17th TANA Conference, Chicago – 2009
TANA’s 17th Conference was held in Chicago on July 2-4 of 2009 with Yadlapati Yugandhar as the co-ordinator and Kakarala Prabhakara Chowdary as the president of TANA. The venue was at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
About 6,800 people had attended the conference. About a million dollars was collected. But with an expenditure of $1.35 million, the organization was left with a deficit of $350,000.
Guests and Dignitaries
Dr. Y.V. Reddy, eminent economist and former Governor of Reserve Bank, was the chief guest for the conference. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois and Arne Duncan were the chief participants in the conference. The Secretary of Education, Ambassador (Ms) Meera Shankar, Consul General Ashok Kumar Atri, famous poet Sri Sirivennela Seetarama Sastri, and the Industrialist and Philanthropist Sri Galla Ramachandra Naidu were the other guests of Honor.
Dignitaries from India included Padmasri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the recipient of TANA Lifetime Achievement Award, and literary stalwarts like Medasani Mohan and Rallabandi Kavita, Ramarao (NTR Jr), who were accompanied by charming stars Swati and Prasad. The star of the show is the young heartthrob Nandamuri, Charmi, Naresh, Rajeev and Suma Kanakala, Uttej, Raghubabu, and AVS, along with classical dancers, melodious folk singers, top-notch musicians, famous writers and distinguished scholars.
North American Super Singer Contest
The 17th TANA Conference hosted the first ever North American Super Singer Contest, in collaboration with MAA TV. TANA conducted a three-stage competition for gifted Telugu singers. Mano, Suddala Ashok Teja, Chandrabose, and Goreti Venkanna were the judges.
The festivities began on July 2, celebrating the illustrious achievers of our community from various walks of life with TANA Awards for Excellence. The Awards Banquet was held in the spacious and elegant ambience of the Grand Ballroom at the Donald A Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. A memorable event with the Banquet Committee designing a dignified awards ceremony, a delectable, multi-course, sit-down dinner, and special entertainment fitted the occasion.
Inaugural ceremonies, the harbinger of the quality of the program, made a great impact. The cultural committee produced an innovative inaugural program. A special dance ballet was organized to commemorate the conference theme, technological Innovation and cultural celebration, by the immensely talented and highly popular poet, Sri ‘Sirivennela’ Sitarama Sastry. More than 100 young Telugu dancers of Chicago, under the guidance of the artistically creative local choreographers enthralled the audience.
The 17th TANA Conference Cultural Committee strived hard to put together a uniquely entertaining cultural program that was ‘most entertaining to most of the audience of all the time.” The TANA-MAA TV Super Singers lifted the spirits with the best of the Indo-American musical talents. The glittering film stars led by NTR Jr, along with Charmi, Swati, Naresh and Rajeev Kanakala presented exciting entertainment under the expert stewardship of Sri Murali Mohan, Paruchuri Gopala Krishna and EVV Satyanarayana.
There were laughs galore led by Nandi award winning Uttej, AVS, Maharshi and Raghubabu, accompanied by mimicry artists and folk and parody singers. The legendary SP Balasubrahmanyam, accompanied by S. P. Sailaja, Ranjith Kalpana and Vishnubhotla Srikrishna, presented a gala concert in his inimitable style befitting the Grand Finale.
Several noted scholars and poets, including the much celebrated stalwarts like Akkiraju Sundara Ramakrishna, Tirumala Desikacharya, Gollapudi Maruti Rao, Sri Ramana, Vasireddy Naveen, Cherukuri Ramadevi, Vanguri Chitten Raju, Veluri Venkateswara Rao, and Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy participated in several interactive programs.
In addition to the everpopular avadhanam, spearheaded by two avadhanis of distinction, Sri Medasani Mohan, and Sri Rallabandi Kavita Prasad, participated in the program with a unique, new event, Netraavadhaanam (avadhanam while communicating nonverbally) by two gifted and talented women, Nidamarti Lalita Kameswari, and Kasibhotla Rama Kumari.
Renowned poets Sirivennela Sitarama Sastri, Suddala Ashok Teja, Chandrabose, Goreti Venkanna, Papineni Sivasankar, and Vinnakota Ravisankar recited their distinct styles of writings and discussed nuances of poetry. Competitions in Telugu vocabulary and extempore speaking kept the youngsters excited. There was also a religious session.
The 1995 Chicago TANA Conference conducted youth events like cruise, fashion show, talk shows and prime-time participation. The youth committee reinvented the youth program with plenty of exciting events to expand the social horizons of youngsters of all age groups. Events included a banquet at the bustling Navy Pier, featuring a Telugu rapper and comedians of Indian origin and a nationwide youth talent show.
In addition to seminars, the tantalizing Fashion Show, invigorating basketball and volleyball, stimulating chess and video tournaments, social mixers and thrilling club nights were also conducted.
This conference featured two days of business seminars. Dr. Y.V. Reddy, who led the banking reforms as governor of Reserve Bank of India, delivered the keynote address. Leading entrepreneurs from many walks of business, including Health and Pharmaceuticals, Clean and Green Technologies and Infrastructure Development, shared their experiences and expertise. Special panels addressed the needs of women and young entrepreneurs.
Forums offered socio-economics, filmmaking, science and superstition, entertaining in an ethnic kitchen, rural development, and women’s issues.
Continuing Medical Education
To catch up with the latest technological innovations in medicine was discussed where leading luminaries from the Second Generation Telugu physicians were the highlight of the discussion.
Arts & Crafts
Padma Sri S.V. Ramarao conducted arts and crafts exhibition with artwork created by Telugu people. Artists in various media, both from North America and India displayed their work in the exhibition. Special painting exhibition from Andhra Pradesh was organized by TANA in cooperation with the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad.
The conference had commercial exhibition with enticing jewelry and saree shops with vintage videos, latest music and upscale real estate to non-profit services. Mohan Nannapaneni elaborated the help extended to the victims of accidents in the USA. Thotakura Prasad gave details of International scholarships through TANA. Dilip Kuchipudi narrated the useful work done by Tana foundation.
Dr. Jampala Choudary introduced the judges of talent singers that were central show in the cultural program.
Jandhyala’s Madhya Taragati Mandahasam was enacted as stage play.
“Super mogudu Super Pellam” play put the audience in hilarious mood.
“Krishna Rayabaram” stage play was quite impressive. Musical session of Sanjay put the audience in aesthetic mood.
Sundar Dittakavi and Krishna Sarada acted as anchors for cultural programs. Two troops Detroit were center of attraction in the function through their bollywood stage performance and pop songs. AVS humour made all audience laugh.
The conference incidentally congratulated Yugandhar Yadlapati since July 4th the American Independence Day happened to be his birthday too. He thanked the 200 volunteers who worked for the success of conference.
Balasubrahmanyam music concert was quite a turning point in the program. After that he was honored on the stage.
Suneeta’s song performance took the audience into musical mood. Yugala Astaavadhanam was another gravity of attraction for literary lovers. Youth had their talent test and awards were given to the best performance.
The audience witnessed on the screen the services of TANA to the blind people in Andhra. There was Veena concert with youngsters’ expert musical talent.
Shobha Rani choreographed the program. Rama Gurupalli conducted variety of folk music. Chintakayala Ravi group dance made mark in the cultural programs. Undavalli Anuradha conducted marriage Vedukalu with young girls. Kuchipudi dance performance with Krishna Leelalu is another master performance in the cultural show.
SOUVENIR – TELUGU PALUKU
Editors: V. S. R. Chowdary, Jampala
Co-Editor: Vasireddi Naveen
Cover Design: Chandra & N. Krishna Reddy
President: Vuppuluri Venkata Subbarao
Vice-President: Ramaraja Bhushanudu Yalavarthi
Writers: Papineni Siva Shankar, Kompalle Ravichandran, Rasmi Balasubrahmanyam, Potturi Venkateswara Rao, Vemuri Balaram, N. Innaiah, S.V. Rama Rao, Volga, Mahammad Khadir Babu, Mrunalini, Saichand, Pappu Suryakantham, Vanguri Chittenraju, Kadregula Nageswara Rao, Sivaji, Kandukuri Ramesh Babu, V. Srinivas, Narasimha Rao, K. R. Chowdari, Chukka Ramaiah, Rentala Jayadeva, Tankasala Ashok, K. Ramachandra Murthy, A.K. Prabhakar, Dr. Anil K. Jampala, Nirmaladitya, Videhi Sashidhar, Narayanaswamy, Chandra Kannelaganti, Machiraju Savitri, Vinnakota Ravisankar, Satyam Mandapathi, Narayana Swamy, Ala, Pudipeddi Seshusarma, S.V. rama Rao, Machaki, J.U.V.B. Prasad, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Krishna Konduri, Raghavendra Ichchada, Sai Brahmanandam Gorthi, Rahul Pavuluri, Ramakrishna Velamati, Sarada Purna Sonti.