Greater Atlanta Telangana Society celebrated first Telangana State Formation Day Celebrations in a grand way on Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at Lanier Technical College in Cumming, GA.
The event was a great success and over 1,500 attendees well enjoyed. They were awe-stuck and spell bound for almost seven continuous hours. The event started at 5:10 pm. As people started porting in, the show continued and the Hall was full even at 11:30 pm.
For the first time in Atlanta, an evening event pulled 1,500+ participants and receiving praises from all that attended.
Celebrations started with lighting of the lamp by Neelya Bhavani (Telugu Movie Artist), Singer Adarshini and GATeS women, followed by Janardhan Pannela singing 'Jaya Jaya he Telangana...' With EC and BOD.
Organizers had a huge line-up of various cultural activities – with 200+ performers that exhibited with excellent professionalism: Inaugural Song specially written and composed for the event with beautiful dance, Telugu Film Songs, Film Songs Medley, Lambadi Dance, Group Singing, Fancy Dress Show, Telangana Ratnalu, Dance Medley, Vinayaka dance, Telangana Folk Music, Telugu Medley Dance, Bollywood Dance, Live Telugu Music, Live Folk singing of famous Nalla Cheera Nalla Raika (Golla Mallamma Kodala) with Dance, Urumulu Merupulu, Classical Kuchipudi Dance coordinated by Neelima Gaddmanugu, Telangana Amara Veerulu Skit coordinated by Srinivas Durgam, Freedom Fighters Skit coordinated by Geetha Aparna Turaga, Medley Dance coordinated by Shiv’s Institute of Dance were some of the highlights.
Viju Chiluveru, Anitha Nellutla, Jyothsna Ravi, Madhurima Charugundla, Ram Garipalli, Srinivas Garlapati and Swapna Aravind presented the event in a lively manner with wit and enthusiasm. Sri Ramchander Rao Naraparaju, MLC and leading lawyer from Telangana was guest of honor who spoke in length about the Telangana movement and the tasks ahead in building up the new state.
Sri T. Harish Rao, Minister of Irrigation, Government of Telangana sent a recorded video message and reminded about the role of NRIs in the fight for Telangana and praised GATeS for its activities.
Sri A. Indrakaran Reddy, Minister of Law, Housing & Endowments, Telangana sent his wishes in a recorded video. Sri Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Minister of Telangana addressed the gathering thru live Video link and congratulated the participants.
GATeS conducted a fund-raising Volleyball Tourney to help Autism Society, Fire Department, Police Departments and Ocee Park. Trophies were given to the teams that excelled and Check were presented to the beneficiaries.
Within a very short period, GATeS was able to raise about $8,000 thru the tourney.
President Dr. Venkat Veeraneni welcomed the attendees and spoke about GATeS activities. He thanked scores of volunteers that worked tirelessly hundreds of hours over the past 3 months to make State Formation Day Celebrations memorable.
Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Chairman of BOD explained the mission of GATeS and thanked all Sponsors for their belief in GATeS and supporting. Donors were felicitated and recognized by GATeS (Formerly Telangana Community, Inc – TCI) founding members.
Our Chief Guest attended from Telangana State Sri N. Ramachander Rao, MLC and Senior Lawyer, All India Barcuncil and Press Council member, Sri Srinivasan, Consulate General of India in Atlanta attended the event and reminded the audience about the Fund Raising event that GATeS held earlier this year and extended his support for future activities. Neelya Bhavani, movie artist was a special attraction at the event.
Adarshini Katyala, Singer (younger sister of music director, late Chakri) entertained the audience with her melodious voice along with local Singers – Janardhan Pannela, Srinivas Durgam & Ram Durvasula. Goreti Venkanna, famous folk singer brought cheer and joy to the audience with his Songs and dances till mid-night.
While Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College was fully packed, hundreds of participants were seen in lobbies and dining area. Planning for these Telangana State Formation Day celebrations started March and were meticulously planned and executed by Dr. Venkat Veeraneni, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Rahul Chikyala, Janardhan Pannela, Viju Chiluveru, Sridhar Nelavelli, Suresh Kumar Volam, Anil Boddireddy and scores of Volunteers from all over Atlanta.
American Telugu Association (ATA), North American Telugu Association (NATA) and Telangana American Telugu Association (TATA) co-sponsored the event. Swapna Indian Cuisine generously provided delicious Dinner at a very nominal price.
Photography and Videography was done by Vakiti Creations and DJ by Anil Boddireddy and Suresh Karothu.