BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA, July 18, 2021: Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS) celebrated Telangana Formation Day on June 12, 2021 at Memories Event Space, Atlanta. Special invitees included Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consul General of India, Atlanta, Jim Gilvin Mayor, Alpharetta, GA and Joe Perkins, Deputy Sheriff of Forsyth County along with GATeS Committee, founder members, past organization leadership and other committee presidents.
Along with paying homage to sacrifices made to achieve separate state of Telangana state, the event also recognized contributions of frontline workers across the world during the pandemic. “GATeS association salutes each and every one of them for all the sacrifices and brave effort,” said Kishan Rao Tallapally, President, GATeS.
Janardhan Pannela GATes Secretary, popular folk singer, commenced the event briefing about The Telangana Formation Day. He introduced special invitees, and invited Tallapally and Chittari Pabba, BOD Chairman to join special invitees on stage for the traditional lighting of the lamp.
Pannela’s patriotic rendition of Telangana state song “Jaya Jaya HE Telangana” invigorated the audience. A moment of silence was observed in memory of all martyrs.
Chittari Pabba unveiled all GATeS initiatives and Kishan Tallapally thanked all the sponsors and well-wishers of GATeS for their unconditional support to make the organization successfully serve locally and needs back home. Gates leadership started new initiatives to work with local governments to help charities or services to build relationship for betterment of the society.
Dr. Kulkarni launched new initiatives of GATeS including Community help line, Scholarship program and Monthly food drive. She also spoke about the program Chatbot, which helps any service from consulate online and 75 years Independence program. Mayor Gilvin underlined the services of Alpharetta emphasizing that the Indian community serves as great asset towards the growth of the city. Perkins highlighted the association of Indian community in law enforcement and vaccine help.
Each year, GATeS recognizes outstanding citizens for their services and time to society. This year GATeS felicitated Praveen Maripelly for providing free yoga sessions on weekends, Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, for medical services, Mr. Jalajam Satyanarayana, writer, translator and educationalist for outstanding services in education and literature. Also, Tennis sports awards were presented to winners by Mayor Gilvin.
While vivacious and energetic dance performances by Garima Dance Academy and Pushyami Lanka entertained the audience with the rhythmic strides, popular singers Srinivas Durgam and Janardhan Pannela entertained with crowds with their song renditions. A sumptuous spread of local Telangana delicacies including Sakinalu, Murkulu and Garelu pampered the crowd’s palette.
“To make any event successful, lot of hard work needed behind the scenes, and we thank each member of committee for their heartful support to make the event grand success.” Said Tallapally
GATeS Executive Committee: Kishan Tallapally – President, Chittari Pabba – Board Chairman, Sunil Gotoor – Vice President, Janardhan Pannela – General Secretary, Srinivas Parsa – Treasurer, Sandeep Reddy Gundla – Cultural Secretary, Prabhakar Madupathi – Sports Secretary and Chalapathi Vennamaneni – Event Secretary
Board of Directors: Ramachary Nakkerty, Anitha Nellutla, Ramana Gandra, Ganesh Kasam, Naveen Battini, Naveen Vujjini and Kirthidhar Goud Chekkilla,
Advisory Board: Dr Srini Gangasani, Dr. Satish Cheti, Prabhakar Boyapally, Goutham Goli, Karunakar AsiReddy, Kiran Pasham, Venkat Veeraneni, Srijan Joginipally, Sridhar Julapelly, Narender Reddy, Nanda Chatla, Sreedhar Nelavelli, Anil Boddireddy, Ratan Elugunti and Thirumal Pitta
Chairs/Co-Chairs: Jyothsna Palakurthy, Poojitha Bysani, Rajib Mukherjee, Suma Kasam, Sushma Kondapalli, Harish Baethi, Vijaykumar Vinjamara, Chandu Peddapatla, Sridhar Gangadhari, Anand Bukka, Rama Krishna Gandra, Gangadhar Thota, Chandrashekar Altheti, Suman Gurrapu, Raghuveer Reddy, Srikanth Gillala, Kavitha Veerabomma, Madhu Nambeti, GopiKrishna Mangineni, Kamala Kuricheti, Geetha Narannagari, Sharath Gandra, Vikas Telukuntla, Sridhar Reddy Pasham, Vijay Ennamaneni, Nithin Jalagam, Raghu Rachamalla and Sridhar Chodavarapu.
GATeS thanked the leaders from Indian organization who graced the occasion, including Karunakar AsiReddy, Anil Boddireddy (ATA), Venkat Gaddam (TTA), Bala Reddy Indurthi (NATA), Bapu Reddy, Rajendra Janumpally, Kiran Baddam (TDF), Sathyanarayana Reddy Thangirala, Sai Gorrepati (GATA), Prashanti Asireddy (HTA), Sunil Savili, Srinivas Peddi, Lakshmi Thesam (IFA), Innaiah Yenumula, Ravi Kalli (TAMA), Viju Chiluveru, Rahull Chikyala and Ravi Chander.
“GATeS appreciates and is thankful to all the sponsors for generously donating to help GATeS execute events, services and activities and hoping to have more support from them in future as well,” said Tallapally
Pannela concluded on a high note appreciating all the people who supported and attended the event, in his vote of thanks.