11th TANA Conference, Anaheim, California (1997)
The 11th conference was conducted by Kottapalli Kondala Rayudu as the convener and Vadlamudi Ramamohana Rao as the President. The first Novel writing competition was held with prize money of Rs.1.5 lakhs. A supplemental stage was started for selection of local artists to perform on the main stage. This conference collected $750,000 with an expenditure of $500,000. Surplus of $250,000 was passed on to TANA treasury.
Jaipal Reddy, former cabinet minister of India, was the Chief guest. Akkineni Nageswara Rao gave away the awards. Nandamuri Balakrishna received an award that was given for N.T. Rama Rao.
Mr Vadlamudi Rama Mohana Rao in his speech appealed for the unity of Telugu people in America. He also stressed the need for the development of Internet, and said that it would help youth to organise their activities in a better way. He appealed to the youth and Telugu people in America to make ‘Janmabhumi’ programme in Andhra Pradesh a success, so that villages would have modern facilities.
Chalasani Mallikharjuna Rao was the president from 1997-99. During his tenure, he beefed up the membership list, issued ID numbers for life members, updated voter list by removing the rule of more than 3 votes from one family. TANA finances were beefed up by cutting down TANA Patrika to 8 issues/ year from 12/ year. He held a novel writing contest like the year before.
Jr. N.T.R. performed his dance in the presence of spell-bounded audience. Damaraju Murthy as Duryodhana in Maya Sabha stunned the audience. Ravi Kumar as Karna was another stage actor who exhibited his talent. Murali Mohan troupe performed the stage patriotic songs. Sridevi, cine actor, was specially honoured.
Balasubhramanyam, Sailaja gave their special performance. Fashion show was conducted in a new way for youth. A separate session was held for youth; where in a large number of women participated in women’s forum. The songs of L.R. Eswari, Pranay Kumar attracted the audience. Vemuri Venkateswara Rao conducted the computer course to encourage youth.
Dr. Radha J. Sarma, Dharma Reddy Gummai, Ravipudi subba Rao, Nageswara Rao Gangula, satish chilukuri, Venkatadri Bobba, Diwakar Reddy, Krishna Reddy, Kanya Sonti, Sundari Sri Ganti, J.S. Sarma, Mukkamala Apparao, Peraiah Sudanagunta, Prem Chand Duggirala, Rajeswara Rao Gudipati, Ramakrishna Reddy Tadi, Rao Koneru, Sekhar Reddy Kallam, Viswanatha Achyutha Rayalu made the conference successful by sharing various responsibilities.
Awards: Sri Rama Murthy Ankem (Science and Engineering), J. Lionard Bell (Special Humanist Award), Makineni Subbarao (famous social worker), Polavarapu Tulasidevi (Samaja Seva), Vridhdhula Krishna Murthy (Education) Srinivasa Rao Jammalamadaka (Education), Lilavathi Nallamothu (……), Narisetti Innaiah (Journalist, writer), Prem N. Reddy (Management), Akkaraju Sarma, Radha Krishna Bandaru, Ramaraja bhushanudu Yalavarhi, Yugandhar Yadlapati (Community services). Mohan Gandhi, Venkateswar Rao Kata, Krishna Polavarapu, Ramamohana Rao Vadlamudi, Vidyasagar Nuteri are in the awards committee.
TELUGU PALUKU – SOUVENIR
Editorial Board Members: Murali Chanduri, Satish Chilukuri, Bhogeswara Rao Prattipati, J.S.M. Sarma, Upadhyayula Venkata Satyanarayana
Cover page: Kondapalli Art
President: Ramamohana Rao
Convener: Kottapalli Kondala Rao
Writers: Kanaka Prasad, Radhika Nori, Kovarthi Ramarao, Pucha Annapurna, Satyam Mandapati, Sudheshna, K. Bose, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Damaraju Lakshmi, Damaraju Sachidananda Murthy, G.V.R.K.Sarma, Bhavana, Upadhyayula Lakshmi Gowrangarao, Katragadda Venkateswarlu, Puchcha Annapurna, Naag, Kaburu, Udayam, Nischalatvam, Tirupati Reddy Chandrupatla, Sunitha, Viswanatha Achyutha Devarayalu, Gade Venkata Madhusudana Rao, Sesham Suprasannacharyulu, Jakkampudi Subbarayudu, Vedula China Venkata Chayunulu, Penugonda Srinivasulu, Bapu, Karnakarni, Lingayattulu, Sanku, Vinjamuri Ansuyadevi, Vinjamuri Prabhakar, Jonnalagadda Venkatewara Sastry, Kalasapudi Srinivasa Rao, Vedula China Venkata Chayanulu, Vanguri Chitten raju, Mudigonda Srirama Arya, Paranandi Lakshmi Narasimha, Gavarasani Satyanarayana, Sikha Satyanarayana Murthy.