QUEENS, NY (TIP): The Telugu Literary & Cultural Association celebrated Ugadi, the Telugu New Year ” Manmadha” on March 28th at the Hindu Temple Auditorium in Flushing, NY. An enthusiastic crowd packed the auditorium with over 650 excited guests.
The celebrations opened with a prayer, followed by the “Pachanga Shravana” by Pundit Sri Gangadhar who gave the astrological significance of “Manmadha” New Year. In addition to the celebration of Ugadi, the actual day marked the commemoration of “Srirama Navami.”
In light of the observance of the International Women’s Day, at the request of President Raji Kuncham, all men in the audience gave a standing ovation to women for their contributions, leadership, love and for making a significant difference at home and in society. A special memento was released on the occasion that acknowledged the event sponsors and a record number of new year greeting messages from many dignitaries including Governor Cuomo, U.S. Senators & Congressional representatives, County and Town officials, Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah and Music Legend A.R. Rahman.
All past presidents of TLCA were recognized and honored on this very special occasion. President Raji Kuncham thanked the past presidents for their vision, leadership and
continued contributions to the TLCA and the community at large. Senator Michael Venditto and Assemblyman Brian Curran were present to celebrate the new year and joined President Raji Kuncham in honoring the past presidents in a befitting manner.
The cultural program was superbly organized and executed lasting for seven hours. Children’s performances were amazing under the direction of teachers/dance schools. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran was present for the children’s program.
Tollywood artists enthralled the crowd with hilarious comedy skits and melodious songs. Comedy King Mohammed Ali, who has acted in over 1000 feature films, was honored with the title of “Haasya Kala Kovidha.” Trendy singers Hema Chandra and Sravana Bhargavi captivated the audience with popular tunes.
President. Raji Kuncham thanked all the donors and sponsors for their generosity and support. Grand sponsors of the event included Mrs. Sadhana & Dr. Malla Reddy Paila, Drs. Subha & Purna Atluri, Dr. Sailaja & Mr. Satish Kalva. Corporate sponsors include Invagen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Netrovert Inc., State Bank of India, HAB Bank, Patel Brothers, Apna Bazar and Air India. Raffle prizes of two Toshiba laptops were donated by Maddipatla Foundation. TLCA Women’s Forum will be celebrating Mother’s Day and hosting a Stress Management Seminar on Saturday, May 3rd at the Cotillion, Jericho, NY.