Ugadi Utsavaalu, TAMA’s cultural event to celebrate Telugu New Year Day, was celebrated on April 9, 2011 at Independence High School, Alpharetta, GA. Our event sponsor this year was IT Job Café.
A beautiful Saturday evening with warm and crisp weather, breaking the continuous spell of cold, turned out to be a perfect setting for a huge turnout that seemed to have enjoyed an eclectic mix of dances, songs and instrumentals featuring classical, folk and film songs. What more, a hilarious skit of an NRI’s search for his soul mate, brought the house down with riveting performances and witty dialogue.
One of the special aspects of this event was an enthusiastic participation from various local dance schools around the town. Mallikarjuna Sarma’s Panchaanga Sravanam provided insight into what’s in store this year for people various sun signs.
Emcees for the event, Gopal Turaga, Abhishek Devulapally, Vaidehi Rallapalli, engaged the audience with their comic exchanges and succinct anecdotes related to the importance of Ugadi festival. The latter was also done eloquently by a trio of kids who spoke in chaste Telugu about the importance of Ugadi and typical activities involved with celebrating Ugadi, back in India.
The event itself was flagged off by Cultural Secretary Sandhya Yellapragada’s words followed by a prayer. President Sunil Katepalli and Chairman Chand Akkineni talked at length about the progress on TAMA’s 30 Year Maha Sambaraalu event. Vice President Suresh Peddi provide vote of thanks at the event.
TAMA Board and Executive Committee extends special thanks to the below, listed in no particular order, for their support and participation, without which this event would not have happened.
Ram Durvasula – For audio and lighting
Kiran Nadella – For photos and video coverage
Sai Murali Indian Restaurant – For snacks and dinner
Dish Network, Vibha, Isha, Mrs. Suhasini, and Ms. Rama Jayanthi – For stalls at the event
All Participants, Program Coordinators and numerous Volunteers that helped at the event.
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