On May 13, the NTR Trust Atlanta celebrated the NTR birth centenary celebrations in a resounding manner. About 2,500 Telugu NRIs and OCIs participated in the event with enthusiasm. Lambert High School was the venue.
The homage-like event began with the Trust committee members formally lighting the Jyoti. Malathi Naga Bhairava called upon the members to do the honours. A video presentation mirrored the life of the legendary NTR. Talents from various dance schools performed some iconic characters played by the thespian.
Ramu Venigandla (the TDP leader from Gudivada and Chairman of the Venigandla Foundation), Gouthu Sireesha (the Telugu Desam Party State General Secretary), and Jaya Lakshmi Annabathuni (the Guntur Parliament Telugu Mahila President) were among the dignitaries who were present.
Mohan Devu spoke highly of the achievements and contributions of NTR. The Audio-Visuals screened on occasion stood as a testimony to the relevance of the actor-turned-Chief Minister decades after his demise.
In keeping with NTR's love for arts, several artists, singers, music teachers, and literary persons were felicitated on the occasion.
About 2000 were served sumptuous 'Banthi Bhojanalu'. NTR's fans from across the US enjoyed remembering the great. Fans flew to the venue from New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Dallas, Chicago, St Louis and others.
Dr Naren Kodali, Dr. Prasad Nalluri, Raja Kasukurthi, Jani Nimmalagadda, Purushottama Chowdhary Gude, Srinivas Kukatla, Tagore Mallineni, Naga Panchamarthi, Raja Surapaneni, Dr. Uma Katiki Aramandla, Bala, Sri Kalyan Lingamaneni made their presence felt. Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, the TANA President, delivered an eloquent speech.
A larger-than-life bronze statue of NTR will be inaugurated soon. It will be the first-ever NTR statue sponsored by a trust in the US. The Centennial Birthday Celebrations of NTR is the biggest-ever event in the history of the Trust.
Anjaiah Chowdary Lavu, Srinivas Lavu, Anil Yalamanchili, Bharath Maddineni, Madhukar Yarlagadda, Sarath Putti, Innayya Yanumula, Ravi Kalli, Sairam Karumanchi, Suresh Bandaru, Subbarao Maddali, Venkat Meesala, Suresh Dhoolipudi, Srinivas Ramisetti, Kiran Gogineni, Shyam Mallavarapu, Mahesh Koppu, Ram Maddi, Nagesh Doddaka, Venkat Polakam, Sunil Devarapalli, Sriram Royyala, Kamal Sathuluru, Srinivas Uppu, Sunitha Potnuru, Poolani Jasthi, Priyanka Gaddam, Poorna Veerapaneni, Sudhakar Borra, Tirumala Kosaraju, Ram Nekkanti, Surya, Krishna Inupakuthika, Sashikumar Reddy Daggula, Vinay Maddineni, Rajesh Jampala, Giri Suryadevara, Vijay Kothapalli, Murali Boddu, Sudhakar Boddu, Venky Gadde, Saibabu Madineni, Vijay Kotha, Yashwanth Jonnalagadda, Bharath Avirneni, Bala Maddha, Chandoo Avirneni, Srinivas Jeevi, Mukherjee Vemulapalli, Sathya Nagendar Gutthula, Rupendra Vemulapalli, Thiru Chillapalli, Venkat Gokyada, Venkat Nalluri and others made the successful conduct of the event possible.