Tri-State Telugu Association (TTA), a non-profit organization with a main goal to enhance the cultural, educational, social and charitable interactions among its members hosted its grand 30th anniversary celebrations at Samarathi auditorium in Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont, IL on Saturday Nov 16th 2013.
The 30th anniversary cultural event organized by the Tri State Telugu Association (TTA), Chicago, under the auspices of the TTA Board of Directors, was a feast to the eyes and kept the audience glued to the seats from start to the end.
Consul General Dr. Ausuf Sayeed, was the Chief Guest with TANA President Dr. Mohan Nannapaneni as the guest of honor for this event.
The spirit of Telugu culture was brought forth in vibrant colors with an all day cultural program with more than 320 Chicagoland performers participating in the event. TTA victoriously celebrated this event that presented a multi talented, multi faceted cultural program with a grand finale light music concert “Melodious Moments” by professional play back singer Sunitha, Sri Krishna, Sai Charan, Sai Silpa with live Orchestra. The Samarathi Auditorium at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC), Lemont, was at capacity with art lovers. An amazing performance by the local talent with a spectrum of flavors ranging from Classical to semi-classical music and dances, sloka recitals, theme based productions, fusion fashion Show as well as folk and contemporary presentations along with the professional artists kept the crowds mesmerized the entire duration.
The first session of the cultural show started at 1pm with a beautiful rendition of opening prayer on Lord Ganesha followed by Sanskrit sloka recital “Annapoornashtakam” by students of Smt.Sunitha Vissapragadda. This was followed by an excellent recitation of the sanskrit slokas ‘NamaRamayanam and Achyutashtakam’, by students of Dr. Hemalatha Burra, renowned Sanskrit Professor, Retired Principal from Sri Sathya Sai University in Andhra Pradesh.
Presentations by kids for thematic songs, and dances, classical dances for Annamacharya compositions in the classical dance forms, choreographed by Smt. Mahalakshmi Varadhan, artistic director Noopura, Smt. Poonam Mahesh-artistic director, Nrithyanant, and Priya Narayanan, were received very well by the audience. The spirit of the festival was well captured by several movie and folk dances choreographed by Smt. Karunya Bhatter, Shilpa Challam, Anita Rotiwar, Neelima Mylavarapu, and Smt.Bhagya Nagesh.
“Telugu Padyalu” presentation by students of Manamdari Badi, coordinated by Dr. Krishna Bathina and Sri Ravi Pariti as well as Skit “Cheppinattu Chestara” presented by little kids, written and directed by Smt.Jayashree Tatavarthi was executed very neatly.
Ashta Lakshmi Stotram depicting a group of eight secondary manifestations of Lakshmi was very well choreographed and executed by Smt. Aruna Chandra, Smt. Aparna Prashanth and their students.
Marking the spirit of Children’s day, patriotic themed Orchestra coordinated by Smt. Supriya Rao and conducted by Mr. Jonathan Weist was executed with perfection. “Fusion Show – Jewel’ed Melodies” depicting the spirit of cultural diversity, was surely another grand event of the evening. The colorful concept and coordination by Smt. Padmaja Sonti and handcrafted eclectic jewelry designed by Lakshmi Sreenivasan of Bead N’Weave Jewelry, and chorography by Smt. Lopa Mudra Banerjee was marked with a high degree of coordination and gave the audience a glimpse of the rich handlooms of various parts of India. The coordination was meticulous.
“Shastipoorthi theme” depicting the essence of 60 yrs of life was surely a grand event of the evening with participation from kids, youth, adults and senior citizens that gave immense pleasure to the audience. The production choreographed by Smt. Lavanya Jonnalagadda with coordination by Smt.Vidya Maruvada was marked with a high degree of coordination and artistry and enthralled the audience.
Classical Presentation “Ganesha Panchartnam” by Students of Smt. Sushmita Arunkumar, Nrithyanjali School of Dance and Contemporary Kuchipudi presentation “Elements” by Students of Smt.Janaki Anandavalli Nair, artistic director, Aananda Dance Theater, “Thillana” in Bharatanatyam dance style by Students of Smt. Vanitha Veeravalli, artistic director, Bharatam Academy, were executed with grace and poise.
The traditional folk dance presentation ‘Jada Kolatam’, where the dancers winding the ropes while beautifully plaiting, moved in different geometrical patterns to complete the braid. They change places while tapping the sticks for rhythm. This unique presentation was choreographed by Smt.Anupama Rajesh Nair, artistic director of NrithyaGeetanjali and presented by her students. The high degree of coordination and energy was highly evident for this items and it captivated the audience. Synergy– a Kathak, Bharatanatyam Jugalbandhi presentation by Chithra and Gurmeet and “Jaya Janardhana Krishna” choreographed by Smt. Apuroopa Tipparaju, depicting the spirit of Deepavali were excuted with ease. Performances by Sindhura Pisipati, Pravallika Palacherla, Kilani sisters, Anup Kilani and Anand Bhatt were thoroughly enjoyed by audience of all ages.
Dr. Ramaraja Yalavarthy, trustee of Sri Balaji Temple who compeered the second segment of the cultural show, welcomed the chief guest Dr. Sayeed.
Guest of honor Dr. Mohan Nannapaneni, President of TANA, was introduced by TANA Vice president Dr. Jampala Chowdary. Dr. Ausuf Sayeed in his speech commended TTA for its activities and wished the organization success in all its future endeavors. After a brief presentation about the 30 year history of the organization Dr.Ramaraju introduced the Anniversary special attraction of the evening “Melodious Moments”. The live show was presented by Sunitha Upadrashta, one of the best playback singers in south Indian film industry. Sunitha’s team included playback singers Sri Krishna, Sai Shilpa, Sai Charan, comedians Rakesh and Trinadh (Jabardasth Fame), and talented musicians providing live orchestra support. The sold out show with jam packed audience at Rathi auditorium was thoroughly entertaining.
The emcees for the evening, Neelima and Naveen Mylavarapu, Padma Sonti, Dr.Krishna Bathina, Chadnini Duvvuri and Vidya Maruvada, did a marvelous job compeering the entire show and kept the interest of the audience sustained throughout. Stage decorations with original creations by “Kalatho”- artist Sri Ravi Tokala added to the beautiful ambience.
Video coverage was provided by Dr.Nag Rao and Mr.Upendra Kandregula, photography by Mr. Vasim Mistry, Sri Prasad Palacharla, Sri Murthy Pisipati with stage management handled by Dr.Ramesh Poola and Mr. Azad Sunkavalli.
The event was Sponsored in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois along with other community business like, IndSoft.com, Bestbrains.com, New York Life Insurance, Siri Snacka and HelloNri.com. Many of the community members also came forward to show their financial support for the organization.
The relentless efforts of the several volunteers and TTA Board of Directors, Padma Sonti, Jagadish Kanuru, Bhaskar Karri, Ravi Tammana, Lavanya Jonnalagadda, Srilakshmi Duvvapu, Vasireddy Srinath, Swamy Achanta, Prasad Jasti, Sai Yandamuri and Rajani Akurathi, were appreciated in the vote of thanks delivered by the event cultural coordinator, Smt.Usha Pariti. The volunteers who served dinner to guests that evening in a short time of around one hour did a great job. Everyone was truly amazed at the flow of the program and its schedule. The event ended with the rendition of ‘Indian National Anthem’.