Telugus gear up for Silver Jubilee Conference

ATA Board Meeting with national, regional leaders, trustees and other officers held at Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey
ATA Board Meeting with national, regional leaders, trustees and other officers held at Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey

NEW JERSEY: American Telugu Association [ATA] the 25-year old premier national organization of Telugus in North America, is gearing up for its Grand ATA Conference marking the celebrations of its silver jubilee. An ATA meeting was held at the Pind Restaurant in Kingston, New Jersey
All efforts are afoot to showcase the rich enduring Telugu culture in the form of art, music, dance, literary, religious, social, economic, health forums from July 1 to 3 in Chicago at Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

With the formation of over 70 important committees served by 70 chairs and 100 Co-Chairs with over 200 Members /Advisors and over 300 vendors; all are geared up to host this mammoth convention. Several busloads of families from many cities are expected to arrive in Chicago this summer to join the gathering of Telugus at the convention.

Joining this mammoth effort, Telangana government has announced it will send a 15-member cultural troupe to augment the ATA festivities at the convention.

The main order of the business in Princeton, New Jersey entailed the election of K.K.Reddy as Conference Director and Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai as Conference Convener. Krishna Mushyam and Jagan Bukaraju were elected as Conference Co-Conveners. ATA Board of Trustees also appointed a new Treasurer Vinod Koduru and five new Trustees who were administered oath immediately. Mahidhar Musukula was appointed as Office Coordinator.

Sudhakar Perkari, ATA President, in his welcome remarks thanked and congratulated the outstanding ATA team for their hard work and unmatched commitment and emphasized that among ATA’s principle goals it remains stoically committed to social and charitable mission.

Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai, Conference Convener, added that the ATA convention will be hosted on a scale and magnitude never undertaken before.

K.K.Reddy, Conference Director, eloquently spelled out the dynamics and the scope of the convention and assured the ATA members that the Chicago ATA Convention will go down in history as one of the grandest festivals ever undertaken to showcase the landmark journey of ATA’s 25 years.

He outlined steps undertaken to mobilize funds to defray the enormous costs associated with hosting such a gigantic convention and challenged every ATA team from various cities to remain fiercely competitive in outraising funds keeping in view the convention and the long-term humanitarian mission of ATA.

Kamala Chimata, Conference Coordinator said the goal of the convention is to promote literary, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin.

Iftekhar Shareef, Reception Chair, disclosed the plans to rope in VIPs, dignitaries and elected officials both from India and the United States to grace the convention and added that some have already expressed keen interest in attending.

Hanumanth Reddy, ATA Founder, in his statement said American Telugu Association will host the ATA Conference in Chicago in a way to show the triumphant journey of ATA which earnestly began in Chicago 25 years ago and today it has grown exponentially.

Karunakar Asireddy, President-Elect, Madhu Bommineni, Secretary, Soumya Kondapalli, Jt.Secretary; Parmesh Bheemreddy, Dr. Parushuram Pinnapureddy, Ajay Reddy, Arvind Reddy Muppidi, Ravi Patiola, Sridhar Banala, Venu Sankineni, Dr. Sandhya Gavva, Krishna Dyapa, Vija Kundur, Mahidar Sanapareddy were some of the board members who actively took part in formulating important decisions at the meeting.

Keerthi Kumar Ravoori

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