Living History of T.A.N.A
Tana History Writer
Living History of TANA
First Publication : 2015
I) TANA 1 - 19 Conferences
II) TANA Youth Conferences
III) TANA Foundation
IV) TANA Patrika
- TANA Marching Towards 20th Conference
Living history of T.A.N.A
Telugu Association of North America is young in age but dynamic in work progress. During 1977 the first founding conference was held in New York with 1000 participants and within a year the second conference in Detroit, MI officially named it as Telugu association of North America. Slowly but steadily T.A.N.A extended its activities into various fields. So far 19 bi-annual conferences were held in various cities of USA which got attention of Telugu people worldwide .Each conference with one president and one coordinator conducted deliberations while hundreds of persons extended their help. TANA encouraged local talent and involved boys, girls, youth, and experts from various fields.
From President Bill Clinton to K. R. Narayan ,the president of India, the conferences had the benefit of getting the messages, speeches and advices. Each conference played unique role with stage dramas, folk arts, songs, cine artists, experts in various fields like business, technology, education, and music. Several talented persons from various walks of life gave 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 TANA steadily moving to 20th conference to be held in Detroit during 2015 under the presidentship of Mohan Nannapaneni and Mr Gangadhar Nadella as co ordinator. In way it can be said that TANA officially commenced at Detroit and coming to the same place to conduct its 20th conference.
In between biannual conferences TANA is serving Telugu people continuously in Andhra Pradesh, India and in USA. TANA foundation is the main source of service through several projects to uplift the living conditions of people. Many villages in Andhra Pradesh were modernized with these projects as donors put their money. That includes helping cancer patients, eye camps and few other medical services.
Telugu language promotion is another uphill task undertaken by TANA which drew attention of boys and girls. In USA proper TANA has taken up emergency help programs to those who involved in accidents and who also are duped in the name false educational institutions.
Tana brings out monthly magazine in Telugu and English which is now running as web magazine. It is covering wide range of fields.It has editors like Dr Jampala Choudary, Mr Nehru Cherukupalli, Kidambi Raghunath, etc
Another special feature which TANA can proudly claim is the election of woman as its president, elected Ms Mutyala Padma Sri in democratic way. Tana is paying great tributes to the yeoman work of women and their contribution to the upbringing of children.
This history of TANA covers all these aspects in brief and placing before the public for the first time. It is called LIVING HISTORY OF TANA since it has only beginning and no end!
At the request of Mr Nannapaneni Mohan , president TANA the task is undertaken -both in Telugu and English (as well as web edition) with available pictures and brief speeches of selected persons -like President Bill Clinton, N.T.Rama Rao (chief minister of Andhra Pradesh) Mr Ch.Ramoji Rao chief editor of Eenadu Telugu daily, and so on so forth.
The help extended by various persons including past presidents, coordinators, and others duly acknowledged.
It is small wonder to know that among all ethnic language groups from India, TANA is the first to organize nationwide organization in USA!
Tana History Writer
TANA Founding Conference
Formation of TANA is a dynamic idea. TANA is Telugu Association of North America. Once the idea is formed it has its own logic and momentum. Few Telugu people had the idea of coming together to form into an association to discuss ideas, preserve culture and establish communication in USA.
Telugu people in New York and New Jersey gathered at a picnic in New York during 1977. Several doctors, engineers, officers working at United Nations office and other places have discussed the formation of a cultural society of Telugu people. They invited all the Telugu associations in North America to assemble in New York. The Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA) was formed with Dr. B. Siva Ram Reddy as the president. The next year Kakarla Subba Rao has become the president and Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath was the secretary.
Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, Dr. Guthikonda Ranvindranath, Dr. Bandaru Sivarama Reddy, Mr. Kidambi Raghunath have taken the initiative in September 1976 and contacted several Telugus in North America, including Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah, Dr. Tummala Madhava Rao, Mr. Vanguri Chitten Raju, Mr. Manney Ramana Rao and others for their input to organize the conference. After several deliberations by these individuals a decision was made to organize the first North American Telugu Conference in New York during the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 1977. Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao was the president of Telugu literary and Cultural Association of New York Tri-state Area (TLCA) in 1975-76 followed by Guttikonda Ravindranath in 1976-77.
The very first thought of having a conference for Telugus in U.S.A came during the first World Telugu Conference, which was organized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Sri Jalagam Vengala Rao and the Education Minister Sri M.V. Krishna Rao in Hyderabad in April 1975. The few participants, who were invited to that conference from North America were Veluvolu Basavaiah (Toronto), Sri S.V. Rama Rao (Boston) and couple of others. During the conference the idea world Telugu meeting has emerged.
At that time local Telugu Associations were functioning at New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto and Washington D.C. The first Telugu Association was formed in Chicago with the title of Telugu Literary and Cultural Association. Immediately after that the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association of New York-New Jersey was formed in Toronto, Canada. Before this, in the mid-60s, North East Ohio Telugu Association consisting of Greater Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron, Bowling Green, and Pittsburgh areas was formed by Dr. Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao.
Origin of Founding TELUGU CONFERENCE (1977): The idea of Telugu people coming together in USA is the brainchild of Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao (1st President) and Dr. Guttikonda Ravindranath (Convener of the first Telugu conference).
Telugu Literary and Cultural association of New York (TLCA) was one of the earliest Indian organizations in USA, founded in 1971. Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao was the president of Telugu literary and Cultural Association of New York Tri State Area (TLCA) in 1975-76 followed by Guttikonda Ravindranath in 1976-77. Both of them felt the need to have a meeting of all the Telugus living in USA and Canada at New York to promote Telugu language and culture. They invited all the Telugu associations in North America to assemble in New York City.
5000-7000 Telugu families in North America represented by nine associations are : Telugu Literary and Cultural association of New York (TLCA), Telugu Cultural Association of Delaware Valley (TAGDV), Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society (GWTCS) Telugu Cultural Association of Houston (TCAH), Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC), Detroit Telugu Cultural Association (DTA), Bay Area Telugu Association of San Francisco (BATA) and Andhra Cultural Association of Southern California in Los Angeles (ACASC) from USA and Andhra Cultural Association of Edmonton (ACAE) from Canada.
Representatives of nine associations met under the leadership of Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao and Mr. Guttikonda Ravindranath and formulated the details for the first North America Telugu Conference that was held on May 28-29, 1977. Chief Guest was Mr. Anna Rao of TTD. This was attended by about 310 Telugu families, with 940 delegates from 30 states of USA. It was held in a high school, attendees were hosted in local homes and food was prepared by the volunteer women at the venue. A total of $8,004.08 was collected with surplus of $1,412.10 after $6,591.98 expenses. $412.10 spent on post conference report and $1000 was passed on to Detroit as seed money for the 2nd conference.
Dr. Ravindranath Guthikonda, Convener
Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, Souvenir Committee Chair
Dr. Sivarama Reddy Bandaru, Reception Committee Chair
Mr. Vempati Krishnamurthy, Finance Committee Chair
Mrs. Lakshmi Subba Rao Kakarla, Food Committee Chair
Dr. Subba Rao Ghandikota, Cultural Committee Chair
Mr. TellaTirupathaiah (Chicago)
Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala (Detroit)
Dr. Tataiah Koneru (Huston)
Mr. Kondavalasa Shyamsundara Rao (Edmonton, Canada)
Dr (Mrs). Bandaru Subhashini Reddy (Metropolitan New York)
Mr. K. Rama Krishna Reddy (Philadelphia)
Mr. Basavaiah Veluvolu (Toronto, Canada)
Mr. Ramana Rao Manney (Washington, D.C.)
Founding conference was arranged in a local school, which was attended by 1000. The food was prepared by the local Telugu families. Dr. Ravindranath Guthikonda, Convener welcomed the guests.
Dr. Bandaru Subhashini Reddy has introduced the speakers. An ad-hoc committee consisting of Dr.Kakarla SubbaRao (Chairperson), Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala (Secretary), Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath, Mr. Ramana Rao Manney, K Ramakrishna Reddy, Mr. Tella Tirupataiah, Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah and Mr. Vanguri Chitten Raju was formed.
Inaugural Ceremonies were presided over by Dr. Kakarala Subba Rao (New York) Member of the Conference Committee. He welcomed all the delegates and invited the chief guest, Mr. C. Annaro of Tirupati - Tirumala Devasthanams, A.P. India, Ms. Anasuya Anna Rao, Dr. Ravindra Nath Guttikonda (New Jersey), Convener of the Conference, Sri B. Krishnam Raju (Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh, India) who release the literary souvenir and opened the art craft exhibition, Sri S.V. Rama Rao, Artist (Kentucky), who release the philatelic souvenir; Mr. G. A. Narasimha Rao (New York), who introduced Mr. C. Annarao; Dr. B. S. Reddy (New York), Chairman, Reception Committee, who introduced all the dignitaries to the audience; Mr. Krishna M. Vempaty, Chairman, Finance Committee, who read all the special message of best wishes received from many countries; Dr. Subhashini Reddy, Metropolitan New York area representative on the Conference Committee, who introduced all the other area representatives on the conference committee -- Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala (Detroit), Mr. Emmadi Ramakrishna (Michigan), Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah (Toronto), Mr. Ramana Rao Manney (Washington), Mr. Tirupataiah Tella (Chicago), Mr. K. Ramakrishna Reddy (Philadelphia), Dr. Chitten Raju Vanguri (Houston), And Mr. Tirumalarao Tipirneni (New Jersey), Secretary of the Host Organization Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, New York, thanked the participants.
Ms. Prabha Raghunath sang a song in Telugu, composed by Ms. Samanthakamani Murthy Mukkavilli composed and presented the conference song, along with her daughter, Ms. Lalitha while Ms. Prabha Raghunath recited a song in Telugu.
Dr. Ravindra Nath Guthikonda, Convener of the conference, in his welcome address said:
“Welcome to the proceedings of the First Telugu Conference of North America.
The main aim of this conference is to establish links between various organizations with common goal of setting up guidelines and suggestions to attain a unique blend of Telugu, American and Canadian cultural heritages … TANA have more than 800 delegates participating here both in the cultural programs and the discussions. These, TANA hopes, will extensively contribute to the welfare of the entire Indian Community, with special reference to Telugu Community, in the years ahead. Some of the cultural programs reflect the revival of now less-popular items, which are fast going extinct - even in Andhra Pradesh - most of the outcomes of the discussions, recommendations and mechanisms of action will be announced in the general body meeting. We sincerely hope the participation will be extensive now and in the future also.”
Dr. Vempaty read the messages received from various countries -
Messages from Jimmy Carter, the President of the United States, Walter Mondale, Vice President, Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, several senators and representatives from United States and Canada, and Mayor Abraham Became of New York were read out.
Ambassador of India to U.S. Mr. Kewal Singh said in this message, “I do hope the First Telugu Conference will be a real success and will lead to further activities promoting mutual appreciations of India’s cultural heritage and the cultural richness of this great country.” Indian Consul General, Mr. Ashrani of New York, said, “I share your hope that the conference will provide an opportunity for North American people to know, understand and appreciate the Telugu Cultural Heritage.” Vice-consul sent his best wishes.
From India, Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs Mr. M.V. Krishna Rao received messages from several ministers and vice chancellors of the universities.
Mr. P.S. Raja Gopala Raju from Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam sent messages in Telugu.
Other messages from Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Gummadi, P.S.R. Apparao, Director of World Telugu Institute, Hyderabad, Dasarathi, Poet, and Dr. C. Apparao, President of Andhra Association of Malaysia were read out.
Mr. C. A. Narasimha Rao introduced the chief guest, Mr. C. Annarao who spoke in Telugu.
CHIEF GUEST’S ADDRESS
Mr. C. Anna Rao, the chief guest spoke thus : “The main aim of this conference is to establish links between various organizations with a common goal of setting up guidelines and suggestions to attain a unique blend of Telugu, American and Canadian cultural heritages we have more than 800 delegates participating here both in the cultural programs and the discussions. These, we hope, will extensively contribute to the welfare of the entire Indian community, with special reference to Telugu community, in the years ahead. The topics for discussion have been given above by me a short while ago. Some of the cultural programs reflect the revival of now less-popular isms' which are fast going extinct - even in Andhra Pradesh - most of the outcomes of the discussions recommendations and mechanisms of action will be announced to you in the general body meeting tomorrow. We sincerely hope your participation will be extensive now and in the future also.”
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh conveyed his best wishes.
Dr. Subhashini Reddy introduced all the representatives:
Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah, Toronto; Mr. Tirupataiah Tella, Chicago; Dr. Chitten Raju Vanguri, Houston; Mr. Ramana Rao Manney, Washington; Mr. K. Ramakrishna Reddy, Philadelphia; Attendees were felicitations by Dr. B. S. Reddi.
RELEASE OF THE LITERARY SOUVENIR BY MR. B. KRISHNAM RAJU
Dr. Kakarla Subbarao introduced the guest thus: Mr. B. Krishnam Raju was the vice President of Bharatiya Natya Sangh, joint secretary of Andhra Pradesh Sangeet Nataka Academy; president of all India theater institute, number of the Andhra Pradesh Children’s Academy. Conspicuous among the positions held is during the First World Telugu Conference as Convener and Coordinator, actor, writer, journalist, and editor of “Sutradhari” Journal devoted to theater arts..
Mr. B. Krishnam Raju released the Souvenir.
Dr. Ravindranath Guthikonda, Convener, handed over the first copy of the Literary Souvenir to Mr. B. Krishnam Raju and everyone sitting on the dias has been given one copy each.
RELEASE OF THE PHILATELIC SOUVENIR BY MR. S. V. RAMARAO
Mr. S. V. Ramarao, who designed the cachet on the First Day Issue of the Philatelic Souvenir, was introduced by Dr. Kakarla Subbarao:
“Mr. S.V. Ramarao graduated from Madras University. He is an abstract Telugu painter. He taught Art and Design Painting in London, Cincinnati and Kentucky. At present he is living in Kentucky. His exhibitions and works were reviewed extensively by the International Press. He was Chairman of the Art Conference for the First World Telugu Conference and is serving on the Executive Committee of the Second World Telugu Conference, to be held in Malaysia in 1978. May I invite him to release the philatelic souvenir cover and address us.”
Dr. Ravindranath Guthikonda, convener, handed over the first copy of the philatelic souvenir cover to Mr. S.V.Ramarao and every one sitting on the dias has been given one copy each.
Then Dr. Ravindranath Guthikonda, the convener, made announcements.
Mr. S. V. Ramarao spoke in Telugu.
Mr. Tirumala Rao Tipiraneni, Secretary of the hosting organization, Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, was asked to propose a vote of thanks. Mr. Tipirneni spoke in Telugu.
Photos of the Conference…….
INAUGURATION OF THE ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITION
Formation which led to TANA
In December 1977, to follow up the activities of the organization, a meeting was organized by Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala in Detroit and was attended by several Ad-Hoc committee members and other interested from Detroit and Chicago Telugu communities. Several names were suggested and it was decided to name it the Telugu Association of North America (TANA). It was also decided to make this organization a Federation of different Telugu associations existing in North America mainly to promote the dialogue and develop interactions among these associations. Organizing conferences and to have newsletters could be the vehicles to achieve this important function.
The first Executive Committee:
Dr. KakarlaSubba Rao: President,
Dr. Madhava Rao Tummala: Secretary
All the delegates then proceeded to the Exhibition Hall for Arts & Crafts. Mr. B. Krishnam Raju inaugurated the exhibition with a few remarks in Telugu.
*The material for this compilation has been very patiently transcribed from the original record tapes by Dr. Kidambi Raghunath.
Dr. Appa Rao Mukkamala: Treasurer
First Executive Committee were formed by the Ad-Hoc Committee in Detroit. Also, a subcommittee consisting of Dr. Jasti Venkateswarlu, Mr. Atchuta Rao Ramineni and others was appointed to draft the by-laws of TANA. A follow up meeting of TANA was organized to discuss the draft copy of the by-laws in Washington D.C. It was in this meeting the Executive Committee has decided to incorporate TANA in Washington D.C. The Detroit Telugu Association (DTA) was also established in 1977. This made DTA possible to become a member association of TANA since only associations are eligible as TANA is based on the concept of Federation of Telugu Associations. Detroit Telugu Association, Chicago Telugu Association (TLCA), and Washington Telugu Association came forward to organize the second Telugu conference. It was decided that Detroit Telugu Association to organize the second Telugu conference, Chicago Telugu Association to organize the third Telugu conference, and Washington D.C. Telugu Association to organize the fourth Telugu conference. It is interesting to note that Detroit conference was the first TANA conference and Chicago conference was the Second TANA conference since TANA was formally conceived in December 1977. However, we are treating the first Telugu conference as the first foundation that led toTANA conference for historical and sentimental perspective.
Aims and objectives set for future in founding conference
"Being a Housewife"
“We attempted to define the role of a housewife. We agreed that a housewife is a woman responsible for running her home. In our society the role is customarily performed by a woman who is married.
As we are a group of women coming from a different countries, cultures and environments and living in the United States, we decided to examine the relative merits and demerits in living here away from India. We found that with all the appliances and convenience foods available here, housekeeping is made a lot easier. most of us, of course, missed the domestic help we got in India and found basic housekeeping unproductive and frustrating. It is suggested that women who are confined to the house because of young children or lack of suitable or marketable skills, take an active interest in community events.
Out of the five panelists, four are pursuing careers that take them outside their homes, and they discussed knowledgeably, the problems a woman confronts when holding what amounts to two jobs. These housewives hoped men would pitch in with the housework and child-raising and help them realize their full potential in their careers.
Since the mother is mainly responsible in raising her children and since all agreed that our children growing here should be made aware of their Telugu roots, culture and tradition, we felt that the housewife could do a lot in this respect. She could continue the rituals and festivals that are part of our tradition, so that children could grow familiar with them. Also we could pool our resources and organize co-op libraries for Telugu books and records.
When the discussion was thrown open to the audience, many men had a lot to say about women and careers. They seemed to think that the suggestion that the women seek careers to make their lives more fulfilling just so much women's liberation rhetoric. The panel had no intention of suggesting that being a housewife is unfulfilling for everyone. A lot of men and one lady were very defensive about the "feminine mystique" and the "joys of motherhood". A couple of gentlemen pointed out the dearth of suitable jobs for graduate women who are not professionals.
Though we did not reach any momentous conclusions, the panel felt that they tried truly to examine the situation of the Telugu housewife transplanted on the American soil”
Members of the Panel : Smt. Akkaraju Kameswari, Dr. Tallam Kusumakumari, Smt. Kuchibhatla Jaya, Smt. Indira Rajan and Smt. Timmaraju Chaya.
"Marriages of Our Children"
The remarks made by Shri Putrevu Jagannadha Rao, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.
“Traditional Indian marriages are based on two primary considerations. These are, a) stability of marriage as a life-long bond, and b) welfare of the offspring. Realizing that stability largely depends on compatibility of the partners, Indian parents look for a spouse with similar social, economic and cultural backgrounds -- a factor that largely makes for similar reaction to situations and helps minimize friction. In the old days selection of a spouse from the same caste or sub-caste was considered the best possible method of ensuring similarity of backgrounds leading to maximum compatibility.
Parental initiative and guidance in the selection of a spouse is necessary because, at the age at which a boy and girl are married, neither is really mature enough to judge suitability of the match from all points of view, and in particular, that of durability.
The supreme importance that Indians give to the durability factor is related to the second consideration mentioned, namely, welfare of children. It is the innocent children, offspring of a broken marriage who become its worst victims. Notwithstanding all the precautions taken to ensure compatibility between marital partners, frictions can and do develop between a husband and wife. Ours is a highly individualistic culture and two individuals sharing a common life can, despite their similar social backgrounds, find themselves in frequent disagreement leading to friction and thoughts of separation or divorce. Our norms demand that the partners develop tolerance and accommodation and not break their marriage. To do otherwise is considered rank selfishness in that it shows reluctance to make the necessary sacrifice in the legitimate interests of the offspring. Social disapproval has been the most potent factor against a pair resorting to divorce.
The above two principles followed in India in the selection of a spouse have stood the test of time. They are unexceptionable by any cultural standards. The society is a growing organism which flourishes best in its native soil which promotes natural evolution. While the basic norms outlined earlier hold good, considerations of caste and other outdated customs have little validity today. Compatibility is looked for in other aspects of social and cultural life, host Telugus in North America are first generation immigrants who have their cultural moorings in the society back home. Their children, on the other hand are brought up in a foreign environment which deprives them of the cultural influences of life in India. The influence of home has to make up for this. The speaker who had lived in several countries by virtue of his job found one way of filling in the gap as far as his children were concerned. That was to read out to them regularly the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The importance of these epics, as the single unifying cultural influence among Hindus can hardly be overstressed. Despite the low percentage of formal education in India, men, women and children through the length and breadth of the country share the same value system because of their knowledge of and veneration for these great epics. The pattern of life at home also shapes the ideas and values of growing children and should be fully utilized. These and other methods of inculcating respect for the accepted social and cultural norms among the young people are the best guarantee of keeping up these time-tested values.
The interaction of the culture of their adopted country on their inherited culture often produces desirable results provided they have the capacity to value the best of both. In certain countries where Indian immigration is older, one can notice a distinct regional coloring in the social and cultural life of these immigrant communities. By the third or fourth generation they do tend to be self-sufficient in that they can find matches locally. The main thing is to preserve the best in the Indian tradition which will also be a valuable addition to the composite culture of the countries they adopt.
2nd TANA CONFERENCE
1979 - Detroit
T.A.N.A. (Telugu Association of North America) officially came into vogue from second conference onwards. The conference was held in Detroit 1979 under the presidentship of Kakarla Subba Rao. Tummala Madhava Rao is the convenor. 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 organisers. Dr. G.M. Sastry, Prasada Rao Kollipara undertook the responsibility of the publicity. Dr. Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao is 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 Eenaadu 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 audience enjoyed with spell bound attention. Mr. Subba Rao came to the conference with his own expenditure. 2000 people attended the conference.
2nd TANA conference followed the by-laws which were passed by then. The member societies from various parts in USA are allowed as official delegates. The general body elected executive committee for 1979-81. Dr. Madhara Rao Tummala was the Chairman. Dr. Bandaru Siva Ramireddy, Dr. Duggirala Premchand were vice-presidents. General Secretary wasTella Tirupataiah.
Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath sent $1000 (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. 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 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 recognised as non profitable institute. According to by-laws every member should pay the fee depending upon the total number of the committee.
TANA was registered in Maryland near Washington DC with efforts of Durvasula Sastry, Yugundhar Hanumara, Vadlamudi Srikrishna and Jakkampudi Subbaraidu.
TELUGU PALUKU - SOUVENIR
The conference souvenir was printed in Andhra Jyothi Press with the generous help of K..LN. Prasad, General Manager, Andhra Jyothi. Cherukuri Rama Devi is the president of Souvenir committee, Puranam Subrahmanya Sarma helped her from India. The title art was done by artist S.V. Rama Rao. The writers in this souvenir are : 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, San francisco.
3rd TANA CONFERENCE
1981 - Chicago
3rd TANA Conference was held in Chicago on May 23rd and 24th 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 while Tirupataiah Tella was the convenor. For the 4000 people, Chicago Telugu residents hosted with Telugu delicious food items. In the co-ordination 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.
Third conference was held under stewardship of Tella Tirupataiah as convener at Chicago, who subsequently became the third president of TANA. This was attended by about 2000 people with a budget around $30,000. Tirupataiah was instrumental in making TANA more visible. Getting a full fledged delegation from AP government, responsible in obtaining non-profit status for TANA by IRS and was also responsible for initiating the TANA Foundation in 1981 (Before it used to be called Telugu foundation of TANA). 3,200 people participated in the conference. Each family contributed $40.
Youth was given utmost importance in the conference. A separate stage was prepared for them; and separate rooms were provided for the youth 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 in the first day, and serving both lunches and dinners for 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 USA and India. “Baapu” paintings were special attraction in the exhibition.
The conference had several discussion panels on various subjects, such as Women’s and Children’s problems, Setting up Industries in AP., Old age, Retirement issues, Medical Issues.
A gramophone LP Record was issued, for the first time in the Chicago TANA Conference in 1981. This consisted of Invitation and a musical presentation to the guests.
In the conference Akkineni Nageswara Rao (Cine actor), S. Rajeswara Rao (Music director), Yedlapati Venkatarao Chairman 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. Was addressing the conference Sri Sri said : that the conference gave him a feeling as …. he will attending the marriage celebration. He further commented that the conference gave him a feeling as a blend of east west cultures and he wished to see the future generation as Universal peace lovers. Poet C. Narayana Reddy commented that - the moon light 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. Based on the dias 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.
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The writers in the souvenir are : 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,
4th TANA Conference
Washington DC (1983)
For the first time TANA conference was held in Washington DC on May 28th-29th 1983. Local Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society co-operated for the success of the conference. The venue was Northwood High School, Silver Spring, Maryland. 2000 delegates participated in the conference. Thirupathaiah Tella was the president whereas Subbarayudu Jakkampudi was the convenor. The co-ordination committee consisting of Rajagopala Rao Koneru, S.V. Rama Rao, Soma Sudarshan Reddy shared the responsibilities. Food committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Vadlmudi Jamuanbai, Mannava Madhusudana Rao as Co-chairman and Sadananda Mrulani as co-chairperson. Guntakatta Srinivasa Murthy was the chairman of program committee whereas Kesari Lakshmi Narayana was the chairman of host committee. S.V. Rama Rao as chairman of art committee conducted the exhibitions.
Mr. K.R. Narayanan done ambassador of India in USA., The peasant leader Prof. N.G. Ranga, 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 put the audience spell down attention. Apart from the special souvenir, a special stamp also was released. Several stalls with industrial, and artpeace were exhibited. The two day discussion was highlighted with problems of sharing several arts which are 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 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.
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Title cover by Bapu
The writers in the souvenir are : 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.
5th TANA Conference
Los Angeles (1985)
This conference was held with Dr. Raghavendra Prasad as convener, Co-convenor Dr. Premchand Duggirala and Kakarala Chandrasekhara Rao as TANA president.
16 committees were formed with members from Los Angeles Telugu community. The conference was held in Long Beach Convention Center with budget of $100,000.
In the central coordination committee Atluri Chandra Sekhara Rao President of Los Angeles Telugu Association along with Nageswara Rao Gangula, Rallabandi Shankaram, Chowdary D. Voleti, Satyanarayana Upadhyayula, A. Narendra Nath Reddy, Vijayasaradhi Komanduri, Mani Ayasola, P.S. Vijaya Kumar, Ramalinga Reddy, Damodar Reddy, G Reddy Prasad, Venkateswara Rao Daluvayi, Padma Upadhyayula, Sundari Samudrala, Gummadi Dharmarao, Ramachandra Rao Paladugu, Papaiah Gogineni, Aruna Reddy Chilumula, Subbarao Balusu, Vemuri Venkateswara Rao, J.S.M. Kamala, P.S. Kamala, Koganti Madhusudana Rao, Kamesh Iyyasola, Janapati Hanumantha Rao, Komanduri Lakshmi, Sitha Vemuri co-operated well actively.
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 Andhra Pradesh Electronics Corporation, Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Chairman Hindi Academy, Dr. Kasaraneni Sadasiva Rao spoke in the conference.
Burrakatha and Harikatha attracted the participants were in Kurmanatha Rao Dusi, Bandaru Parvathiswara Rao, V. Rama Rao, Mandapaka Sarada played active role.
Sobhanaidu’s Kuchipudi Dance was 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 artists groups. 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 added attraction in the conference. Business Conference took up serious discussion 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 which 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 Fifth TANA Convention, Raghavendra Prasad was unanimously elected as TANA Fifth President. TANA received wide publicity in India because of its service activities. Vempati Chinna Sathyam, Sobha Naidu Dance Troups performed in the conference. TANA created and introduced the concept of continuing medical education discussions during conference.
President Chendrasekhar Kakarala and Dr Nallamothu satynarayan as convenor arranged 1st TANA Youth/Family conference Detroit in May 1984.
Convenors: Srikala Yedavally, Satyanarayan Chada; Reception Committee: Chairman: Satyanarayan Chada, Members: Ravi Kodali, Shylaja Gontina, Rajesh Gutta, Sandeep Chada, Sesi Kodali, Pramada Reddy; Hospitality Committee: Chairman: Pranathi Reddy, Member: Srikala Yedavally; Souvenir Committee: Chairman: Ramanna Vishnubhotla, Members: Madhavi Kakarala, Madhu Kakarala, Ravi Gutta, Shylaja Gonuna, Srenni Cherukuri;
Entertainment Committee: Chairman: Giridhara A. Rao, Members: Madhavi Gunda, Radhika Garlapati, Madhavi Garlapati; Discussions Committee: Chairman: Satish Jasti,
Members: Ramesh Jasti, Satish Cherukuri; Finance Committee: Chairman: Sreeni Tummala, Member. Ramakrishna Kakarala
- First Conference of its kind of the Telugu Youth, by the Telugu Youth and for the Telugu Youth.
- Discussion of youth related issues.
- The enthusiasm of the youth was an indicator of the positive contributions they would make to the Telugu and American Communities in the future.
Eminent persons who received awards during the conference under the chaimanship of Pemmaraju Venugopala Rao : Awardees : Ratna Anil Kumar
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 useful 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 main themes in the discussion.
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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.
6th TANA Conference
St. Louis - 1987
Sixth TANA conference was held in 1987 (July 11 and 12th) in University campus at St Louis, with Dr. Mantena Narasa Raju as the convener and Raghavendra Prasad as President. Co-convenor Gopichand Yelamanchili.
Dr. Kaja Rama Rao, Dr. Dandamudi Rajendra Prasad took overall responsibility for making the conference success. Various responsibilities were undertaken by Patibandla V. Rao, Sudha Satya Sagar, Rajyalakshmi Naidu, Vinjamuri Sujatha, Dandu Raghunandan, Kosuri Subbaiah, Ananthaneni Prakasa Rao, Valluri Prasad, Gandikota V Rao, and Kaja Venkateswara Rao.
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.
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 were the discussions. Mr. Pandurangarao 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 put lot of effort and reached high position in America. 5% of Indians in America were Telugu people who attained higher income slab. It is gratifying that they combined the best in east and west. There are conflicting cultural lifestyles at home and in society in America. Our people are reconciling and make best out of it. Youth must take lead in deriving best of both countries”.
The conference had special fashion show and youth were given at most importance. A special session was held with women where beware of in the ladies, culture, bringing up children were discussed. The participants are : 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.
President and his executive committee introduced the TANA Life member ship and direct elections amendment to By-laws. First time chairman Kothapalli Rayudu conducted the elections to office bearers by all members of TANA. B.V.Rao is the first elected President of TANA by all members in 1987.
The cultural programmes were special attraction with Shobharaju, Vamsee Troop, Githasri, Mrs. Madhusudana Rao.
Awards received by : 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).
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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.
7th TANA Conference
7th TANA conference was held with Dr. Vinta Janardhan Reddy as its convener and Mr. B. Venkateswara Rao as president in University of Houston campus on july 1-2,1989.. 2000 people enjoyed the deliberations. $110,000 was collected with a surplus of $20,000 that was shared between TANA and local Telugu Association. Seating was segregated with ropes to separate donors from the ordinary registrants.
“Unity is the Strength” is the main theme of the conference. The unique feature of the conference was outstanding linguist Dr. Bhardriraju Krishnamurthy ,Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University, (1928-2012)gave expert talk about the experiments in the language.
During Opening ceremony 7th TANA conference President B.V.Rao opened the TANA Reference Manual and TANA membership directory and informed to the attendees these books are available at registration desk. This manual is the First Edition contains the history of TANA and By-laws and other information.
P. Suseela, Ramakrishna attracted the audience with their songs.
This conference officially accepted and released TANA logo. Audience 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 direction by Kodavatiganti Rohini Prasad. Medasani Mohan performed Astavadhanam first time in 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 member played key role.
Special Scholarship was given in the name of Guttikonda Aruna.
Awards were given to : 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 of the conference 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.”
Conference Committee: Satya N. Nallamothu (Convenor), B.V. Rao, Krishna Reddy, Ramesh Jasti, Usha Rani Sunkara, Rajesh Gutta, Gouri Reddy Juvvala, Usha Raju, Sambasiva Rao Kottamasu, Butchi Babu Paidipaty, Nirdoshreddy Junutulla, Vasudevareddy Garlapati, Vinaya Kumar Gavini, Sujatha Reddy Kotha, K.C. Prasad, Satyanarayana Rao Palakodeu, Kamala YedIa and Vani Gutta.
• Purpose of this conference was to help our youth keep strong identity with our culture, heritage and adopt the best in the American Society.
• Separate programs were organized for Young Adults (college students), Youth (high school students) and children (6-12 years old).
Following topics were discussed:
Youth identity in America
Political awareness and participation
Do you need religion?
East-West cultural fellowship for parents and youth
Commonly asked questions about India and traditions of Indians Festivals of India - Indian Music/musical instruments
President B.V. Rao and Dr. Nallmothu Satya Nrayana as convenor conducted 2nd youth/family conference in Detroit in July 1988 see sheet 12 of 16 of Attachment 1).
Also President and Treasurer T.Ramchandra Reddy published TANA membership directory (Life & Association members and and by laws in Ma1989 and released at the 7th TANA conference.
The 7th TANA conference Convenor Dr.Vinta Janadhana Reddy and his team established scholarship fund from part of the savings from conference revenues . Since 1980 till today, every year they are giving $500/ scholarships for three high school graduates from Texas (see Page 1/18 of Attachment 2). So far in the history of TANA this is one and only City is facilitating that service on the name of TANA conference. The remaining amount was given to TANA operations.
President Nallmothu Satyanarayana and Dr Samala Ramaiah as convenor arranged 3rd Youth/ Family conference in Edvard Ville , Illinois in July 1990 and with Pratap Reddy as convenor Valuswamy Reddy as co-convenor & Madhvi Kata as youth Coordinator conducted First TANA Regional Conference in New Orleans in Nov 19
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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 .
8th TANA Conference
Atlanta - 1991
8th TANA conference was held in world convention center, Atlanta, july 5, 6 -1991 with Dr. Vanapalli Manga Raju as the convener and Dr. Nallamothu Satyanarayana as president. The main theme of the conference : “Our Culture - Our Progress”.
Conference executive committee : P. 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.
20 eminent persons from India participated in the conference. Indian Ambassador in USA Dr. Abid Hussain spoke at the first day of the conference. Murali Mohan, Cine actor directed stage plays with Gummadi, Janaki, Sakshi Ranga Rao, Sarath Babu. In this conference Arudra’s Literary History Volumes were released. Cherukupalli David commenced with invocation prayer.
President Dr Nallmothu Satynarayana traveled across North America and motivated various Telugu associations (around 40) in North America to join as an affiliated members of TANA, published TANA Patrica every month and provided services such as mailing " Indian Cusine" book written by Saraynya Mandava (see page 2 /18 of attachment 2) the most popular among majority of Teleugu and toured cultural troupes , fantastic entertainment program choreographed by move artist Murali Mohan (around 30 cities). 25 years later TANA current President Mohan Nannapaneni has brought various cultural and religious programs from India and toured them across North America in medium and smaller cities to revitalize the glory days of TANA.
Dr Mallmothu excutive committee introduced position of Vice President with joint nomination by presidents (similar to America system) through by law amendment. Dr .Nallmothu selected Dr.Velati Vekata Rao as his running mate in his second term.
Awards were given to : 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. In recognition of their outstanding achievements the awards were given.
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 which is eating the vitality of the society and also dividing the people. Caste has become main obstruction for social progress. 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.
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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.
9th TANA Conference - World Telugu Conference
1993 - New York
World Telugu conference and Tana Conference held joint deliberations for 5 days in New York during July first week in 1993. It was largely attended conference with 10 thousand people participated in divergent activities, and discussions.
On the inaugural session day former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr N.T.Rama rao delivered a very emotional spirited speech which was received amidst cheers and applause.
The conference was given support by New York Telugu association and tri state telugu association.
Dr Nallamothu Satyanarayana and DR Dasaratharam Reddi put great effort to make the conference a grand success and turning point in the history of TANA.
Participants from USA were the largest contingent while other enthusiastic participants were from Andhra Pradesh, Australia, Malaysia, UK, Europe,and few other places.
The conference which was held in Nasa Colisium, Long Island, New York has Colisium vehicles which carried the guests to the stage with announcements.
9th TANA conference which combines World Telugu Conference was held in July 1st to 5th in the World Trade City, New York. The Venue was Nasa Colisium, 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 selfmade artist from Andhra Pradesh. : K.R. Narayanan (Later President of India), P.V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India, King of Nepal sent their special messages. N.T. Rama Rao, Chief Minister, actor who stood for 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.Krishnarao former Education minister in Andhra Pradesh participated in the conference.
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.
TANA specially brought out ‘Yagnam’ the story of Kalipatnam Rama Rao which was given Central Saahitya Akademi Award in India.
N.T.R. 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 USA.
Dr. Dasaradharami Reddy as the convener and Dr. Nallamothu Satyanarayana as the president.
Large number of artists participated in this conference .
Sanjiva Dev, self made writer, artist exhibited his paintings which drew interesting audience.
In second term Dr Satyanarayana Nallmothu contiued his juny as President of TANA and arranged 2nd TANA Regional Conference with Dr. Jagnmohana Polavarpu as convenor in Toronto, Canada in October 1991 and Dr C. Narayna Reddy addressed the attendees as Key note speaker.
President also torched the 4th Youth/Family conference with Dr . Prasad Y. Rao as convenor & Ms Roja Kolachina as youth organizer in July 1992 at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
He continued his services to the members, publishing TANA Patrika and organized TANA Filim Festival as he did in his first term.
NTR’S ADDRESS in the COVENTION
Ye Desamegina - Yendu Kaalidina
Ye Peethamekkina -Yevvaraduraina
Pogadara Neetalli - Bhoomi Bharatini
Nilupara Neejaati –Nindu Gowravamu
I salute all those who are striving to protect 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 are 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 in would sure 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 mother land is hoping that your presence here would sure 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 mother land. Can we find any difference between the love shown the land that gave you birth and the one that is now taking care of you?
This equality is nothing but commenting as ‘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 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 the knowledge they are gaining is being used to destroy the entire world with nuclear arms. This is indeed unfortunate development and is sad part that the entire world is worried about, that too at a time 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 it 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 mitigate these problems.
To earn a roti, one has to stand in endless queues in one nation
To get a potful water women walking miles in one country
To get food packets supplied by international agencies, while praying to gods above in
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 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 wish 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 co existence. I wish this country’s greatness would sure 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 kept in higher pedestal. 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 even 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.
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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 from : 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.
Writers in English : P. Venugopala Rao, Bhavaraju, Rajitha Bhavaraju, P. Narsinga Rao, Ramarao, Aari Sitharamaiah, P. Srinivasa Rao, Ushadevi.
10th TANA Conference
Chicago - 1995
10th conference was conducted with Yadlapati Yugandhar as convener and Mantena Narasa Raju as the President. 7200 people participated.. $ 785,000 was collected. Expenses were $ 700,000 leaving a surplus of $85,000 that was given to TANA. This had the first inaugural dance ballet and the first laser show. Business seminar is well attended. Youth were involved on the main stage.
10th TANA conference which was held from July 1st to 3rd 1995 in Chicago had made a mark. Dr. Yugandhar Yedlapati as convenor. Mr. Narasaraju Manthena as President with the help of numerous persons made the conference great success. Sidhdhardha Sankar Ray Ambassador of India in America delivered keynote speech. Mr. Rangaiah Naidu, Central minister from India Mr. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu speaker Andhra Pradesh assembly, Mr. Madhava Reddy, Pratibha Bharathi, Devineni Nehru were the Chief guest of the Conference.
Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Yarlgadda and Artist Bapu were specially honoured by the conference. In this contest Bapu, Ramana 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 History of Modern Telugu Literature were released in the conference. The stories of Bhamidipati Ramagopalam which were written to honour Bapu Ramana, The stories of smile, The stories of Dr. K. Sadasiva Rao were released in the Conference. Kongara Jaggaiah cine actor inaugurated the cultural programmes. In various programmes in this conference 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.
In this conference youth has special role and dedicated one evening for their events. They presented good humorous programs including Cruise on Lake . Also it is first of it kind in the on main stage of conference .
President Narasa Raju Mantena initiate the First TANA Young Adult Conference and endorsed by ATA ( See pages 9/18,10/18 11/18 of attachment 2). This conference was arranged in Miami University (Cincinnati) in May 1994, planned and executed by Young adults steering committee Shobha Tummala(convenor), Nalini Doneperthi, Naveen Kakarala , Ravi Mallikharjuna Rao Chalasani (mentor). They have done very superb job in execution and able to save around $9,200 with out collecting donations as well as received best complements from all over North America.
President and his executive committee replaced Vice President position with President -Elect with independent nomination and added Board of trustees to safe guard TANA (6 positions) through amending by laws.
Then Nomination Election Committee,with consensus and magnificence of Dr Dhasadharam Reddy and Dr. Vadlamudi Ramamohana Rao ,announced they both serve as Presidents from July 1995 to July 1997 and Maalikharjuna Rao Chalasani as President-Elect.
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Editor : Jampala Chowdary
Editorial Board :
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.
11th TANA Conference
11th conference was conducted with Kottapalli Kondala Rayudu as the convener and Vadlamudi Ramamohana Rao as the President. The first Novel writing competition was held with a 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 expenditure of $500,000. Surplus of $250,000 was passed on to TANA treasury .
Mr Vadlamudi Rama Mohana Rao “in his speech appealed for the unity of Telugu people in America. He also stressed the need for development of internet which youth help to organise their activities in a better way. He appealed to the youth and Telugu people in America he make Janmabhumi programme in Andhra Pradesh so that villages will 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 more than 3 votes for one family. TANA finances were beefed up by cutting down TANA Patrika to 8 issues/year from 12./ year. He had a novel writing contest like the year before, before the convention.
Dr. Radha J. Sarma, Dharma Reddy Gummai, Ravipudi subba Rao, Nageswara Rao Gangula, satish chilukuri, Venkatadri Bobba, Diwakar Reddy, Krishna Reddy M., 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.
Jaipal Reddy Cabinet Minister from India was the Chief guest Akkineni Nageswara Rao gave away the awards. Nandamuri Balakrishna received award which was given for N.T. Rama Rao.
Jr. N.T.R. performed his dance in the presence of spell belled audience. Damaraju Murthy as Duryodhana in Maya sabha stunned the audience. Ravi Kumar Karna was another stage actor who exhibited his talent. Murali Mohan troupe performed the stage patriotic songs. Sridevi cine actor was specially honoured. Where as Balasubhramanyam, sailaja gave their special performance. Fashion show was conducted in a new way under the youth generation. A separate session was held for youth large number of women participated in women’s forum. The songs of L.R. Eswari, Pranay Kumar attracted the audience. Competitions were held to youth. Vemuri Venkateswara Rao conducted the computer course to encourage youth.
Dr. Dasartharama Reddy Gaddem the served as TANA President from July 1995-1996. and Dr Ramamohan Rao Vadlamudi served as President of TANA from July 1996-July 1997.
Dr Gaddm Dhasaratharam Reddy,President of TANA oversaw the 2nd TANA Young Adult Conference with Santhi Narra & Prasad as covenors in May 1996 at Princnton University , New Jersey.
First time in this conference Chairman Murali Chundurri conducted Telugu Novel contest and gave monitary prize of 1 laksh rupees and honored the winner on stage in fornt of 4000 audience.
Awards were given to : 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.
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Editorial Board Members : Murali Chanduri, Satish Chilukuri, Bhogeswara Rao Prattipati, J.S.M. Sarma, Upadhyayula Venkata Satyanarayana
Cover page : Kondapalli Art
President : Ramamohana Rao
Convenor : 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.
12th TANA Conference
Cincinnati - 1999
12th TANA conference was held in Cincinnati 1999 with Gorrepati Ranganatha Babu as convener and Chalasani Mallikharjuna Rao as president. The Conference had a revenue of about $1.2 million and had a surplus of $270,000. $200,000 of this transferred to TANA treasury and $70,000 was transferred to local Telugu association. Highlight of the program is the local unity, business seminar and 3 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 life time achievement award at this conference. Folk art festival in India by name Chaitanya Sravanthi was started at this time.
Tho co-ordinator for funds was chowdary Bobba, Treasurer Prof. V. Mannala, Coordinator of the Programmes Dr. Jampala Chowdary, various 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.
Unity education and modernity are the main themes of the conference. Farmer prime minister P.V. Narasimharao was the chief guest. Member of Parliament M. Venkayya Naidu releasing the Souvenir. Ken Blackwell, Ohio. T.P. Srinivasan Indian embassy in America representative from U.s. 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 in wisconsin University delivered the special talk Ramanaidu film producer, B.V. Parameswara Rao, P. Suseela Singer, Vemuri Balaram Editor swathi, Varaprasada Reddy, M.D., Santha Biotech, P. Hanumantha Rao, Manager Pragathi Arti Printers, Cine Director Bapu, Chalasani Prasada Rao Eenadu staff, Murali Mohan A.P. cine development corporation were specially honoured. Cine actor Nagarjuna Brahamanandam, Tabu, Ramya Krishna, Samanth, Rajendra Prasad, Ali, Music Director Vandemantaram Srinivas, Garikpati Narasimha Rao, Jayaprabha writer, Dayana Hedden Miss world took part in the deliberations.
Continuous Medical Education session was conducted Dr. Jampala Chowdary, Dr. Naveen Hemanth gave a video presentation talk on the problems of Children and depression.
This 12 Th TANA conference was started of with business seminar organized by Chairman Rao V Chalasani with a theme " Hi-Tch Opportunities in the new Millennium" with key note speaker Prof C.K .Prahalad addressing the chalangeslaying ahead for Indian entrepreneurs in 21st century. The well known gust speakers are Dr.Kanwak Rekhi the founder of TIE, Ramliga Raju of Satyam Computers,Gall Naidu ,Amarraja Batteries, Rajendra Vetttikuti of CBSI and Anji Reddy of Reddy labs. (see page 12/18 of Attachment 2)
Ranagandh Bau Gorrepati, Convenor welcomed the audience & guests and President Mallikharjuna Rao Chalasani urged the community to take active part in the mainstream of America while maintaining the Telugu identity. Ohio secretary of State stated as a community, you bring richness of culture, tremendous brain power to meet the challenges of 21st century and have the best of two countries. On the first day evening youth introduced Miss world of 1998 Diana Hayden of Hyderabad and Key note speaker Prof. Kiran Narayan of university of Wisconsin spoke on the burden of first generation immigrants and problems encountered by second generation youngsters.
Then followed by evening Key note speaker Democratic Congressmen Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a founding member of the congressional India Caucus, stressed the needfor better Indo- US relations and invoked the example of theThoreau-Gandhi-King continuum to describe how exchange of ideas between East and West can influence and benefit both worlds.
TANA foundation explained about Naandi Foundation set up by Government of AP to channel NRI contribution towards rebuilding of State.
The names of awarders were written in the previous conferences. That why I attaced this list.
Award Committee Chairman Dr. Sharma Challa presented the names of awarders. Krishna Chand Akkineni( Entrepreneur service).Surya Kumari Mahidhra (Community service) Rao V Chalasani ( Finance), Vinod K. Dasari (Business), Mannava Setha Ramiah (Scince & Technology), Dr Nallmothu Satyanarayana (community service and publication skills) , Narayana Rao Nannpaneni (Education), Dr Krishna Rao Potaraju (Science) Dr Chitten Raju Vanguri (Litarature), Krishna S Vavilala (Community Service)
ATA President Gade Gopla Reddy and TANA President Mallikharjuna Rao were attended on the invitation from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandra Babu Naidu on the launching of Naadi Foundation, in November 1998.
TANA President Mallikharjuna Rao and Aruna Murthy as convenor coordinated the 3rd TANA Young Adult Conference in August 1998 at University of Texas, Austin.
Later Mallikharjuna Rao and Ragnadha Babu participated Backpack Program for school kids endorsed by Fluor Coorporation in Cincinnati.
12th TANA Convenor Ranganadha Babu Gorrepati and his team, worked hard to make sure that the conference expenses shall not be exceed the revenues excluding the collecte donations of around $ 225,000.
Magnificently he achieved that goal by saving a total of 266743.00 including donations. Making a conference not only a self sufficient and also established a record in the history of TANA. It is day of profoundness for TANA.
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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.
13th TANA Conference
Philadelphia - 2001
13th TANA conference in Philadelphia 2001 had the distinction of having two conveners followed by one another. They are : 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. 7000 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 BJP Leader, Poet C. Narayana Reddy, Narla Tata rao, Ramanaidu specially attended the Programme.
President Gangadhar Nadella amd with Prasd Thotakura as convenor conducted 3rd Regional Conference in Dallas in September 2000 . Governor V.S. Ramadevi as Chief Gust and Loksabha Speaker G.M.C.Balayogi as Key note speaker and Minister Yerram Naidu and U.S.Congressman Martin Forest were attended as special gusts. Dr Vempati China Satyam and troupe performed classical dance program along other musical preformence by prominent artis from India.
Awards were given in honour of the achievements made in different feels. They are : 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.
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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 know Telugu, Word scramble, Telugus 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
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 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 Dc, 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 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, DC, Boston and Detroit. Dr. Navaneeta Krishna, Chalasani Mallikharjuna Rao and Yetta Hanumantha Rao were actively involved in developing this program in TANA.
In this conferences persons who shared responsibilities various committees
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Editors : Gunda Sivacharan, Nallamotu Prasad, Tiruveedhula Ramakrishna, Jampani Sashidhar
Coverpage Artist : Karunakar
Nasrim : Cover design
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.
15th TANA Conference
Detroit - 2005
This conference was held with Dr. Kodali Srinivasa Rao as the coordinator and Dr. Gorrepati Navaneetha Krishna as the president. Conference team developed some guidelines to go by through town hall meetings with local Telugu community. . 200 people attended each of these meetings, assessed the needs of the community.
Deliberations of these meetings were summarized thus: (1) 70% of the performers in cultural program to be from USA. (2) Youth should have enough representation. (3) Tickets and honorariums should not be paid to any artists and others from India. (4) 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. 8000 people attended the conference. A Total of $1.5 million was collected, leaving a surplus of $340,000 that was divided between TANA and local association at 75% to 25% ratio.
Detroit Telugu association mainly took responsibility in helping the conference. Messages were received from Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (c.m. ) renuka chowdary - central minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu Opp. leader. President Gorrepati Navaneetha Krishna, Krishna Prasad Chairman, secretary Boppana dwaraka Prasad, Treasurer Kakarla Mahipala Rao, various other responsibilities were shared by Bodepudi Shyambabu, Koneru Srinivas, Bandla Hanumaiah, Mandava Saranya, Vishnubhatla Ramanna, Sathi Mallikarjuna Reddy, Bikkena Sai Ramesh, Gutta ramakrishna.
Michigan State Governer came a special guest and Head of Houston Chinmaya Mission center Sri Grouranga Bahi addressed the well attended audience.
Under leadership of President Navaneetakrishna Gorrepati, TANA build TANA Village Praksam District the underdeveloped people that suffered most due to Cyclone in 2004.
President take very personal interest and challenge to promote TANA school Backpack Program for less unfortunate kids in few North American Cities.
Awards received : Lifetime achievement award were given Kalyampudi R. Rao, Velagapudi Datt. Technocrat Award for the decade given to B. Satyam Ramalingaraju
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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.
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. 14,000 people enjoyed the conference. Highlight of the conference was hour long speech of President Bill Clinton to the business seminar.
Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu introduced and welcomed President Clinton.
In the youth mixer, 200 youth met and resulted in 10 marriages after 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 ongoing programs, Telugu teaching at UT Austin, International Internship program, back pack 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 his term, there was an Internal Revenue Service audit of TANA, Inc-Foundation, Convention, Trust funds and General funds for the years 2004 and 2005. TANA successfully came out of this audit with the pro bono CPA services of Prabhakara Chowdary. He obtained Illinois Tax exempt status that saved several thousands in refunds to TANA for the conference expenditure.
President Bandla Haumaiah and Telugu language coordinator Prasad Thotakura estblished endowment fund with University of Austin to teach Telgu language classes in the university campus as accredited hours.
Jampala Chowdary introduced President Bill Clinton
“This is a historic day in our – in Telugu Association of North America’s history. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tana organization, we are 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 – in the 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).
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said “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 ever has 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 raise to the world’s most highest position is a testimony to the real strength of democracy. He is a role model to emulate. 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 U.S. dollars of the national debt and converted the largest budget deficit in American history through the largest surplus..
During his presidency he created of more than 22 million jobs. To achieved lowest rate of unemployment in 30 years and lowest for women in 40 years, highest homeownership 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, he has visited India. He has 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 has spent some wonderful time in Hyderabad, all Telugu people you remember that. He has interacted very good interactions 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 also politicians to go to India 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 are having, nobody can imagine. I am having total confidence today, even in future, Indians especially Telugu people will play very major role not only in employment and 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 contest 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. Religion has become fanaticism under the process. People are hating 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 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 – a 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, 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 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 which 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 Indian – 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, in diversifying the economy away from the pre-tsunami economy to a new one was done by India and the [Indiscernible] [0:20:38].
It was amazing. I watched women who had been widowed, their fishermen husband killed, 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 for 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 done – we have operated healthcare programs in 25 countries, my foundation has 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 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 health care, 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. And they – 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 all this 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 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 once had – few years ago, 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, 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 they [Indiscernible] [0:33:54] 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 are 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. Most 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 never have 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 life had access to sanitary facilities because of the rebuilding efforts.
One of four of all the 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 top soil. 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. As it does 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 new found 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 which can now not 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 who is not in school. And we 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 which 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, that 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 reached, those remote, rural villages that are 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 – because the outsourcing tension – the root of the outsourcing tension in the United States is this, median wages in our country 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 video game companies. Video game companies are nothing but sophisticated information technology companies. And they created enormous economic opportunity so that it was only 8 percent of our jobs but 28 percent of our job growth in over a third of our income growth 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 – the other 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, the whole country. 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? 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, zero. Not one extra watt of electricity. How much have greenhouse gases increased? Answer, they have gone down. How? 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 U.K.’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 650,000 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 – 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, 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, with new lighting. And to do this all over the world, we can finance such things in New York but not every city can. 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 and 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, 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.
Like 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 at the surface point. 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 realities 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 had to deal with inequality, we have to deal with instability, 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 – 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 where 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. Sometimes my [Indiscernible] [0:56:13] that fill gaps, that solve problems or create opportunities.
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 history, there have been absolutely good reasons for seeing some people as threats and the 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 Salafisuni 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 Shiyah 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 that the conditions that we have – they have [indiscernible] [1:01:09] conditions may be mirrored in a planet orbiting one of the 20 solar systems closest to us. It’s – at last 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 high and low. Our whole man, our whole being is wired toward making distinctions that make all progress possible, that make all learning possible, that make all relationships possible, and [Indiscernible] [1:02:14] between men and women and tall and short, 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, health care, education, 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 is, 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 and I had to go and listen to them tell me their problems and trying to solve them, I was met by the leader and his wife and his son. And my little – 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, this 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.
So, the lady and the boy take [relief] [01:05:38]. 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 at 40 – on the 41st day she gets up and then name 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, I said, “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 hate it every time I had ever 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, 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 economy 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 : “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. And it made – the day is made true and 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.”
There is a check for Clinton Foundation for $1 million from Katragadda Krishna Prasad and David Prasad.
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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.
17th TANA Conference
Chicago - 2009
17th Conference was held in Chicago on July 2,3,4 -2009 with Yadlapati Yugandhar as the co-ordinator and Kakarala Prabhakara Chowdary as President of TANA. The venue: Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
6800 people attended the conference. $1million was collected with expenditure of $1.35 million leaving a deficit of $350,000.
Guests and Dignitaries
Dr. Y.V. Reddy, eminent economist and former Governor of Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank of India was the chief guest. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois Arne Duncan were the chief participants in the conference
The Secretary of Education, Ambassador (Ms) Meera Shankar, Consul General Ashok Kumar Atri. The famous poet Sri Sirivennela Seetarama Sastri, and the Industrialist and Philanthropist Sri Galla Ramachandra Naidu are the other Guests of Honor. Dignitaries from India include Padmasri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the recipient of TANA Lifetime Achievement Award, and literary stalwarts Medasani Mohan and Rallabandi Kavita, Ramarao (NTR Jr), who were accompanied by charming stars Swati, 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
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 as the judges.
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. Chicago, the venue for the first ever TANA Awards Banquet, a memorable event with the Banquet Committee designed a dignified awards ceremony, a delectable, multi-course, sit-down dinner, and special entertainment fitting the occasion.
Inaugural Ceremonies , the harbinger of the quality of the program made great impact. The Cultural Committee produced an innovative inaugural program .. A special dance ballet to commemorate the Conference theme, Technological Innovation and Cultural Celebration, is composed specially for the occasion 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.
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 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.
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 ever popular avadhanam, spearheaded by two avadhanis of distinction, Sri Medasani Mohan, and Sri Rallabandi Kavita Prasad, a program with unique, new event, Netraavadhaanam (avadhanam while communicating nonverbally) by two gifted and talented women, Nidamarti Lalita Kameswari, and Kasibhotla Rama Kumari was main attraction. 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 the seminars, the ever attractive tantalizing Fashion Show, invigorating Basketball and Volleyball, stimulating Chess and Video tournaments, social Mixers and thrilling Club Nights were conducted.
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-economic, Film Making, Science and Superstition, Entertaining in an Ethnic Kitchen, Rural Development, Women’s Issues. Face-To-Face meetings with film stars was held.
Continuing Medical Education
To catch up with the latest Technological Innovations in Medicine CME discussed where leading luminaries from the Second Generation Telugu physicians was 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 works in the exhibition. Special exhibition of paintings by artists from Andhra Pradesh was organized by TANA in cooperation with the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University., Hyderabad.
TANA 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 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 which was 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.
The political session Mr I V Subbarao in chair contributed to the contemporary thinking.
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 into laughing mood.
The conference incidentally congratulated Yugandhar Yadlapati since july 4th the American independence day happened to be his birthday too.He thanks the 200 volunteers who worked for the success of conference.
Balasubrahmanyam music concert was quite turning point in the program. After that he was honored on the stage.
Suneeta`s song performance made 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 the services of TANA to the blind people in in Andhra. through special video. 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.
Yugandhar Yadlapati was the Coordinator of the Conference. He was the Convenor of the very successful
10th TANA Conference held in Chicago in 1995 at the same venue.
Welcoming the gathering, Prabhakar Chowdary Kakarala, President of TANA, expressed happiness for grand success of Chicago conference.
SOUVENIR - TELUGU PALUKU
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.
18th TANA Conference
Santa Clara - 2011
18th Conference of Tana was held with Chilukuri Satish as the coordinator and Komati Jairam as president and with numerous Tana volunteers from local area who worked day and night to make the conference success. It resulted in a surplus of $400,000 that fortunately wiped out the deficit from the Chicago conference. Komati Jairam put lot of effort for this surplus to materialize.
18th TANA Conference was held in santa clara, california state during July 1-3, 2011. 8000 thousand people enjoyed the conference programmes. Several politicians, Industrialists, and artists came from Andhra. Jayaram Komati was the president and Chilukuri Satish is the co-ordinator, who conducted the conference most successfully with the co-operation of hundreds of TANA volunteers. Deputy defence minister from the central Pallam Raju was the chief guest. State minister Galla Aruna Kumari and Pitani Satyanarayana. Members from 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 programmes. A Photography session with local professional photographer was well attended.
Mr. Pallam Raju the defence minister in his speech reminded that India attained world fame in the cricket. He requested the Telugu people in america to extend their help to their country.
Galla Aruna Kumari the minister said that Telugu people in should contribute for the development of Andhra Pradesh.
Vijaya Aasuri conducted the cultural programmes. Overall programmes were directed by Satish chilukuri and Nadella Jaya Prasad.
The three day conference was conducted with full of cultural programmes, economic seminar, women’s forum, film and photography meet, peoples representatives forum, business seminar, open heart with R.K., encounter with Raviprakash engaged all the participants. audience enjoyed the music performance of Sriramchandra, Kausalya, Pranavi, 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 participated. 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 President TANA paid various tributes to volunteers for their effort to motive conference to success.
TELUGU PALUKU - SOUVENIR
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.
19th TANA. Conference
DALLAS, Texas - 2013
19th Conference of Tana was held at Dallas,Texas state in May 24-26, 2013. Mr Prasad Thotakura was the president where as Mr Vennam Murali was co ordinator.Mr Justice Jasti Chalameswar, judge in Supreme court, India was the chief guest and spoke extensively. He was presented momentos to winners of 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.Few legislators from Andhra pradesh took part in the conference actively.
Mr Ravi Prakash, chief of TV9 channel in India 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 gave 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 USA.He also indicated to take care of academic fields and not to fall into the trap of cheating in educational institutions.
The literary forum was conducted by Mr Chandrahas Maddukuri 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 trade and commerce.
Separate session was held to discuss the problems of women where in Ms Jaya Sudha, cine actress came out with good suggestions.
In the closing session Mr Mohan Babu, cine actor exhibited the educational schemes which are 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, the actor narrated his experiences in cine field.
Mr Prasad Thotakura, in his presidential remarks narrated the schemes which are going to be implemented in USA for the promotion of arts, crafts, 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 thanks and handed over the responsibilities to the elected president Mr Mohan Nannapaneni.
The music session of Sailaja, Balasubrahmanyam is the highlight of the conference where audience enjoyed thoroughly.
There was special stalls with various items like Lok Satta services, different book stalls, arts, crafts, books, jewellery, sarees that attracted participants.
Tana conference under the presidentship of Mr Thotakura Prasad $450000 which put the organization on safe pedal and it the largest amount saved for Tana so far.
TELUGU PALUKU - SOUVENIR
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.
20. TANA Youth Conferences
TANA Youth Conference is a conference organised by TANA youth to discuss related to TANA youth. It is typically on a Memorial Day weekend on the even number year.
Here are the list of places where the conference was previously held.
Sr. Year Place Sr. Year Place Sr. Year Place
1. 1977 New York 9. 1993 New York 1. 1988 Detroit
2. 1979 Detroit 10. 1995 Chicago 2. 1990 Edwardsville, IL
3. 1981 Chicago 11. 1997 Los Angeles 3. 1992 Washington DC
4. 1983 Washington 12. 1999 CinCinnati 4. 1994 Cincinnati
5. 1985 Los Angeles 13. 2001 Philadelphia 5. 1996 New Jersey
6. 1987 St. Louis 14. 2003 San Jose 6. 1998 Austin
7. 1989 Houston 15. 2005 Detroit 7. 2000 Dallas
8. 1991 Atlanta 16. 2007 Washington DC 8. 2002 Conzume,
Youth conferences are conducted alternate years. They are not conducted after 2000 year..
Board of Directors responsibilities
TANA Board of Directors: TANA Board of Directors are responsible for protecting the bylaws, providing oversight and establishing the goals and direction for TANA. They are also responsible for long-range planning and short term assistance on critical issues. They manage all the Trust funds of TANA including TANA life membership fund.
During July 1999 - June 2001, TANA Foundation has initiated carefully-selected development projects that are expected to improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries. Each of these projects was made possible by many generous donors in the North American Telugu community.
"To Share, To Care, And To Serve the Needy"
TANA Foundation is a perpetual autonomous body of Telugu Association of North America (TANA). The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life of all needy people in North America and Andhra Pradesh.
First TANA Foundation Committee
Chairman - Ravindranath Guthikonda
Secretary - Prasad C Kakarala
Jt. Secretary - Tirumala Rao Tipirneni
Treasurer - Sambasivarao Kotapati
Treasurer - Rao Damodar Gedala
Doddapaneni Vara Prasad Rao
Gutti Sriharidas Kanuri
Venkama Naidu Motupalli
The monetary value of the charitable work that is carried out by TANA Foundation averages one million dollars a year. The charitable work falls into three broad categories:
1. Projects Facilitated By TANA Foundation:
These are projects sponsored by philanthropists and well-wishers in North America. These projects benefit the hometown or village that the sponsor originates from. The projects facilitated by the Foundation span a wide spectrum; projects include protected drinking water, construction of permanent cyclone shelters, school and college buildings, community halls, senior citizen centers, places of worship, sanitary facilities, and model villages.
The projects are normally executed by a not-for-profit organization such as a Village Development Committee in India or, in some instances, by the State Government. Since the funds for the charitable project are sent through TANA Foundation, the sponsor in most instances will be able to treat the contribution, for tax purposes, as a charitable donation. The sponsor does the spadework in terms of defining the project, arranging for matching funds from the Government.
2. Projects Executed by TANA Foundation:
These are projects that have a very broad scope and have the potential of helping the needy in the whole of Andhra Pradesh or the U.S. These projects have a leader designated by the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. The Board ensures that the benefits from the project are not limited to a particular region of Andhra Pradesh or the U.S.
Good examples of TANA Foundation Projects include - Hepatitis B vaccination, Child Rescue Shelter, Eyesight restoration, Nebuliser for Asthma Patients, Adopting bright Children to provide free higher Education (ACE), and Rural Sanitation. In most instances, TANA Foundation teams up with a local non-profit organization to execute the project. The Project Leader designated by the Board plays a strong role in raising the funds and executing the project. Eyesight Restoration, Nebuliser for Asthma Patients, and ACE are three projects that are currently very actively pursued by the Foundation. The status of these projects is highlighted in the following pages.
3. Funding of Scholarships and Calamity Alleviation from Endowment Income:
The Foundation has, over a period of time, accumulated funds generated internally as well as those received from donors. These are restricted funds that are invested for the long haul. The interest income from such investments is used to fund a limited number of scholarships as well as provide emergency relief in the event of a calamity.
Currently six named scholarships of $2000 each are being issued annually to students from India who is pursuing graduate studies in the US. Also, four scholarships of $750 each are issued annually to High School Seniors in the US who are pursuing higher education. Further, $500 is provided annually to North/South Foundation for conducting Spelling Bee Competitions. Several bright but poor ACE students in India are also funded through endowment income.
What has been accomplished to date has been no more than a small step towards improving the quality of life of the people in need.
TANA Foundation has been the top organization for doing charitable activities in Andhra Pradesh from USA. Averages of a million dollars per year worth of projects have been implemented consistently for more than a decade.
Many Orphanages have been identified which are being run very efficiently but not able to provide everything they want to due to paucity of funds. An endowment of One Crore rupees will feed 1000 children for at least one month every year.
Operation Envision has been one of the most successful projects of TANA Foundation. TANA sponsored 500 eye camps in various parts of Andhra Pradesh and 35000 people are living a better productive life due to these camps.
Foundation started to sponsor cancer camps with the help of Basava Tharakam Cancer Hospital in Hyderabad. A cancer camp can be conducted with $1500.
TANA Foundation conducts many programs in Andhra Pradesh promoting preventive health care among the poor and disadvantaged. One such program is the Cancer Screening and Awareness program implemented in collaboration with the Indo-American Cancer Hospital One of the main objectives of this program is to create cancer awareness and conduct free cancer screening programs, specially aiming at women because of the high incidence of breast cancer and cancer of the cervix.
In the state of Andhra Pradesh where the population is more than 8 crores, the incidence of cancer is almost 1 lakh new cases every year. The incidence of breast cancer and cervical cancer are very high, especially in the age group of 30-60 years old. In men, the cancer of mouth (especially in tobacco users), tongue, sound box, esophagus, stomach and colon are very common.
As a commitment towards society and to fulfill the above objectives, the Indo-American Cancer Hospital is conducting Cancer Awareness and Cancer Screening Programs at regular periodicity in the twin cities, districts and rural areas since inauguration. These programs were being organized with the kind co-operation of local authorities, NGOs and other philanthropic organizations.
Earlier the screening was limited to a thorough clinical examination and Pap smear for women. Fortunately with the help of Mobile Cancer Screening Unit which is equipped with Mammography, Ultrasound and X-ray units, we are in a position to do Ultrasound, Mammography, X-ray and give the reports on the spot.
Baseline Mammography is done in women above the age of 45-50 years for early detection of breast cancer and also in women with a strong family history of breast cancer every year. Mammography units are available only in a few centers in the cities. With the help of TANA, the Hospital is trying to bring awareness in the rural areas and provide free screening for better lives. Many donors to TANA Foundation Cancer Screening camps are enthusiastically supporting this noble cause in their native places.
Unlike other health camps, the Cancer Screening Program involves a number of costly consumables like X-Ray Films for Chest X-Ray, 4 Films for Mammography, Developers, Print Rolls for U/S Scanning, Spatula, Brushes, Slides, Reagents, Cyto Fixtures for Pap smear and payment to the Screening Tent. Though Indo-Cancer Hospital absorbs the major portion of the expenses, they need the support of sponsors towards consumables and other expenditure of the Cancer Screening Program.
For a cost of $1,500, the hospital organizes a camp through TANA. The sponsorship covers the following expenditures:
- Transportation of 16-member team by rail or road
- Fuel for the Mobile Cancer Screening Unit equipped with X-ray, - Ultrasound and Mammography (@Rs. 30 per KM.)
- Medicines for 200 - 300 participants
The face of a child can be with $300. Cleft lip and unusual growth in the mouth and throat severely affect children with these deformities. Moreover these happen in remote areas among poor people due probably of nutritional deficiencies. This project has been just taken up and 10 surgeries have been sponsored till date. It takes the hospital crew to convince the parents of these affected children to come to the hospital for a free surgery as they are scared of the costs and after effects of the surgery.
TANA Foundation with the help of BREAD society has been establishing libraries in Government schools. For about $500 a library can be established which is administered by a teacher of the school. There has been a 75% success rate of utilization of these libraries. BREAD society regularly inspects these libraries and is starting to give prizes for students who use the libraries and submit write ups on the books they read.
TANA members have contributed $1.9 million dollars to projects in USA and in Andhra Pradesh through TANA foundation.
TANA foundation has 150 projects sponsored by its members. All those projects are funded in last two years.
Projects: Scholarships, Orphanages, Schools, Roads, Eye Camps, Dental Clinics, Temples, Safe Water Plants, Community Halls, Mahaprastanam, Old Age Homes, Free Article Limbs, Ekal Vidyalaya (www.ekaliindia.org).
- Backpack programs for needy children in USA
- 600 backpacks with supplies in Dallas.
- 1000 backpacks supplies with in Boston area.
- 220 Donors in USA
- More than 20,000 Cataract Surgeries
- Camps conducted across Andhra Pradesh
- $90,000 in total funds.
- $30,000 in yahoo employee fund
- $10,000 in TANA foundation matching grants.
Free Eye camps
TANA conducted free Eye camp in Mynampadu on 5-4-2009 (Late. Aggavenkata Subbayya, Tulsamma)
Eye camp at Hanuman Junction.
Free Eye Camps are conducted in Hanuman Junction, Krishna Dist. and Shankara Eye Hospital and District Blind Education Society in Minampadu.
Success story of Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur with the help of TANA Foundation
TANA Foundation has been a great supporter of Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur, during its construction and afterwards. TANA Foundation organized a successful fund raiser for the construction of this Eye Hospital in 2003 in Detroit. TANA promoted the Sankara's cause of "Eradicating Curable Blindness in India by year 2020" amongst their members through many TANA conferences - in particular 2003 and 2011 conferences held in San Jose and Santa Clara, California, respectively. TANA Foundation also sponsors eye camps regularly through Guntur hospital in and around Guntur and Krishna districts. To date, TANA Foundation sponsored more than 110 eye camps, helped perform more than 18000 free eye surgeries and contributed more than half a million dollars for prevention of blindness in Andhra Pradesh.
Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) is fortunate to have TANA and TANA Foundation as partners-in-service in this noble mission and appreciates this valuable partnership. This partnership helped raise at least half-a-million dollars towards Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur. SEF thanks leadership of TANA Foundation, TANA and TANA Members for their continued support and hope to continue this partnership in the years to come and help needlessly blind in Andhra Pradesh. Together let us eradicate curable blindness in India by 2020 if not sooner.
Giving training to children in Tailoring, Automobile, Binding, Carpentry and Electrical works.
TANA Foundation builds a Child rescue shelter in Vijayawada.
TANA Foundation maintaining Khaja Sitalakshmamma (wife of late Khaja Lakshmi Narayana) Memorial Old age home in Gudivada.
Sri Kakatiya Student Welfare Society conducted by Jasthi Venkateswarlu
- 334 scholarships during the year 2008.
- More than $70,000.
- Part of the Scholarships through TANA foundation.
Rangaraya Medical College, Liberty
- More than $200,000 raised by RMC alumni
- Funded through TANA foundation
- First year M.B.B.S. students are permitted to have complete access to the liberty facilities.
- Library operated by June 2009.
- Most RMC alumni are TANA members.
Nannapaneni Mohan Z.P.H. School, Bhadrachalam
Water Plants in A.P.
- Funds for Abbineni Guntapalem Water Plant have been donated by Kantheti Balakrishna and Avanthi.
- Funds for Konjedu Water project were donated by Obbayya Chenna Reddy Prakasam Dist.
- Adavikonlanu plant was established with the funds of Sitaramudu Ande.
- Funds for Pedapadu Plant were given by J.R. Kakarla.
- Donar of Kavutharam plant Rama Mohan Vadlamudi
Water Plants through TANA Foundation
- At Vunguturu by Mani Pathuri
- At Kolluru Village, Guntur Dist. by Dr. Lokeswara Rao Edara.
- At Palaparru by RamaraoPentela.
Reverse Osmosis Plant.
Plant Cost 3 to 4 lakhs
Civil Project Cost 2 lakhs
Water Plant at Addineni Gunta Palem - JMJ Social Service Society, Nallapadu and TANA Foundation, USA.
Best Water Health Care Welfare Society - Kolluru Village Panchayat.
TANA foundation arranged Water Plant Transportation Vehicle
Sai Oral Health Foundation
The Sai foundation has been conducting free dental clinics for school children and poor people throughout Hyderabad, Krishna, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda Districts.
- 400 patients are being treated every week at these clinics.
- Provided de-fluoridation plants in Nalgonda District.
- Dr. Sairam Atluri and Dr. Pratha Atluri have generously contributed over $100,000 in past 2 years for this great cause.
- TANA foundation provides its helping hands to send funds and organize dental clinics in villages.
Community based de-fluoridation system in (CBDFLS) in Yadavalli village.
Skeletal Fluorosis patient able to walk after operation.
Director General of health Govt. of Thailand has visited community de-fluoridation project in Nalgonda Dist.
Burial Ground renovation in Bodipalem - Mahaprastanam.
Library cum community hall in Bodipalem
Yearly Graduate Scholarships
- Seven $2000 Graduate Scholarships for Telugu students.
- Kind hearted sponsors
Padmavathy and Ravindranath Guttikonda of Edison, New Jersey (one)
Swarjyalakshmi and Sudhirbabu Guttikonda of Fulton New York (3)
Satyavathi and Yungandha Rao Vallabhaneni (1)
Scholarships for youth
- Economic Need
- TANA foundation is pleased to announce that three $2000.00 scholarships will be provided for the high school seniors pursuing higher college education in North America.
- Selection Criteria
One reference letter from teacher.
Scholarships for poor students
- More than 234 new scholarships for poor students across Andhra Pradesh every year.
- 150 scholarships being renewed every year till the completion of college education through BREAD society.
(The Basic Research Education and Development Society (BREAD) was established in 1989 with the purpose of extending assured financial support to brilliant, but very poor students to pursue higher education. However, higher education has been made free by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh to all students whose annual parental income is less than Rs. 1 lakh. Hence, BREAD Society has turned its attention towards school education.) http://breadsocietyindia.org/
- Scholarships for
B.Sc., B.com. B.Ed., Nursing, Polytechnic, B.Tech., M.B.B.S., D.Ed, D.Pharm.
- $100,000 since 2003.
- Scholarships to 30 students during 2007-2008
- Scholarships range from 15,000 to 30,000
- Helping poor merit students.
- Please visit website for student history
(Vishwahitha is a registered non-profit organization founded by a group of people endeavoring to provide moral and financial help to less fortunate children in Andhra Pradesh since 1999. They have helped more than 100 students in last 10 years. Their goal was to help students who need assistance at a critical time during their education, i.e. during Intermediate (11th and 12th). They believe intermediate is the most important time in their student life.
TANA foundation for helping Vishwahitha in raising donations for last 7 years.TANA for encouraging charitable organizations like Viswahita.)
TANA Foundation-B.R.E.A.D Society sponsors Children's Libraries in Government and Aided Schools:
TANA Foundation has coordinated with BREAD Society (Non-profit organization at Hyderabad) on Adopt a Child to Educate Program (ACE) for the last few years. They are doing an excellent job in providing education to college bound poor and meritorious 0 children. It is a well-recognized non-profit organization. In order to inculcate reading habits among children from an early stage, BREAD Society under the leadership of Sri Kakani Ramamohanrao and Smt. Ravi Saradagaru (Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Library Association) has recently established 12 Children's Libraries during Library Week (November 14- 20) in 2009. These are located in the high schools at Donepudi, Kuchipudi, Amruthalur, Govada, and Bodipalern in Guntur district; Durgapuram, Patamata, and GaniAtkur in Krishna district; and Mallaln, Velangi, Kaleru, and Chelluru in East Godavari District.
With a donation of $500 for a library, they provide bookshelves and 300 books to start with in the first year. They strengthen these libraries by adding about 100 new titles each year over the next three years. BREAD Society will take care of annual maintenance expenses like purchase of registers, replacement of hooks torn due to excessive usage or loss of books (in exceptional cases), and other incidental expenses. The response to establishing Children's Libraries in schools has been encouraging.
BREAD Society would like you to suggest the name of a local person who will monitor the progress of the Children's Library on an informal basis, at each and every place you propose to sponsor Libraries. Such a person should make casual enquiries from children as to what books they have read and should motivate them to read. He can also make friendly enquiries 6 from the teacher in-charge and I-lead Master without appearing to interfere in their work.
Proposals for new Libraries may be initially processed by Mentor-Coordinators and sent to the BREAD Society where a donor comes forward. Mentor-Coordinators should play a proactive role Lo encourage the Head Master and/or Teacher to take up the project. Mentor-Coordinators are key in making this program a success as regular visits to schools and interactions, especially with students, will lead to inculcating reading habits among them.
While BREAD Society has district level mentor-coordinators, they can only frequent Library Centers once in a while, whereas the local person can really make a significant impact in inculcating reading habits among school children.
The government also supplies library books to schools but they are not normally lent out to students for reading at home. In many schools, books remain in bundles, the way they were received because of lack a secure storage space (bookshelf with locking facility), and there is no teacher who will take responsibility to handle the job. When a Head Master nominates a teacher to look after the library, he/she has to render a complete account of the books through the process of stock verification on transfer/retirement, and shortages are debited to his/her account. Hence, they do not normally issue books to students to read at home. All 0 classes are supposed to have one library period a week; this is observed in the breach in most cases. Of course, there are also good Head Masters and teachers who appropriately utilize their resources.
Recently, TANA Foundation Board approved the noble concept to try to solicit Telugu brothers and sisters for CHILDREN'S LIBRARY PROJECT at least one for each village in Andhra Pradesh.
With a Tax -deductible Donation of $500 to TANA Foundation, you can sponsor one school library. The Donor name will be written on the bookshelves. We strongly urge you to donate.
Adopt-a-Highway: erecting billboards educating high risk groups like truck drivers about healthier and preventive projects. A small donation of about US $500 will help in erecting a billboard. $80,000 raised since 2007.
Improving Quality of life of PSHA.
Improving Quality of life for those suffering from HIV/AIDs
Curb the spread of HIV/AIDs into general population.
Serving 27 villages over PSHAs in Jaggaiahpet Mandal, Krishna Dist.
Providing Nutritional Medical Counseling services, Foster care and educational support to HIV orphans.
Community outreach work organizing support and self-help groups.
Centre for Social Service, Nagole, Hyderabad.
Center for Social Service is a Voluntary Organization, with no monetary profit motive aimed at ensuring better opportunities economically and socially deprived girls in our society.
VR Sidhdhardha Scholarship
Funds support poor students of V.R. Sidhdhardha Engineering College in the form of Scholarships.
More than $90,000 has been raised during the academic year 2008-2009.
Funds raised by alumni of the college.
TANA FOUNDATION Projects
During the July 1999 - June 2001 period. TANA Foundation has initiated many carefully selected development projects that are expected to improve the quality of life of the beneficiaries. Each of these projects was made possible by many generous donors in North American Telugu community.
HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS IN NORTH AMERICA AND ANDHRA PRADESH
• Helped ($2000) Pydipati Sabitha in Philadelphia to undergo emergency surgery for bleeding. She has recovered well.
• Helped ($6900) MuraliKrishnam Raju of East Godavari to undergo bone marrow transplant surgery for aplastic anemia at Vellore Hospital. He recovered well. TANA Foundation, compassionate donors and Telugu community were saddened by the shocking news that he has recently succumbed to sudden illness.
• Provided ($2500) Hepatitis B vaccination was provided to about 480 street children in Hyderabad being cared for by CAP program. Following the success of this program, a number of sponsors came forward to extend this program to 5000 children in different parts of Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with local voluntary organizations.
RECOGNIZING THE ARTISTIC TALENTS OF TELUGUS
• TANA Foundation announced ARUN GUTHIKONDA MEMORIAL AWARDS the best artists selected from the participants in the I3" TANA Conference held in Philadelphia. The Endowment established in 1981 provided $1,300 for the Honorariums and Plaques distributed to the winning artists.
HELPING THE HEALTH INSTITUTIONS
• Arranged ($16,400) funds to supply desperately needed Ultrasound scanner, pulse oximeter, and operating table to Victoria hospital for women and children in Visakhapatnam,
HELPING TO BUILD INSTITUTIONS FOR DISABLED
• Vegesna Foundation in Hyderabad with donations of $10,500 is providing facilities to disabled.
PROMOTING TELUGU LANGUAGE IN NORTH AMERICA
• Awarded ($4,500) scholarships to doctoral candidates Christopher Chekuri, Aravinda Pillalamarri, and Rajagopal Vakulabharanain to promote Telugu language at the University of Wisconsin. Madison.
INVITING TELUGU STUDENTS FROM ANDHRA PRADESH WITH SCHOLARSHIPS
• During the 2000-200I academic year, TANA Foundation offered two ($2,000) scholarships to Lavanya Vallabhaneni of Hyderabad and P. Vamsee Gnanakan of Guntur for Graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago respectively. During the 2001-2002 academic year, TANA Foundation offered six scholarships and two additional scholarships.
REWARDING TALENTED TELUGU YOUTH WITH SCHOLARSHIPS
• During the academic year – 2000-2001, TANA Foundation awarded 5 named scholarships of $750 each and 5 TANA Foundation scholarships of $300 each to Telugu North America High School seminars :
- Sandhya Bondada (Lexington KY)
Vallabhaneni Sukundamma & La
- VumsecChagaturu (W. Wind, NJ)
Chalusani Sitaravamma & Suryanaayana Scholar
- Vasantha Kolavennu (Free mont, AL)
RASI Laboratories Scholarship
- Mallika Mcndu (Barrington, RI)
Guthikonda Balamani & Ramabrahmam Schnlanh,l
- Neilesh Mutyala (Monroeville, PA)
- Rekha Gavini (Laytonsville, MD)
TANA Foundation Scholarship
- Geeta Pamidimukkala (Paramus, NJ)
TANA Foundation Scholarship
- Vijay Paruchuru (Edison, NJ)
TANA Foundation Scholarship
- Anita Tipirneni (Fort Salonga, NY)
TANA Foundation Scholarship
- HariTunuguntla (Ruston, LA)
TANA Foundation Scholarship
The recipients for the upcoming academic year 2014 will be announced during the thirteenth TAM Conference. Full details of the named scholarships are provided in the accompanying pages.
ENCOURAGING THE YOUTH IN COLLABORATION WITH NORTH-SOUTH FOUNDATION
• RASI Laboratories Endowment. TANA Foundation is able to encourage our youth participate actively in Spelling Bee competition conducted annually by North South Foundation by giving them an opportunity to excel challenging themselves.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE IN ANDHRA PRADESH
• Successfully completed a ($47000i 20 villa ERADICATION OF OPEN DEFECATIC PROGRAM in Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with enthusiastic individual sponsors of the native places, NAANDI Foundation and the A. Government. With Naandi Foundation embarking on another (-54700) 20 village chalien originally proposed by TANA Foundation. A total of 4000 individual toilets will reduce the up defecation in these villages substantial improving the health and quality of life of these villagers.
Helping the Poor Needy & Homeless in North America
- Contributed matching funds to Inter Church coalition for soup kitchen and holiday gifts to the homeless and the poor in Tiffin, OH.
- Arranged matching funds to provide doctor’s visits, screening, treatment and prescriptions to uninsured poor in Lansdale, Hatfield, Montgomeryville, Upper Gwynedd and Towamacin townships in Pennsylvania.
- Joined hands with Hindu Temple and Cultural Society of Bridgewater, NJ to arrange soup kitchen in Edison, NJ for the homeless and poor.
- Perpetual Scholarship Endowment for Graduate Students from A.P., India.
- How to set up a permanent named scholarship, in honor of loved ones, for Graduate students from Andhra Pradesh? Donate a currently determined minimum annual amount of $2,000 perpetually or donate currently determined minimum amount of $ 25,000 in three years as endowment, the annual interest from which will be perpetually used to provide for the scholarships. The following generous sponsors have set up the endowments in 2000 and 2001.
1. TANA Foundation Endowment of 15000 and increasing for Scholarships for Graduate students from Andhra Pradesh.
Sponsor: TANA Foundation
2. Cherreddi Narayana Rao & Radhamanohari Endowment of $25,000, and Chereddi Narayana Rao & Radhamanohari Scholarships ($2,000, mainly from annual interest from $25,000 endowment)
Sponsor: Smt. Padmavathy & Sri Ravindra Nath Guthikonda
(Edison, New Jersey)
- GaddeSitaravamma & Tirupataiah Endowment of $25,000 and GaddeSitaravamma & Tirupataiah Scholarships ($2,000, mainly from annual interest from $25,000 endowment).
Prasad Yalamanchi, Trustee and Joint Secretary of the TANA Foundation, speaks to us about his favorite charity:
"If you were to make only one charitable contribution this year, I recommend that you put the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation on the top of your list. For only a dollar a day per school in rural parts of Andhra Pradesh, you can make a significant difference in a child's life. $365 will fund an entire school in rural Andhra Pradesh for an entire year. Giving the gift of education is giving the GIFT OF A LIFETIME."
What is Ekal Vidyalaya?
The Ekal Vidyalaya movement aims to help eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India by 2015, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date, Ekal \/idyalaya is a movement of over 20,000 teachers, 5,000 volunteers, 20 field organizations throughout 20 Indian states and 8 support agencies. This tremendous force strives to create a network of non-formal schools that will educate and empower children in rural and tribal India through advanced developmental techniques like multi-grade teaching.
Board of Trustees
1. Janaki Rao (Chairperson)
3. Prasad Chukkapalli
4. AmmaniDasari (Treasurer)
7. Kakarala (TANA President)
8. Ravi Koneru
10. Hema Prasad Yadla (Secretary)
TANA Board of Directors: TANA Board of Directors are responsible for protecting the bylaws, providing oversight and establishing the goals and direction for TANA. They are also responsible for long-range planning and short term assistance on critical issues. They manage all the Trust funds of TANA including TANA life membership fund.
Board of Directors:
Dr Naren Kodali (Chairman)
Hemaprasad Yedla (Director)
Jayaram Komati (Director)
Brahmaji Valiveti (Director)
Sagar Malisetti (Director)
Ram Yelamanchili (Director)
Mohan Nannapaneni (President)
Prasad Totakura (Past President)
Jampala Chowdary (Vice-President)
Satish Vemana (Secretary, EC)
Madhu TATA (Tresurer EC)
Jayasekhar Talluri (Foundation Chairman)
Srinivas Gogineni (Foundation Secretary)
Prasad Nalluri (Foundation Jt. Secretary)
Manjulatha Kanneganti (Foundation Treasurer)
TANA FOUNDATION CHAIRPERSONS
1. 1981-1983 Boddupalli Chinababu
2. 1983-85 Lingamaneni Jaganmohana Rao
3. 1985-87 Chalasaani Vidyadhara Rao
4. 1987-89 Akkineni Sudarshana Rao
5. 1993-94 KaajaRamarao
6. 1994-95 Poalavarapu Jaganmohana Rao
7. 1995-97 Polavarapu Raghava Rao
8. 1997-99 DamaVenkaiah
9. 1999-2001 Guttikonda Ravindranath
10. 2001-2003 Kakarala Prasad Chowdari
11. 2003-2005 Vallabhaneni Yugandhara Rao
12. 2005-2007 Tripiraneni Tirumala Rao
13. 2007-2009 Chalasaani Mallikarjuna Rao (Detroit)
14. 2009-2011 Eedara Lokeswara Rao
15. 2011-2013 Dilip Kuchipudi
16. 2013-2014 Jayasekhar Talluri
First TANA Patrika
TANA Monthly Magazine commenced from 1983-83 under the editorship of Kidambi Raghunath at the outset it was in book size (8.5” x 11”) and mostly handwritten and xeroxed copy. The first editorial was written by kidambi Raghunath with aims and objectives of the journal. After Ravindranath Mr. Parinam Srinivasa Rao forward by Cherukupalli Nehru edited the journal for few years. Dr. Yelavarthi Ramaraja bhushanudu helped the editorial section for a long time. Then that Dr. Jampala Chowdary took up the editorial responsibilities for six years. Afterwards Vaguri Chittenraju was the editor then during that period Dr. Nallamothu Satyanarayana over viewed the journals publication and saw it could reach the readers on 25th of every month punctually. The journal gave importance for literary matters. Kanneganti Chandrasekhar and later Kiran Prabha worked as editors. In 2003 Kiran Prabha took up the editorial responsibilities and brought out 25th year of Magazine with literary flavour. A special issue was published which was released by M. Venkaiah Naidu. Kiran Prabha looked after the journal as editor for some years. Between 2007 and 2009 print edition came out regularly. Then Dr. Jampala Choudary took over as chief editor Narayana Swamy Sankgiri as executive editor. Srinivasulu Basabarthi, Naveen Vasireddy are the joint editors.
TANA Marching towards 20th conference
TANA elected new committee with Mr. Nannapaneni Mohan as Chairman, as President for 2013-2015 other elected office bearers are :
Dr. Jampala Chowdary : Vice President; Prasad Totakura (Ex-Officio Member); Satish Vemana : Secretary; Subbrao Kolla : Joint Secretary; Madhu Tata : Treasurer; Anjayya Chowdary Lalu : Joint Treasurer; Jayasekhar Talluri, Naren Kodali, Regional representatives : Anil Lingamaneni; Bhakata Balla, Gowtham Kumar Gurram, Jogiswara Rao, Anil Lingamaneni, Prasad Kolli, Rajani Akurati, Rajesh Adusumilli, Rao Elamanchili, Ravi Potluri, Sekhar Kolla, Vijay G.. Under this committee vigorous activities are taken up etc.,. Hundreds of active volunteers are co-operating implementing new schemes and programs. 20th TANA conference will be held in 1st week of July 2015 in Detroit, MI with Mohan Nannapaneni as President and Nadella Gangadhar as Co ordinator. After that Dr. Jampala Chowdary the president elect and his elected team will take up the responsibilities.
In the two and a half short years since TANA established its Emergency Assistance Management Team (TEAM Square), a network of volunteers that can be contacted to aid Telugu families caught in a catastrophic situation, it has become the number one resource for Telugu people in North America. Not a week passes by without the TEAM Square volunteers assisting a fellow Telugu person in an emergency situation.
Whether it is an auto accident claiming lives of multiple Telugu youngsters in Missouri, a fire destroying the property of several students in Chicago, a senseless murder of a convenience store worker in Connecticut, or a Telugu student in California being deported, TEAM Square volunteers help in providing supplies, finding shelter, assisting financially and dealing with various government authorities. These volunteers spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to provide immediate psychological comfort to the victims and their families.
The Telugu community of North America stood behind TANA both by volunteering as well as donating generously. TANA tracks the donations received towards TEAM Square activities separately. We should aim for at least a reserve of $200,000 to be available immediately in a truly catastrophic situation.
TEAM Square takes a proactive role in educating the community on prevention. Safety guidelines have been developed in English and Telugu and are available at the TANA web site.
Because of TEAM Square, TANA has become more diversified than ever. TEAM Square's services are now so well known in Andhra Pradesh, that parents are asking their children to join TANA for safety, security and service. Many other ethnic organizations in USA recognize TANA and TEAM Square.
Women and Youth Programs
TANA celebrated the International Women's Day with a special program for Telugu youth and women, Reaching for the Stars, on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Royal Alberts Palace in Edison, New Jersey. The day-long event focused on the many achievements of Telugu youth and women in various fields and recognizing some of the STARS in the Telugu community.
Much celebrated youth icon Nina Davuluri, who stunned the world by winning the crown of Miss America, is the Chief Guest at this event. The first Telugu woman elected to a state legislature (Maryland), Aruna Miller was the Guest of Honor. Aravind Mahankali, the Telugu whiz-kid that won the 2013 National Spelling Bee was honored. Singing phenomenon Subha Vedula, a semifinalist in the American Idol 2012 competition celebrated along with many other Telugu Young STARs, including aspiring space scientists Kavya Manyapu and Sirisha Bandla, the Youth Poet Laureate of New York City - Ramya Ramana, and the Commencement Speaker at University of Alabama- Swapna Kakani, Young Stars for Community Service Pranamya Suri and Pranhuti Suri . Several prominent Telugu Woman STARs from the Mid-Atlantic region, including Dr. Tulasi Polavarapu, Dr. Sunitha Kanumury, Dr. Meera Boppana, Dr. Shalini Patcha, Dr. Janani Krishna, Janaki Rao, Jayaprada Vallurupalli, Saroja Sagaram, Shobha Tummala and Pavana Polineni recognized for their achievements and many contributions to the community.
TANA - TTA organized a Program with Sri. Sirivenniala Sitarama Sastry in Chicago.
TANA, in collaboration with the Tristate Telugu Association of Chicago, on Saturday June 21, conducted Sirivennela Antarangam, a literary and musical evening, featuring the celebrated poet Sri Sirivennela Seetarama Sastri accompanied by singers Parthu and Saahiti. The event was held in a packed auditorium at the Balaji Temple Auditorium in Aurora.
Sri Sirivennela talked about the inspirations for many of his songs -both in and out of movies and elaborated on his philosophy of life: loving life, living life, not accepting failure, keeping hope alive and fighting for future. He also talked about our cultural and spiritual heritage, development of the individual, the need to respect women, and the universality of man. Singers Parthu, Saahiti and Praveen Jaligama sang some of the famous songs written by Sri Sirivennela. The over-flowing crowd that attended the event despite the stormy weather was spellbound and stayed thru the very late hours.
Recalling his long association with TANA, Sri Sirivennela extolled praises on the volunteers of TANA TEAM Square for their extraordinary service to fellow Telugus in need. Dr. Chowdary Jampala, Executive Vice President of TANA, made a presentation about TANA's many activities with a special emphasis on TEAM Square. The audience responded generously with pledges and donations to TEAM Square.
Jagadish Kanuru of TTA welcomed the audience and Rajani Akurati, TANA Midwest Regional Representative, delivered the Vote of Thanks. Harish Kolasani, Padma Sonti and Hema Kanuru helped with the arrangements.
There are several other nonprofit organization across USA are helping people, particularly women in those issues.
List of persons who helped for writing History of TANA
- Nannapaneni Mohan (Initiated the history project of TANA at whose request the writing was undertaken)
- Dr Guttikonda Ravindranath
- Dr. Kakarla Subbarao
- Prof. Yarlagadda Lakshmi prasad
- Dr. Raghavendra Prasad Sudanagunta
- Tella Tirupataiah
- Sambasivarao Kotapati
- Madhavarao Tummala
- Chalasani Mallikarjunarao
- Mutyala Padma Sri
- Yugandhar Yadlapati
- Dr. Hema Prasad Yadla
- Jakkampudi Subbarayudu
- Dr. Dasaratharamreddi, G
- Dr. Chalasani Prasad
- Kottapalli Kondalarayudu
- Vadlamudi Rammohan
- Dr. Ramarajabhushanudu, Yelavarthi
- Dr. Jampala choudary
- Vasireddi Naveen
- Dr. Bandla Hanumaiah
- Nadella Gangadhar,
- Thotakura Prasad .
- Raja Karanam
- Jaya Talluri
- Dr. Mangaraju V
- Sankagiri Narayanaswamy
- Dr. Kaza Ramarao
- Modali Sarma
- Ratnam Chitturi
- Janaki Rao
- Nageswara Rao .M
- Rohit Joshua
- Gudipoodi Srihari
- Computer help : Damaraju Nagalakshmi, Damaraju Janakiram