Chicago IL: TAGC-Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (i.e. the first Telugu association in North America) has celebrated Ugadhi and Sri Rama Navami at the Naperville Community Church known as Yellow Box, Naperville, IL 60540. The event was a grand success with an overwhelming response from the Telugu community with over 1,350 guests (Both events) as per membership committee chair Mamatha Lenkala. TAGC conducted Ugadhi & Sri Rama Navami event Cultural programs with local talent followed by ‘Musical night’ program by singers from India.
The Auditorium was well decorated with welcome banners while the stage was decorated with the TAGC logo, thanks to the decoration committee chair Swetha Janamanchi and her team. TAGC membership committee welcomed guests with a smile.
TAGC President Mr. Ramachandra Reddy Ade started the program with Lord Ganesha prayer, along with the cultural team and Board of Directors. In the Ugadhi & Sri Rama Navami cultural event, around 300 participants performed a variety of entertainment programs and shows, which attracted the audience with great attention. The program highlights include Sri Rama Navami theme songs, Maya Bazaar theme songs, Fusion on Lord Shiva, Ugadhi theme skit and Retro couple theme (hits of Tollywood stars from 1970 to 2015), and etc. TAGC President thanked & congratulated Cultural Committee Chair Sujatha Katta, team, and volunteers who worked tirelessly for more than a month to make the event a flawless execution and a memorable event for the Telugu Community in the Chicago land and mid-west areas.
TAGC President and team welcomed the chief guest Sri O.P. Meena. He expressed & invited TAGC members and families to the upcoming Yoga day. TAGC President Ramachandra Ade, Past President Pradeep Kandimalla, Youth committee chair (2016) Venkat Gunuganti and Sri O.P. Meena honored youth members with PVSA certificates for those who volunteered and qualified for year-2016.
TAGC-DF team conducted a special raffle for a great cause during the event and collected funds which will be donated to Aakshya Vidya charitable trust whose mission it is to educate poor people in slums.
President requested guests to honor a moment of silence in loving memory of TAGC founding members Sri. Madhava R Bobbili and Sri. Baburao Javvaji.
“Music does bring people together”- with this motto, TAGC brought singers Anjana Sowmya, Damini Bhatla, Narendra Doddapaneni, Yazin Nizar from India who performed a live concert. The musical night rocked and energized guests in the auditorium with continuous nonstop entertainment for over 3 hours.
Food committee Chair Uma Avadutha with team & volunteers did a wonderful job in serving dinner for such a mass crowd in the allocated time. Tasty dinner was served with a variety of food items co-sponsored by Hyderabad House restaurant Management from the Schaumburg & Naperville locations. Ugadhi pachadi was offered during the dinner.
TAGC President Mr. Ramachandra R Ade thanked the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and volunteers who have worked for weeks in planning and preparations to make this event memorable. He also thanked all the participants, their parents, teachers, and the guests for their enthusiastic show of support throughout the evening. He also conveyed his gratitude and thanks to sponsors for giving back to the community and requested TAGC members to make use of services provided by sponsors.