TAMA celebrates Dasara - Bathukamma
Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) has introduced Dasara Veshalu (dress up) like never before in America. Hundreds of women and girls participated in the second day of Atukula Bathukamma festival with devotion and enthusiasm. TAMA's Dasara - Bathukamma celebrations were held at Desana Middle School on October 15 in a grandway, attended by over 1500 Atlantans. Organizers distributed free kolatam sticks to all the attendees. Everyone appreciated the sumptuous dinner prepared by Kakatiya Indian Kitchen as well as the arrangements and decorations. The youth volunteers worked with dedication.
TAMA Cultural Secretary, Tiru Chillapalli, cordially welcomed everyone and started the program with Jyothi Prajwalana (lighting the lamp) along with the TAMA team. President Sairam Karumanchi extended his Dasara Bathukamma greetings to all and elaborated on the various activities by TAMA. Board Chairman Subbarao Maddali explained about social programs, services, and TAMA weekly free clinic.
Anchors Shravani Rachakulla and DJ Suji not only conducted the program brilliantly but also explained the glory of Dasara Sharannavaratri and the uniqueness of Bathukamma. The chief guest, Johns Creek City Council member Bob Erramilli, greeted everyone and emphasized the importance of our festivals and the need to teach the Telugu language to children. Renowned singers Venkat Chennubhotla, Ram Durvasula, Raga Vahini, KT Sravathi, Gowri Karumanchi, and Durga Gora enthralled the audience with devotional, folk, and duets. Artists entertained the audience with dances, songs, and other talents. Anchors and singers were duly honored by TAMA. Another highlight was the launch of the book,Spiritual Anatomy, written by Heartfulness Meditation Yoga Master Sri. Kamlesh Patel.
In Bathukamma competitions, prizes were given to the top three in individual and group categories, and gifts were given to all participants. Pandit Sri. Siva Nagakumar Dushi started the Bathukamma celebrations with the goddess puja. Women and girls, dressed for the occasion, prepared traditional Bathukammas with a variety of leaves and flowers, worshipped Gowramma, and participated in Bathukamma celebrations. Artists Mahesh Koppu and Sanjeev played drums. Children looked elegant in Dasara Veshalu (dress up). Each one of them dressed up uniquely such as Lord Vishnu, Goddess Kalika Devi, Balatripurasundari, and many more. Vice President Suresh Bandaru thanked all attendees, women, girls, sponsors, volunteers, youth volunteers and their coordinator Malini Akula, artists, decoration by Madhavi Alladi, Jayanthi, DJ Beats & Events, Venkat Chennubhotla, photography by Prem, videography by Raghu, drum artists Mahesh Koppu and Sanjeev, TAMA team, school management, and concluded the grand event.
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