Telugu Association of North America (TANA) and Telugu Association of Minnesota (TEAM) presented an unforgettable musical night for Minnesotans on March 7th with support from Minnesota Area Telangana Association (MATA).
The evening was magical with music and mimicry, as more than 600 people from Telugu community came together to raise funds for Little Musicians Academy and made it a resounding success. While the local weather was improving from icy conditions, the audience inside the auditorium was treated to Telugu and Hindi songs by Sri Ramachary garu, and Super singers Geetha Madhuri, Pranavi, Krishna Chaitanya, and Saketh. While actor Nandu (100% Love fame) entertained the audience and kept it interesting, Mimicry artist and Comedian Raju brought the house down with his style of mimicry. It was observed that kids took out their pocket money to donate for the cause. All in all, the audiences were glued to the seats past midnight.
On this occasion, Chief Guest Ms. Debra J Hilstrom (candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State) said she was happy to have come and meet the Telugu community. She also felicitated Eminent Telugu Personalities from MN, Sri Sankar Bandi, Sri Hari Pallempati, Sri Naidu Saladi and Smt Padmaja Dharnipragada, for their outstanding civic volunteerism and community service efforts to uplift Telugu community in MN area.
TANA BOD Treasurer, Sri Sagar Malisetti , TEAM president Sri Durga Prasad Kunapareddy, Vice President Srikanth Kamojjala facilitated Sri Ramachary garu and thanked him for coming to MN with his students. Sri Sagar Malisetti, who is instrumental in bringing the event to Minnesota, thanked Sponsors, donors, supporters, Event Lead (Chitham Reddy), audience, and all volunteers for making the event a success. He especially thanked the supporters who have been at the core of the event (Sri Sudheer Kodam, Smt Padma Nadella, Sri Satya Dhamera, Sri Krishnam Raju Thotakura, and Smt Sandhya Lankalapalli). Sri Ramachary garu gave mementos to Sponsors (Siree’s cakes, India Bazaar, Swagatham and Market Place Mortgage) and Donors (Smt Aruna Bandi, Smt Hima Pallempati, Dr Rajini Katipamula, Sri Madhu Kolan, Sri Sirish Samba, Sri Kishore Kandula, Sri Raman Rao Kalyanam & Sri Rama Raju Kanumuri) and said MN telugu community raised $15000 for LMA and also happily announced that few people also came forward to sponsor LMA kids’ education.
Grand Sponsors for the event is Nrityalaya Dance Academy, while food sponsor is Persis Biryani Grill.