NATA CA CENTRAL UGADI CELEBRATIONS IN IRVINE UNIVERSITY HALL
NATA, North America Telugu Association, on its journey to serve the Telugu community, has been putting in striving efforts to bring people together to celebrate festivals
, serve the community and involve in various social activities. NATA after its formation on Jan 21, 2011 in Las Vegas, CA Central has created history by celebrating the onset of "Srikaranama Samvatsara" Ugadi 2011 with much grandiose in the Irvine University Hall. This great celebration is dedicated to, the people behind this organization Dr.Premsagar Reddy Garu the "TELUGU JEWEL OF GOLDENSTATE", World Pharmaceutical Giant Dr.Pailla Malla Reddy Garu and to the beloved Founder President Sri AVN Reddy Garu.
Srikaranama Samvatsara (2011-2012) Hindu year starts on Chaitra Pratipada (first day in Chaitra month). Ugadi (4April 2011) marks the beginning of Hindu New Year. The navanayaka phala are the results of planetary positions during the year. Each planet of Navagraha provides different result. Chandra (Moon) is the King and Guru (Jupiter) is Minister in Karanama Samvatsaram as per Chandramana. As per Sauramana, Guru is the King and Budha is the Minister. According to our mythology, these planetory positions influence our outcomes in life. Such is its significance, that everyone welcomed the New Year ‘Srikaranama Samvatsara Ugadi’ with a great reflection of rich, traditional telugu culture.
Under the guidance of “Gandhi of LA “Sri Dharma Reddy Garu in his introductory speech by Mr.Nageshwar Rao the Regional Vice president marked the begin of the celebrations, followed by cultural programs. In his speech Mr.Nageshwar Rao requested everyone to become an active member of NATA, being part of its activities and supporting it morally and economically. He also promised to come up with good programs, many more celebrations on similar occasions in future. Mrs.Ratna Reddy, CA Central women’s committee spoke about the importance of Ugadi, followed by invocation and Panchanga Sravanam by Radhika Naidu from Irvine Indians Shailaja Karanam, Shobha Kaluvakota of NATA. Sri Narayan Rao Naidu Ammisetty,Valisetty Lalitha of Irvine Indians explainedthe meaning of Srikharanama Samvatsara and its significance to the attendees.
Mr.Dharma reddy, a NATA Board of director and his wife Mrs Pushpa Reddy graced the occasion with their presence and addressed the gathering wishing everyone a Happy Ugadi and good luck in the Srikaranama Samvatsara. Mr.Dharma Reddy and Smt Pushpa Reddy attended the celebration were felicitated by the Regional Vice president couple, Mr.Nageshwar Rao and Priya,Regional Coordinators Veera Reddy and Anitha, Jaipal Reddy,Shobha, Mallik Reddy,Ratna, Sai,Suneetha, Bharathi Naidu.
The NATA ladies prepared the Ugadi pacchadi with the concoction of jaggery, tamarind, mango pieces and neem flowers.The guests enjoyed the shad rasasor the six flavours -sweet, sour, bitter, salty, chilly and pungent -symbolising the different shades of the life.
More than 200 participants attended the celebrations. The traditional Ugadi Pachadi was served followed by the fabulous lunch catered by the famous Annapoorna Restaurent of Irvine ,OrangeCounty. The cultural programs included recitation of Telugu Padyams by kids, Annamacharya Sankeerthanas, Fashion show by dazzling bollywood and classical dances performances from kids and adults including the participation of Sri Dharama reddy garu couple, which were all well received by the crowd.
Ratna Reddy and Radhika Naidu Ammisetty of NATA and Irvine Indians impressively organized various aspects of this wonderful event. Several other volunteers assisted with the organization and coordination of all the activities to make this event a great success. A total of over 125 participants took part in the cultural programs, and several other people volunteered for the event.
The prizes for the competitions were given away by the dignitaries Sri Dharma Reddy garu and Nagesh to all the winners. Also NATA first news letter copies were distributed to potential new members.
Lastly the Regional Vice president Nageshwar Rao conveyed the UGADI,Sreeramanavami and New Year wishes of "TELUGU JEWEL OF GOLDEN STATE" Dr.Prem Sagar Reddy Garu,World Pharmaceutical Giant and Pillar of East Coast NATA Dr.Malla Reddy Garu, Dr.Moahn Mallam from Advisory Committee ,beloved President of NATA AVN Reddy who has 40 years of experiance in Socialservice,Board of Director Mallik Banda,CA West Regional vice President Anl Arrabelli's to the Participants. announced that the NATA CA Central Ugadi celebrations Ad hoc committe was dissolved which has been announced in connection with the Ugadi celebrations. In a special message the young, energetic TASC president Sreekanth Reddy Komati reddy also conveyed his Ugadi wishes to all the CA Central members through Nagesh.
The program concluded with Vote of Thanks from Narayan Rao ,Irvine Indians coordinator, Veera Reddy NATA Regional Coordinator from Beverly Hills of Los Angeles.
This great event came to an end, while everyone returned homes with sweet memories of this celebrations and brighter expectations from Sreekaranama Samvats ara Ugadi.