TLCA successfully celebrated 2012 Nandana Naama Samvatsara Ugadi program. The celebrations were witnessed by more than 1000 audience flooded from the Tri-State, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The audience witnessed local talent and performances by celebrities invited from India, including Movie stars, Tanikella Bharani, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Dookudu, Vinayakudu fame actress and Nandi Award winner Sonia, Bunny heroine Gouri Munjal, singers Krishna Chaitanya and Shraavana Bhargavi. This star studded entertainment show which was a huge success!
The cultural extravaganza started with a song singing praises of Lord Ganesha. It was followed by a well orchestrated Pancharatna, praises of Lord. Organized for the first time in the 40 years' history of the TLCA, TLCA's Got Talent, the brainchild of our President, Nagendra Gupta, received thunderous applause from the audience! Siddhu Elisetty stood runner up as Pooja Nattu was declared the winner.
TLCA paid tribute to 80 years of Telugu cinema with a fulfilled medley performed by local members choreographed by Krishnasri Gandham and Kalpana Vanam. After the festive Vindu Bhojanam new Telugu Panchangam for the Nandana Nama Samvatsaram was read to keep up the tradition by priest.
Mr. Veloor Nagendra Gupta, President, detailed his agenda for the year in his Presidental address. Explaining the welfare programs taken up by TLCA, he said this year, TLCA will conduct two medical camps for the benefit of the community. Youth is our future and to promote use of Telugu among the Youth this year TLCA will organize a program called EFFECTIVE SPEAKING IN TELUGU FOR YOUTH. TLCA will continue the regular programs & events too.
The next item was a scintillating fusion of music, drama and dance on the lives of the Telugu Sankeertanacharyulu (composures). The drama, Vaageyakarulu was a unique blend of drama with dance superbly choreographed by the well known classical dance teachers of New York and New Jersey, Guru Sadhana Paranji, Guru Satya Pradeep and Guru Indira Dixith. The drama enacted by noted New York TLCA artists enthralled the audience in every aspect.
Another first in the history of TLCA is the audio release of the movie MIDHUNAM directed by Sri Tanikella Bharani by Smt Usha and Sri Poornachadra Reddy Aramalla. The first copy was presented to the Member of Parliament Sri Madhu Yashki.
The momentous event of the show was honoring a renowned businessman, philanthropist, pride of Telugus in NY, Sri Babu Rao Mandava on being conferred the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor for 2011 for his service to our community.
Sri Gundu Hanumantha Rao, noted cine artist comedian, entertained the audience with his humorous jokes. Thereafter Krishna Chaitanya and Shaavana Bhargavi, the cine playback singers, carried the audience in to the world of music and songs. Kids and adults joined steps with the young, dynamic singers and the hall reverberated with claps and applauses. Sonia and Gouri Munjal danced to the songs and stole the hearts of the viewers.
At the end, President Nagendra Gupta thanked all those involved in organizing the event. He conveyed his thanks to Cultural Chair, Sri Dharmarao Tapi, Vice President Rao Voleti, Treasurer Satya Challapalli and all other Chairmen. Secreatary, Krishnasri Gandham proposed the vote of thanks to the donors, media and the audience for their august presence. Thanks to all the donors for supporting this succesful event and Special Thanks goes to Sri Malla Reddy and Sadhana garu for sponsoring the event with sumptuous dinner.