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Maha Sambaralu: TAMA Set to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Union Minister Purandareswari to address celebrations in Atlanta

Vendor booths, crafts, food, competitions, seminars entertainment features on July 9


Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) is all set to celebrate its 30th anniversary “Maha Sambaralu” on a grand scale show casing the eminence of the Telugu culture, heritage, art, literature, language and even the taste of authentic Andhra food at Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention center Concourse, College park, Georgia on July 9. 

Ms. Purandareswari, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, and daughter of NTR will be the chief guest. Other guests at the celebration include Nadendla Manohar, Speaker of Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly, Nandamuri Bala Krishna, popular Telugu cine actor and several prominent social, spiritual, cultural, literary, art, entertainment, business and educational personalities like Dr. Ghajal Srinivas, Flute Naga Raju, Mani Nagaraju, literary scholars Medasani Mohan and Vaddiparthi Padmakar, Geetha Madhuri, Madhushalini, Kota Shankar Rao and Gowtham Raj etc. are attending these celebrations. TAMA festival also offers products and services from local vendors, arts and crafts, favorite foods, quality entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The two-day event, a star banquet on Friday, July 8 at Forsyth Conference Center and “Maha Sambaralu” on Saturday, July 9 at Georgia International convention Center are special occasions for the Telugu community living in and around Atlanta.

The Central organizing committee joined by various committees has made elaborate arrangements to make the conference a memorable one for the attendees. TAMA has constituted several committees with the representatives from the EC, Board and community at large. Together, they are taking the responsibility of organizing the 30th anniversary celebrations on a grand scale. TAMA has introduced Annual sponsorship packages to give benefits for 12 months in 2011 for the sponsors. Sponsors will know the total cost for the year and can allocate their budgets. 

The 30th annual celebrations will be a great opportunity for sponsors to promote their services. Young people from the Telugu speaking Indian community in Atlanta are fully engaged in preparations to celebrate “Maha Sambaralu”. 
Over the years TAMA has grown and has become an integral part of the Indian Community in Metro Atlanta and an active participant not only in the Indian community but also in the mainstream community. TAMA organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic, “Palleku Podam” as scheduled activities. Besides these, several other literary and cultural events go on like 'Sahiti Sadassu' (literary meet), musical nights, and fund-raising programs, celebrating various festivals, Kid fest, etc. TAMA also runs a school for young kids 'Mana Badi'. TAMA is on the forefront in helping the community back in India and in particular Andhra Pradesh in various ways in times of distress during natural calamities etc., 

In serving the Telugu community in and around Atlanta, TAMA has been promoting Unity, Culture and Education among the Telugu people in Atlanta. Sponsors have played an important role by standing behind TAMA for financial support. TAMA looks forward for continued support and generosity from sponsors.

In the early years, Telugu families used to meet at individual houses. The growing needs of the community necessitated the local Telugu families to start an organization in 1981 and the rest is history. The growth of TAMA into a mature, dynamic, flowering and resourceful association will be a proud chapter in the history of the Telugu community in Metro Atlanta. 

TAMA will be completing 30 years of dedicated service to the Telugu community in and around Atlanta in 2011. It is a proud milestone for the organization, which has remained united despite the political developments in Andhra Pradesh or organizational changes with National Telugu organizations. It is the time to celebrate the Telugu community’s unity and dedicated service!!

The event also included a mega musical night with live orchestra, a business seminar, a career development, Interfaith and senior citizen sessions, a Kids’ Fest, Sahiti Sadassu, Astavadhanam, cultural activities, Dance, Drama and much more. The two-day celebrations promise to offer a complete spectrum of programs related to knowledge and entertainment.
TAMA 30 year’s celebrations “Maha Sambaralu” is a first-class, affordable quality family event,” Chand Akkineni, Chairman of TAMA board, said. “This will be the 30th anniversary of TAMA, and several very special events are planned to commemorate this very special anniversary.”
In addition to fun games, fancy dresses, moon walk, Pop Corn, Sno Cones, drawing and quiz, Children of all ages will also be able to enjoy the attractions provided by Maha Sambaralu.

Maha Sambaralu will be open Saturday from 9AM to midnight. Various committees constituted for the conference are ready with several well-planned programs. The event promises to offer a complete spectrum of social, spiritual, cultural, literary, art, entertainment, business and knowledge-related events. Being the 30th conference, TAMA set the theme of the convention as “Telugu Samskruti – TAMA Sravanti.” Various sessions that are to be held simultaneously during the event, include business seminars, youth programs, literary, spiritual and cultural discussions. More than 75 attractive stalls exhibiting their wares will be setup at the convention center, where attendees can happily shop around. 

Organizers told this reporter that the TAMA celebration is a perfect vacation for the entire family and an opportunity to meet other Telugu families and celebrities at one place and they appeal to all the Telugus and other communities to participate in the Maha Sambaralu actively as this is an opportunity to attend a mega Telugu event. Organizers invite everyone to come out and enjoy the 30th anniversary of every family’s favorite event,” To register for any of the activities or events, purchase admission tickets, visit TAMA website: or call 404-946-TAMA.

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