The Telugu Association of Reading and Around (TARA) celebrated the festival of Ugadi (Sri Jaya Nama Samvatsaram) with great zeal in Reading. Over 400 hundred Telugu families joined the celebrations held at 3Sixty Hall, University of Reading, UK. Several Telugu families from surrounding cities Lower Earley, Newbury, Basingstoke, Woodley, Wokingham, Slough, Swindon, Caversham and other areas have also joined the program that is packed with series of traditional, cultural dances, drama, dance, comedy skits and flash mob dance.
The festival has begun with Jyothi Prajwalana performed by TARA President, Lakshmi Maturu. Famous Violinist, Carnatic Music Composer, prestigious Chanakya award winner, Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth attended the event as chief guest and famous playback singer, Nandi award winner, Ms. Malavika enthralled the audience with her melodious voice.
Kids carried the pla-cards displaying the zodiac signs while Surya Prakash rendered the ‘Raashi-Phalaalu’. Kids & adults performed several traditional music & dances, including Veena/Violin, Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Radha-Krishna, Ekapaathrabhinayam, Ramayanam, Medley, Yamalokam, Call your doctor, Omkar Dance Challenge.
Melodious musical singing performances performed by Nandi award winner & play back singer Ms.Malavika enthralled the audience. Kids & adults were seen dancing all over to the music beats and Malavika’s melodious voice. TARA Core Committee, as a token of love & appreciation, presented memento to Ms.Malavika.
Audience were spell-bound by Chief guest Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth’s violin fusion mixed music. Synchronised claps echoed the hall. TARA Core Committee members (Lakshmi Maturu, Ravikanth Vakada, Naveen Gurram, Venkat Para, Rambabu Boorugu Gopikishan, & Santhosh Batchu) felicitated Dr.Jyotsna garu in recognition to her services to the music industry.
Group of members gave surprise to the audience with flash mob dance, where about 25 people suddenly came from the audience before lunch and started dancing in sync. Cheering, claps, whistles were all over and certainly participants enjoyed the performance.
To encourage kids to learn & adopt Telugu language, ‘Telugaata’ was conducted. Several programmes/courses are undertaken in the interest to protect & preserve Telugu culture & language, TARA has determined plans to introduce several courses for kids & teens, such as ‘Manamaata’, ‘Balaanandam’, ‘Vedic Mathematics’.