Atlanta, Georgia: “The First APNA
Day” got off to a flying start at 3PM on 1st December 2007
at the Ashiana Restaurant at Global Mall, Atlanta, Georgia.
In a glittering ceremony, hosted by TAMA and attended by 600
invited guests, the noble ideals of the new organization
took its first step forward with the enthusiastic support
from a number of community supporters and participants.
Several of them pledged their commitment and support for the
cause of providing medical care to the less privileged
sections of society in Andhra Pradesh, as envisaged by APNA
Foundation. The main thrust of APNA will be in various areas
by improving the provision of water, food, health, shelter
and awarding scholarships. Responding to an appeal by Dr.
Adisesha Reddy and Mr. Bala Indurti, Executive director of
APNA the guests pledged their donations to the noble causes
of APNA. There were several guests who came forward with
large donations. They included Dr. Sadasva Reddy ($11,000),
Dr. Premsagar Reddy ($10,000), Mr. Chowdhary Yalamanchili
($10,000), Dr. Adisesha Reddy ($10,000), Dr. Renuka Reddy
($10,000), Dr. Gandhi Yalamanchili ($10,000) and many
others. It was very gratifying to note that the total
exceeded $100,000. The donation by Mr. Srinivas Lavu on
behalf NTR Trust was greeted with loud cheers.
Mr. Artur Davis, US Congressman from Alabama was the keynote
speaker at “The First APNA Day”. In his keynote address, Mr.
Davis strongly endorsed the aims of APNA. The Congressman
stressed the importance of individual effort in poverty
alleviation programs in India as well as in USA. Sri
Balasubramanyam, the cynosure of all eyes, addressed the
gathering with several significant observations. Stressing
the importance of the ideals set forth by APNA, he exhorted
the audience to not only contribute financially to this
noble effort but also make sure that the hard-earned money
reaches the needy people of AP. He commended the talent of
local performers and wound up his speech by a melodious song
that depicted his humility as a devotee of fine arts. He
received a standing ovation.
The presence of Sri S.P. Balasubramanyam as the Chief Guest
of the evening lent a special aura and importance to the
event. Sri Balasubramanyam lit the ceremonial lamp to
inaugurate the function along with other dignitaries. Sri
S.P. Balasubramanyam and Artur Davis were honored by APNA.
Davis was presented with a plaque by Balasubramanyam.
Davis formally felicitated Balasubramanyam. Dr. Adisesha
Reddy thanked the office-bearers of TAMA for their unstinted
support and co-operation in hosting APNA Day in such a grand
APNA honored Dr. Haranath Policharla, Dr. Jagan Ailinani,
Dr. Prabha Kamath, Dr. P.V. Rao, Ravi R. Ponangi, Atlanta
based journalist and executive members of TAMA. All the
participants in the cultural events of the day and everyone
else who contributed to the success of the program received
medals from Balasubrahmanyam. The commendable job done by
Siri Yellamraju, Sheila Vedala, Lakshmi Vedala, Smitha
Yellamraju, Anita Bhagavathula, Namrata Sathuluru, Durga
Yerramilli, Ramesh Duvvuri, Pushyami Lanka, Venkat and Radha
Chennubhotla as MCs, Mr. Pramod Sangawar and Mr. Ram
Durvasula in managing the audio system, Mr. Venu Polisetty
for video systems, as well as all the volunteers,
registration and the reception, transportation and media
co-ordination committees was recognized and gratefully
Dr. Jagan Ailinani made a Power Point presentation on
“Adopt-a-village” and strongly outlined the importance of
making efforts to spread health and awareness amongst the
poor villagers of AP. Dr. Prabha Kamath also made a
presentation on ‘Coping with Success’. The general
impression gathered from the audience was that the entire
program was a grand success.
Cultural programs were conducted with verve and appropriate
commentary by a competent team of presenters and MCs led by
Ram Durvasula. A brief presentation was devised by Mr. Syam
Yellamraju recognizing the past 25 presidents of TAMA. A
melodious sitar recital by Dr. Kodavatiganti Rohiniprasad
who was ably accompanied on the tabla by Anjaneya Sastry was
received with appreciation by the audience as well as by the
Earlier, the function began with a cheerful hour of
socializing, with the guests enjoying the appetizers and
To a question, Artur Davis told Ravi Ponangi, that he
would be joining the Congressional caucus on India soon. He
also said that he was glad to be able to meet a dynamic
community of USA at the “First APNA Day”.
"India is a great
country and marching forward and becoming a world leader.
Relationship between America and India is vital in the
present world scenario and a lot can be done together for
the betterment of the world," he said.
Balasubrahmanyam, also visited the newly built Sri
Swaminarayan temple at Lilburn. Mitesh Patel and others
received the visiting guest and took them on a tour of the
temple and explained its architectural beauty in detail.
Earlier, swamis of BAPS performed rituals blessings of the
visiting dignitaries. Bala Subrahmanyam told this writer
that the architecture of Sri Swaminarayan temple is amazing
and it represents the true essence of India’s rich heritage..