ratan Elugunti.
[Right] Singers Srinivas Durgam and Janardhan Pannela performed at the event.
Pannela sang Telangana state song Jaya Jaya He Telangana which was followed by a moment of silence observed in memory of the martyrs.
Pabba unveiled all GATeS initiatives and Tallapally thanked all the sponsors and well-wishers of GATeS for their unconditional support to make the organization successfully serve the local and back home needs.
Dr. Kulkarni launched the GATeS new initiatives such as community helpline, scholarship program and monthly food drive. Besides sharing about the 75 years Independence program, she also spoke about the chatbot program which helps to provide any service from consulate online. Gilvin emphasized the Indian community as a great asset to grow the city of Alpharetta. Perkins spoke about the role of Indian community in law enforcement and vaccine help.
GATeS recognizes outstanding people for their services and spending valuable time to society every year. This year GATeS felicitated Praveen Maripelly for providing free yoga sessions on weekends; Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, for medical services; Jalajam Satyanarayana Garu, writer, translator and educationalist, for outstanding services in education
and literature. Tennis Awards were presented to winners by Gilvin.
Garima Dance Academy and Pushyami Lanka performed beautiful dance programs while well-known singers Srinivas Durgam and Janardhan Pannela entertained with songs.
The event ended with food being served. It included local Telangana delicacies like Sakinalu, Murkulu and Garelu.
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