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It’s Music, Dance and Usha at TAMA’s Sankranti Celebration

March 2006
It’s Music, Dance and Usha at TAMA’s Sankranti Celebration

The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) celebrated its Sankranti Festival (Festival of Harvest) on Jan. 28 with a record turnout of 800 audiences at the Meadowcreek High School.

The event drew people from all walks of life including community leaders, physicians and entrepreneurs who were invited to the stage to present the trophies to participants. Starting with a song by the organization's cultural coordinator, Ramesh Duvvuri, the event also had performances by other members of the community. In addition to several more songs, there were classical and film dance performances. The highlight was a classical kuchipudi dance recital, which focused on the various traditions of Sankranti.

TAMA's executive committee also presented recognition awards to volunteers who have been supporting various activities of the organization in the last few years. The awards were presented by the chief guest of the program and famous Telugu playback singer, Usha.

Earlier, Bala Indurti, president of TAMA, while welcoming everyone to the celebration, emphasized on the silver jubilee event, planned for Sept. 2 and 3, 2006, at the Gwinnett Civic Center. There are around 30 committees comprising 100 members who are charged with organizing the event. In his speech, he asked community members to come forward and support a scholarship program for 100 high-performing students in the government schools of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Finally, the Sankranti celebrations had a melodious ending with Usha singing some of the audience favorites.

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