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SRI KHARA NAMA SAMVATSARA (UGADI) UTSAVALU-2011
Ghantasala Aradhanotsavam 2007

Dear Valued Telugu Community Member,

We would like to thank all of those ~400 audience, who attended Ghantasala Aaradhana Utsalavalu program at R J Grey Junior High School, Acton on December 1st.

We apologize for the delay of 45 minutes in starting the program, and for the initial technical glitches.

We would like to thank singers Sri G V Prabhakar & Smt. Mani Sastry for their outstanding performance. No words can describe the melodious and amazing voice of Smt. Mani Sastry as well as Sri G.V. Prabhakar, who took us to a different world by singing Ghantasala, Susheela, Leela and Bhanumati songs from the good old days and who also kept the audience pin drop silent for about 3+ hours. We also would like to thank the local singers for their participation.

We would like to thank Sri Chitten Raju Vanguri and Sri Ramaraju Vamsi for giving us an opportunity to host this program and help us raise funds for Vegesna Foundation (http://www.vegesnafoundation.org), a non-profit organization helping physically handicapped children in Hyderabad.

We would like to thank all the generous donors, who contributed a total of more than $14,000 for this noble cause.

We would like to thank Sri Murthy & Padma Parakala for partially sponsoring the event.

We would like to thank Sri Srinivas Devarakonda for preparing the press release & Sri Seetaram Amaravadi for covering photography.

We would like to thank TYAGB Committee and Youth Volunteers who helped in stalls & front desk management, back stage and loading/unloading of items. We also would like to thank adult volunteers who helped in program execution.

Event coverage and pictures will be posted soon on our web-site.

We are working on Sankranti program format/structure and will send the details soon.

We look forward for your continued involvement and support.

Regards,
TAGB President & Committee

TAGB Deepavali Celebrations 2007

TAGB's Deepavali Dhamaka

(Report by Srinivasa Rao Devarakonda)

TAGB, Nov 11, 2007: he Telugu Association of Greater Boston (TAGB) celebrated the 2007 Deepavali festival with plenty of fanfare and fun on the 10th November 2007. With over 1400 people in attendance and close to 250 performers, primarily children, participating in a variety of entertainment sketches, the function was a grand celebration of the festival of lights. The TAGB committee took pains to accommodate the overflow crowd, and the provision of TV monitors in the hallways and cafeteria helped a lot.

The evening's celebrations started with a prayer dance. Sri Sreenivas Kaki, President of TAGB, welcomed audience members from the Boston area, from Connecticut, and from other Indian associations. He expressed his happiness over the recent recognition of Deepavali by the US Government. His report to audience members highlighted the increasing role of TAGB Youth wing, General body meetings to facilitate upcoming Association elections, and the efforts underway to introduce Telugu history and culture as part of World history curricula in some New Hampshire schools. Sri Kaki said that TAGB has made great strides in community participation and in properly responding to community feedback, but urged members to participate even more actively, including in financial sponsorship of the programs, especially because of the increased cost of staging an event such as the Deepavali program.

The evening's program was compered primarily by Smt. Anu Metra, with able help from Sri Vamsi Koduru, as well as Manasa Jayanthi and Prithvi Mavuri of the Youth wing.

The more than three dozen short programs presented by area youngsters were well planned and executed. The children, with help from their parents and teachers, staged a variety of classical, folk and contemporary dances, one-act plays and comedy skits. The skate dance presented by Ms. Lakshmi Manasa, a well-known local artiste, was unique and entertaining. The children's fashion show, choreographed and directed by Ms. Sowmya Chari was innovative and presented novelty to the evening. The dedication and enthusiasm all the young participants showed was heart-warming.

The few programs staged by adults were in no way lacking in effort and quality compared to the children's items. "Naadu Nedu Paatala Teeru", coordinated by Sri Madhu Chari, was a retrospective of four decades of Telugu movie lyrics, with dances by local couples, and was the evening's highlight. A comical play 'Sitapati Kalyanam', written and directed by Smt. Padmaja Bala provided a gentle satire on the shortcomings of Indian arranged marriage system.

It is worth mentioning that the TAGB Youth wing (TYAGB) actively participated in several aspects of the event, like auditorium decorations, manning snack stalls and other help tables, assisting the overflow audience, etc. Newly formed 9 Member Youth Committee was introduced to the community by Mounica Donepudi and Pranathi Kaki. TYAGB sold specially designed Indian Heritage T-Shirts in their efforts to raise funds. The stalls set-up by local businesses and voluntary organizations were a novelty in a program of this kind. The 140 registrations for bone marrow donors that crir.org was able to collect demonstrated the social responsibility and awareness of expatriate Andhras. Advisory Committee Member Sri Taranath Yarabothu announced the elections for the term 2008 - 2010.

As the last item of the evening, vice president Dr. Surya Jayanthi offered vote of thanks to the evening's financial sponsors, including Cambridge Resource Group, iKa Systems, Sri Murthy and Vani Kanneganti, Dr. Babu Pediatrics, Dr. Nana Rao DMD, Sri Sreenivas and Padmanjali Kaki, Sri Sekhar Nalla, Roshi Tech, Inc. and Alankar Decorators. He also thanked all the participants, their parents and teachers, and the audience for their enthusiastic show of support through out the evening.

Report in Telugu Click to view the Report in Telugu

TAGB Sankranthi Celebrations - 2007
TAGB Deepavali Celebrations - 2006
Past Events

We are in the process of procuring information about the past programs of TAGB. We request our community to share any information, photos etc., to make this section more informative.

TAGB presented SAMBARALA SANKRANTI on Febraury 08, 2003 Saturday from 2 P.M at Keefe Technical High School Framingham. TAGB celebrated 2003 Sankranthi at Keefe Technical High School, Framingham on Saturday Feb 8th the programme started at 3pm with the welcome note of Sowmya Sharma followed by the Cultural programs The President Mr Ranjan Vadlapatla gave an impressive short speech started by observing the moment of Silence for the sake of Seven Columbia Crew and Kalpana Chawla the first female Astronaut of Indian Origin remembered. He encouraged the New Local singers as well as Parents and requested more participants in the near future. The crowd was enthrilled by the talent of cultural programme participants as they made SANKRATHI SAMBARALU CELEBRATIONS as a memorable Programme as a surprise event the President Mr Ranjan Vadlapatla presented the gifts to the two of the Audiences and also presented the Latest Telugu Movie DVD's to the Muggulu poteelu winners Jyothi Sammeta and Sucharitha. The Vote of Thanks given by dr.Jyothi Sammetta as she thanked the entire Executive comittee and participants as well as DVD ,Handicrafts Vendors.The tasty dinner was potluck and coordinated by Mrs ravi pattisam .

TAGB SANKRANTI SAMBARALU 2002 The program was very well attended, thanks to all for making it such a great success. Dr. Sri Rajendra prasad shared his thoughts with Boston Telugu Community. He said one has to take things easy in times of difficulty and try to make healthy fun out of any situation. Laughter is the best medicine and majority of his movies provided ample dose of it. He shared his thoughts on 'what a festival means' and especially 'What Sankranti means to telugu people'. He conveyed the best wishes of CM Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu to Boston Telugu Community. TAGB president Sri S.Nageswara Rao and president elect Sri Ranjan Vadlapatla presented a trophy to Dr. Sri Rajendra Prasad. There are several other programs including songs, dances, kavithalu, fancy dress and so on. One of the highlights of the show is the 'Telugu Movie Quiz'. TAGB distributed T-shirts, DVDs (Sponsored by KAD4U) for every correct answer. The audience enjoyed the quiz, the evidence being the overwhelming involvement and enthusiasm in answering the quiz questions. Thanks to Swagat Restaurant, the vindu bhojanam (food) is great as usual!!

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