6th TANA Conference, St. Louis – 1987

6th TANA Conference, St. Louis - 1987

The sixth TANA conference was held in 1987 (July 11 and 12th) in the university campus at Saint Louis, with Dr. Mantena Narasa Raju as the convener and Raghavendra Prasad as the president.   Co-convener was Gopichand Yelamanchili.

Prof. Sripathi Chandrasekhar (1918-2001) was the keynote speaker. He was famous demographer and minister in Indira Gandhi’s cabinet. Ambassador representative S. Mukherjee addressed the conference.

A few popular cine stars were introduced in the conference at St. Louis.

There was special exhibition on the culture, art, and life styles of Telugu people. A separate session was held where the industrial sector and investments were discussed. Vijaya Kumar was the co-ordinator for the discussions. Mr. Panduranga Rao assessed the growing impact of industries. K. R. Rao reviewed the progress of various projects. C.S. Sarma delivered the keynote speech. Mr. Bhagath singh the Industrialist brought out the difficulties and problems in running small industries with advanced technology. Several industrialists from Andhra Pradesh actively participated.

In the medical seminar, Dr. G.V. Naidu was the co-ordinator. Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao discussed the problems of health in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. K. Jaganmohana Rao brought out the problems in supplying medical technical equipment. Dr. Sankaram discussed medical course progress and problems in India. Dr. Raghavendra Prasad Sudanagunta brought out details about medical educational schemes in Andhra Pradesh. G. Damodar Reddy explained about tax shelters.

Dr. Raghavendra Prasad in his presidential remarks said: “The migrants from Andhra Pradesh have put a lot of effort and reached high positions in America. 5% of Indians in America were Telugu people who attained higher income slab. It is gratifying that they combined the best from the east and from the west. There are conflicting cultural lifestyles at home and in the society in America. Our people are reconciling and making best out of it. Youth must take lead in deriving the best of both the countries.”

The conference had special fashion show, and youth were given at most importance. A special session was held with women where culture, and bringing up children were discussed. The participants were Paruchuri Jyotsna, Meenal Manthani, Uma Echchampati, Nayani Krishna Kumari, Vinjamuri Sithadevi, Shakuntala Gangadharam, Nidadavolu Malathi, Yashoda Reddy.

Youth problems were discussed by Krishna Mantena, Sailendra Sunkara, Sireesha Samudrala, Sherli Vamaraju, Dr. Vedavyas, Krishna Usha.

The cultural programmes were special attraction with Shobharaju, Vamsee Troop, Githasri, and Mrs. Madhusudana Rao.

Awards: Akuluri V. Ramaiah (Nuclear Physics), Dr. K. Janardhana Reddy (Medicine), Matempalli Madhusudana Rao (Medicine), Kakarala Subbarao (Community Service), Narsing Aduparao (Medicine), Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao (Community Service), Nimmagadda Upendra Nath (Community Service), Pothu Narasimha Rao (Community Service), Sitha, Githa Kalapatapu (Classical Music), Singiresu Sambasiva Rao (Mechanical Engineering) Dr. Tejaswini (Sastriya Nrityam), Tella Tirupataiah (Community Service), Velicheti Narayana Rao (Telugu Literature), Tummala V. Madhava Rao (Scientific Research).



Title cover: Bapu.  Director: Gandikota Venkata Rao, Co-chairperson: Buddhiraju Vijayalakshmi, Youth division convenor: Anitha G. Rao, members Dandamudi Prasad, Kaasinadhuni Udaya Shankar, Rednam Krishna Rao, Ventra Pragada Mohan are in the souvenir committee.

Writers: C. Narayana Reddy, Vinjamuri Anasuyadevi, Viswanatha Achyutha Devarayalu, Pavani Sasstry, Puranam Sitha, Prayaga Ramakrishna, Arudra.

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2nd TANA Conference, Detroit – 1979

2nd TANA Conference, Detroit – 1979

TANA (Telugu Association of North America) officially came into vogue from the second conference onward. The conference was held in Detroit in 1979, under the president-ship of Kakarla Subba Rao. Tummala Madhava Rao was the convener.

A souvenir committee was constituted with Ramadevi Cherukuri and Achyuta Rao Ramineni. Another committee for art exhibition was formed with S.V. Rama Rao, Vijaya Emmadi as the organizers. Dr. G.M. Sastry, Prasada Rao Kollipara undertook the responsibility of publicity. Dr. Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao was the Chairman of committee for nominations. Detroit Telugu people hosted the conference.

Poet Laureate Dasaradhi graced the occasion as a chief guest. Akkineni Nageswara Rao (actor), Avula Sambasiva Rao, chief justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, chief editor of Eenadu were the guest participants in the conference.

P.V. Narasimha Rao (Minister in Indira Gandhi`s cabinet during emergency) commenced the literary programmes. This conference specially discussed the problems of Telugu people living in America.

The special attraction in the conference was Harikatha of Veeragandham Venkata Subba Rao. The audiences enjoyed with spell bound attention. Mr. Subba Rao came to the conference with his own expenditure. About 2,000 people attended the conference.

The second TANA conference was followed the by-laws, which were passed by then. The member societies from various parts in the USA were allowed as official delegates.

The general body elected executive committee for 1979-81. Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala was the chairman. Dr. Bandaru Siva Ramireddy and Dr. Duggirala Premchand were vice-presidents. General Secretary was Tella Tirupataiah.

Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath sent $1,000 (Half of the proceeds of the leftover funds from the First TANA Conference) to start the initial activities of the Second TANA conference. The rest was collected from conference registration fees and donor-patron categories.

The total amount collected was about $11,000, and the expenses were in the order of $7,000 and $4,000. Of this amount, $2,000 was given to the Detroit Telugu Association, the co-sponsoring organization of the second Telugu Conference, and $2,000 was given to TANA.

Directors: Dr. Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao, Vadlamudi Sri Krishna, V.R. Anumolu, Mr. Vanitha Velgonda, Mrs. Lakshmi Cherukuri. This was the first elected executive committee.

TANA conference constituted TANA foundation. TANA board of directors accepted this decision. TANA was also recognized as a nonprofit institute. According to by-laws, every member should pay the fee depending upon the total numbers of the committee.

TANA was registered in Maryland, near Washington DC, with efforts of Durvasula Sastry, Yugundhar Hanumara, Vadlamudi Srikrishna and Jakkampudi Subbaraidu.


The conference souvenir was printed in Andhra Jyothi Press with the generous help of KLN. Prasad, general manager at Andhra Jyothi. Cherukuri Rama Devi was the president of Souvenir committee, and Puranam Subrahmanya Sarma helped her from India.

The title art was done by artist S.V. Rama Rao. The writers in this souvenir were Satyasai, B.S.R. Krishna, Nanduri Pardha Saradhi, Venudhar, S.V. Rama Rao, Ramadevi Galla, Puranam Subrahmanya Sarma, Nayagara Dance (Poem),  Noma S.R. Sarma, Pathuri Nagabhushanam, K.V. Ramana Reddy, C. Venugopala Rao,  Jakkampudi Subbaraidu,  Bandaru Lakshma Reddy, Ravindranath Guttikonda, Rama Kakarala, and contributors from Telugu Associations in Chicago, New York, Detroit, and San Francisco.

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3rd TANA CONFERENCE Chicago – 1981

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.

Coordination Committee:

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.


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.

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4th TANA Conference, Washington DC (1983)

4th TANA Conference, Washington DC (1983)

For the first time, TANA conference was held in Washington, D.C. on May 28-29, 1983. Local Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society co-operated for the success of the conference. The venue was Northwood High School, Silver Spring, Maryland.

About 2000 delegates participated in the conference. Mr. K.R. Narayanan, ambassador of India in USA, Prof. N.G. Ranga, peasant leader, Charles Gil Christ, Justice Ramarao, Former Chief Minister Dr. M. Chennareddy were the main speakers.

The cultural programmes were held on both days. There were dance dramas, stage plays, Bhuvana Vijayam Play and several attractive items grabbed the attention of the audience.  Apart from the special souvenir, a special stamp was also released. Several stalls with industrial, and artpeace were exhibited. The two-day discussion was highlighted with problems of sharing several arts, which were disappearing in Andhra Pradesh.

The educational problems of Telugu children in America, exchange of technical knowledge, trade opportunities for Telugu people in America, protection of health were the themes discussed in two day deliberations.

The discussions also included marriage problems, literature, culture, and art. Varaprasada Rao Gutti supervised these discussions. Cherukuri Ramadevi, Velcheru Malathi, Madhusudhana Reddy Kakulavarapu, Akella Murthy, Latha Rao, S.V. Rama Rao R.V.S. Sundaram took keen interest in the deliberations.

TANA awards were given to Dr. G. Nageswara Rao, founder of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad; Prof. Pesara Reddy Sudhakar, Associate Professor in the Medical Department of Pittsburgh University; famous artist S.V. Rama Rao; Prof. Nannapaneni Narayana Rao, Electrical Engineer in Illinois University.

Kakarala Subba Rao was the chairman of awards committee. Special function was arranged to give the awards under the chairmanship of Dr. Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao



Title cover by BAPU

The writers in the souvenir: Saama Ramireddy, Dr. Rani Samyukta Chintam, Prabha Chityala, Sudheshna, Utkuri Ananth, T.V.V. Ramarao, Kotra Krishnamurthy, Jakkampudi Subbaraidu Suktulu, Tangirala Lakshmi Narayana, Pattinnapu Sakuntala Gangadharam, Tripuraneni Venkateswara Rao, Yethukuchi Krishna, Gandhiji Yelamanchili, Yeluri Venkateswara Rao, Damaraju Sachchidananda Murthy, Aruna Galla, Devulapalli Krishna.

Writers of English articles:  Ramarao Cherukuri, S. S. Murthy, P. Venugopala Rao, Sabala Mandava, Phani Bantumilli, Suguna Pappu, Neeraja Rao Cheragondla, Madhuri Kakarala, Padmaja Sama, Sumukha Guntakatta, Pemmaraju Sri Ramarao.

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5th TANA Conference, Los Angeles (1985)

5th TANA Conference, Los Angeles (1985)

The conference was held with Dr. Raghavendra Prasad as the convener, Dr. Premchand Duggirala as the Co-convener, and Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao as TANA president.

About 16 committees were formed with members from Los Angeles Telugu Community.  The conference was held in Long Beach Convention Center with a budget of $100,000.

Parvathaneni Upendra, opposition leader in Lok Sabha, M.S. Koteswara Rao, minister, Vasantha Nageswara Rao Minister, C. Narayana Reddy, poet, Potturi Venkateswara Rao, journalist, P. L. Sanjeeva Reddy, managing director of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation, Varlu, director at Andhra Pradesh Electronics Corporation, Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Chairman for Hindi Academy, and Dr. Kasaraneni Sadasiva Rao spoke in the conference.

Burrakatha and Harikatha attracted the participants. Kurmanatha Rao Dusi, Bandaru Parvathiswara Rao, V. Rama Rao, Mandapaka Sarada played active role.

Sobhanaidu’s Kuchipudi Dance was a tremendous success in the conference.  Cultural programmes were directed by Nunna Nagabhushanam (Pittsburgh), K.V. Rao (New York).

Awards Banquet was separately arranged to save time on main stage. A moving stage was created to save time in transition between artist groups. About 100 Telugu young adults served in awards banquet.

Kavi Sammelanam – recital of poetry by various poets commenced in this conference for the first time. Astavadhanam was an added attraction in the conference. Business Conference took up serious discussions with several experts.  The conference saved $30,000. Instead of May the Conference was held in July in America. The expenses of the six-member Delegation of artists that participated in TANA were met by Government of Andhra Pradesh. Shri. Krishnam Raju, movie icon, sent a delegation at his expense. Los Angeles Telugu community involved actively in the convention.

After the fifth TANA convention, Raghavendra Prasad was unanimously elected as TANA’s Fifth President.  TANA received wide publicity in India because of its service activities.

Vempati Chinna Sathyam, Sobha Naidu dance troops performed in the conference.  TANA created and introduced the concept of continuing medical education discussions during conference.

Eminent persons who received awards during the conference under the chairmanship of Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao was Ratna Anil Kumar

A special session was held where serious discussions were conducted on commerce and trade. The discussion was centred about investing in various industries and business establishments. Ministers, industrialists, trade representatives contributed in the discussions.

Continuing medical education session was held with several doctors. The sessions paid tributes to Late Dr. Y. Nayudamma, who died in the plane accident. Women`s forum met separately in which Jyotsna Paruchuri, Bharathi Vayuvegula, Aruna Chilumula, Neti Suseela contributed their thoughts. Under youth forum discussions were held. Lakshmi Komanduri was in chair. Love marriages, opinions of parents, and aspects of weddings were the main themes in the discussions.



Writers in the souvenir: Pucha Annapurna, Viswanatha Achyutha Rayalu, Cherukuri Ramadevi, Vital Janaki Ramasastry, Vanguri Chitten raju, Isola Mani, Jayaprada Srinivasan, Vemuri Narasimhamurthy, Gidugu Lakshmi Dattu, K. Sakuntala, Vadlakonda Ravindra, Pudipeddi Lakshmana Murthy, Manepalli Satyanarayana, Lalla Devi, Prema Gayatri, Puranam Seetha, V.V.Suryanarayana, Paladugu Venkateswara Rao, Pappu Venugopala Rao, Cherukupalli Nehru, Akella Jagannadham, Malathi Chandur, B. Vidyasagar, Gollapudi Maruthi rao, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Pillutla Narasimha, Mahendra, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, B.S.R. Krishna, Sama Rami Reddi, Puligadda Viswanatha Rao, C.S. Kumar, Ravi Kondala Rao, Pattinapu Gangadharam, Vadlakonda Swarajya  Lakshmi, Kota Sundara Rama Sarma, Puranam Subrahmanya Sarma.

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7th TANA Conference, Houston (1989)

7th TANA Conference, Houston (1989)

The 7th TANA conference was held with Dr. Vinta Janardhan Reddy as its convener and Mr. B. Venkateswara Rao as its president at the University of Houston campus on July 1-2, 1989. About 2,000 people enjoyed the deliberations.

Nearly $110,000 was collected, with a surplus of $20,000, which was shared between TANA and local Telugu Association.

The seating was segregated with ropes to separate donors from the ordinary registrants. “Unity is the Strength” was the main theme of the conference.

The unique feature of the conference was the outstanding linguist Dr. Bhardriraju Krishnamurthy, vice chancellor at Hyderabad University, (1928-2012). He gave expert talk about the experiments in the language.

Suseela, Ramakrishna attracted the audience with their songs.

This conference officially accepted and released TANA logo. Audiences were asked to select the best items of the conference.

Accordingly, the first prize was given to Kuchipudi Dance Drama. The troop came from Atlanta under the direction of Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao.

The 2nd prize was given “Amerikanyasulkam” play written by Chitten Raju with music directed by Kodavatiganti Rohini Prasad. Medasani Mohan performed Astavadhanam for the first time in the TANA conference. The souvenir release at this conference was given the title ‘Madhura Vani.’

The conference executive committee:

Mallik S. Puchcha, Yaratha Ramamohan Reddy, A.V.N. Reddy, Rajasekhar Yelamanchili, Palani Janaki Rani, Ratnakumar, Sita Mutyala, Venugopala R., Ballari Shyama Sundaram, Nagaraju Yeleswarapu, Surya Rao Tota, M. Jitender Reddy, A. Janardhan Reddy, V. Kesava Rao. Houston Telugu cultural Society executive committee members played a key role.

Special Scholarship was given in the name of Guttikonda Aruna.

Awards: Ambati Jayakrishna, Ambati Balamurali Krishna, Dattatreya Nori (Cancer research), Raju K. Kucharlapalli (Molecular Genetics), Dr. P. Syamasundara Rao (Pediatric Cordialogy), Shankuntala Pattisapam (Literature and culture), Bandaru Subhashini Reddy (Community Services), Avanthi Moduri (Clssical Music), Uma Bharathi (Classical Dance), Vinjamuri Sithadevi, Avasarala Anasuyadevi (Folk Music).

Mr Janardhana Reddy Vinta, convenor, said, ”Active involvement and patronage of more and more generous and industrious people will improve the quality and span of organization. The repeated Biennial conferences will add more and more vigor and life to TANA. Let us hope that our united efforts strike to direct our youth to emerge into a brighter race and a noble humanity.”

Mr. B. Venkateswararao, president TANA said, “We have enriched TANA and made it one of the best Indian organizations in North America. We put TANA on the right track for the future and everyone associated with the constructive efforts should feel very good about it.”



President of the souvenir: Vanguri Chittenraju.

Editors: Kalanadha Bhatta Veerabhadra Sastry, Puranam Subrahmanya Sarma. Special articles: on Telugu language history, music, dance, art, dramas, cinema, state politics, religion, education, Songs, stories.

Writers: Chalasani Prasada Rao, Sri Sri, Ravi kondala Rao, Indraganti Janaki Bala, Indraganti Srikanth Sarma, Namini Subrahmanyam Naidu, Puranapanda Ranganath, Turlapati Kutumba Rao, Malathi Chandur, Dr. G. Samaram, Veeraji, Guntur Seshendra Sarma, Ushasri.

Poetry translated into English: Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak, Sri Sri, Somasundar, C. Narayana Reddy, Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry

Messages: Houston mayor Vint Mair, Indian ambassador in America P. N. Koul, US senator Philgram, Layid Bent Sen.

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8th TANA Conference, Atlanta – 1991

8th TANA Conference, Atlanta - 1991

The 8th TANA conference was held in world convention center, Atlanta, July 5, 6 of 1991 with Dr. Vanapalli Manga Raju as the convener and Dr. Nallamothu Satyanarayana as the president.  The main theme of the conference was “Our Culture – Our Progress.”

About 20 eminent persons from India participated in the conference. Indian Ambassador in USA Dr. Abid Hussain spoke on the first day of the conference. Murali Mohan, cine actor, directed stage plays with Gummadi, Janaki, Sakshi Ranga Rao, and Sarath Babu. In this conference Arudra’s literary history volumes were released. Cherukupalli David commenced with invocation prayer.

Awards: Parikshit Sarma Voleti, Lakshmi Saroja Poruri, Ranga N. B. Gorrepati, Chandrasekhara Rao Kakarala, Raghavedra Prasad, D. Venkateswara Rao, Ravindra Nath Guttikonda, Jaganmohana Rao Kakarala, Rajireddy, R.K.N. Jayanthi, Venkat S. Ram, Vijayalakshmi Unnava were awarded for their outstanding achievements in various fields.

On the second day of the conference, Ramoji Rao, Head of the Eenadu News paper, delivered a special speech. He came out very strongly against caste system that is eating away the vitality of the society and also dividing the people. Caste has become main obstruction for social progress, he said. He strongly pleaded to discard caste system and appealed Telugu people in America to bring casteless society. He appreciated the achievements of Telugu people in America and congratulated those who attained higher levels.

Conference Executive Committee

  1. Seshu Sharma, Aruna Prasad Kancharla, P. Ramachandra Reddy, Ranakumar Nadendla, Narender G. Reddy, Sheela R Lingani, P. Ravisharma, Rama Rao Meka, Rajaravulapalli, B. Krishna Mohan, C. Bapireddy, Sarveswar I Naidu, Jayaprakash Bangaru, Purna Ginjupalli, Sudhakar Devaraju, Gopichand Manne, Narahari Rao Purugulla, Sujatha K. Reddy, Kusuma Zonavally.

Chief Adviser: P. Venugopala Rao.

Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta conducted the conference. The executive committee members: Ravinder C. Reddy, P. S. Lakshmi Rao, Narendra G. Reddy, Sanjeeva Rao, Sujatha Ginjupalli.

Ex-official member: Nallamothu Satyanarayana, President, TANA, Sudhakar Pavuluri, Treasurer, Ramakishan Rao Damala, Vice-President.



Writers : Maruvada Rajeswara Rao, Radhika Nori, Malempati Indira Priyadarsini, Vasundhara (Sydney, Australia), K. Saroja (Canada), Tangirala Lakshmi Narayana, Machiraju Savitri, A. Subba Rao, S. Vardhani Murthy, Vanguri Chittemraju, Ragipudi Yogiswara Swamy, Nellutla Ranga Rao, Meka Ramarao, P.V.G., Indira, Usha Raju, Kondapalli Koteswaramma (Vijayawada), B.N.Reddy (artist – Pavan, Hyderabad), J. Bapu Reddy (Hyderabad), Narasimha Malladi Sidhdhanti, Sunkara Mani Ramachandra Rao (Rajahmundry), Kota Sundara Ramasarma, Sonti Saradapurna, Kolugotla Suryaprakasa Rao, Vinnakota Ravi Sankar (Hyderabad), Elchuri Vijaya Raghava Rao, N.S.S. Murthy, K.V.S. Swamy (Rajahmundry), Meka Rama Rao, Tumuluri Sastry (Sydney, Australia), Jaya Prabha (Hyderabad), Suseela Subbarao (Canada), Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, Chaparala Baburao (England), Sulochana Bandaru, Satya Duvvuri, Radhika Sastry, Pillalamarri Ramakrishna, Viswanatha Achyutha Devarayalu, Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao, Kota Sundara Ramasarma, Vinnakota Phanidra.

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9th TANA Conference – World Telugu Conference, New York (1993)

9th TANA Conference - World Telugu Conference, New York (1993)

The World Telugu conference and The TANA Conference held joint deliberations for five days in New York during July first week in 1993. It was largely attended conference with 10,000 people participating in divergent activities and discussions.

On the inaugural session day former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr N.T. Rama Rao delivered an emotional speech, which was received amidst cheers and applause.

The conference was given support by the New York Telugu Association and the Tri-State Telugu Association.

Dr. Nallamothu Satyanarayana and Dr. Dasaradha Rama Reddy had put great efforts to make the conference a grand success, and it was a turning point in the history of TANA.

The participants from USA were the largest contingent, while other enthusiastic participants were from Andhra Pradesh, Australia, Malaysia, UK, Europe, and from a few other places.

The conference which was held in Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York, has Coliseum vehicles that carried the guests to the stage with announcements.

The 9th TANA conference, along with the World Telugu Conference, was held from July 1st to 5th in the World Trade City, New York. The venue was Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.  Telugu Literary Association of New york, Telugu Fine Arts Society joined hands to celebrate the conference. One of the unique features in the conference was the art exhibition of Suryadevara Sanjeeva Dev, renowned self-made artist from Andhra Pradesh.

K.R. Narayanan (Later President of India), P.V. Narasimha Rao, the then prime minister of India, King of Nepal sent their special messages. N.T. Rama Rao, chief minister and actor who stood for the upliftment of Telugu language and culture, specially graced the conference. Cine actor Chiranjeevi and Parvathaneni Upendra, cabinet minister in central cabinet, graced the occasion. M.V. Krishna Rao, former education minister in Andhra Pradesh, participated in the conference.

TANA specially brought out ‘Yagnam’ the story of Kalipatnam Rama Rao, which had received Central Saahitya Akademi Award.

NTR in his eloquent speech brought out the glory of Telugu language and culture. He appealed to preserve the greatness of Telugu heritage, while observing the human values in the USA.

NTR’S Speech

Ye Desamegina – Yendu Kaalidina

Ye Peethamekkina -Yevvaraduraina

Pogadara Neetalli – Bhoomi Bharatini

Nilupara Neejaati –Nindu Gowravamu

I salute all those who are striving to protect the heritage of Indian culture and civilization, carrying with them the sweetness of Telugu language of their mother land to continents, spreading culture and to those dedicated workers, preservers of Telugu honor, spreading glory of Andhra.

I salute, those masters in arts who are taking them to its pinnacle. My blessings to my sisters who gave this place the look as if we were attending a female festival (perantam), with their colorful decoration with ‘rangavallulu.’ I bless all these little children who are nothing less than little gods. I offer my celestial blessings to those Telugus who came down here from around thirty countries to share their experience.

The convention looks as though Telugu is there across the world as though it glorified this place, giving a feel that Telugu language, its arts and technology congregated at this place. I salute to all those who gathered here.

I am honored for being invited as chief guest to take part in this conference organized by all those who were born in Telugu land, brought up in mother’s lap sharing mother’s unmatched love, learning alphabets and now working in economic, technical, science, social and political fields. I wish all the efforts you are putting that would sure to become the path laying endeavor.

Your mother, Telugu land, is keeping a constant watch over what all you are contributing to this land for its progress in the fields of science and technology that gave you space to work. Your motherland is hoping that your presence here would surely double up her happiness. Though you came away to these far off places, either for sustenance or to gain greater knowledge; remember the land you migrated to is no less than your own motherland. Can we find any difference between the love shown by the land that gave you birth and the one that is now taking care of you?

This equality is nothing but ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbam’ (World is one family). This outlook peels off one’s narrow mindedness, rendering one the citizen of the world. Friendship and brotherly love should become our model for living. This feel of love should be the rule that all subjects in the world are the same.

Science and technology erased the distance between people and brought all people together as if this earth is dwarfed. At one time Swamy Vivekananda, who spread sweetness of ‘Indian spiritualism’ across the world, shortened the distance between countries, with his message to the world from this country. For this, Vivekananda had to take an adventurous journey and had to traveled all the way to this land. Today, from the ends of the world thousands of enthusiasts congregated here, even reducing the time of travel to not even ten hours, defeating the theory of time and distance.

We salute to all those who are producing live babies from test tubes, activating stopped hearts by employing top class medical knowledge, building colonies in sending interplanetary vehicles and even doing research for further knowledge in this field.

At the same time, we are also worried that the knowledge they are gaining is being used to destroy the entire world with nuclear arms. This is indeed unfortunate development and is a sad part that the entire world is worried about, that too at a time when small nations are making progress in developmental activities.

Besides some nations are kicking up communal tensions leading to wars taking toll of human life. Yet, there are many poverty-ridden nations facing health problems, illiteracy, hunger and diseases.

Why is this difference? Why is the indifference? On one side we find slogans for rightful life, on the other activities of terrorism. On one side cries for human rights, on the other hateful killings. On one side darkness around, hunger, health problems and deaths.

Is there no solution? Can’t our intellectual energy find solutions?

Shouldn’t we find solutions in these times when some drastic changes are taking place erasing the very base, despite some of our advanced countries stepping forward to mitigate these problems by laying minimum plans.

To earn a roti, one has to stand in endless queues in one nation. To get a potful water, women has to walk miles in one country. To get food packets supplied by international agencies, people have to pray to gods above in another country.

What a miserable situation is this? How long can they suffer this? Is there no solution?

This is not a job to be attended to just by a few. You are all highly educated. Please concentrate on these problems. You are all well equipped. Get started to mitigate these evils. Move forward.

Ours is sacred land. We always chant ‘Sarve Janah Sukhnobhavantu’ — let all the people be happy. Let us start our work to fulfill these needs. Let us make a beginning.

You have all come from the land of Budha. ‘Viswa Santhi’ is our slogan. Make ways to attain peace. You came from land where Mahatma Gandhi was born. Lay plans to achieve this. Your motherland is a place that gave birth to Ambedkar. Fill your hearts with a mission to serve utterly poor with love.

You are all descendents of Swamy Vivekananda who said ‘even a starving dog would shake my conscience.’ Please plan to help the downtrodden. The humanism in us should surface to initiate lending help to the poor. Help illiterates to become literates.

Adi Sankara said that all humans are equal. You should work in that direction. Treat all humans as equal and with dignity.

You are not just representatives of the six-crore Telugus, but you are brothers of 86 crores of Indians. You are bridge to carry the culture of the country to project the soul of the country and greatness of Telugu land. You steer the future of the Telugus.

I hope you share part of your earnings to your motherland that gave birth and progress in your life, like you are doing to the nation you are serving now. You should also share the knowledge you gained hear in politics, scientific achievements, technology, intellectual caliber and social service. Your motherland should have all the benefits you gained serving this nation to keep the wheels of Telugu land keep going. I hope you fulfill all my desires for betterment of the land you hailed from.

You are now part and parcel of the progress of this nation you are serving. You need to live as co-patriots of this land you are working for, as brothers with coexistence. I wish this country’s greatness would surely be further elevated because of you too.

There are two types of humans – those who choose tradition and truth – They are called ‘Samanyulu’ (common people). Those who implement them are the second. There should be a combination of providing help for the progress of both countries with collaborative attempts in all fields.

TANA, an old Telugu Association, putting joint efforts to make this event successful was a positive measure in elevating the pride of Telugu people. I thank the American Government for taking the Telugu people’s services in equal measure in the progress of the nation, and I hope this would continue in future.

I also appeal to the parents in Telugu land to help their children learn and retain the Telugu traditions. Telugus working here should also retain their culture and help to develop the Telugu land, doing which they keep in touch with their mother land too.

Choosing New York’s Long Island, amidst high raised buildings to hold this 9th conference and inviting me to address you is an honor you bestowed on me, and I thank you again for this gesture.

Committee Members:

Steering committee chairman Satyanarayana Rao Nallamothu, Coordinator and Chairman Gaddam Dasaratha Ramireddy, Co-convenors Radha Krishna Murthy, Kidambi Raghunath, Secretary Nehru Cherukupalli, Joint Secretary Mahesh Saladi, Treasurer Meka Venkata Narayana, Joint treasurer Sambasivarao Venigalla, Members Mohan Rao Bade, Murthy R. Bhavaraju, Ramakrishna Jonnada, Krishna Kochcharala Kota, R. K. Narra, Nagamma Diddempudi, Kusumakar, Ara Kuchakulla, Krishna Polavarapu, Janaki Rao, Royapeta SekharDattatreya Nori, Krishna Vemuri, Raghava Rao Polavarapu, Prasad Chalasani, Swami Dukkipati, Ramakrishna Chalikonda, Nirmala Sastry, Vijaya Dukkipati, Padmavathi Erramalli, Dr. P.S. Rao, Subhadra Nori, Sivanarayana Paturi, Mani Paturi, Rama Rao shared various responsibilities and conducted the conference successfully.


TELUGU PALUKU – SOUVENIR                   

Editors: Cherukupalli Nehru (president of souvenir committee), Parinam Srinivas Rao, Kasatapadi Srinivasa Rao, Dr. Katasapadi Srinivasa Rao, Dr. Jemmi Sudha Ratnanjali.

Members: P.S. Rao, Srinivasa Rao, J. Sudha Ratnanjali

Cover page: Puppet Dolls

Messages: King of Nepal, Ex. Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, Vice-president K.R. Narayana Rao.

TANA President: Nallamothu Satyanarayana

Writers: Cherukuri Ramadevi, Kamala Chimata, Vanguri Chitten raju, P. Venugopala Rao, Yarlagadda Kimira, Venkateswara Rao Veluri, Pillalamarri Sivaramakrishna, Cherukupalli Nehru, Sista Sriramachandramurthy, Parvathi Ponnaluri, Pippilla Suryaprakasa Rao, Prasadu Varanasi, Updrasta Satyanarayana, Kolagotla Suryaprakasa Rao, Komaravolu Saroja, Kota Sundara Ramasarma, Damaraju Murthy, Kidambi Raghunatha, Srinivas, P.S.Murali, N. R. Nandi, S. S. Murthy, Brahmam Kanchibotla, Puranam Sitha, Kanaka Prasad, Syamala Jayaraman, Anamika, Ram Kolluri, Baburao Samudrala, S.V.Rama Rao, Krishna Vemuri, P. Venugoala Rao, Sankarambadi, Samdrala Vijayalakshmi, Pammara Seshagirirao, Arudra, Vemuri Venkata Ramanadham, Sri Nagesh, Kovvali Jyothi, Meka Rama Rao, Bhoj, Tirumala Seshacharyulu, A. V. Murali Krishna, Sadhana Venkata Swamy Naidu, Kolagotla Surya Prakasa Rao, Aparna Gunupudi, Sama Ramireddy, Sriramamurthy Daggupati, K. Saroja, Sudarshan Raj, Machiraju Savitri, Gangapalli Jagannadha Rao, Samudrala Baburao, C.H.Ramulu, Suneetha Vankayalapaati, Pranati Kondalaneni, G. Rajeswara Rao, Ramireddy Sama, Kotapati Sambasiva Rao, Aari Sitharamaiah, Chitrapu Prabhakar, Rayali Rajagopal, Narayana Rao, A. Veera Prasad, Murali Mohan Reddy, Meka Rama Rao, Ratna Kumar, Viswanatha Achyutha Rayalu, Mohan, Kamala, Yadavalli Ramakrishna, Sobha, Pratima G. N. Rao, Krishna, Dr. Jyothi, Totakura Appa Rao, Sonti Sarada Purna.

English Writers: P. Venugopala Rao, Bhavaraju, Rajitha Bhavaraju, P. Narsinga Rao, Ramarao, Aari Sitharamaiah, P. Srinivasa Rao, Ushadevi.

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10th TANA Conference, Chicago – 1995

10th TANA Conference, Chicago - 1995

The 10th conference was conducted by Yadlapati Yugandhar as the convener and Mantena Narasa Raju as the President.  About 7,200 people participated in the conference. Some $785,000 was collected. The expenses were $700,000, leaving a surplus of $85,000, which was given to TANA foundation.

The conference had the first inaugural dance ballet, and the first laser show. Business seminar was well attended. Youth were involved on the main stage.

The conference, which was held from July 1st to 3rd 1995 in Chicago, made a mark. Sidhdhardha Sankar Ray, ambassador of India in America, delivered the keynote speech. Mr. Rangaiah Naidu, central minister from India, Mr. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, speaker at Andhra Pradesh assembly, Mr. Madhava Reddy, Pratibha Bharathi, Devineni Nehru were the chief guests at the Conference.

Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Yarlagadda and Artist Bapu were specially honoured. In the contest, Bapu, Ramana’s first title “Bomma Borusu” was brought out, as a special honour to them. Kongara Jaggaiah, as a special guest to the conference, released his translation of Tagore’s Githanjali, and Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad released “History of Modern Telugu Literature” in the conference.

The stories of Bhamidipati Ramagopalam, which were written to honour Bapu Ramana, the stories of smile, and the stories of Dr. K. Sadasiva Rao, were also released in the Conference.

Kongara Jaggaiah, cine actor, inaugurated the cultural programmes. Amani, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ramakrishna, Sarada, Brahmanandam, AVS, Suseela, Ramakrishna, Zikki, M. Raja took active part.

Vempati China Satyam performed special Kuchipudi Dance. Surabhi stage players exhibited their talent in various stage plays.



Editor: Jampala Chowdary

Chairperson: Venkata Subbarao Vuppuluri

Co-chairperson: Ramaraju B. Yalavarthi

Members: Dronam Raju Sivarama Krishna, Raghavendra rao Pathuri, Bhaskar Ravi, Krishnaiah Revuluri, Venkata Rama Rao, C. Ramadasu, Sarada Purna Sonti

Youth Division Member: Dipika Reddy

Writers: Mullapudi Venkata Ramana, N.T. Rama Rao, Kongara Jaggaiah, Malathi Chandur, Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Vempati China Satyam, Nanduri Ramamohana Rao, Bharago.

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11th TANA Conference, Anaheim, California (1997)

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.



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.

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12th TANA Conference, Cincinnati – 1999

12th TANA Conference, Cincinnati - 1999

The 12th TANA conference was held in Cincinnati in 1999 with Gorrepati Ranganatha Babu as convener and Chalasani Mallikharjuna Rao as president. Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimharao was the chief guest.

The Conference had revenue of about $1.2 million and had a surplus of $270,000. $200,000 of this money was transferred to TANA treasury and $70,000 was transferred to a local Telugu association.

Highlight of the program was the local unity, business seminar and a three-hour cultural program by Akkineni Nagarjuna and his team of 40 members. Miss world Rita Faria from Hyderabad attended the convention. Movie play back singer Suseela received the lifetime achievement award at this conference. Folk art festival in India by the name ‘Chaitanya Sravanthi’ started at this time.

Unity education and modernity were the main themes of the conference. Member of Parliament M. Venkayya Naidu released the Souvenir. Ken Blackwell, Ohio. T.P. Srinivasan Indian embassy in America representative from US Ferror Brown were the dignitaries attended the conference.

Loksatta leader Jayaprakash Narayan delivered a special talk in the occasion. Kiran Narayan, head of anthropology department at wisconsin University, delivered the special talk. Ramanaidu, film producer, B.V. Parameswara Rao, Singer P. Suseela, Vemuri Balaram Editor swathi, Varaprasada Reddy, M.D., Santha Biotech, P. Hanumantha Rao, Manager Pragathi Art Printers, Cine Director Bapu, Chalasani Prasada Rao, Eenadu staff, Murali Mohan A.P were present. Cine development corporation were specially honoured. Cine actors Nagarjuna, Brahamanandam, Tabu, Ramya Krishna, Samanth, Rajendra Prasad, Ali, Music Director Vandemantaram Srinivas, Garikapati Narasimha Rao, Jayaprabha, writer, Dayana Hedden, miss world, took part in the deliberations.

‘Continuous Medical Education’ session was conducted by Dr. Jampala Chowdary, Dr. Naveen Hemanth gave a video presentation talk on the problems of children and depression.

The coordinator for funds was Chowdary Bobba, Treasurer Prof. V. Mannala, Coordinator Dr. Jampala Chowdary, and various other responsibilities were carried out by Savitri Chindu, Sarada Nagasetti, Anil Nalagatla, Sarada Purna Sonti, Prasada Raju, Hari K Maddali, Ananada Raju, Raghu Tadepalli, Anil Maddali, Swarana Kakani, Indira Gorrepati, Krishna Rao Kakani, Ranganath Babu Kakani, Gopi Krishna Pudatala, Hari Maddali, Patel V. Mannala, Rani Panangi, Balarama Raju, Devi Prasad Alapati, Rajasekhar Lakkaraju, Prasad Chandra, Girish Nagasetti, Patel V Mannava, Savitri Chinta, Madhavarao Dasari, Vasundhra dasari, Rani Bobba, Madhavi Kollu, Aruna Chowdary, Annapurna Chandra Malleswari reddy, Raghu Tadepalli.



Editor: Chandra Sekhar Rao Kanneganti

Contributing Editor: Jampala Chowdary

Co-Editors – Udaya Bhaskar Nandivada, Madhava Rao Kuratila

Chairperson – Gopal Annam Raju

Vice-chairperson – Prasad Totakura

Cover page – Chandra

Writers : P.V. Narasimha Rao, Dr. Garikapati Narasimha Rao, Jayaprabha, Jayaprakash Narayana, V.R. Veluri, Paruchuri Srinivas, Sherrad brown, S. S. Murthy, Ravi, Savitri, Deepthi Chinta, Sobhanbabu Atluri, P. Venugopala Rao, Swarup Madduri, Machiraju Savitri, Chodavarapu Prasad, Turamella Madhava Kumar, Pappu Suryakantam, Utukuri Gopalarao, Dr. K.V.S. Rama Rao, Achaya Pippalla Surya Prakasa Rao, Yallapragada Janaki Rani, Sai Lakshmi, Sankara Narayana Swamy, Nori Radhika, Kanaka Prasad, Aari Sitaramaiah, Gurajada Suryakumari, Kolli Indira, Vikram, Palana, Dokka Rambhra, Kanneganti Chandrasekhara Rao, Madhukeela, Vinnakota Ravisankar, Machiraju Saavitri, Dr. Avasarala Ansuyadevi (Vinjamuri), Viswanatha Achyuta Devarayalu, Mutyala Seetha, Aravinda, Rachakonda Narasimha Sarma, Dokka Srinivasa Phanikumar, Udaya Bhaskar, Vasu, Dr. Papineni Siva Sankar, Indraganti Srikanth Sarma, Narisetti Innaiah, Kotturu S. Ratna, Indraganti Srikanth Sarma, Kotapati Sambasiva Rao, Jampala Chowdary, Aarudra, K.V. Ramana Reddy, Ajantha, Madhuranthakam Rajaram, Vakati Panduranga Rao.

Prize winners in the stories competition: Dr. K.V.S. Rama Rao, Palleti Balaji, Jonnalagadda Ramalakshmi, A.S.Mani, Dr. V. Chandrasekhara Rao, Vedaprabhas, Arnad.

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13th TANA Conference, Philadelphia – 2001

The 13th TANA conference at Philadelphia in 2001 had the distinction of having two conveners followed by one another — Allada Janardhana Rao and Kosaraju Vijaya Saradhi.

Nadella Gangadhar was the president of TANA. In this conference the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandra Babu Naidu’s speech from Hyderabad was shown live through telecast to all the delegates. Some 7,000 people attended the conference. $1.1 million was collected with expenditure of $1.03 million leaving a surplus of $70,000. Out of this $20,000 was transferred to TANA treasury.

Indraganti Srikanth Sarma played the special stage performance, which depicted History and literature of the past glory. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, M. Vekaiah Naidu, the BJP leader, Poet C. Narayana Reddy, Narla Tata rao, Ramanaidu attended the Programme.

The awards were given in honour of the achievements made in different fields:

Murali Atluri (business), Murthy V. A. Bondada (Civil Engineering), Malavika Rao Kalapatapu, Adinarayana Murthy, Kautha, Achyut Paruchuri, Sai Rani Ravi, Prasad Totakura, Mahalakshmi Timmana (Community Services), K.S.Ramarao Pappu (Philosophy), J.N. Reddy (education) Sarada Purnasonti (arts and literature) Yugandhara Rao Vallabhaneni (social service), Venkata Ramanatham Vemuri. Dr Jampala Choudary for medical services.



Editor: Kidambi Raghunath

Cover Page: Krishna

In the youth division – our beautiful state of Andhra Pradesh, differences in work and family life between India and U.S., rating India vs. the US, Amara Chitrakatha crossword puzzle, why Hindus worship deities, my thoughts exactly, why should we know Telugu, word scramble, Telugu’s surfing the net, easy cooking tips, Vemana’s wisdom, answer to puzzle.

Writers: Vanguri Chitten Raju, Satyam Mandapati, Uppala Anantha Sudhakar, Lalitha Pillalamarri, Diwakar Peri, Tadepalli Krishna, Radhika Nori, Mangala Kandur, Challa Satyavathi, Srinivasa Prasad Peddu, Pattisapu Radha.

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14th TANA Conference, SAN JOSE – 2003

Komati Jairam was the convener and Muthyala Padma Sri was the president for this conference.  The post of chairman was created, and Dr. Peraiah Sudanagunta took the role of the chairman.

The conference was attended by about 7,000 people. Total collection was $1.1 million. The winning team was supposed to come to the conference, however due to problems with visa this did not materialize.

During the tenure of Dr. Navaneetha Krishna Gorrepati as president, he conducted children’s cultural programs in Dallas, Detroit, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Jose that selected child artists to perform in Detroit TANA Conference. He was also involved in arranging tsunami disaster relief in Prakasam District near Chirala. A TANA Nagar was built at a cost $50,000 with 80 houses and was given to fishermen there.

During the tenure of Padmasri Muthyala as president, TANA Backpack Program was initiated. This program is currently held in Dallas, San Jose, Washington, D.C., Boston and Detroit. Dr. Navaneeta Krishna, Chalasani Mallikharjuna Rao and Yetta Hanumantha Rao were actively involved in developing this program at TANA.


Main Editor: Jampala Chowdary

Editors: Gunda Sivacharan, Nallamotu Prasad, Tiruveedhula Ramakrishna, Jampani Sashidhar

Cover page Artist: Karunakar

Cover Design: Nasrim

Writers: Foreword of Mutyala Padmasri,

Winners of the stories competition: Nandini, MIttava, V. Pratima, K. Varalakshmi, Peddinti Ashok Kumar, Jatasri, Chandrasekhar Azad

Writers: Pasunuru Sridhar Babu, Mukunda Rama Rao, Srikanth Kodali Manchikanti, Bachchoti Sridhara Rao, Elchuri Vijaya Raghava Rao, Iranki Venkata Kameswar, Tatipamula Mrityunjayudu, Kalasapudi Srinivasa Rao, Nachaki, Chandra Kanneganti, Santi Nemani, S. Munisundaram, Vijayalakshmi Nadimpalli, Uma Ramanujam Eyyunni, Sanyasi, Vinnakota Ravisankar, Dr. N. Gopi, Mahajabeen, Dr. Boyina Venkateswara Rao, Jayaprabha, Kuchi, Satyam Mandapati, Sudera, Nadella Anuradha, Nisapathi, Dr. C. Narayana Reddy, Nidadavolu Malathi, Kanchi Seshagiri Rao, Ardial, Nikhileswar, Nagnamuni, Dr. Vasaprabhavathi, Mandarapu Hymavathi, Yarramsetti Papa, Jandhyala Venkata Rama Sastry. Vanguri Chittenraju, Vemuri Venkateswarulu, Tushara, Adusumalli Devendra Rao, Dr. S. V. Rama Rao, Aparna Munukutla, Marepalli Venkata Sastry, Saradapurna Sonti, Yandamuri Veerendranath, Pothukuchi Sambasiva Rao, Dr. Mudigonda Sivaprasad, Koduri Sriramamurthy, Dr. Poranki Dakshinamurthy, Pannala Subrahmanya Bhattu, Dr. K. Ramamohana Rai, Garikapati Pavan Kumar, Kotti Ramarao, C.S.Narayana, Vijaya Asuri, Gandham Yajnavalka Sarma, Saleem, K.V.Giridhara Rao, Katragadda Dayanand, Palepu Buchchiraju, Vanguri Chittenraju, Elactron, Pulikanti Krishna Reddy, Yaralgadda Kimira, Jalandhara, Vasundhara, Sailajarao, Boya Jangaiah, K.K.Meenan, Pattisapu Radha Mahalakshmi, Mudiganti Sujatha Reddy, D. Kameswari, Lavanya Mandalapu Vemsani, P. S. Narayana, Avasarala Ramakrishna Rao, Gorthi Brahmanandam, Binadevi, Srivirinchi, Tammineni Yadukula Bhushan, Kaasibhtla Venugopal, Suryakumari Upadhyayula, Aare Padmaja Chowdari, Alladi Mallesayya, Nemaluri Bhaskara Rao, Sri Subha, Gantikota Brahmaji Rao, Sitha Satya, Turaga Syamala.

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15th TANA Conference, Detroit – 2005

Chapalamadugu Udaya Kumar (left), Navaneetha Krishna Gorrepati, and Kodali Srinivas

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.



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.

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16th TANA Conference, Washington DC – 2007

Dr. Yadla Hema Prasad was the convener and Bandla Hanumaiah was the president of TANA conference held in Washington DC in 2007. About 14,000 people participated in the conference. Highlight of the conference was an hour-long speech by former President Bill Clinton to the business seminar.

The then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu introduced and welcomed President Clinton.

There was a program known as youth mixer, where about 200 youth met and the mixing resulted in 10 marriages ensuing the conference.

Kakarala Prabhakara Chowdary was the TANA president during 2007-2009. During his tenure TANA, along with Telugu communities across the globe fought for recognition of Telugu as “Pracheena Bhasha,” and achieved it in the year 2009. TANA continued it’s on-going programs, Telugu teaching at UT Austin, International Internship program, backpack program with school supplies and scholarship program for college students. A new program called “Team Square” was started to help Telugu families in USA under distress.

During Chowdary’s term, there was an Internal Revenue Service audit of TANA – on conventions, trust funds, and general funds — for the years 2004 and 2005. TANA successfully came out of this audit using the pro bono services of CPA Prabhakara Chowdary. He obtained Illinois tax exempt status that saved several thousands in refunds to TANA for the conference expenditure.


Jampala Chowdary introduced President Bill Clinton

“This is a historic day in our in TANA’s history. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of TANA organization, we were fortunate to have a man that we all consider to be a friend of Indian Americans, the very first president to visit Andhra Pradesh, the state that we all came from, the president during whose leadership of this great country, there has been a tremendous opportunity created for literally thousands of fellow Americans to come and participate in the industrial and information technology revolution that has energized and transformed not just U.S., not just India, but the entire world.

I know that you are all eager to hear the keynote address.  I now invite the president of our beloved organization TANA, Dr. Hanumaiah Bandla.  Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Hanumaiah Bandla will welcome Mr. Chandrababu Naidu (Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh).”


Chandrababu Naidu’s Speech

“I’m thanking Sri Hanumaiah Bandla for asking me to introduce President Clinton. Though I am privileged, it is very difficult to introduce a person who needs no introduction, that too in a span of few minutes.  Clinton, we are all aware, very charismatic statesmen, a humanitarian and perhaps the most popular American president that world has ever had.  A person who gave the biggest example for all of us, a person born in rural Arkansas in a humble family was able to rise to the world’s highest position is a testimony to the real strength of democracy.  He is a role model to emulate.  The United States has seen the highest economic growth during his 8 years of governance.  He has balanced the federal budget and paid off $360 billion of the national debt and converted the largest budget deficit in American history through the largest surplus…

During his presidency he created more than 22 million jobs. He achieved lowest rate of unemployment in 30 years and lowest for women in 40 years, highest home ownership in American history, lowest crime rate in 26 years, highest incomes at all levels with the equitable wealth distribution with the bottom 20 percent seeing the largest income growth at 16.3 percent, lowest poverty rate in 20 years, lowest infant mortality rate in American history.

He has nominated minorities and women as federal court judges, cabinet members and other government officials.  He has provided additional funds for the environment programs and tax credits for college education.  And he has left the office with the highest voter approval.  That is his credit, we are very happy for this.

All the Telugu people are here and also Indians are here.  We are all very happy after long span of time, 20 years gap, that he visited India.  He stayed in India three days, even all of us remember his visit.  He has created tremendous impact on Indians and also those who are working abroad especially in America.

He spent some wonderful time in Hyderabad, all Telugu people you remember that.  He has interacted with self-help groups.  And also he stayed with us for three to four hours.  Even now, we are unable to forget about all remembrances.  When he visited back to America, he asked his governors and politicians to go to India to see how technology, seva, issue of driving licenses and how we handle other issues.

After his visit to India, our people are doing extremely well.  For the last nine days, I toured the entire USA and observed the amount of confidence Indians are having, and especially the Telugu people.  I am having total confidence today, even in future, Indians especially Telugu people will play very major role not only in employment, but also in all walks of life.  All this credit goes to Bill Clinton.  He has motivated us.  He has inspired us in a big way.

After office also he is very popular.  In this TANA conference the crowd is 3,000 people.  That shows his charisma, that is his popularity.

Because of constitutional problems, he is unable to contest third time in the United States.  He is so popular now.  If he contests in India also, he will become the prime minister of India.  That is his popularity.

He is a leader, global leader.  At the same time, he is very popular all over the world across the boundaries.  Now it is his duty to work for the global benefit of the community.  I requested him to concentrate on peace mission.  Now we are seeing so many problems on religion.  The religion has become fanaticism under the process.  People hate each other and there is a threat for global peace.  He has to take some organization, some platform so that we can concentrate on global peace.

We are all seeing global warming.  Environment problems are coming in a big way.  Because of environmental problems, there is a threat for survival or existence itself.  We are watching poverty.  There is poverty in India.  There is a clear division between haves and have-nots.

Even in America there is poverty.  All of us have to fight poverty. All of us have to work to eradicate AIDS. This is also a big challenge for human survival.  These are all the four issues I mentioned with him.


Bill Clinton’s speech

Mr. Naidu gave me a very kind introduction, and also a very wonderful welcome to Andhra Pradesh when I was president.  You know, in America we have slightly different political traditions, and when I got to Andhra Pradesh, there were these huge banners all over with his picture and my picture.  And I felt like a rock star instead of a politician. And when you’re getting old and gray, to feel like a rock star is a very good thing. So I thank you.

I would like to thank very much the officers, the executive committee, the president, and the president-elect of this fine organization. I would like to thank Dr. Athera John, Krishna Katragadda and others who made my visit here possible today.

I would like to thank all the members of the Telugu community who have made such a remarkable contribution to the United States.  And thank you for coming here to celebrate your art and culture, including having the wonderful dancers here when I came on stage.  I wish they hadn’t left.  Then you could look at them and listen to me and it would be far more interesting.  And I would like to thank the ministers who have come here from a long way away from India to be here with me today and for the kind gifts and greetings they brought.

I believe one of the most important objectives that our administration achieved in foreign policy was the repairing of the long rift between the United States and India and building a genuine partnership and friendship.  I welcomed former Prime Minister Rao to the White House in 1994, after long years in which we were separated over cold war issues, which had not been relevant for some time.  I thought we had an opportunity to work on a number of issues and we did.

I was frankly a little jealous when both my wife and daughter got to go to India during my first term as president; they came home telling me what a wonderful opportunity I had missed.  In 2000, I was able to rectify that and…

That, of course, is when I had my great trip to Hyderabad, but I was also honored to address the Indian Parliament, something that I will never forget.

I like the Parliament building, but I must say it would be frightening for an American president to go and to address the United States Congress in an atmosphere in which the members of Congress were so close to the President.  Sometimes I think it would lead to encounters not altogether positive.

I was glad in 1999, eight years ago yesterday, on July 4th, our Independence Day, to meet with the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, and do what I could to move the troops of the Pakistani army back across the line of control and to avert a major political crisis and a potential military intervention.

And since I left office, I’ve had three great opportunities to continue to work in India for which I am very, very grateful.  After the earthquake in Gujarat in 2001, I was asked by the prime minister to try and help raise funds among Indians in the United States to help to rebuild the villages because hundreds of them had been destroyed.  It led to the establishment of something called the American India Foundation, which is now raised almost $40 million for building thousands of homes and hospitals and schools, artisans workshop, marketing of Indian crafts in the United States.  It was really quite rewarding.

And, of course, after the tsunami, the president had asked his father and me to try to raise funds and work in that area.  And I wound up staying on for two years as United Nation’s coordinator for a tsunami redevelopment and reconstruction. It was rewarding everywhere. Of course, the hardest hit part was Aceh, Indonesia.  We made a lot of progress there but – and they ended their civil conflict, but they have a long way to go.

Now, the Thais were hard hit, but they were able to quickly recover because it was a wealthy area.  The Maldives basically recovered on the strength of their tourism.  Sri Lanka did well until they began to fight with one another again that always impedes recovery.  But the best job in restoring, and in diversifying the economy away from the pre-tsunami economy to a new one was done by India.

It was amazing.  I watched women, who had been widowed, their fishermen husbands killed, and making candles for Hindu temples.  Something that seemed simple, but it was something that had never been done before.  And the last time I visited, I visited family after family after family in new storm-resistant housing, much more efficient with good sanitation for the first time ever, with schools that had libraries, and with early warning and rescue systems in place as sophisticated as anything you would find anywhere in the world.  So, I would say, in terms of overall rebuilding, so far, India wins the prize.  And it was a great honor for me to be there.

But perhaps the most important thing for me personally is the work that I’ve been able to do in India with HIV and AIDS.  In two senses, first of all, most of my major partners in providing lifesaving medication around the world are the manufacturers of generic drugs in India, the big ones like Cipla and Ranbaxy, but also smaller companies.  We have one South African partner and increasingly others want to come.  But the Indian companies were producing state of the art, world-class quality medicine that when I started it cost on average about $500 a person a year.  We paid $10,000 a person a year in America.  The Europeans and Canadians pay 3,500 for the same drugs we pay $10,000 and which is why the American pharmaceutical companies oppose Americans as being able to re-import drugs from Canada.

Something terrible happens to American medicine when it goes to Canada – some virus infection.  And if you take it when it comes back across the border, you will drop dead immediately.  The Canadians have a remarkable resistance to this virus; they do very well with our drugs across the border.  But the point is, the world could not afford it, even in the poorest countries in the world, the discount price was about $1,000 or $1,500.

So, we went to the Indian companies and we said, you know, even at $500 a year are there bulk prices when if you bought by then what at that time was a big volume, you could get maybe $350 price.  It was still operating on the model of a small jewelry store.  Do you know how a jewelry store in America operates?  You have to have a whole lot of inventory and it cost a lot of money to maintain the inventory.  If you don’t sell much, so you have to have a big markup.  Also, some people who buy diamond rings may not be able to make all the payments, and then you have to undertake the expense of getting the ring back.

So I said to them, “This is too big a business. There are six-and-a-half million people who need this medicine.” At that time in developing countries, only 70,000 people outside Brazil where the government purchased it all, we’re getting [AIDS] medicine.

So, I said, “Suppose we went to a grocery store model where we have high volume, low profit margins for sale and absolutely certain payment.  I’ll raise the money, guarantee the payment, but we got to get big volumes.”  They kept the prices to $139 a person a year.  You should be very proud of that.  Every Indian in the world should be proud of that.

Then, we did the same thing with children’s medicine, which was $600 a person a year because the children’s volumes were so small.  But every year, over 500,000 children die of AIDS who could live if they had the medicine.   And the adult medicine doesn’t work so well.  It’s not like an Aspirin, you can’t just cut it in half and give the smaller portion to a child and expect it to work.  So, we went from $600 to $190.  Then, the French imposed a small airline tax to create a fund to buy medicines to combat serious illnesses of all kinds around the world called UNITAID.  And 19 other countries gave them some money.  So, they asked me to buy the medicine for children with HIV and AIDS.  The price is now $60, from $600 to $60.

Now, as a result of that, we have operated healthcare programs in 25 countries, including India.  I’ll say more about that in a minute.  And we sell this medicine in 68 countries where the World Health Organization says the healthcare system will distribute the medicine and monitor it and test for its impact properly.

When we started, as I said, there were only 70,000 people in the world getting this medicine.  Today, there are about 2.4 million people getting the medicine.  And one full third of that – a third of all of the people in the world getting this medicine — are getting it from these contracts made possible because Indian drug manufacturers changed their business model.  Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand people who will live including the overwhelming majority of all the children on earth are getting AIDS medicine.  I hope that you are all very proud of that.

It’s been an honor for me also to work in India working on building networks for children’s healthcare, for care of adults.  We’re giving thousands upon thousands of people the medicine.  We have now trained 55,000 physicians in 13 states with 1,100 training sessions.  And we have a curriculum now we’ve developed with I-Tech for hospitals and ERT nurse training centers that, I believe, will eventually in the next year or so give us a nationwide coverage along with the funds, along with the medicine manufactured in India to make India the first developed country with a large AIDS population to in effect be able to treat everybody. I hope that will happen, and I’m looking forward to it.

Now, why are you here and why do I do that?  That’s what I want to talk about for a few minutes.  What does all this mean?  How did all this happen?  Most people, who lived at White House, as I did, go out and, you know, play golf and make a few speeches.  And I didn’t because I thought it would have been immoral given the life I’d had but also because I think this is more interesting and more important and more fulfilling.  But I see all of you here and I read in the press all the time about the stories about outsourcing which bothers me but what about all the insourcing.  Look at what you did for America.  Look at how many of you are here.  How many jobs you’ve created?  How many people work for you?

And I think – so I want you to think with me just for a few minutes about what this entire means.  What is good about the globalized world of the 21st century and what are its major problems?  Because in different versions, you find every good and bad thing going on not only in India but in the United States.  The modern world is obviously full of opportunity.  It rewards intellect and imagination and vision and training and entrepreneurial skill with open borders, easy travel, easy immigration.  You see these things happening all over the world.  We are increasingly bound together.  And with more than a trillion dollars crossing national borders every year, even if we repeat all the trade agreements in the world, you couldn’t stop a lot of these globalization and mobility.

So, the really important thing to do is to say what’s good about it and how do we accelerate it and what are the problems and how do we reduce them.  Well, what’s good about it is self-evident.  If there weren’t a lot of good things about it, you couldn’t have afforded the plane tickets to come here today.  Think about it.  The prosperity enjoyed by the Indian community in the United States is evidence of what is good about the global economy.

The ability to cherish your traditions and your heritage to preserve your culture, your language, your faith and still be integrated into different societies all across the world is evidence of what’s good about the global economy and consistent with the vision Gandhi had when India was established in the first place.  That’s also true.

And many Americans have been a part of this, in ways large and small. I have a cousin who lives in the mountains of North Arkansas, in the middle of America, who played chess once a week on the Internet with a man in Australia. They took turns deciding who had to stay up all night long to conduct these chess matches.  And they quit after a couple of years because they were both sleep deprived.  But it’s an example of the kind of connections that can be used to bring the world together and to move the world to a better place.

Now, what are the problems with this world?  Essentially three, it is unequal and in many places growing more unequal, unequal in income, education and health outcomes.  It is insecure because acts of violence can quickly destabilize the kinds of information based on web-like economies that have generated so much publicity of so much prosperity, insecure in terms of terror, weapons and mass destruction, and traditional conflicts.  How much more prosperous would India and Pakistan be if they didn’t have to maintain nuclear arsenals and increase defense spending every year.  How much better would it be?

You know, I think about how many poor people would there be?  You know, I could go before a group of Pakistanis living in America and see doctors and business people and high-tech people and people who have Indian friends in their home communities and they’re doing very well here.  I tell everybody – I think of the Pales – these Palestinians, big story out of Palestine today, you know, is the Hamas and the Fatah are fighting each other.  And 90 people were killed, so that Hamas could gain a great military victory in Gaza taking over the security headquarters of Fatah.

Does anybody here ever been to Gaza?  I’ve actually been there.  The military headquarters that they took over would fit in about 25 percent of this room.  And it’s not nearly as nice.  And you have a million people there packed into Gaza living in abject poverty.  On 43 kilometers of this most beautiful beachfront in the world, nothing in the south of France is better than the Gaza beach.  No beach facing the Mediterranean is better.  The only difference is they play war games in Gaza and in the south of France.

I know lots of Palestinians. I do not know a single poor Palestinian outside the territories.  Every Palestinian I personally know is a college professor or a millionaire.  The Palestinians dominate the flower trade in Chile.  They have the highest per capita income in Ecuador.  They do well all over the world, except at home.  Why because they fight.  So, this is an insecure world.  And violence and insecurity undermines the opportunities of the integrated world of the 21st century.

And the third problem we have is it is an unsustainable world because of the undeniable realities of climate change and resource depletion.  Almost everybody accepts the reality of climate change now and the only big fight is who should do what and when about it, and how soon is it going to be bad?  And can a country grow rich, stay rich and get richer and reduce its greenhouse gases?  But before the worst impacts of climate change hit, I believe we will experience serious problems of resource depletion.  Already a billion people in the world have no access to clean water, two-and-a-half billion no access to sanitation.  The tsunami was terrible, as I said, but one of the things that was built back better is that there were people in India and elsewhere and for the first time in their lives had access to sanitary facilities because of the rebuilding efforts.

One of four of all deaths on earth every year occurred from AIDS, TB, malaria, and infections related to dirty water.  Almost no one in America will die of any of those things this year.  This is an unequal world made worse by resource depletion. The amount of clean water is drying up.  Topsoil is being blown away.

If you’ve been to Beijing lately, you know, it probably has the worst air quality of any major city in the world because it has localized air pollution and because the prevailing winds in China there blow from north to south.  And what used to be a breadbasket north of Beijing has been turned into a virtual desert by the destruction of the topsoil.  So that the localized air pollution is like a big soccer net collecting billions of soccer balls of dust everyday making it difficult for people to breathe.  We’re looking topsoil.  We’re losing trees.

Ninety percent of the world’s fishing centers are under stocked today and only partly because they’ve been overfished. Partly it’s because the ocean is trying bravely to absorb more greenhouse gases, more CO2 offensively, as we cut down trees and put more CO2 in the air. The ocean tries to take up the slack to keep our planet in balance.  And in doing so, it changes the chemical composition of the water, destroying sometimes barely microscopic elements in the food chain of fish.  All these things are happening together.  Meanwhile, because of newfound prosperity, the world’s prosperity population is expected to grow between from now and 2015 in the next 43 years from its current level of six-and-a-half billion to nine billion because we can keep babies alive better.  But most of that growth will occur in countries that can now afford to give every member a good standard of living.

So, I was amused is the wrong word. I don’t want to trivialize this but I found a certain unreal quality to the debate in the Congress recently over what should be done about illegal immigration because the world took 150,000 years to go from one person standing up on the African Savanna to its current population of six-and-a-half billion, but will take only 43 years to go to nine billion.  So, if you believe that illegal immigration is a problem today, just take care of yourself, live another 20 years and you will see something that you couldn’t even imagine.

So this is an unsustainable world.  So in our relations with each other and within our own communities and nations, we have to go beyond an interdependence that is unequal, unstable and unsustainable.  We have to build integrated communities of shared opportunities, a shared sense of responsibility for success, a genuine sense of belonging so that we do something about these three problems.  The good news is we actually know how to do a lot of this.  We know what it would cost to put every child in school that is not in school.  And you know what, if the wealthy countries of the world chose to pay for it, we know that it wouldn’t be an aid. It would be an investment in the world’s future.

We also know what it would cost to build effective health systems to deal with AIDS, TB, malaria, other tropical diseases, maternal and child health.  And it should be seen not as aid, but as an investment in a common future.  When I was a young boy barely old enough to be aware in the late 1940s, there were still places in my home state in Arkansas that had a per capita income of only half the national average.  There were places in my home state that had no electricity that had only well water, no running water, had no sanitation, even it had no telephones.  There were a few rural places that had no telephones in my lifetime.  Soon enough all those places were rich, those remote, rural villages that were quite poor.  No one thought of it as aid because we were all in one nation.  It was viewed as an investment.  That’s the way the world has to look at every place that needs income, education and healthcare.  It’s an investment because we’re all tied together.  We know how to do that.

In terms of the world becoming more unsustainable because of climate change, I happen to believe that dealing with the energy problem is the greatest opportunity we have to remove the tension about outsourcing.  And to the root of the outsourcing tension in the United States is the median wages in our country that have been stagnant more or less since 1973, except for the last five years of my presidency when they rose and inequality went down.

Now, why did that happen?  I’d like to tell you it happened because I was an economic genius and had wonderful policies.  Yes, maybe a little bit.  But no, the real reason it happened is that in the late 1990s, and many of you were part of this, in the second half of that decade, information technology moved out of Silicon Valley into every aspect of the American economy.  Some of the most successful companies in Texas, for example, are videogame companies.  Videogame companies are nothing but sophisticated information technology companies.  And they created enormous economic opportunity, so much that it was only 8 percent of our jobs but 28 percent of our job growth and over a third of our income growth came from one source rifling throughout the economy, changing all the averages and lifting the public at large.

No rich country, whatever its trade policies, can maintain a strong middle class unless every five to eight years it has a source of new jobs.  Now, if you look at India, what’s the challenge there?  Why did Mr. Singh win an election in which the previous government, Mr. Vajpayee government, was presiding over 9 percent growth?  Because the 9 percent growth was concentrated in 350 million Indian lives, including the ones you led, sir, in Andhra Pradesh.  But the other 600 to 650 million Indians didn’t feel that they were part of it.  So the Congress party went out and organized them and got them all to come to vote.

But how do you take an engine like the IT revolution, which has powered so much of India’s growth, and move it from the one-third who can access it to the two-thirds who feel further and further and further away from a reality that many of you take for granted. If you think about it, it’s your version of the outsourcing problem, your version of America’s problem where we have a 40-year high in corporate profits, an all time high in the stock market.  Our workers’ productivity is going up every year but wages are flat and poverty among working people is going up in America, and so is the absence of health care among people who work.  So the inequality is getting greater even as the prosperity figures overall look good.  It is the great threat to democracies everywhere and a great challenge of all modern societies.

Think about energy.  In the industrial era, it was true that you could not grow rich, stay rich, and get richer without putting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  It is now manifestly not true.  Look at tiny Denmark. In the last few years, Denmark has grown its economy by 50 percent.  Wages are rising for everybody, inequality is going down, and they have a lot of immigrants in Denmark.

Why has that happened?  How did they grow their economy 50 percent and reduce inequality? It is because they created a lot of new jobs.  How did they do it?  How much has energy increased in Denmark, while their economy grew 50 percent?  Answer is zero.  Not one extra watt of electricity.  How much have greenhouse gases increased?  Answer, they have gone down.  How?  It is because, now, 22 percent of their electricity is generated from wind, highest percentage in the world.  You say, oh, well, they only have five million people.  It doesn’t apply to India.”  So we’ll go to the United Kingdom, the economy most like America’s.

The UK’s unemployment rate is about what America’s is.  And as we all know, they have lots of immigrants, right?  People from all over the world, they’re making a living.  Unlike America, however, their median incomes are going up and they have had no increase in inequality in this decade.  Why?  Because when the United States walked away from the Kiyoto climate change treaty, saying it would be the end of the world if we agree to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the British said, “we like this agreement, but it’s too weak.  We will beat our targets by 25 to 50 percent.”  And they will.  As a result of which, they have created a huge number of new high-skilled, high-wage jobs, which have kept inequality from increasing, even as people have claimed their gains from the global economy there just as they have in India and the United States.

Now, consider what would happen among the 650 million Indians living in rural India if India produced all of its own fuel?  And if you run every vehicle, everything in the world that runs in India but jet airplanes on biofuels, all generated in India.  More money for the farmers, food-processing manufacturing, biofuel facilities every 50 or 100 miles because you can’t transport it long distances without using it – losing it, a new tax based to build decent roads and sewer systems and water systems.  What if you decided that India should become or should displace Japan as the number one producer of solar energy or should displace Germany as the number one producer of wind energy?  You wouldn’t hurt the Germans because they still need the wind.  They still manufacture a lot.  And these jobs are not easily outsourceable.

I just agreed to work with 40 of the biggest cities in the world; including Mumbai and Delhi, to prove that we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that creates jobs not cost jobs.  And we started…

We started with the program we announced last month in New York to retrofit buildings with solar power, with wind power, with new glass, and with new lighting.  And to do this all over the world, we can finance such things in New York, but every city cannot.  So, I went to five banks and got them each to commit $1 billion.  That more than doubled – what’s this, this is how little.  You know, $5 billion is not much money in Hyderabad anymore.  You know, that’s not much money.  That’s not a great deal of money on the global scheme of things, but this is how pitifully developed we are in this fight.  That more than doubled the amount of capital available for retrofitting buildings and making them energy efficient in the entire developing world – the entire world.

Now, what can we do with that?  Well, suppose you decided that you were going to abolish incandescent light bulbs in India?  Then you could set up factories to make compact fluorescent ones or light emitting diode bulbs, creating more jobs, and jobs for people who don’t necessarily have university degrees.  Then someone has to go and install them, someone has to sell them, and someone has to transport them from one place to the next.  This is a huge deal.  There’s a bill in the United States Congress today to ban incandescent light bulbs in the next 10 years.  Do you know what impact it would have in America?  It would reduce the need; eliminate the need for 80, 8-0, 80 coal-fired power plants – just changing the light bulbs.

And instead of hurting people’s jobs, it would create more jobs, huge numbers of jobs.  So, I would like to modestly propose that what we really need in India is an economic strategy to bring the benefits of the one-third to the other two-thirds.  In America, we need a strategy to create enough jobs so that outsourcing is not a problem.  If we retrofitted every building in New York City where I live, there are 950,000 buildings in New York City.  And let’s say we wanted to green the roofs, that’s a big strategy.  In any hot climate, you should put something, besides a tar surface on the roof.  Put any kind of living vegetation on the roof, you can cut the temperature on a hot day drastically.

In New York, on a 90-degree day, every one of our old roofs with a tar surface will reach a temperature of 150 degrees.  If you green it, you seal it, so it doesn’t leak and then you put sod down, the maximum temperature drops from 150 to 80.  That drastically changes the energy requirements in that building.  And for our people, it cuts the utility bills dramatically of residence and small businesses and others accessing these buildings.

Now, I tell all my friends in New York, you can’t outsource those jobs.  Don’t worry about India; someone has to be standing on the roof.  And there are jobs like that everywhere. So, think about all the things that can be done in India for the 650 million that the 350 million can’t do because a physical presence is required.  This is the way the world should be thinking on this and so many other issues.  We have to find win-win solutions. We have to deal with inequality, we have to deal with instability, and we have to deal with insecurity.  And it just happens that in this decade, the answer should be energy.  In the next decade, there will be another answer.  And the young people here will figure out what it is.

And this brings me to my last point, I think the most important challenge of the world is how we think and feel and teach our children to think and feel. The biggest external challenges we face today are all related to resource allocation, inequality, climate change, conflicts.  But a lot of them are rooted in how we think and feel.  America has been following a foreign policy in the last few years that basically says we will act alone when we can and cooperate when we have to.  In an interdependent world, you have to cooperate whenever you can and act alone only when you’re forced to.  It’s the way you think; it’s a thinking pattern.  It’s also an emotional preference.

Let me give you another example.  There was just exceedingly traumatic event in London when I was there.  You know, where they found all these car bombs.  And it appears that the bombs were implanted by a coalition of people who met through medical contacts.  Doctors who were supposed to be spending their lives making people well or keeping them from getting sick decided that they should become instruments of death.  Now, these people were apparently British citizens or at least several of them were, even though their homes were somewhere else.  When the London subway and bus bombings occurred, all the people who perpetrated that were British citizens, not people who came from somewhere else as what we experienced on 9/11.

You have it in India when the Muslims and Hindus fight in the western part of the country when the beautiful mosque was blown up and where should the temple to Rama be established, all these things.  All this is about one thing. It is the central challenge of the 21st century world.  More important, I would argue, even in dealing with climate change, identity.  Identity.  How do you define your life in relation to others?  How do you do it intellectually?  How do you do it emotionally?

Most of you are incredibly prosperous in part because of your phenomenal capacity to make distinctions.  And for all, we all know that the – what we call in America the Arabic number system is the Indian number system.  We know that sort of legendary facility of Indians going to the beginning of mathematics, to the triumph in information technology. All of that is about the ability to imagine distinctions.

You come here to celebrate the language and culture of your people.  And it’s important to you and it should be.  The question is when you make all these distinctions; at what point for that distinction to matter do you have to make a negative reference to someone else?  Why do people need not only need to think worst of someone else, to think well of themselves?  Why do people believe that their success requires someone else’s defeat?  How hardwired are our brains over millennia of development to create emotional reactions as well as intellectual ones that are territorial and that see all life’s distinctions as zero sum games?

Look, throughout most of the history, there have been absolutely good reasons for seeing some people as threats and as enemies.  The whole history of humanity is basically the story of wider and wider and wider and wider circles of interdependence.  But when you first meet the other in the next circle, there is conflict. And we like all these differences. We would certainly don’t want to homogenize the world. America is so much more interesting a place today than it was 30 years ago because we have people from everywhere here.  And we know that all these distinctions and these differences add the search for truth and help us to push back the barriers of all the problems we have.

But when we believe that our distinctions are so important that they obliterate the significance of our common humanity, in an interdependent world, we are bound for constant trouble because we cannot escape each other.  So, just think about it.  Think of what Sri Lanka could become, India’s neighbor.  If the Hindu Tamils and the Sinhalese Buddhist did not believe their differences were irreconcilable.  And so they fight on.  How crazy is it that Gaza and the West Bank, a tiny place?  Now, they don’t even have time to fight the Israelis anymore, they’re too busy fighting themselves.  How plagued is the Middle East by the Salafi Sunni ideology, which says we have to kill the near enemy before we can get around to the far enemy?  And the near enemy are the Shia, and the weak Sunnis who don’t understand how morally superior we are and don’t agree with every last ritual and lifestyle choice we made.   So we want to wipe all of them out and then we get around the Israelis and then we’ll come after the Americans and the Europeans and anybody else.

And there are people who seriously believe this, people die every day.  And they’re not stupid people.  It’s not easy to, you know, you put these little roadside bombs together and then you have to time them and you want to make sure you hit them right when the vehicles are going over so you just blow the limbs of, people now older than your own children.  And it’s always more expensive in going to war.  This is a huge deal everywhere, identity.  I want you to think about it.

Gandhi understood this.  He had this vision of India, which was heartbreaking in the beginning when Pakistan separated.  But now, we know something we didn’t know when Gandhi was there.  Gandhi knew from the depths of his soul about our common humanity.  So, none of us were that great, but we don’t have to be that great anymore.  We are on this little bitty planet.  There are – and we now know — there are hundreds of billions of planets in the universe.  We just learned of planets – they have conditions that may be mirrored in a planet orbiting one of the 20 solar systems closest to us.  It’s 20 million light-years away so we’ll never know if there’s life on that planet, lest we got a family or two willing to commit four generations to space travel.  We have to wait for them to come to us.

But the whole world’s future comes down to this.  How do we identify ourselves?  How did we learn to make distinctions without which we couldn’t navigate – I couldn’t get off this stage if I didn’t know the difference between high and low.  Our whole mankind, and our whole being is wired toward making distinctions that make all progress possible, that make all learning possible, that make all relationships possible — between men and women and tall and short, and old and young.  That’s how our brains work.  But, if we lose the sense that our common humanity matters more in a world where everything is related, then all the things I have said today about climate change, healthcare, education, and everything else is totally irrelevant.  And every little feeble effort I’ve made in my life to bring people together, while others are trying to tear them apart will be a pathetic failure.

That is what I ask you to think about.  India can take the prosperity of the 350 million to the other 650 million.  America can heal the gaps caused by the globalization of the economy.  We can deal with all these challenges. They’re easily solvable intellectually.  The resources are there.  What is keeping us from it is an inadequate sense of identity, a sense of belonging that we belong together.

In Africa, where I do a lot of my AIDS work, one of the countries where we work, the typical tribal greeting goes something like this: someone says, “Hello, how are you, good morning.”  Instead of saying, “I’m fine, how are you?”  The answer is, “I see you.”  Think of that.  Think of that.  Think about all the people we never see, all of us, not just terrorists, all of us.  And we all leave here today, someone is going to have to come in and clean this up.  And I promise you a lot of the people who will fold these chairs feel – or carry them off and fold the tables up and feel it.  People don’t see them.

When I made my last trip to Indonesia, my next to last trip, I went to one of these camps where 40,000 people were still living in tent camps.  And you know how hot it was, it was so hot.  They were living in these awful tents.  So there were few thousand of people in this little tent camp.  And every camp had an elected leader.  So, with the U.N. envoy, I had to go and listen to them tell me their problems and try to solve them. I met the leader and his wife and his son.  And my interpreter was there, a nice young Indonesian woman who had been a television personality and had been in this camp before.  So I looked at this family, and I looked down at this boy and I just gasped.  He was so beautiful.  The child was beautiful.  These luminous dark eyes, and the beautiful smile.  And I said to the lady, I said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful child.”  My interpreter said, “Oh, he’s a very beautiful boy.”  Before the tsunami, he had nine brothers and sisters they’re all gone.

The husband who lost nine of his children takes me through the camp, never one word about his loss, only about the needs of the people in the camp and what can be done – only.  Then, at the end of the tour, we finished at the health clinic, which was very important to me.  We’d work hard to reinstate health systems.  And I look up and the leader was there, his wife comes up who had lost nine of her children holding this baby, a two-day-old baby.  In the Indonesian culture, when a woman has a baby, she gets to go to bed for 40 days, waited on hand and foot.  And then on the 41st day, she gets up and then names the baby. Interesting tradition.

But here was this woman who’d lost nine of her children holding this baby with a smile on her face.  She said this is our newest baby.  And we want you to name him.  So I said to her, “Well, do you have a word that means new beginning?”  She said – so they talk to the interpreter the lady and she said, “Yes, lucky for you, in our language the word Dawn, the coming of the morning, is a boy’s name, not a girl’s.  We will name this boy Dawn and he will symbolize our new beginning.”

Now, I thought to myself, first of all, it was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. I thought I never have had a problem.  I hated it for every time I had felt sorry for myself. What I really thought is why do we had to be confronted with someone who’s lost nine of their 10 children, had the courage to go on and cherish the one they had left, and had the heart to name a newborn baby Dawn?  Why do we have to hear a story like that to feel our common humanity?  Why can’t we rewire ourselves so that we live this way every day and we see this all the time?

So I leave you with this.  Sometime in the 21st century, the Indian and the Chinese economies and if they continue to grow together, the European economies will all be bigger than the American economy.  Sometime in the 21st century, we will face crunch time with climate change and resource depletion. Sometime in the 21st century, we’ll have to figure out what in the wild world are we going to do with nine billion people or if we finally start educating women properly, it will be less, maybe seven-and-a-half billion.  We’re going to have to figure out what to do with all this.

Why do we do any of it and whether our grandchildren can be in a meeting like this 50 years from now depends on identity?  And whether we think our interesting differences are not nearly as important as our common humanity.  It’s interesting, isn’t it, that the smarter we get, the simpler our choices become.


Dr. Hema Prasad Yadla’s Speech

“Mr. President, you indeed made our dreams come true today.  We have been working on this for the past one-year with the help of Telugu brothers Krishna Prasad and David Prasad. This is one of the days we can write in the history of the annals of Telugu pride.

Mr. President, there will be volumes written to describe the achievements of your presidency, your compassion for the underdogs is only imagined by your remarkable ability to help them, while dealing with all the odds and harnessing all the strengths in the most creative way.  Your presence in our time has been a stabilizing factor and a blessing for humanity.

Mr. President, we the Telugu people now gathered here in the land of great American people do realize the dreams what every human being desires.  For this, we thank our ancestral homeland, which enabled us to participate in the struggle for life shoulder-to-shoulder with great American people.

Mr. President, I have to tell a story from your book so everybody will buy that book and read it.  In this struggle, our stories are not much different than your stories, especially one I would like to mention. We know your encounter with a burglar and how you wrote him a letter.  One night, one of our colleagues was sleeping at night in his still unfinished home with no doors and no assets when a burglar came in the dark and was leaving the scene quite disappointed after sifting through some empty boxes.  The poor owner commented to the burglar, “Man, I don’t find anything here in the daylight and you expect to find it in the dark.”

Thank you all.  Thanks for making our day, Mr. President.”

Katragadda Krishna Prasad and David Prasad presented a check of $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.



Editor: Jakkampudi Subbaraidu

Important article: History of TANA by Dr. Guttikonda Ravindranath

Writers: Chinna Jeeyar Swamy, T. Gowrishankar, Jayanthi Ramaiah Panthulu, K. K. Ranganatha Charyulu, Ansuya Reddy, Buddiga Subbarayan, Kolichala Suresh, Avula Manjulatha, C. Dharma Rao, A.B.K. Prasad, Ramesh, Chekuri Ramarao, Tadikonda Sivakumara Sarma, Induru Niranjan, Kalalapudi Manjusha, Tirumala Krishnadesikacharyulu, K. Sivareddy, Sailajamitra, Kandukuri Sriramulu, Meka Ramarao, Sonti Saradapurna, Seemanapalli Vijayalakshmi, Vamdluri Sudhakar, Chakalakonda Ramakantharao, Kalluri Siva Raju, Kolagotla Suryaprakasa Rao, Perugu Ramakrishna, Avaala Damodara Reddy, Vedula China Venkata Chayamalu, Nannapaneni Aakineedu, Jandhyala Jayakrishna Bapuji, Battula Subrahmanyam, Tallapragada Purna, Yalamanchili Gandhiji, Katari Nehru, Puligandla Ramakrishna, Konduri Ramasarma, Sahavasi, Inganti Venkata Rao, Vajhjhu Babu Rao, Tripuraneni Venkateswara Rao, Yarlagadda Balagangadhara Rao, Vaddemgunta Ankaiah, Kommineni Venkataramaiah, Acharya N.G. Ranga, Tummala Sitharamamurthy Chowdary, Jakkampudi Sitha Rama Rao, Volga, Nadella Guruprasada Rao, Papineni Sivasankar, Totakura Satyanarayana Raju, Narisetti Innaiah, Parunam Srinivasa Rao, Battula Subrahmanyam, Nagnath, Sonti Saradapurna, Mukkamala Appa Rao, M. Ramamurthy, Damarla Priyanka, Swamy Chidatmananda, Yarlagadda Kimira.

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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.

Awards Banquet

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 Ceremony

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.

Cultural program

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.

Literary program

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.

Business Seminars

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.

Commercial Exhibits

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.



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.

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18th TANA Conference, Santa Clara – 2011

The 18th Conference of TANA was held with Chilukuri Satish as the coordinator and Komati Jairam as the president and with numerous TANA volunteers from across the country that worked day and night to make the conference success.  It has resulted in a surplus of $400,000 that wiped out the deficit from the Chicago conference. Komati Jairam’s efforts have materialized.

The conference was held in Santa Clara, California, during July 1-3, 2011.  About 8,000 people have enjoyed the conference programs. Several politicians, Industrialists, and artists came from Andhra.

Central Deputy Defense Minister Pallam Raju was the chief guest. State Minister Galla Aruna Kumari and Pitani Satyanarayana, members of Parliament Rayapati Sambasivarao, Madhuyashki Goud, M. Venugopala Reddy, Leaders of the Communist Parties Raghavulu, Narayana, Andhra Jyothi Managing Director Radha Krishna, T.V.9 CEO Raviprakash, Praja Paksham with Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, Sekhar Kammula, Cine actor Nandamuri Balakrishna, were the luminaries in the conference.

Dr. Jampala Chowdary introduced the programs. A Photography session with local professional photographer was well attended.

Mr. Pallam Raju in his speech reminded that India has attained world fame in Cricket. He requested the Telugu people in America to extend their help to their country.

Galla Aruna Kumari said that Telugu people should contribute for the development of Andhra Pradesh.

Vijaya Aasuri conducted the cultural programmes. Overall, Satish chilukuri and Nadella Jaya Prasad directed the programmes.

The three-day conference was conducted with full of cultural programmes, economic seminars, women’s forum, film and photography meet, peoples representatives forum, business seminar, open heart with R.K., encounter with Raviprakash, engaged the participants.

The audience enjoyed the musical performances of Sriramchandra, Kausalya, Pranavi, and Beepula. Nandamuri Balakrishna acted as Raraja Narendra in historical play, along with him Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, Gummadi Gopala Krishna, AVS, Murali mohan, Surekha Rani, Sana, Jyothi, Ganesh, and Jonnavittula. AVS humourous play Hasyavallari engaged the audience. The guys who acted in the dances got appreciation from the audience.

The business exhibition was main attraction in the conference.

Jayaram Komati, TANA president, paid tributes to volunteers for their efforts and for their contributions for the success.

Editor: K.V. Giridhara Rao
Co-editor: Naveena Vasireddy
Cover design: Anwar

Writers: Katyayani Vidyanmahe, Mrunalini, Bhairavabhatla Kameswara Rao, Tammineni Yadukula Bhushan, Palaparthi Indrani, Vinnakota Ravishankar, Dr. Videhi Sashidhar, K. Geetha, Chandra Kanneganti, Pudipedi Seshusharma, M.B.S.Prasad, Laila Yerneni, Ketu Viswanatha Reddy, Vamsi, Mandapati Satyam, Akkiraju Bhattiprolu, Tatipamula Mrityunjayudu, Dr. Narayana Garimella, G.K. Anantha Suresh Kanaka Prasad.

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19th TANA Conference At DALLAS, Texas – 2013

The 19th Conference of TANA was held at Dallas, Texas state in May 24-26, 2013. Mr. Prasad Thotakura was the president and Mr. Vennam Murali was the coordinator. Mr. Justice Jasti Chalameswar, Supreme Court judge, India, was the chief guest and spoke extensively. He was presented mementos to winners on various items during the conference.

Ms. Nirupama Rao, ambassador of India in USA, spoke extempore about the role of India in USA and excellence of various persons who are playing important positions in various walks of life.

Mr. Chiranjeevi, Minister for Tourism in government of India and cine actor, narrated the schemes taken up of to promote goodwill through various schemes.

Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Pitani Satyanarayana, Ghanta Srinivasarao, actively represented the government. A Few legislators from Andhra Pradesh also took part in the conference actively.

Mr. Ravi Prakash, chief of TV9 channel, spoke emphatically with many suggestions to improve quality of life through scientific attitude.

Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, representative of Indian cultural affairs in Canada, suggested several steps to promote Telugu language in India and abroad.

TANA gave 12 awards, while the president of TANA presented 5 awards to various persons who achieved eminence in their fields.

Special songs of Jonnavittula composed and sung for the occasion were released in the conference.

In a special session of youth Mr. Mohan Nannapaneni narrated the steps to be taken for protection of students and young people from falling victims to road accidents and other dangers in the USA. He also indicated to take care of academic fields and not to fall into the trap of cheating in educational institutions.

Mr. Chandrahas Maddukuri conducted the literary forum, where in Mr. Mandali Buddha Prasad, Gollapudi Marutirao, Prof. Afsar, Ms. Kalpana, Innaiah Narisetti spoke about the actions to be taken to save Telugu language in future.

Chagarlamudi Pakeeraiah conducted business session wherein participants discussed various measures to improve the trade and commerce between the countries.

Separate sessions were held to discuss the problems of women, in which Ms Jaya Sudha, cine actress came out with good suggestions.

In the closing session Mr. Mohan Babu, Telugu cine actor, exhibited the educational schemes being implemented in Vidyaniketan, near Tirupati, where discipline is observed without any caste, creed, religion barriers. Ms Jayasudha spoke briefly about life experiences. Mr. Brahmanandam, Telugu comedian actor, narrated his experiences in cine field.

Mr. Prasad Thotakura, in his presidential remarks narrated the schemes that are going to be implemented in USA for the promotion of arts, crafts, and language courses with the help of Telugu University. Mr. Nannapaneni elaborated the future schemes of TANA in USA.

In the closing ceremony the outgoing president Mr. Thotakura Prasad thanked and handed over the responsibilities to the elected president Mr. Mohan Nannapaneni.

The music session of Sailaja, Balasubrahmanyam is the highlight of the conference.

There were special stalls with various items like Lok Satta services, different bookstalls, arts, crafts, books, jewellery, sarees that attracted participants.

TANA conference under the president-ship of Mr. Thotakura Prasad has earned $450,000, which helped in keeping the organization on a safe pedal. It the largest amount saved for TANA, so far.

Editor: Chandra Kanneganti
Co-Editor: Naveen Vasireddy
Cover Design: Vasu
Art: Raju Yepuri

Writers: R. V. Ramarao, Yarlagadda Balagangadhara Rao, Dr. Garikapati Narasimha Rao, Rentala Jayadev, Chowdary Jampala, S. V. Ramesh, Nagarajam Y, Sannidhanam Narasimha Sarma, Nannapaneni Mohan, Jampala Chowdary, Dr. Raghavendra Prasad, S. Prasad, Susmitha Kosuri, Kanneganti Manjulatha, Bhadriraju Krishna Murthy, C. Dharma Rao, Sai Brahmanandam Gorthi, S. Narayana Swamy, Peddinti Ashok Kumar, Laila Yerneni, Nani Krishnamurthy, Satyam Mandapati, G. Lakshmi, Potturi Vijayalakshmi, P. Chandrasekhara Azad, V. Raja Ramamohana Rao, Mannem Sindhumadhuri, Akkiraju Ramapathi Rao, Sri Ramana, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, MVS Prasad, K.V.S. Rama Rao, Krishna mohana Rao, Mohan, Hasya Brahma Sankara Narayana, Dr. Garikapati Satyanarayana, Gayatri Bhogapalli, Rajesh Veerapaneni.

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A Glimpse Into TANA’s History

Telugu Association of North America (TANA) is young in age but dynamic in work progress. During 1977, the first founding conference was held in New York with 1,000 participants, and within a year, the second conference in Detroit, MI, officially named the association as Telugu Association of North America. Slowly but steadily TANA has extended its activities to various fields. So far, 19 bi-annual conferences were held in various cities in the USA, getting attention of Telugu people worldwide. Each conference with one president and one coordinator conducted deliberations, while hundreds of people extended their help. TANA has encouraged local talent and involved youth and experts from various fields.

From President Bill Clinton to K. R. Narayan, the former president of India, the conferences have been highlighted by the messages, speeches and advice of various distinguished leaders. Each conference has played a unique role with stage dramas, folk arts, songs, performances by cine artists, and participation of experts in various fields like business, technology, education, and music. Several talented people from various walks of life have given their excellent knowledge to the conferences. Each conference also brought out one special souvenir with articles in English and Telugu, covering wide range of subjects.

The conferences popularized TANA in all walks of life among Telugu people. After completing 19 conferences successfully, TANA steadily moved to the 20th conference held in Detroit in 2015 under the president-ship of Mohan Nannapaneni with Mr Gangadhar Nadella as coordinator. In a way it can be said that TANA is officially commenced at Detroit by coming back to the same place to conduct its 20th conference.

In between the biannual conferences, TANA has also served Telugu people continuously in Andhra Pradesh, India and in the USA. TANA foundation is the main source of service through several projects to uplift the living conditions of the people back home. Many villages in Andhra Pradesh were modernized with various projects as donors put their money.  That includes helping cancer patients, eye camps and a few other medical services.

Telugu language promotion is another uphill task undertaken by TANA, which drew attention of boys and girls. In the USA, TANA has taken up emergency help programs to help those who were involved in accidents or duped in the name of false educational institutions.

TANA brings out monthly magazine in Telugu and English, and also runs a web magazine. It covers wide range of issues. It has editors like Dr Jampala Choudary, Mr Nehru Cherukupalli, Kidambi Raghunath, and so on.

Another special feature that TANA can proudly claim is the election of woman as its president, Ms Mutyala, Padma Sri, in democratic way. TANA pays great tribute to the yeoman work of women and their contributions to the upbringing of children.

The book “The Living History of TANA” covers all these aspects in brief for the first time ever. The title “living history” indicates that TANA has only the beginning but no end!


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