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Atlantans receive Vamsee International awards

January 2014
Atlantans receive Vamsee International awards

Vamsee Ramaraju, founder-chairman of the Hyderabad-based Ghantasala International Foundation Trust (GIFT), traveled from India to present awards to three of Atlanta’s community leaders at a ceremony at Global Mall in Norcross, Georgia on December 10, 2013.

L to R: Ravi Chander, Shiv Aggarwal, Vamsee Ramaraju, and Mustafa Ajmeri at the awards ceremony.

Global Mall owner Shiv Aggarwal was recognized for his leadership in promoting Indian culture and heritage and his wisdom in giving back to the community as a social responsibility in business. Mustafa Ajmeri was honored with a title ‘Desi Ambassador in Pardes’ for his efforts in building a strong bond through arts and culture among diverse communities in the US. Ravi Chander, current president of the Rotary club of Emory/Druid Hills, was recognized for his efforts in setting reverse osmosis purified water plants in the fluoride affected areas of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh.

The 42-year-old Foundation is an arts and cultural organization with branches in the US. Ramaraju is known to NRIs, especially the Telugu-speaking community. As managing trustee of the 25-year-old Vegesna Foundation, he helps NRIs to help rural disabled children by offering education, vocational training, and medical rehabilitation.

Before the awards ceremony, the Rotary club of Emory/Druid Hills presented a live charity concert, one of several concerts being held in the US for the benefit of the Vegesna Foundation’s work. Golden melodies of Bollywood music were presented by singers Ms. Mani Sastry from Houston, Texas, and Bala Kameswara Rao and Krishna Prasad from Hyderabad, India.

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