Telugu Association of Memphis has announced it's first event of 2015 -- Makara Sankranthi Celebrations on January 24th. TAM is looking forward to your enthusiastic participation in the planned competitions and cultural programs promoting TELUGU culture and tradition.Registrations for competitions and cultural programs are open. Please see details below: Competitions - January 11th & 18th, 9am to 12pm
Mutyaala Muggulu Rangoli competition Eligibility: Women, age 16 years and above
Aaha Yemi ruchi Cooking competition for kids and adults Theme: Authentic Sankranthi pindi vantalu Eligibility:  Section_1: Kids, age 10 -- 19 years Section_2: Adults, age 20 years and above
Telugu Geyaalu Reciting Telugu nursery rhymes Eligibility: age 1 - 5 years Other Information: e.g. Chitti chilakamma, amma kottindaa?
Telugu Padyaalu Reciting Telugu poems Eligibility: age 6 - 12 years, Other Information: e.g. Vemana padyaalu, Sumati padyaalu
Chinni Krushnudu Chaya Chitram Photo contest of the kids dressed as Baala Krushnudu Eligibility: Section_1: age 3 - 15 months Section_2: age 16 months - 3 years Other Information: Please email your photograph to [email protected] with subject line 'Chinni Krushnudu Photo Contest'. Please note that the last date for submission of your photograph is January 18th 11:59pm.  Picture size should be at least 800 pixels wide. Be sure to include the child's name and age in the submission.
Gaalipatam Competition for making kites. Bring your home made kite to competition. The winning kite will be displayed in the event décor.  Eligibility: All  Other Information: Please note that this competition is not for flying kites.
Kesaalankarana Hair styles competition for girls Eligibility: age 8 -- 16 years Other Information: Come with your hairstyle to competition.
Nakhaalankarana Nail art competition for girls Eligibility: age 8 -- 16 years Other Information: Come with your nail art done to competition.
Gorintaaku Mehndi competition for girls/women Eligibility: age 10 years and above Other Information: Come with your material and show your talent in 30 minutes.
Pitta Kathalu Short moral story telling competition for kids Eligibility: age 4 - 6 years
Chitra Lekhanam Drawing competition for kids Theme: Republic India Eligibility: Section_1: age 6 - 10 years Section_2: age 11 - 14 years
Vyaasa Rachana Essay writing in English for kids Topic:My trip to India Eligibility: age 7 -- 12 years Other Information: 30 minutes time limit, essay not to exceed two pages.
    Cultural Programs - January 24th
Chinni Taaralu Fashion show for kids Eligibility:age 1 -- 12 years Other Information: Allowed for first 20 registrants only
Haasya Jallulu Comedy skits by adults and kids Eligibility: no age limit Other Information: Only 3 slots available on first come first served basis. Duration of the skit should be no longer than 10 minutes.
Naatyanjali Dance performances by kids/adults Theme: Indian Festivals, Folk, Classical, Semi Classical or Fusion. Eligibility: age 5 years and above Other Information: Minimum 5 participants in each performance.  The performance should not last longer than 6 minutes.
Mana Teluginti Aadapaduchu Award for best traditionally dressed woman depicting Telugu culture Eligibility: age 21 years and above Other Information: Prior registration NOT required.
Nootokka Jillala Andagaadu Award for best traditionally dressed man depicting Telugu culture Eligibility: age 21 years and above Other Information: Prior registration NOT required.
Bhogipallu Bhogipallu for infants and kids Eligibility: all kids Other Information: Prior registration NOT required.
Chilakaa Gorinkalu Fashion show for couples Eligibility: age 21 years and above Other Information: 15 couples dressed in traditional attire showcasing Telugu culture. Registration required.
    How to register? For competitions:  Please email your registrations to [email protected] with competition name in the email subject line. (e.g. Subject line: 'Chinni Krushnudu Photo Contest'). Registration deadline is Jan 7th 2015.   Please include the following information: Competition Name: Participant Name: Parents Name (if child is competing): Age of the child (if child is competing): Phone Number: Email Address:   For Cultural Programs:  Please email your registrations to [email protected] with cultural program name in the email subject line. (e.g. Subject line: 'Chinni Taaralu'). Registration deadline is Jan 12th 2015.   Please include the following information: Cultural program Name: Participant Full Name(s): Choreographer/Coordinator Full Name: Choreographer/Coordinator Phone Number: Choreographer/Coordinator Email Address:   Please note that each participant gets to participate in one cultural program only. For more details please send an email to [email protected]org or contact: Cultural Secretary: Sailaja Posinasetty @ (901) 651-9666 Joint Cultural Secretary: Raja Koteru @ (503) 333-0629