The celebrations began at 5:30 pm. At the entrance pasupu and kumkuma were offered to the women guests by DTA youth to symbolize the festive mood. Delicious telugu bhojanam was served by Asoka restaurant. Bobbatlu were the highlight of this meal. The event started with DTA kids singing Vandemataram. The cultural program was a fine blend of items such as folk dances from Andhra Pradesh, mimicry, karaoke and excellent dances for popular telugu movie songs. Priest, Janaki Rama Sastry garu has done the Panchanga Sravanam which is an integral part of Ugadhi celebrations. The event was attended by app. 1000 telugu people.
DTA president Ms. Vanita Reddy, in her welcome address gave a warm and hearty welcome for the guests and a special welcome to Dr. Ghazal Srinivas, the chief guest of the occasion. She explained the significance and the underlying meaning of Ugadhi pacchadi. She urged the telugu parents to teach telugu language to their kids at school level and also to encourage them to enroll for telugu language at the University of Michigan, once they are in college. She appealed to everyone to take memberships in as many telugu associations as possible, and be a part of them to strengthen our telugu culture and heritage. She thanked the DTA executive members for their diligent efforts and commitment.
The team members are: Srinivas Koneru (president-elect), Ramana Mudeganti (General Secretary), Sridhar Patel (Publications secretary), Venkat Aekka(Cultural secretary), Subramanyam Pilli (Treasurer), Mahesh Uppalapati (Joint treasurer), Venugopal Suraparaju (Sports- coordinator), Nivedita Sanam, Aruna Thota, Padmaja Nandigama, Vijaya Lakshmi Neela (members at Large). Youth committee members have done a wonderful job of helping everywhere during the event and also in eamceeying the cultural program. Dance teachers from Detroit metro area Ms. Hemalatha Bhamidipati, Ms. Alkananda Jupudi, Ms. Vidya Krishnamurthy were felicitated for their unique presentation of dances from their students.
DTA youth committee members, Anisha Koppolu, Satya Dalavai, Chaitanya Malla, Vinuthna Venigalla, Preeti Lokam, Vivek Polavarapu, Avani Uppalapati, Snigdha Paruchuri, Poornima Rao and Bhavika Chepuri have done a fantastic job of entertaining the audience with super hit telugu movie song dances.
Grand finale for the night was Dr. Ghazal Srinivas’s program which was the hightlight of the evening. The audience drowned in sweet sorrow on hearing a ghazal about childhood “Sarvasvam neekistha naa balyam naakicheyi”. Audience could not control their emotions and tears when he sang a ghazal about the unconditional and innocent love of a mother toward her child and how she worries about her kids regardless of their age, “yaada vunnado koduku emi thinnado”. He emphasized the importance of human values such as forgiveness, love to motherland and to telugu language through his fine ghazals. He praised the telugus in north America for their dedication towards telugu language. To put it simply, it was mesmerizing and wonderful to see that he moved each and every soul in the audience with his heart-touching style. Dr. Srinivas was felicitated by Dr. Hanumiah Bandla, current president TANA (Telugu Association of North America) and by Dr. G. Sudhakar Reddy , International Co-ordinator, ATA (Americal Telugu Association). Ms. SudhaRani Chava, Managing Director, D Media also graced the occasion. Ms Vanita Reddy gave the vote of thanks and the program concluded with Sindura Reddy singing the Indian national anthem.