Vendor booths, crafts, food, competitions, seminars entertainment features from July 6-8
BY RAVI R PONANGI
Atlanta, GA: American Telugu Association’s (ATA) biennial 12th conference will be held at the prestigious Georgia World Congress convention center (GWCC), Atlanta, Georgia from July 6, to July 8.
Preparations are on high gear for the grand event. The GWCC is a major convention center in Atlanta, and the fourth-largest convention center in the United States. The conference will be on a grand scale showcasing the Telugu culture, heritage, art, literature, language and even the taste of authentic Telugu cuisine at GWCC.
M. M. Pallam Raju, Govt. of India’s Minister of State for Defense will be the chief guest and inaugurates the conference on Saturday, July 7. Several prominent social, spiritual, cultural, literary, art, entertainment, business, media and educational personalities at the convention include Harish Rao, Kishan Reddy, Galla Aruna, Nannapaneni Rajakumari, Ileana, Thaman, AVS, Dil Raju, Garikipati narasimha Rao, Goreti Venkanna, Rasamai Balkishan, Mohd. Azaruddin, Ravi Prakash of TV9 and a host of other guests are attending the 3-day conference.
Atlanta is hosting the ATA conference again after a gap of 12 years. Political leaders from India will also interact with the influential Telugu community at the conference. Volunteers of Telugu speaking Indian community in Atlanta area under stewardship of Karunakar Asireddy and Jagan Mohan Rao are fully engaged in preparations to make the ATA conference a memorable one. Programs are well planned by various committees of ATA. Three days conference promise to appeal to all generations and offer a complete range of social, spiritual, cultural, literary, art, entertainment, business and knowledge related events. The theme of the conference is “Passion for our culture, compassion for our people”. Various sessions that are to be held simultaneously during the three days., include business seminars, youth programs, CME, Ashtavadhanam, a musical extravaganza by music director Thaman, other literary and cultural discussions and lectures on spiritual subjects. More than 100 vendors will be setting up their booths and exhibitions. There will be the customary inaugural banquet, which will enthuse the delegates.
Speaking to this reporter, Karunakar Asireddy said, “We are receiving overwhelming response from people worldwide to attend the conference. We are expecting more than 6,000 delegates, with their families. The time has come for us to showcase the rich Telugu language culture and heritage to the mainstream people. The three day ATA conference is a very special occasion for the Telugu speaking community living around the world in general and different cities across America.
American Telugu Association (ATA) was established as not for profit organization in 1990. ATA’s main objective is to assist and promote literature, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin as well as to promote exchange programs for students, scientists, and professionals of Telugu origin between the United States of America, Canada, India and other countries.