Dec 2012: NATA Atlanta celebrated the 150th birth year of the famous
Telugu poet, radical thinker and social reformer, Shri Gurajada
Appa Rao. The Event was held on Saturday, November 3 at the spacious
Banquet hall of “Brindavan” Restaurant in Alpharetta, GA. More than 250
people attended and thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining literary and
cultural festival that marked this joyous occasion.
Kavi”Gurjada, as he is famously known, was unique in many ways. This
included his deep empathy for the under privileged , his social
reforms, his strong desire to bring about social awareness
through his poetry & plays and his revolutionary style
of employing the spoken telugu script to produce plays that stirred the
conscience of the literate and illiterate alike.
are many Telugu organizations across USA that hold Gurajada in high
esteem, it is a matter of pride to us that NATA Atlanta is the first
organization of its kind in the USA to successfully conceive and
diligently execute such a cultural event in his memory and honor,” said
a press release issued by NATA.
program began with the traditional “jyoti prajwalana”, followed by
reminiscences of Gurjada and his works and the inspiration that members
drew from them. Bala Indurti, Dr. Vijaya Vemulapalli, Rao Oleti, Ravi
Kandimalla, Srini Vangimalla, Dr. Satyanarayana Reddy, Dilip Reddy
Tunki, Goutham Goli, Raman Doddla, & Ramesh Chaparala were invited
to perform this traditional ceremony.
There was a fantastic
surprise in store for the audience, when Bala Indurti informed them
that the great grandson of Guarjada was one of them in Atlanta all
along. This little known fact came richly into light, with the
revelation from Shri Oleti Rao Garu, one of Atlanta’s literary giants
and respected scholar. Rao garu shared the memorable experiences
of his famous ancestor to a spellbound audience and in his gentle tone
and rich language, gave a singular perspective of one of the greatest
Telugu literary giants of all times.
Melodious songs kept the
audience entranced and several among the audience actively came forward
and shared their respect for Gurjada. Venkat Chennubhotla, Ram
Durvasula, Phani Dokka, Usha, Sneha, Lakshmi Vedala and Padma Puchha
were some of the popular singers that enthralled the audience with
Gurajada’s famous “desa bhakti geyalu”,
including the literary master piece “desamunu perminchamanna” were sung
with patriotic fervor by the group from Amrithavarshini that included
many young children. Atlanta can truly take pride in not only the
current wealth of literary talent, but also in the prolific group of
talented youngsters who have been carefully guided by their parents and
teachers to preserve our rich cultural values and pursuit of excellence.
Bomma Purnamma”will remain forever in the hearts of Telugu people, as
one of the most touching works of art from Gurjada. Phani Dokka
shared his poetic creation, inspired from this masterpiece. There was
not a dry eye in the audience, as Phani combined his rich baritone and
gentle splash of words to provide an enchanting view of the epic saga.
behalf of NATA, Bala Indurti, Dr. Vijay Vemulapalli, & Hanuman (SVK
Systems) presented the awards to the team members who had been
instrumental in making NATA a house hold name in the South East
Srini Vangimalla proposed the vote of thanks.
was a day to remember Gurjada and his contributions. It also became in
turn, a day that created many fond memories for the telugu community in