The South Asian Times

20 February 2019 11:16 AM

Telugus set to hold mega convention in Philly

By Special to The South Asian Times

Now York: A few Telugu organizations are set to hold this weekend what is billed as a mega convention attended by over 7,000 people in Philadelphia. “We have some unique programs scheduled at the convention,” Rajeshwar Gangasani Reddy, president of the North American Telugu Association (NATA), the main organizer, told this writer. “Matters that affect both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be highlighted."

Some national and regional Telugu groups have joined forces with NATA for holding the gathering.

Panelists will address two major issues affecting Andhra and Telangana  respectively: the special-category status and farmers’ indebtedness.

The 3-day event has attracted delegates from across the US (particularly from the surrounding states) as well as India (especially from both Telugu states).

Speaking in Telugu, Reddy, who works in New York but is based in New Jersey, said, “Social service is NATA word; cultural development is NATA way,” citing several programs conducted by the organization in the US as well as Telangana and Andhra.

Samuel D. Thompson, a New Jersey senator, and Upendra J. Chivukula, commissioner on the Board of Public Utilities in NJ, will be the US dignitaries in attendance. From India, Congress party President in Telangana, Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy, Power Minister Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy, Swami Chidatmananda, and comedian Ali will attend the event.

Lifetime achievement award will be given to V. Prabhakar Reddy, former Rajya Sabha MP. Krishna Sagar Rao and Somagutta Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (both BJP) and representatives from Telugu Desam and YSR Congress are also scheduled to attend.

In the last two months, two other Telugu organizations held conventions in Dallas and Houston.

TANA is said to be the first national Telugu body founded decades ago. After Andhra Pradesh was divided in 2014, a few Telangana associations have been formed. 

Update: 07 July, 2018