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Spectacular Holi Hungama by IFA with Vibrant Colors

By Mahadev Desai
April 2017
Spectacular Holi Hungama by IFA with Vibrant Colors


(Left) Playing Holi was awsome!
(Photo: Divya Desai – PixelCollectionPhotography)


Holi, a traditional Hindu festival, celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. It is best known around the world for the powder that revelers throw on each other, leaving festivalgoers coated in color. Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) organized a spectacular Holi for the first time on March 11, 2017 at the huge ground in Skyland Business Centre. More than 600 members of the Indian community and other Americans thronged to the venue to enjoy the celebrations.


Squirt guns sprayed color high in the air. (Photo: Vakiti Creations)

Guests of honor, Consul D. V. Singh and a few prominent leaders in Georgia, graced the event. The decorated stage with Indian and U.S. flags and a great sound system made an impression on the audience.



And the dust was flying.
(Photo: Divya Desai – PixelCollectionPhotography)

Color battles!
(Photo: Divya Desai – PixelCollectionPhotography)

DJ Ameet rocked the event with his electrifying music, and the crowd was dancing to his tunes throughout the event. At the same time photographers from Vakiti Creations and Divya Desai – PixelCollectionPhotography were busy capturing the pictures and videos using cameras and drones.



Covering Consul and all in color!

Food vendors Bawarchi Biryani Pointe and Sanjha Chula were on site with a live cookout of delicious Indian foods, Raja Foods of Patel Bros served sugar cane juice and thandai, Suvidha Groceries provided organic colors which were safe for the environment and kids.

This event exemplifies the organization’s vision of bringing the Indian community together. Various Indian organizations were represented, including American Telugu Association, Maharastra Mandal, Telangana American Telugu Association, Gujarati Samaj, Shiv Mandir, Greater Atlanta Telangana Society, Greater Atlanta Telugu Association, etc.



Transformed! (Photo: Divya Desai – PixelCollectionPhotography)

IFA founding members Sunil Savili and Shyam Mallavarapu announced Sreekanth Uppala as President and Anil Bodireddy as Chairman for IFA. Sreekanth Uppala and Anil Bodireddy said that they were overwhelmed by the support and participation from the community. They provided updates on upcoming IFA events and thanked sponsors Suvidha Groceries, Bawarchi Biryani Point, Skyland Business Centre, and Patel Bros, as well as IFA team members Srinivas Peddi, Sairam Pamulapati, Shyam Mallavarapu, Sunil Savili, Lakshmi Thesam, Shwetha Dhawan, Suyog Buche, Kishan Talapally, Deepa Sharma, Jamaluddin Masthakhan, Sanjeev Akula, Arun Darpally, Niranjan Podduturi, Suresh K Volam, Abay Radhakrishna, Ravi Balasubramanium, and Sridevi Ranjit, and volunteers and participants.


Blue hair, orange faces, and laughter! (Photo: Vakiti Creations)

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