Part 4 - DATA - Bathukamma Sambaralu Kick Off - 2016

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Dallas Area Telangana Association (DATA) is a synonym for Telangana identity, perpetuity, and cultural elevation outside the state of Telangana. 6 years, over 30 events mark the rich sustenance of DATA in DFW surroundings.

DATA formally announced the hosting of Bathukamma and Dasara 2016 at South Fork Ranch, Parker, TX on Saturday, October 8th, 2016; what's so special about this year Bathukamma? DATA will be doing Ooruraa Bathukamma, A unique and first of its kind outside Telangana.

Ooruraa Bathukamma will be the signature event in and around Dallas/Fort-Worth for whole 9 days! Yes, you read it right! 9 days the right way. The Oroora Bathukamma festival will be kicked-off from Lewisville on 30th Sep and will tour the entire DFW area. While this is the agenda, the opulent kick-off for the Bathukamma and Dasara Panduga was held at Minerva (BBQ Nation) Banquet Hall on 19th Aug, attended by over 200 people from all sections of the community, reflecting the togetherness that the city boosts.

Welcoming the attendees for the kick-off Padmasree Thota outlined the agenda of the meet and invited DATA Women's forum chair Prasanna Dongur to start the program with candle light ceremony for lord Ganesha, later invited Sandhya Gavva who is nominated as the Bathukamma Chair for 2016. Sandhya Gavva explained the significance of doing 9 days of Bathukamma and requested ladies from different parts of DFW to participate Ooruraa Bathukamma enthusiastically and with full festive fervor.

Kiran Gontuka, DATA Secretary and Cultural chair invited and thanked all for attending the event. The event then began with classic cultural performances by children under the guidance of Dr. Sudha Kalavakunta Roopa Banda and Swapna. The performances by children reflected the traditions that each of us saw growing up to. All along the event, traditional Telangana and festive songs lent the air that elevated the festive moods of the attendees.

Later addressing the community Ram Kasarla, President of DATA, remarked that it is indeed his pleasure serving as the President for 2016 and thanked all of the executive committee members, Board of Trustees and Core members for making the year a memorable one. He also thanked ATA, TATA, Telangana Jagruthi and TANTEX for supporting and participating in Ooruraa Bathukamma.

He then introduced the Bathukamma and Dasara convener for 2016, Mahendar Ganapuram. Mahendar also the President-Elect in his remarks thanked the team for reposing faith in him and vouched to make the event one of its kind. He stated for any event of this size a team of dedicated volunteers is required and announced seven co-conveners Raghuveer Maripeddi, Sandhya Gavva, Prasanna Dongur, Kiran Gontuka, Mahesh Adibhatla, Praveen Ekkati and Ram Komandoori along with fifteen committee chairs for the event.

Media and Communications chair, Mahesh Adibhatla highlighted various initiatives and programs done since the inception of DATA in 2009. Gatherings such as Holi, Vanabhojanaalu, Bathukamma and Dasara, 5k run for Cancer awareness.

DATA Board of Trustees, Executive committee and CORE members conveyed sincere appreciation to all sponsors, volunteers and expressed their commitment to DATA Bathukamma and Dasara 2016 a memorable one.

Speaking on the occasion DATA Board of Trustees Satish Reddy, Ananth Pajjur, Krishnaveni Seelam, DATA EC member, Raghuveer Maripeddi and TATA secretary Vikram Jangam, and regional vice president Appi Reddy, TANTEX past president NRU Urumindi appealed all , specially telugus living around DFW metro area to make DATA Bathukamma and Dasara a grand success, EC members Shashi Kanaparthi thanked media and sponsors.
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