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GATeS 15 th Anniversary and Telangana Formation Day Celebrations

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Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS) 15 Years Anniversary and Telangana Formation Day Celebrations go virtual:

This year it was no less, the fervor of the GATeS 15 years celebrations and Telangana formation Day was celebrated virtually following CDC Guidelines and  reached 10000 + people and viewed by more than 5000 people on GATeS Facebook Live Page and other media channels.


COVID ‘19 could not stop the high-spirited GATeS EC, BOD and the volunteers to enthrall with an insightful GATeS 15 Years Celebrations and Telangana Formation day. The celebrations commenced with candle lighting by President Rahull Chikyala, Chairman Anitha Nellutla, EC, BOD and Advisors.

GATeS Advisory Dr. Satish Cheti presented the TCI/GATeS founder Late GS Reddy gari award to one of the founding members, Rathnakar Eluganti for his extraordinary services in Telangana and Atlanta. GATeS Vice President, Kishan Tallapally explained the importance of the award and added that, this award will be presented every year to one individual with exemplary community service / one who has done any philanthropic activities/ an individual who has endeavored to promote the culture, arts and tradition of Telangana here in USA.

The cultural segment got kicked off with the Telangana State Song, “Jaya Jaya He Telangana….” sung very patriotically by our own Telangana folk singer Janardhan Pannela. It was then followed by many enthralling dance performances to the beats of Telangana songs befitting the occasion. The GATeS Cultural Secretary, Srinivas Parsa and Treasurer, Janardhan Pannela worked digitally & diligently with local artists as well as artists in India in an effort to prepare wonderful songs and dance performances focused on bringing out the true importance of Telangana culture, language, people, and the bounty of Telangana’s nature.

Eminent people from Telangana – Dr.Gandra. Laxmana Rao garu, Sahiti Ratna & well-known writer; Sri. Deshapathi Srinivas garu, well-known lyricist and OSD to Sri. Kalavakuntla Chandrasekar Rao garu, (the CM of Telangana); and Sri. Mamidi Harikrishna garu, a prominent Telugu poet and Director, Dept. of Language and Culture, Telangana spoke about the Telangana culture and literature. All of them congratulated GATeS for organizing such a wonderful event to commemorate & celebrate Telangana Formation day & GATeS 15 Years anniversary during these unprecedented times and said this is an example of Telanganites remembering their culture and spirit throughout the world.

Organizers had a huge lineup of cultural activities, with 100+ excellent performers from Atlanta and Telangana. Highlights were the performances from artists from USA, Sristi Chilla (Detroit),  Neelima Gaddamanugu students – Bindu Gopalam, Ishitha, Yashasri, Asritha Akula, Sucharitha Akula, Aditi, Anvi, Sumeedha Annepu, Ranvitha , Aditi Sangam;  Srinivas Durgam and Janadhan Pannela & performers from India – Dr. Linga Srinivas, Asta Gangadhar, Vidhyananda Chary group, Chenagarapu Nagaraju, Rela Re Rela Ravi, Dandepally Srinivas and Swarnakka. The emcees of the event, Jyothsna Palakurthy and Poojitha Bysani, conducted the event in a very lively manner with wit and enthusiasm.

President Rahull Chikyala briefed year 2020 services mainly serving Food and grocery for 15000 people, 22 days in Telangana districts and Atlanta during critical crisis of COVID 19 and also briefed about the 7 webinars conducted by GATeS to educate people in local Atlanta community, told there are huge lineup of services that will be done in next couple of months, expressed thanks to volunteers and many generous donations to make services successful. Thanked all generous event sponsors, donors, and volunteers of all the committees for their continuous support, thanked Advisory,EC, Board of Directors, committee chairs, volunteers who have worked hundreds of hours over the past 2 months to make the day memorable. for an unrestrained support and participation for this 15 year Celebrations and Telangana Formation day into a resounding success.

GATeS Chairman Anitha Nellutla, briefed about GATeS Services and events, thanked all the founders as well as the ladies who were instrumental in making Bathukamma a signature event of Gates and all the ladies who have been participating in GATeS Bathukamma events ever since the inception of GATeS.

GATeS Cultural Secretary, Srinivas Parsa thanked all the Webinar speakers who educated local Atlanta committees during Covid 19,Awareness on Covid19, Tax Webinar,Will/Trust, Immigration, and all so thanked Naveen Battini for organizing  Yoga  classes with Praveen Maripelly was huge successfull and also expressed special thanks to Sreedhar Nelavelli  for coordinating Financial seminars  and was instrumental in organizing all other GATeS events despite the pandemic situation.

Sandeep Gundla thanked committee chairs Ramana Gandra, Gandra Rama Krishna, Gandra Sharath, Naveen Ujjaini, Dr. Shiva Ramadugu, Jyothsna Palakurthy and Poojitha Bysani. Naveen Battini and Ramachary Nakkarty thanked advisory Goutham Goli,Prabhakar Boyapalli,Satish Cheti,Karunakar Asi Reddy,Sridhar Rao Julapally,Thirumal Reddy, Anil BodiReddy for their guidance in making the event successful.

The celebrations of the day ended with a thank you note from Sunil Gotoor (General Secretary). Sunil thanked Publicity lead Ganesh Kasam for his extraordinary efforts in publicizing the event and making it mega successful event and also thanked media coordinators Dr. Shivakumar Ramadugu  from TV9 and Niranjan Podduturi  from GNN for their help covering the event live on multiple media channels. GATeS Team thanked Prashanth Kollipara from Bytegraph Events for setting up and successfully managing this one of a kind virtual event. Thanked our youngest GATeS volunteer Vainavi Battini for developing digital video frame for the event.

GATeS EC & BOD Rahull Chikyala (President), Anitha Nellutla (Chairman), Kishan Tallapally (Vice-President), Sunil Gotoor (General Secretary), Janardhan Pannela (Treasurer), Srinivas Parsa (Cultural Secretary), Chalapathi Vennamaneni (Event Secretary), Prabhakar Madupathi (Sports Secretary), Sreedhar Nelavelli (Director), Raghu Banda (Director), Ramachary Nakkerty (Director), Chittari Pabba (Director), Ganesh Kasam (Director), Sandeep Gundla (Director), Naveen Battini (Director), Gandra Ramana (Committee Chair), Gandra Rama Krishna (Committee Chair), Gandra Sharath (Committee Chair), Naveen Ujjaini (Committee Chair), Dr. Shiva Ramadugu (Committee Chair), Jyothsna Palakurthy(Committee Chair) and Poojitha Bysani(Committee Chair).

GATeS Sponsors for the event:  IT Division Inc, Dr. Srini Gangasani, Dr Gopal Rao (Cardiologist), Reddy CPA, RAPID IT, Info Smart Technologies Inc, EIS Technologies, SS Lending, Soft Path Systems, Paramount Software Solutions, Inc., Suvidha, Patel Brothers, Dr.  Venkat Veeraneni, AHP Real Estate Ventures, Dr. Satish Cheti, Vithal Kusuma (Gastroenterologist), Ravinder Manchireddy (Compunet Services, Inc), Jeevith Kanukunta (Cardiologist), Rajender Reddy Lankala (Pediatrician), Rahull Chikyala, Kishan Tallapally, Thirumal Pitta,Sridhar Rao Julapally,Champions Math Tutoring.

Source: Janardhan Pannela


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