Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) (in alliance with TTA) conducted a Shraddanjali (in Memorium Service) meeting on Sunday January 26th 2014 at the SVS Temple (Aurora) Auditorium, Aurora, Illinois to Dada SahebPhalke Awardee, Padmavibhushan Dr. Akkineni Nagesawara Rao who passed away recently in Hyderabad due to a longstanding cancer. Dr.Akkineni as he was affectionately called by his fans and family has recently celebrated his 90th Birthday on a grand scale in Hyderabad recently. Dr. ANR was pictured in 254 movies (Majority in Telugu) was known for his multitalented versatility in living in roles as a legendary Devadas (Saratchandra Chatterjee fame), Tenali Ramakrishna a historical Poet Jester in Tulu king Sri Krishnadevaraya Court , as a Tamil Priest in Vipranarayana, as Majnu a folk romantic hero in Laila Majnu, as a noble Dr. Chakravarthi, a Great person in love in Prem Nagar, a naïve admirer in Mooga Manusulu, a flambouyant romeo in Bharya Bhartalu, a twin role artist in IddaruMitrulu , Buddhimanthudu, a unique nine role artist in Navaratri, a folk hero in Keelu Gurram , a romantic in love with an angel in Suvarna Sundari , as a saint musician Bhakta Tukaram too many more roles to narrate.
He was known for his discipline, passion and punctuality towards work and his movie units, a great person with imbued family values. The program was started with a remembrance by Mr. Srinivas Pedamallu, TAGC President who attended ANR College in Gudivada, a respectful homage by Mr. Karunakar Madhavaram , ATA President, a generous tribute by Mr. Yugandhar Yadlapati TTA Founder and by Jagadish Kanuru TTA Director, an appreciation of his noble work by Mr. Azad Sunkavalli volunteer at Aurora SVS Temple.
Dr. Sriram Sonty Founder Chairman SAPNA presented an exemplary power point presentation on Dr. ANR Life and Values including some personal reminisiences.
A series of personal tributes were presented by Mr. Ratnam Chitturi, Mr. Ramesh Garapaty, Mr. Sundar Dittakavi, Mr. Narendar Chemarla, Mr. Krishna Chitturi ,Mr. Marutirao, Mr. Komanduri Gopalacharyulu, Mr. Ananth Sonti , Dr. Ravidranath Reddy, Mr. JayadevMettupalli, Mr. HemaKanuru.
Hello NRI correspondent Mr. Jatinder Bedi graced the occasion Local Professional Music artists Mr. Haranath Raju Vegesna (known as America Ghantasala ) and Mrs. Padmini Rao ( Sa Re Ga Ma Fame ) rendered songs from Dr. ANR Films ChitapataChinukuluPaduthuUnte ( Atmabalama) , Idi mallelavelayani ( PoojaPhalam) , Na hrudayam lo nidurinchecheli( Aradhana ) , PremayatralakuBrindavanamu ( Gundamma Katha ) , Chigurakulalochilakamma ( Donga Ramudu ) , and Niluvavevalukanuladana( Illarikam) .
Mr. Azad Sunkavalli thanked Mr. Bhaskar&Mrs. Uma Ravi from making the Pictorial Exhibition , the volunteers Raja SunkavalliVijiSusarla and the Temple Staff for making this Dr. ANR in Memorium event a memorable one for every one.