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February 26, 2013 > Sankranthi celebrated in grand style

Sankranthi celebrated in grand style

Submitted By Dr. Ramesh Konda

Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) celebrated Sankranthi festival in a grand style on February 2 by hosting various activities including cooking competitions, art competitions, essay competitions, Rangoli competitions, "Paatala Pallaki" musical concert, speech by Sri Swami Prasannatmananda, On-stage game show, a hilarious comedy skit, dances for songs, and a spectacular fashion show. Over 700 guests attended the glittering event.

The decorated auditorium and main stage with multicolor backdrops and colorful kites coupled with traditional outfits by the audience, participants & BATA volunteers reflected a festive atmosphere.

Sumanth coordinated cooking competitions and Jayaram Komati and Prasad Vasireddy led the judging team. Rangoli competitions were kicked-off by Vijaya Aasuri and Ramesh Konda. Participants came in traditional outfits to show their talent in making beautiful Rangoli designs within 45 minutes of time given to them evoking nostalgic memories of colorful rangolis in the front yards of villages and towns back in India. Rangoli competitions were coordinated by Karun Veligeti.

Art and essay writing competitions for kids, coordinated by Rahul Bulusu, centered on the topic, "What is the quality you admire most in your parents." Prasad Mangina led "Paatala Pallaki," a musical concert by the talented local singers.

Vijaya Aasuri (BATA Advisor and Cultural Secretary) officially kicked off the evening cultural program by inviting all the kids for "BhogiPallu" in front of the bommalakoluvu.

Following the "BhogiPallu", a prayer song was sung by students of Gamakam Carnatic Music School and then "Guest of Honor" for the evening Swami Prasannatmananda of Vedanta Society of Berkeley delivered a keynote address on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Vivekananda Swamy. A spectacular classical dance ballet performed by the students from Madhuri Kishore Kuchipudi Dance School followed.

A unique dance segment performed by over 50 kids and adults from across the bay area showcased contrasting dance variations of a telugu song and its corresponding western counterpart. "Nanna - Nuvvu Thatha kabotunnav" - a comedy skit written and directed by Kalyan Kattamuri followed. Kamesh Malla, Shiva Kada and Kalyan performed skit which left audience in stitches with one liners and anecdotes. Kalyan thanked Narasimha Rao garu for the costumes & makeup that transformed the actors to look like old parents.

A big hit last year, Sarada-Saradaga - On stage fun quiz competition followed next in which four teams battled. The close contest was thoroughly enjoyed the audience who were equally involved for the questions unanswered by the teams. The highlight was the final round where the teams had to dance to the tunes that are randomly played. Kevvu Keka team won the close contest in a tie-breaker.

The grand finale of the event was "Indhradhanasu" - a spectacular Fashion Show showcasing the grandeur and attire of Indian traditional outfits with over 100 participants of little ones to youngsters. The vibrant & colorful costumes, the choreography, the confident and smiling participants thoroughly mesmerized the audience. Srilu, Sridevi, Deepthi, Kiran and Ratna choreographed the dances and fashion shows.

Prize sponsors for the event were Ravi Tax Services (Rangoli), Swagat Indian Cuisine, Peacock Indian Cuisine & Andhra Bhavan Swagat (Super Chef), Dosa Biryani (Little Chef) and Shree Jewellers (Kids Art & Essay, Scopus Consulting & Athidhi Indian Cuisine (Sarada Saradaga Quiz). Virijallu, Desi 1170am, and Telugu Times were the media partners of the event.

Ramesh Konda, President of BATA, thanked Veeru Vuppala, Prasad Mangina, Karun Veligeti, Srilu, Ravi, Sridevi, Srikar, Jhansi, Shiva, Durga, Deepti, Sirisha, Ratna, Sravanthi, Swathi, Aparna, Chandra, Preeti, and other volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event a grand success. BATA committee consists of: Ramesh Konda (President), Kamesh Malla (Vice President), Kalyan Kattamuri (Secretary), Sirisha Battula (Treasurer), Yaswanth Kudaravalli (Joint Secretary), Vijaya Aasuri (Cultural Secretary), Jyotsna Bendapudi, Sumanth Pusuluri and Kondal Komaragiri.

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