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September 18, 2012 > Bay Area Telugu Association in India Independence Day Parade

Bay Area Telugu Association in India Independence Day Parade

Submitted By BATA

Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), an umbrella organization of over 40 Bay Area Indian organizations representing different regions/states and culture, celebrated India's Independence Day by organizing the Festival of India and Parade in Fremont on August 18th and 19th. The festival featured a two day Mela and a Parade featuring floats representing States of India on the streets of Fremont. The Grand Marshal at the parade this year was popular Bollywood Star Sonu Sood, Co-Grand Marshal was Bollywood Actress Zabyn Khan, and celebrity guests from India were Bollywood Singers Rani and Prem.

This year's parade showcased several floats from different organizations representing culture and traditions of regions and states of India. The judges of FIA parade have selected Bay Area Telugu Associations' (BATA) float for the Second Place among all floats. The second place trophy was presented to BATA committee and volunteers on the main stage of the gala celebrations held after the parade.

BATA's float depicted India's traditional wedding ("Pelli") as the main theme. The float was beautifully decorated with traditional wedding mandapamu, homam, colorful flowers, decorative clothing, paint colors, glitters, banana leaves/plants, and traditional elephant like arts. The most marvelous part of the float was having bride, bridegroom, and the priest along with several friends and families on the float depicting the Indian traditional wedding process to all attendees at the parade. Though out the parade, it was seen that the priest reading out the mantras and bride and bridegroom performing various steps of wedding on the float including "jilakara bellam", "thali", "dandalu", and "thalambralu", etc. There were also the brides from different states of India on the float (Andhra, Tamilnadu, Kartnataka, Kerala, Bengal, Maharastra, Panjab, Gujarat, Orissa, Kashmir, etc.) representing the diversity of the Indian culture.

A large team of volunteers Jhansi, Karun, Hari, Durga, Sridevi, Swathi, Srilu, Kalyani, Ravi, Prasad, Kolli, Keerthi, Srikar, Vihar, Veena, Rajesh, Shiva, Shawn, Naresh, Shravanthi, Narasimha Rao, Aditya and many others have worked along with the entire BATA committee members in constructing the float.

The BATA committee consists of Dr. Ramesh Konda (President), Kamesh Malla (Vice President), Kalyan Kattamuri (Secretary), Sirisha Battula (Treasurer), Yaswanth Kudaravalli (Joint Secretary), Vijaya Aasuri, Veeru Vuppala, Jyostna Bendapudi, Sumanth Pusuluri, and Kondal Komaragiri.

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