Michigan, 28th January 2014: Detroit Telugu Association (DTA) celebrated Sankranthi and Indian Republic Day in a grand style on January 25, 2014 at Novi High School Auditorium in Michigan. More than 500 Telugu families joined this event and celebrated Sankranthi by participating in various programs reflecting Telugu culture. DTA Executive committee and its volunteers welcomed the guests and served them with delicious dinner (provided by Aahar Restaurant) and Sankrathi special ariselu (provided by Chutney's). Family portraits session became a special attraction.
Sri Venugopal Suraparaju, (President, DTA) opened the evening with a warm welcome speech and explained the importance of the Sankranthi and how the kids and youth members designed the programs to reflect Telugu culture with the help of the Cultural Secretary Sri Leela Prasad Pamidimukkala. There were also few patriotic themed programs designed by DTA youth in recognition of Indian Republic Day. He mentioned that about 120 local talents participated and performed in this colorful evening. During his speech, The DTA president also explained the importance of the Youth members in DTA activities and praised Sriya Sureddi and Youth volunteers for setting up the stage and other decorations. He also mentioned his plans to coordinate more community activities involving Youth volunteers and changes to the DTA official website - detroittelugu.org. He also, thanked Sri Sunil Koneru and Srinivas Gorumuchu for coordinating the Family portrait session.
Sri Venugopal Suraparaju introduced DTA Executive Committee that will be serving the Telugu Community for the year 2014: President-elect Srinivas (Nani) Gonuguntla, General Secretary Manorama Gondi, Cultural Secretary Leela Prasad Pamidimukkala, Treasurer Ramesh Peddeti, Joint Treasurer Jagan Munagala, Publications Secretary Sudha Mohan Somsagar, Members-at-Large Harsha Anche, Venkat Nandimandalam, Mallik Padukone, Bhujanga rao Kotte, Sports Coordinator Yughandar Bhumireddy, Membership Secretary Krishna Kothapalli, Web Coordinator Srinivas Gorumuchu, Media Coordinator Kranthi Manne, Community Service Coordinator Jithendar Bondada , Photos Coordinator Sai Gopisetty, Youth coordinators: Sriya Sureddi, Nithin Adapa, Sanjana Madishetty, Vivek Doddipatla and youth members to the audience. Winners and participants of Rangoli competition were recognized presented with awards during this event.
Detroit Telugu Community deeply saddened by ANR's passing away news. Detroit Telugu Association remembered Sri Akkineni Nageswara Rao and his contributions to Telugu Cinema on this occasion. Telugu people in Detroit developed a special relation with ANR when he visited Detroit in 2012. Most of those memories are still fresh for Telugu Community here. Sri Srinivas Gogineni talked about ANR's hard work and achievements. He explained how ANR's life can be a good example for future generations to follow. DTA paid homage to the legend by observing a two minutes silence.
The evening was concluded by Sri Venugopal Suraparaju thanking all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who worked hard and attended to celebrate Sankranthi event even in the extreme weather conditions with sub-zero temperatures. The event then ended with Indian National Anthem.