The Tri-State Telugu Association celebrated 75th anniversary Dasara-Deepavali

Chicago IL: “The Tri-StateTelugu Association celebrated 75th anniversary Dasara-Deepavali cultural function at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, IL on the 5th of November, 2011. The auditorium was abuzz with tiny toddlers in bright, shiny and colorful costumes. The evening started off with sumptuous dinner followed by a fun filled night of cultural performances from children of all ages and their parents. The host for the evening was the extremely talented & versatile singer, mridangam artist and budding music composer – Angara Sai Ramana Rao. He engaged the audience of over 400 people with his wit and knowledge.

The performances started off with little children dancing to the melodious “Vinnaava Yashodamma” item from the eternal classic “Maya Bazaar”. A mixture of classical and folk performances from students of Lopa Banerjee, Swetha Vijayaraghvan and Lavanya Jonnagadda kept the audience glued to their seats. Graceful Mohiniyattam presentation of Gopalaka Pahimaam by Janaki Anandavalli and her students captured the hearts of all. The wonderfully choreographed presentation of Bo Sambho and Ganesha Vandadam in Kuchipudi and Bharatanayam dance styles by the students of Sobha Tammana and Vanitha Veeravalli respectively was a joy to behold. The students of Lasyam School of Kuchipudi Dance under the tutelage of Hema Yaddanapudi presented “Balagopalam” depicting the various growing stages of Lord Krishna. It was a pleasure to watch the expressions and emotions on the faces of little kids and the senior students. A skit “TV99” presented by adults brought laughter to the audience.

The evening climaxed with high energy performances from the teenagers and young adults. They danced to the fast melodious beats of songs from “Adhurs”, and remix of multiple other movie songs. The grand finale of the evening was an electrifying performance entitled “Rebels”. This was an awe-inspiring dance item comprised of backflips, handstands, break dancing, crumping, swing, rock and hip-hop. Presented by Anshu Ravula, Jyotsna Kilani, Anand, Shreya Dhingra, Maya Guruswamy, Sidharth Ravula, Vasishta Angara, and Anup Kilani, this item dance brought the audience out of their seats, roaring with joy & awe at the raw energy and talent excited by these youngsters.

Audiences response to the event was “It was very successful and satisfying evening.”

Suresh Bodiwala
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