3rd TANA CONFERENCE Chicago – 1981
The third TANA Conference was held in Chicago on May 23rd and 24th of 1981. The venue was Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oakmont, Chicago. The Telugu Association of Chicago extended full co-operation for the conference.
Madhava Rao Tummala supervised the conference, while Tirupataiah Tella was the convener. For about 4000 people, Chicago Telugu residents hosted with Telugu delicious food items.
Tella Tirupataiah subsequently became the third president of TANA. Tirupataiah was instrumental in making TANA more visible. Getting a full-fledged delegation from AP government, obtaining a non-profit status for TANA from IRS, and initiating the TANA Foundation in 1981 (Before it used to be called Telugu foundation of TANA), were his major achievements. About 3,200 people participated in the conference. Each family contributed $40, and the budget spent was about $30,000.
Youth was given the utmost importance in the conference. A separate stage was prepared for them; and separate rooms were provided for their programs. These programs were conducted by the youth themselves.
The food for the entire conference was prepared and served by the host families of Chicago. This included a breakfast on the first day, and serving both lunches and dinners for the other two days. This itself was a gigantic operation, completed without any hitch or complaints.
The Conference provided an excellent art exhibition, with paintings by artists from both the USA and India. “Baapu” paintings were the special attractions in the exhibition.
The conference had several discussion panels on various subjects, such as Women and Children’s problems, setting up Industries in AP., old age, retirement issues, and medical issues.
A gramophone LP Record was issued for the first time in the Chicago TANA Conference in 1981. This consisted of an Invitation and a musical presentation to the guests.
In the conference Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Cine actor), S. Rajeswara Rao (Music director), Yedlapati Venkatarao (Chairman for Industrial Development Corporation), Freedom fighter Veluvolu Sitharamaiah, Industrialist Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad, Famous poets C. Narayana Reddy and Sri Sri, Ministers of Andhra Pradesh M. Baga Reddy and Avula Madana Mohan, Govt. of India Representative Bhatnagar spoke briefly.
Addressing the conference Sri Sri said that the conference gave him a feeling as …. he was attending a marriage celebration. He further commented that the conference gave him a feeling as a blend of east west cultures, and he hoped to see the future generations as universal peace lovers.
Poet C. Narayana Reddy commented that the moonlight in the east is the same as sunlight in the west and vice versa.
The other guests who participated in the conference were: Dr. Venkata Rao, C.N. Sastry, Anandaramam, Nayani Krishna Kumari, Maharadhi Tripuraneni, M.S. Reddy, Mullapudi Harischandra Prasad, U. Venkateswarlu, V. Rama Rao, Basavapunnaiah (journalist), Veeramachineni Madhusudana Rao, Dr. Somaraju, Y.V. Ramana, Akkineni Annapurna, Sumathi Kousal, Narla Tata Rao. High level discussion on industrial development was held in the conference.
TANA commence to all the famous personalities from the third conference onwards. The old famous statistutional professor C. R. Rao was the first person who received such an honour. On the dais TANA elected the executive committee. Tella Titupataiah as president, Kakarla Chandra Sekhara and Gorantla Chowdary as vice-chairman, Yadavalli Somayajulu as Secretary and Madhava Rao Tummala along with the presidents of other Telugu associations as directors.
Shankar N Franjari, Ananth R Vutukuri, Arunasri Tanuku, Baburao Javvaji, C. L. Narayana, C. Umapathi Reddy, Janardhan Manthani Reddy took full responsibility in conducting the conference. The cultural celebrations were conducted by Ramana Murthy V. Yadavalli and Co-chairman Ram Reddy Sama. Naidu R Galla was the chairman of committee for discussions. S.V. Rama Rao and Arunasri Tanuku were the chairman and co-chairman for art exhibition. Upendranath Nimmagadda as chairman and Harnath B. Tripuraneni, K.S. Chowdary Gorantla were in the finance committee.
The stage arrangements were supervised by Y. Shyama Sundara Rao and Umapathi Reddy. Madhava B.M. Reddy looked after the publicity as chairman and Pattabhi Allmittapalli as vice Chairman. Souvenir committee Chairman was Utkuru Anantha Rama Rao, whereas Parimi Sri Ranga Nayakulu, Damaraju Sachchidananda Murthy were co-chairmans. Host Committee chairman was Sudarshana Rao Akkineni and Co-chairman Savitri G. Komanduri.
TELUGU PALUKU – SOUVENIR
The writers in the souvenir: Dasaradhi, C. Narayana Reddy, Durga Prasad Varanasi, Upendra Pushka, Sista Vijaya, Yadavalli Ramana Murthy, V. Padmavathi, Cintham Rani Samyukta, Bangaru Swarupa, Sama Ramireddy, V. Susarla, Krishna Devulapalli, Anil Kumar, A. Lakshmi Ramana, S.V. Rama Rao, Kota Sundara Rama Sarma, Vanguri Chittemraju, Galla Aruna, Mani Issola, Saradapurna Sonti, Kakarla Subbarao, Cherukuri Rama Devi, Lakshmi Damaraju, Obula Narayana Sarma, Challuri Jaganmohana Reddy, Pachha Vasudeva Rao, Satya, Vemuri Venkata Surya Narayana, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Murthy N. Damaraju, Puchcha Vasantha Lakshmi, Mokkapati S. Prasad, Dr. Kristu Rao, Nayani Krishna Kumari, Yarlagadda Anjaneyulu, Suryakantham Pappu, Kolavennu Venkata Krishnaiah, V.V. L. Narasimba Rao, Vadrevu Subba Rao.
In English section: P. Venugopala Rao, Kota S. R. Sarma, Annapurna Garimella, Usha Annam Bhatla, Y. Shyama Sundara Rao, P. Rajagopala Naidu, Nadumi Aditam, Padmaja Reddy Saama, Benguluru Sureswara, Madhuri Kakarala, Giridhar Devulapalli, Kala Annambhotla, Shyamala Elamanchili. V. V. Manikyala Rao.