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Folk Musical Night

Folk Musical Nite - Saturday, July 28, 2009
They Came, They Sang, They Rocked !

A whiff of fresh air blew thru Atlanta on July 18th, 2009 at the Berkmar High School, when Telangana Community organized it’s very first “Folk music Nite”. Andesri, Gorati Venkanna, Suddala Ashok Teja, the three unparalleled, top-notch folk and film song writers/singer’s, captured more than 650 souls for more then three hours and held them spell bound. 

Immediately after lighting ‘Jyothi’, G.S. Reddy, Founder-President of Telangana Community welcomed the gathering and said “What was started three years ago as a small community forum, by ten families to celebrate “Bathukamma” festival, has today evolved into a 250-member strong organization engaged in several community development projects .Telangana Community is not affiliated with any political organization. The focus of the organization is only development projects”. 
The star personality of Atlanta’s Indian American Community, Narender Reddy, described the water purifying projects already implemented and work in progress. He also spoke about the vision of the organization for the next few years. His spontaneous humor brought cheers to the audience quite a few times. 

During the first 30 minutes of the program, the audience were engaged by local talent; Venkat Chenubotla, Laxmi Vedala, Sai Konkala, Vasavi Konkala & Kirthana Chennubhotla. 

The core program was kick-started by Ashok Teja, who walked the audience through a gamut of feelings ranging from smiles, laughs and tears. Dr. Andesri took the stage to set a different tone & temper and rocked the auditorium. All his poems echoed a wide range of emotions. Yet another dimension was added to the program by the electrifying song and dance performance of the multi-talented Goreti Venkanna, for whom the audience was waiting eagerly. He was ably supported by Amjad Bhai on Dholak and Tabla. Shanthi Rudra and Vijay Bhandari, provided chorus support to Venkanna. 

Venkat Chenubotla and Laxmi Vedala were the MCs while Prashant Kollipara and Surender Mutyala lent their support by shooting Photos and Video of the event. 

Viju Chiluverus’s efforts, conception and event management, were reflected in the success of the event.

All the artistes were honored by Telengana Community/ Organizers, G.S. Reddy, Narendar Reddy & Ravi Chander. TAMA, TANA Foundation and Amma’s Kitchen also honored the visiting artistes. 

Sushumna Ravi Chander delivered the vote of thanks. 

KB Zaveree,,, Concept Systems, Sai Murali Indian Cuisine, Hot Breads, Swapna Indian Cuisine, Spices Hut extended their financial support as sponsors of the event. 

This record-breaking event is the result of the active efforts of 10 committee member-volunteers, who worked for exactly 10 days, for more then 10 hours a day - Dhara Singh, Mahesh Nilagiri, Prabhakar Boyapally, Ranjith Ganta, Ratan Elugunti, Ravi Chander, Sridhar Konkala, Srijan Joginapally, Venkat Veeraneni & Viju Chiluveru. 

The efforts of the organizers were supplemented by another contingent of volunteers at the event location - Aravind Katta, Anil Nilagiri, Chandra Mohan Nellutla, Kaushik Koranti, Harish Pateri, Rakesh Chandoori, Prabhakar Madupathi, Mallikarjun Katta, Sunil Dronavalli, Srikanth Kolluri, Shiva & Gowtham. 

Special commendation goes to Kodanda Ram Reddy & TAMA for broadcasting event information through their emails.