Chicago, Oct 9: American Telugu Association (ATA) and Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) have organized Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in the SVS Balaji Temple Aurora on 6th October, 2012. Despite very cold weather about 500 people from Chicago and neighboring areas and who originally hailed from different areas of Andhra Pradesh have attended and celebrated the festivals from 12 pm to 6pm.
All the guests were served sumptuous lunch catered by four different Chicago area restaurants. After lunch, women & kids dressed up in traditional and colorful clothes have danced to melodious Bathukamma songs. Women who attended the event have brought in colorfully decorated Bathukammas as a part of the celebrations. After the completion of Gouramma pooja, amidst band all the women, men and kids have walked together to float the Bathukammas in the pond. In the evening all the participants have performed pooja to the Jammi tree under the direction of temple priest sri.subhadracharyulu. The priest has later distributed kankanams and jammi leafs to all the participants.
A number of games were conducted for kids of all ages and adults. The prizes were distributed by ATA Founding member Sri.Hanmanth Reddy and Sri.Krishna Rangaraju. A number of the participants have commented that the celebrations have really reminded them of back home India and have at times far exceeded celebrations.
TAGC President Kalyan Anandula, ATA President-Elect Karunakar Madhavaram, ATA Treasurer Satya Kandimalla and event Coordinator Srinivas Sarikonda have thanked the donors, volunteers and community leaders who have helped in planning the event , and the following restaurants for providing good food Cool Mirchi, Masala, Vishnu Foods, Persian Grill, and desert sponsor Jyothi Chintalapani, fruits sponsor Michaels store, Fruits tree sponsor to temple, and snacks sponsor Devi Foods.
Community leaders have thanked the coordinators Jyothi Chintalapani, Padma Madireddy, Ram Ade, Srinivas Pedamallu, Anji Kandimalla, Pradeep Kandimalla, Murthy Pisapati, Jagan Bukkaraju, Ramesh Garapaty, Srinivas Chada, Srinivas Matta, Bhanu Swargam, Amar Nettem, Narender Chemarla and several others for organizing a great event and introducing a very ancient tradition in a festive atmosphere to the kids in U.S.A.