NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA: American Telugu Association [ATA] the 25-year old premier national organization of Telugus in North America is gearing up to unveil its Grand ATA Conference to mark the celebrations of its silver jubilee on an unprecedented scale to showcase the rich enduring Telugu culture in the form of art, music, dance, literary, religious, social, economic, health forums from July 1-3rd 2016 in Chicago at Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
In this great monumental effort, ATA’s top tier team from all across the country converged at Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey to take demonstrably significant measures to host an epic silver jubilee convention with each regional teams from various U.S. cities expressing unrestrained passion, energy and commitment to move forward proactively the largest Conference in Chicago to celebrate the 25 year milestone journey. With the formation of over 70 important committees served by 70 chairs and 100 Co-Chairs with over 200 Members /Advisors and over 300 vendors all are geared up to host this mammoth convention. Several busloads of families from many cities are expected to arrive in Chicago this summer to join the unprecedented gathering of Telugus at the convention. Joining this mammoth effort, Telangana government has announced that it will send a 15-member cultural troupe to augment the ATA festivities at the convention.
The main order of the business in Princeton, New Jersey entailed the election of K.K.Reddy as Conference Director and Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai as Conference Convener; while Krishna Mushyam and Jagan Bukaraju were elected as Conference Co-Conveners — all of this front line team was unanimously chosen with acclamation. ATA Board of Trustees also appointed a new Treasurer Vinod Koduru and five new Trustees who were administered oath immediately. Mahidhar Musukula was appointed as Office Coordinator.
Sudhakar Perkari, ATA President in his welcome remarks thanked and congratulated the outstanding ATA team for their hard work and unmatched commitment. Sudhakar Perkari thanked the Telangana government and ATA team for helping host ATA Vedikalu in Hyderabad to show the spirit of ATA. President Perkari emphasized that among ATA’s principle goals it remains stoically committed to social and charitable mission.
Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai, Conference Convener said that there is a new momentum, new energy matched by robust determination among the Telugu families in the United States to be a historical part of the silver jubilee ATA convention. Chandrasekhar Reddy assured that the ATA convention will be hosted on a scale and magnitude never undertaken.
K.K.Reddy, Conference Director eloquently spelled out the dynamics and the scope of the convention and unveiled the giant strides made in putting together a team of most committed people to undertake the enormous tasks for the ATA Convention. K.K.Reddy assured the ATA members that the Chicago ATA Convention will go down in the history as one of the grandest festival ever undertaken to richly showcase the landmark journey of ATA’s 25 years and predicted that every effort will be made to attract over 12,000 attendances from all across the U.S and other countries including India. K.K.Reddy outlined steps undertaken to mobilize funds to defray the enormous costs associated with hosting such a gigantic convention and challenged every ATA team from various cities to remain fiercely competitive in outraising funds keeping in view the convention and the long-term humanitarian mission of ATA.
Kamala Chimata, Conference Coordinator said the goal of the convention is to promote literary, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin. Iftekhar Shareef, Reception Chair disclosed the plans to rope in VIPs, dignitaries and elected officials both from India and the United States to grace the convention and added that some have already expressed keen interest in attending.
Hanumanth Reddy, ATA Founder in his statement said American Telugu Association will host the ATA Conference in Chicago in a way to show the triumphant journey of ATA which earnestly began in Chicago 25 years ago and today it has grown exponentially.
Karunakar Asireddy, President-Elect, Madhu Bommineni,Secretary, Soumya Kondapalli,Jt.Secretary; while Parmesh Bheemreddy, Dr. Parushuram Pinnapureddy, Ajay Reddy, Arvind Reddy Muppidi, Ravi Patiola, Sridhar Banala, Venu Sankineni, Dr. Sandhya Gavva, Krishna Dyapa, Vija Kundur, Mahidar Sanapareddy were some of the board members who actively took part in formulating important decisions at the meeting. . Some of the others who presented their conference reports and updates include Iftekhar Shareef Reception Chair, Ramesh Garapaty of Cultural Committee, Chelma Reddy Bandaru of Political Action Committee, and Keerthi Ravoori of Media Committee.
The ATA meeting concluded with a grand evening banquet held at The Pind Restaurant in Kingston, New Jersey. For more information, please visit ATA website: http://ataworld.org