Albany, 20th January 2014: ATA (Albany Telugu Association) organized the Sankranthi celebrations in Hindu Temple Cultural Center, Albany NY, on January 18th, 2014, which turned out to be a grand success with attendance of over 500 people. Sankranthi event started with Muggula potilu, at 10:30 AM, followed by Bhogi Pallu vedukalu, Gobilla aatalu at 3:30 PM. The main Sankranthi Sambaraalu event started at 4:30 PM with pooja by Albany Hindu Temple priest, Mr. Srinivasa Sharma, followed by "Maa Telugu Talli" song, sung by Telugubadi students. Masters of ceremony Mrs. Kalpana Ryali & Mr. Vijaya Rangaraju welcomed the audience and hosted the succeeding events. There were a lot of entertaining cultural programs such as several classical dances, Telugu songs, Tollywood dances, Telugu comedy skit performed by local talents. Mr. Raj Addepalli welcomed and introduced the ETV Paadutha Teeyaga USA singers, Mr. Hara Prasad Simhadri, Mr. Srikanth Sandugu, Mrs. Sruti Garikapati and Mrs. Srujana Ravi-Poka, entertained the audience with the melodious tracks from various Telugu movies. The evening was filled with non-stop cultural programs and singing performances by ETV Paadutha Teeyaga singers were well received by packed audience.
Mr. Raj Addepalli welcomed and introduced the 2014 ATA President Mr. Srinivas Nadella to a great applause from the audience. Mr. Srinivas Nadella took over and introduced ATA-2014 Board members. He mentioned that, this Sankranthi Sambaraalu event was successful only with the outstanding support by the ATA Board members, Mr. Purna Ilipilla (Secretary), Mr. Sambasiva Punyala (Treasurer), Mr. Subhani M Pattan (Joint Treasurer), Mr. Kalyan Kompally, Mrs. Lakshmi Kantimahanthu, Mrs. Latha Jakkani, Mr. Chandra Sekhar, Mr. Satheesh Bhashyam, Mr. Sridhar Pentyala, Mr. Suma Vattikonda, Mr. Suresh Malneedi. He spoke about the importance of Telugu language, culture, heritage and festivals. He also spoke about how ATA is preserving and passing on the traditions to the next generations in America. He sincerely expressed his gratitude for the sponsors Dr. Venkateswara Rao Voleti, Dr. Vijaya Aadi, Dr. Kishan Battu & Dr. Govind Rao.ATA President Mr. Srinivas Nadella recognized and honored the ATA-2013 Board Members and presented momentos for their service to the Albany Capital Region Telugu community.Dr. Padma Aadi distributed prizes to the Muggula Poti winners. Flavours of India restaurant of Albany NY, served delicious dinner with mouth watering dishes to all the ATA members and guests.
ATA Secretary Mr. Purna Ilipilla delivered the vote of thanks and thanked all the people by naming them who played a major role in the success of the event. He also expressed awe and gratitude to Flavors of India restaurant, sponsors, volunteers, Sponsors and the ATA board who worked tirelessly throughout the event.