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Atlanta, GA: : In his brief address at the “TANA Meet & Greet – Gala Banquet”, Hon. Ajit Kumar, Consul General of India in Atlanta praised Telugu Association of North America (TANA) for the work they are doing in fulfilling their mission, i.e., fulfilling the social, cultural and educational needs of Indian people here, particularly Telugu people. TANA is doing a splendid job, he said, adding that many a time TANA helps many needy Indians in this country when no body comes forward to help. “So I would like to place on record TANA’s sterling services to Indian Americans,” he said.
Hon.Ajit kumar, CGI in Atlanta lighting a traditional lamp to mark the opening of registrations for Global science fair.
Talking about India-US relations, he said Indian Americans here have played a significant role and they are instrumental in bringing bilateral relations between India and the US much closer. The Consul General hoped that the establishment of the Indian consulate in Atlanta gives further impetus in developing the relations between India and United States in all aspects. He further said there is a plenty of hope in improving relations with businesses in Georgia and with the community, with the establishment of the consulate.
Jayaram Komati from California and past president of TANA being felcitated in Atlanta for his outstanding services world wide.
TANA held its board meeting here in Atlanta from June 1-3, where TANA leaders from various cities across America gathered here and discussed various subjects. On the occasion of the gathering of TANA’s national leadership in large number, TANA representatives of southeast region organized a “TANA Meet & Greet – Gala Banquet” in their honor at Forsyth Conference center on June1. The banquet was attended by over 300 people and graced by Hon. Ajit Kumar and his wife Margaret. Prasad Thotakura, current president of TANA, Jayaram Komati, past president of TAMA and other leaders of TANA have given details of various activities and achievements of TANA. Speaker after speaker have noted the contributions and role of Atlanta Telugu community in strengthening TANA and reminded major decisions were taken in Atlanta.
Dr. Sujata Reddy receiving TANA recognition award for her outstanding service to Telugu community through SAI free health fairs.
TANA recognition awards were presented to Dr. Sujatha Reddy, Ravi R Ponangi and Khalid Qaiyum for their outstanding service to Telugu community. Madhu Tata, TANA regional director, Purna veerapaneni, TANA foundation trustee, Seshagiri Rao Mandava, ad hoc committee chair and Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, chair of TANA Team Square along with entire national leadership of TANA on stage felicitated Komati Jayaram, past president of TANA for his 20 years of community service in the presence of large gathering of the community.
Prasad Thotakura, president of TANA presenting TANA recognition award to Ravi Ponangi for his outstanding services to telugu community.
TANA is the oldest and largest India-American organization in North America that was started in 1977. TANA’s mission is to fulfill social, cultural and educational needs of North American Telugu Community in particular and Telugu people in general. TANA aims to perpetuate, integrate, and assimilate the cultural heritage of the Telugu-speaking people into the mainstream of North America. Telugu and Indian ethnic organizations around the world look up to TANA as a pioneer and role model for its various innovations in promoting culture and serving the community.
Khalid Qaiyum receiving TANA recognition award for his outstanding services through sports.
During its three decade history, TANA has distinguished itself through its various activities in pursuit of its mission in North America and India. It plays an important role in developing, nurturing, preserving and propagating arts specific to the Telugu people.
TANA Foundation, the charitable wing of TANA, spends millions of dollars each year in Andhra Pradesh, in pursuit of useful and essential projects in literacy, education, sanitation, disease prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation.
TANA is engaged in many social activities in North America as well. Many members volunteer their time, efforts and other resources to community service. Every year, TANA presents backpacks and other school supplies to children in low income school districts in various cities across North America. TANA members help conduct health camps and take part in disaster relief activities across the world. The many volunteers of TANA Emergency Assistance Management Team (TEAM Square) are well known for their tireless efforts in assisting distressed North American Telugus in times of catastrophe. Thru its Business Conferences, TANA nurtures and encourages entrepreneurship among Telugus.