Hyderabad: The American Telugu Association in New Jersey celebrated Dasara on a grand scale on Saturday, October 7. More than 700 people from New Jersey and neighboring States attended the program at Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords.
The celebrations started at 6 pm with traditional Durga Pooja and then huge procession of Durga idol was taken. After the rituals, attendees exchanged greetings and the priest Velamuri, a resident of New Jersey, explained the significance of the occasion.
ATA Regional Co-coordinators Ravinder Gudur and Vilas Reddy Jambula welcomed the gathering and talked about the organization, its values and services to the community.
Popular Singers Venu Srirangam, Adarshini, Parijatha and Shalini enthralled the audiences with their mesmerizing songs. Every one including women and children enjoyed the four hour music extravaganza and their songs raised the level of enthusiasm of the audience. Popular Telugu actress Ankitha attended the event and danced to popular Telugu songs.
The attendees dressed in traditional attire enjoyed the food, music and dance till the lights were off.
The event was also attended by Telangana BJP president Laxman Kova and Telangana BJP spokesperson Raghu Nandanrao as a special guest and were excited to see so many Telugu people celebrating Dasara in a traditional way and both addressed the gathering and thanked the organizers.
ATA President-elect Paramesh Bheemreddy addressed the gathering and talked about next year mega conference, benefits of joining ATA, community services done by ATA and charity events done by ATA.
The celebration was attended by community leaders from several organizations such as NATA, TANA, TDF and TFAS.
ATA NJ team worked for days to make this event a grand success.
The organisers thanked Sudhaker Perikari (Ex-President), Dr Rajender Jinna (Ex-President),
Paramesh Bheem Reddy (President-Elect), Suresh Jilla (Advisor), Srikanth Gudipati (International Co-ordinator), ATA Board of Trustees, Raj Chilumula, Mahee SannapaReddy, Ramesh Maganti, Ratnakar without whom the event wouldn’t have been a big success.
Many attendees praised the ATA team for its efforts in conducting the Dasara event in the traditional way.