Sankranti Event... Music, Dance and a bunch of emotions!

Look at the stage ornately decorated with Kites and Floral Designs. Then take a look at kids who are colorfully dressed up and excited to rock the floor. Go to backstage and take yet another look at Committee Members and Volunteers who spend hours in putting together the show. The result is sheer magic !

With every passing year, motivation together with dedication by TAMA team towards organizing events, has been growing consistently. Everyone works passionately to offer a flawless program to the community. This is very evident at recent Sankranti Event held on Saturday December 19, 2013 at Independence School, Alpharetta.

It all started with an on-site ‘Muggula Poti’ (a competition for women to draw floral designs). Several girls and women have drawn beautiful designs. ‘Muggulu’ is a true tradition of South India especially during Sankranti Days. After the initial social hours of the early birds, the program started around 6 pm with a welcome note by Cultural Secretary Vijay Ravilla. A wonderfully tuned Invocation Song Ganeshaya Dhimahi by Rohan Aluri,Harish Suryadevara, Monish Jampala and Rithwik Koppaka set the festive mood for the program. As the audience started pouring in, the program moved along with thematic songs based on Sankranti Festival... ‘Sankranthi Vachinde Tummeda’ by Srinivas Durgam Usha Mocherla ‘Bharata Vedamuga’ by Srivalli Kondur and Rashmi Kondur coordinated by Devanand Kondur.

A Medley song by Bhanusri Vavilikolanu, Jayasri Devalapalli and Usha Mocherla coordinated Bhanusri Vavilikolanu and ‘Amma Donga’ (Private Song) Vennela Sai Gosukonda and Jaabili Sai Gosukonda brought excitement to the program. Yet another variation to the program was demonstrated by students of TAMA ‘Mana Badi’ - Telugu School. This song was coordinated by Smt. Arundhati Koduru. Audience have applauded the talent of Manomay, son of Sailaja Devabaktuni who sang Annamayya Kirthanas flawlessly.

TAMA events are never complete without exciting dances to film tunes. Dance numbers for a medley song ‘Barso, Saar Vastara and Aaja Nachle’ and another dance for the song ‘Jallanta Kavvinta’ got lot of applause from audience.

Later, newly elected President and a long-time TAMA office and volunteer, Mahesh Pawar greeted the audience and introduced elected members of Executive Committee and Directors of the Board. Srinivas Lavu, Chairman of TAMA Board of Directors explained about various projected that were initiated by TAMA like Health Clinic, Networking Events, Scholarships, Library, and Group Travel and invited members to take the advantage of these initiatives. He also explained how leasing office space for TAMA during early 2012 has helped the organization in organizing Mana Badi, Maitri, EC and Board Meetings, etc. Meher Lanka, Anand Akkineni and Ram Maddi - all Board Members spoke briefly about various project they were coordinating.

A request was made to observe two minutes of silence to respect to Dr. P.V. Rao who passed away on December 24, 2012. Dr. Mangaraju Vanapalli, Narender Reddy, Dr. B.K.Mohan, Dr. Seshu Sarma, Venu Dasigi, Smt. Sasikala Penumarthi, Ravi Penumarthi and Ravi Ponangi briefly recollected their association with him. Sandhya Yellapragada spoke about Dr. Rao’s contribution to TAMA over the years. Viju Chiluveru, Board Member has coordinated this Tribute Program and said, “Dr. Rao is indeed watching it live from the Above”.

After few more rocking dances and beautiful song numbers, Prizes were distributed to all the Winners of myQMath Competitions held few weeks ago. Prizes and Gift Cards were distributed by Viju Chiluveru, Mahesh Pawar and Vijay Ravilla. Dance on Joharu Sikhipinchamouli from Sri Krishna Vijayam by Sridevi Dadithota, former TAMA President was a true finishing touch to the event. Sandhya Yellapragada, Vice President proposed Vote of Thanks.

Coordination of Audio System by Devanand Kondur is simply superb and has exceeded TAMA’s expectations. Srivalli Kondur, a long-time TAMA Volunteer was the presenter of the program as an MC. She did a terrific job in spite of last minutes changes in the program.

Photographs taken by another Volunteer Lavanya Palaparthy came out very beautifully. She covered every bit of the program and competition.

TAMA sincerely thanks the Event Sponsor, Karun Asireddy, Infosmart Technologies and other sponsors Unicorn Technologies, CodeForce 360, Paramount, EIS Technologies and Cake World. Food was provided by Hot Breads. Special thanks to Ram Moturu, Srivalli and Srinivas durgam who worked tirelessly as great volunteers.

TAMA is a on a roll. Stay tuned for a line-up exciting programs and interesting projects throughout the year.

Report by Viju Chiluveru



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