15th TANA Conference, Detroit – 2005
This conference was conducted by Dr. Kodali Srinivasa Rao as the coordinator and Dr. Gorrepati Navaneetha Krishna as the president. The conference team developed some guidelines to go by through town hall meetings with local Telugu community. Some 200 people attended each of these meetings, and assessed the needs of the community.
The deliberations of these meetings were summarized thus:
(1) About 70% of the performers in cultural program should be from the USA.
(2) Youth should have enough representation.
(3) Tickets and honorariums should not be paid to any artists and others from India.
(4) The conference committee members agreed not to get reimbursed for travel and telephones from the conference funds.
(5) Transparency in accounts.
(6) Surplus is the goal.
Some 8,000 people attended the conference. A Total of $1.5 million was collected, leaving a surplus of $340,000, which was divided between TANA and a local association at 75% to 25% ratio.
The Detroit Telugu Association mainly took responsibility in helping the conference. Messages were received from Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the then chief minister, renuka chowdary, former central minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the then opposition leader.
President Gorrepati Navaneetha Krishna, Chairman Krishna Prasad, Secretary Boppana Dwaraka Prasad, Treasurer Kakarla Mahipala Rao, and various other responsibilities were shared by Bodepudi Shyambabu, Koneru Srinivas, Bandla Hanumaiah, Mandava Saranya, Vishnubhatla Ramanna, Sathi Mallikarjuna Reddy, Bikkena Sai Ramesh, and Gutta ramakrishna.
Awards: Lifetime achievement award was given to Kalyampudi R. Rao, and Velagapudi Datt. Technocrat Award for the decade was given to B. Satyam Ramalingaraju.
SOUVENIR – TELUGU PALUKU
Editor: Aari Sitharamaiah
Co-Editors: Maddipati Krishna Rao, Vasireddi Naveen
Writers: Bhadriraju Krishna Murthy, K. Ranganadh Acharyulu, Vasireddy Sithadevi, Atluri Srinivas, Jampala Chowdary, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Nandivada Udayabhaskar, Navodaya Ramamohana Rao, Kantragadda Dayanand, Yediganti Sujatha Reddy, Bachchoti Srihari Rao, Velaga Venkatappayya, Vittala Janakirama Sastry, Kandala Srinivasacharyulu, Afsar, J. Krishnamohana Rao, R.M. Umamaheswara Rao, Kochcharlakota Bapa Rao, Pappu Suryakantham, Katyayani Vidmahe, Paranandi Lakshmi Narasimham.