The Telugu community of Greater Toronto Area made Sankranthi Celebrations successful with great enthusiasm at Bishop Allen Academy Etobicoke, GTA, Canada. Hundreds of Telugu families from surrounding cities Toronto, Markham, Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville, Waterdown, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton, Milton and other areas have joined the Five hour long program that is packed with music, drama, dance, comedy and many more inspite of unfavourable weather conditions.
Event started with Socialization. Received remarkable responses from the participants with a glow of happiness and sparkles of joy in participating this event successfully with full of family entertainment. Everyone enjoyed great varieties of Sankrathi special Telugu food delights.
The venue and stage was decorated by Govardhan Konda, Manoj Kattikola, Tajeswani, Siva Prasad Yellala, with the help of Anitha Bezawada and several other volunteers. Padmini Kantabattina, Kalyani Somu have arranged Colourful floral designs welcoming the Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (TCAGT) Guests, Sponsors, Members, Families and Friends.
The festival has begun with “Deeparadhana” followed by Canadian National Anthem. Executive committee members, Trustees, and the event Sponsors lit the traditional Indian lamp.
TCAGT Secretary Devi Chowdary delivered the welcome address and highlighted the Sankranthi event activities, unique programs that were presented to the community this year. She also informed the Telugu Community for the outstanding services that have been provided through this thirty one years old Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (TCAGT). She spoke about the TCAGT platform that provides the opportunity for the new immigrants to network, make new friends and to preserve the Telugu Cultural heritage in Canada. Telugu families in GTA were able to introduce Telugu Language, Culture and Festive experiences to the kids to embrace. Founders of this association envisioned to pass this for generations to come through this Great Telugu Association. Audience acknowledged and applauded the founders for their vision, hard work, and awesome service to the Telugu Community in Canada. She then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Anitha Bezawad and SaiRam for the evening program to conduct.
President Koteswara Rao Polavarapu Introduced Newly elected executive committee, Youth Directors and Board of Trustees to the TCAGT Sankranthi Event Gathering.
New Executive Committee :
Secretary Devi Chowdary,
Treasurer : Govardhan Konda,
Directors : Vamsi Raj Sangamreddy, Kalyani Somu, Padmini Kantabattina, Manoj Kattikola.
Youth Directors :
Board of Trustees for year 2019 and 2020
Chairman Board of Trustees
Venkat Raghu Gorantla
He appreciated Executive Committee, Trustees, Advisors, Sponsors and Friends for being part of event and their collaborated efforts as a team for making the event successful. He encouraged participants to join the TCAGT family and support the association for taking up more initiatives for the community. He also highlighted that TCAGT is a Platform for all Telugu families to expose their kids talent, youth and parents to improve connections and explore opportunities of interest across various fields.
Treasurer Govardhan Konda delivered festive greetings to the Community.Chairman Board of Trustee Surya Bezawada delivered his address and acknowledged the executive committee members, trustees, sponsors and volunteers for their tremendous efforts in organizing the event. Without memberships and sponsors help, TCAGT would not been provided the extraordinary service to the Telugu Community through this association. He invited the audience to join the TCAGT team to further enhance the organizational growth, Volunteering as well as in numbers.
Galva’s Kitchen served the traditional delicious festive food items to the attendees. Sound and lights by Habib and Team, Video and Photography by Prashanth Bhogaraju and his team.
Spectacular dance performances choreographed by professional Telugu Natyam Group enthralled all the ages of the community members. Mega musical night was performed by most energetic singers Srikanth Sandugu from USA, and Sharmila Ganeshan.
Many attendees acknowledged the executive committee for the preserving, promoting Telugu language and culture for the past twenty nine years.
Secretary Devi Chowdary provided vote of thanks and TCAGT event ended with chanting of Indian National Anthem. Indeed, the event has brought fun, excitement and high performance with a great fun.