BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Vegesna Foundation organized a Live Concert at the J.C. Event Hall in Norcross this May 29th to commemorate 20 years of its services to children with disabilities back in Andhra Pradesh, India. The concert came alive with golden melodies presented by a popular playback singer and TV anchor Vijayalakshmi, Chandra Teja, Program Director of AIR radio and playback singer along with talented local artists from Atlanta.
Located in Hyderabad, India Vegesna Foundation started in 1988 and has been helping physically handicapped, mentally retarded, hearing impaired and blind children live a productive life. The Non-Profit organization offers education up to intermediate, vocational training in tailoring, embroidery, printing & dyeing, computer education, music and yoga. Physiotherapy and surgical corrections by qualified doctors and professionals are also part of the in-house facilities. A moving presentation of students like Shobha Ravi currently employed at ICICI Bank and Pheni Shrinkanth a software engineer among many more, that were able to overcome their limitations with the help of the foundation encouraged the audience to donate to the cause. The founders also mentioned success stories of kids from the school that went on to enroll in Engineering, Medicine, Computers, paramedical courses and commerce fields among others.
Vijayalaskhmi, a complete entertainer surely enthralled the audience with her lively rendition of tunes from the golden era of Hindi cinema. She kept the audience engrossed with Yeh Sama, O Sajna, Chura Liya, Jawa Hai Mohabbat. She also sang Rambha Ho, Lag jaa gale, Awaaz de Kahan Hain with no background music. Vijayalakshmi also performed a telugu number. Raja Teja a well trained singer brilliantly demonstrated the difference between Hindustani and Carnatic music as he presented Jab deep jale aana and Chadvi Ka Chand Ho. Addressing a house full hall, the local artists like Mahesh Patel and Lakshmi, Vaishnavi and Azar Bhai did an equally good job in entertaining the crowd. Deewana Hua baadal by Azar Bhai and Laskhmi was memorable.
Vamsee Ramaraju, the Managing Trustee asked for support for the Foundation. A total of over 4000 dollars was raised at the event. Snacks and Tea were served to the crowd. The entertaining evening for a noble cause ended on a high note of Piya Tu and sent everyone home with blast from the past. Here’s wishing Vegesna Foundation many more years of success in all its endeavors.