CHICAGO, Illinois – The Telugu Association of Greater Chicago, which considers itself the first Telugu association in North America, celebrated Makara Sankranti and India Republic Day with Chicago land area Telugu families at the HTGC Rama Temple Auditorium, in Lemont, Illinois on Jan. 26.
According to a press release from Asian Media USA, the event was a great success with an overwhelming response from the Telugu community and more than 1,100 attendees. The TAGC Board decided to focus on local talent and on promoting Telugu culture, and preserving traditions among youth.
The TAGC President Ramu Billakanti welcomed attendees, recognized and thanked all sponsors and volunteers and encouraged everyone to become a member of the organization.
Membership committee chair Venkat Gunuganti, people came from distant places despite the frigid temperatures. Cultural Head Uma Avadhuta said the event showcased 36 programs with more than 340 participants.
The lamp-lighting ceremony was followed by a Lord Ganesha prayer and several programs and shows designed around Sankranthi and Republic Day themes. The audience shared positive responses to the event with board members of TAGC. Chicago Local singers entertained with a variety of songs liked by the audience and some children went impromptu on the stage to dance to them
Some highlights from the event as listed by Asian Media USA included:
- Sankranti village backdrop decoration by Saumya Bojja
- Free Gorintaaku (Mehndi) for TAGC Members
- Muggulapoteelu – Sarees for Winners
- 30 Kids Fashion Show around Sankranthi Theme
- Musical Performances by Chicago Singers Kaasyap Boddapati, Archana Vuppulancha and Madhuri Durga
- Festive delicacies (Pongal Rice) by Bawarchi Biryanis Naperville