Telugus celebrate Sankranti and Republic Day

 Children and youth participating in Republic Day celebrations in St Louis
Children and youth participating in Republic Day celebrations in St Louis

ST LOUIS: Telugu Association of St. Louis (TAS), Missouri celebrated Sankranti and Republic Day event on Saturday, January 25 in a spectacular way.

More than 1000 people attended the event with around 120 kids and adults participating in the cultural extravaganza.

Dressed in attires reflecting Telugu culture and tradition, artists presented a variety of cultural programs which drew huge applause from the audience. Stage decoration, audio visuals and great theme to reflect Telugu culture in a village environment were highlight of the program. The South Indian village atmosphere was created on the stage with full blown village street set, life-size bullock cart, cow-and-calf, etc. and depicted the Telugu culture. Anchors Radhika Telugu and Sireesha Yelamanchili added Telugu nativity to the stage with their get up and accent.

There was a three-hour cultural program including songs, poem recitals and vocal recitals, Kuchipudi classical dance, movie dance sequences, etc. Many members took part in Rangoli competitions and Bommala Koluvu.

President Dr Ramamamohan Reddy Paduru reminded everyone of the marvelous successes of TAS in 2013 and laid out TAS’s plans for 2014. He urged members to get involved in the social programs that TAS introduced last year especially designed to engage youth in the social service.

Vice-President Dr Rama Krishna Gondi gave vote of thanks. Secretary Kishore Janga played a key role in organizing the event. Treasurer Muralikrishna Puttagunta managed member enrollments and reception area while Cultural Secretary Srikanth Saraswathula coordinated the cultural events. The participants were awarded TAS trophies.
Authentic South Indian dinner left the taste buds of everyone satisfied.

Ashwin Patel

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