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September 3, 2013 > Telugu Association wins first prize at Independence Day parade

Telugu Association wins first prize at Independence Day parade

Submitted By Dr. Ramesh Konda

Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) has been representing Telugu culture and heritage in the form of a grand Float in the yearly Independence Day Parade in California for the past 21 years. Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) organizes this annual function in Fremont to celebrate India's Independence Day. This year, the event, attended by 50,000 people, took place on Aug 17th and Aug 18th. This year, BATA Float representing 100 years of Indian Cinema Industry, received first prize.

BATA volunteers Harinath Chikoti, Karun Veligeti, Jhansi Thiruveedula, and Sireesha Battula designed the float with a large movie reel and stairs covered with a red carpet representing a movie set complete with a director, camera man, hero and heroine filming a dance routine. The periphery of the float was adorned with cutouts of various famous Telugu cine actors. Additionally, many BATA volunteers dressed in period movie star outfits complete with masks of various cine actors.

Another attraction of the Float was a Rickshaw pulled by Ramesh Konda (BATA past president) In olden days, it was a common practice to use a Rickshaw going thru the town to publicize movie releases. A walking group led by BATA Advisors Vijaya Aasuri and Veeru Vuppala called out patriotic slogans such as "Vande Maataram" and "Bharat Maata ki Jai."

BATA extends its deep appreciation to all volunteers who had worked tirelessly to prepare and decorate the float including: Vijaya Aasuri, Veeru Vuppala, Kamesh Malla, Kalyan Kattamuri, Sireesha Battula, Harinath Chikoti, Karun Veligeti, Jhansi Thiruveedula, Srilu Veligeti, Ramesh Konda, Yashwant Kudaravalli, Sumanth Pusuluri, Kiran Vinnakota, Kalyani Chikoti, Prasad Mangina, Sridevi Pasupuleti, Rajesh Chavli, Narsimha Rao, Ravi Thiruveedula, Deepika, Deepti, Deepthi, Surekha, Veena, Naresh, Ratna, Deepthi Vasuki, Jyotsna, Shiva, Srikar, Sirisha, Anantha, Kalyani, Swathi, Preeti, Radhika, Manasa, Sudha, Firdos, Sanjay to name a few and a whole host of youth volunteers.

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