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“ATA Condemns Gun Violence”

American Telugu Association, ATA, strongly condemns the senseless act of gun violence at a mall in Allen, Texas on Saturday May 6, 2023 where 8 innocent lives were lost.

It is very unfortunate that time and time again innocent people are becoming victims to gun violence. It is a devastating fact that all communities irrespective of ethnicity or race, innocent people across the country are getting hurt with gun violence.

Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, from Hyderabad, India where most of our members are from was one of the victims of this recent incident. The Dallas metropolitan area, is home to a huge Indian diaspora as well as many members of the Telugu community.

ATA expresses deepest condolences to all the victims of this unfortunate violence and their families. We offer our prayers to the families and friends’ of victims and all others affected by this heinous act. We, ATA stands behind the families and offers the support during this difficult time.

ATA is there to help the community and will work with like-minded organizations to help the victims. We offer our deepest condolences to the deceased and injured victims’ families.

We are thankful for the quick actions of the police and first responders, and humbly request lawmakers to put an end to this senseless form of violence and bring the necessary changes to curb these tragedies which are becoming too common in our country.

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ATA-NATA-TATA United American Telugu Convention – 2018 Called off


United American Telugu Convention (UATC 2018) scheduled to be held in Philadelphia from July 6-8, 2018 has been called off. This was touted as a prestigious event for ATA splinter groups, ATA-NATA-TATA, with an objective to demonstrate their cohesive strength. For beginners, American Telugu Association (ATA) is led by Hanumantha Reddy, North American Telugu Association (NATA) by Prem Sagar Reddy and Telangana American Telugu Association (TATA) by P Malla Reddy.

Arrangements such as booking the convention centre and the website (http://www.uatc2018.org/) were all put in place. For some time, the leaders of these three organizations worked together in harmony to make this event a success. However, as many predicted, this event is going to be shelved. NATA, the second biggest group out of these three, will be independently organizing convention on their own in same location at the same time. In an internal email circulated, NATA leadership had confirmed that “It is now official that there won’t be United convention in Philadelphia 2018. It is only NATA convention”.

According to our sources, NATA’s high handedness did not go down well with the other two organizations ATA and TATA. The reasons cited ranged from disagreement over the convention authority, regional feelings and also an organization forcing YSRCP agenda.

NATA was demanding for the control over the event on pro-rated funds raised by each organization. Also, they wanted to invite Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as the guest, apart from highlighting YSRCP throughout the convention. This was not accepted by Telangana American Telugu Association and ATA.

A five-member committee from these organizations recently convened a meeting and decided that things are not going as per the plan. Later NATA decided to organize the event independently. Nonetheless, we need to wait and watch if any last-ditch attempts will be made to bring this united convention back on track.

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American Telangana Association Board Meeting in Chicago, IL

ATA elects New board

  • Satyanarayana Kandimalla was sworn as President
  • Karunakar Madhavaram was unanimously elected as Chairman
  • Vinod Kuknoor was unanimously elected as President-elect
  • Announcement of 2nd Telangana World Convention to be hosted in Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Bangar Reddy Aaloori was unanimously elected as Convener for the Convention

June 10th,2017- Chicago: American Telangana Association (ATA) celebrated 3rd Telangana Formation Day at Ramada Inn banquet hall, Chicago, IL with more than 500 telanganites and telugu families from all over USA.

The day was full of activities that unfurled with major decisions taken by American Telangana Association Board.

Day started at 9 AM with American Telangana Association Board meeting in Renaissance hotel conference room, Schaumburg, IL to appoint new board, elect new office bearers (EC) and finalize location for the upcoming 2nd Telangana World conference.

Meeting started with Ganesh prayer and Observed one minute of silence in condolences to late Sri. Madhava Reddy garu, Sri Vidya Sagar Rao garu and Sri Palwai Govardan Reddy garu.

Secretary, Ravi Upad started the meeting with quorum present. ATA Board approved the last board meeting minutes and requested the team to share their experiences and inputs on the previous conference which would help taking steps to improve next conference.

President Ram Mohan Konda, conference convener Vinod Kuknoor, Co-Convenor Nagedra Aytha, President elect Satya Kandimalla, Founding Directors Karun Madhavaram, Narender Chemarla, Srinivas Chada, Kalyan Anandula and Trustees shared their experiences, thoughts and thanked each and every individual who helped and supported the memorable first Telangana World Conference in Detroit on July 10th, 2016. Some of the suggestions and recommendations from trustees and guests was to celebrate one or two signature ATA events in all the cities across USA in association with local organizations, improvise ATA-helpline by appointing more number of coordinators and volunteers in each city.

ATA Founding directors dissolved the entire current board of trustees to give opportunity for new leadership to take shape. The new board was constituted to include passionate and enthusiastic young and dynamic members. The board thanked all trustees who voluntarily exited from the board for giving the opportunity to inject new blood in the organization.

The outgoing President, Rammohan Konda, handed over the Gavel to the incoming President,
Satyanarayana Kandimalla. The new board has taken Oath to protect the organization constitution, bylaws, and promote its vision and mission.

The new Board unanimously elected the following office bearers

  • Vishnu Madhavaram (Secretary)
  • Prathap Chintalapani (Treasurer)
  • Raghuveer Maripeddi (Joint Secretary)
  • Mahidhar Reddy (Joint Treasuer)

After electing new office bearers the board elected Vinod Kukunoor as president-elect and Karunakar Madhavaram as BOD Chairman (July-2017 to Dec-2020). Board also appointed Narendar Chemarla as Executive Director and Anil Dhannapuneni as National Coordinator. The new board discussed the Agenda for the next two years on ATA activities. In his inaugural speech, President Satyanarayana Kandimalla thanked the outgoing board and EC for their
efforts in transforming the organization into one of the most dynamic and vibrant national organizations in the country.

Three cities Chicago, Dallas and Houston had given the presentations to host 2nd Telangana World Conference in 2018. Houston was selected to host the conference from June 29th to July 1st. Bangar Reddy Aaloori was unanimously elected as the Conference Convener.

Bangar Reddy along with Texas hosting team thanked the board for the opportunity and welcomed everyone to the Convention. An amount of $500,000 was raised for the convention on the spot out of which 200,000 was raised from Houston by Sreedhar Kanchanakuntla, board of trustee.

The next board meeting will be held in the Convention City, Houston, on September 9th 2018.

In the evening 3rd Telangana Formation Day Event started with a welcome address by Narendar Chemarla. Lighting of the lamp by Satyanarayana Kandimalla, Karunakar Madhavaram, Vinod Kukunoor, Bangar Reddy and Srinivas Reddy Gajji which was followed by a Ganesh prayer by Teja and Abhigna. Two minutes of silence was observed by the guests in remembrance of founding father Sri. Madhava Reddy Bobbili garu, Telangana State water board advisor Sri. Vidya Sagar Rao garu and veteran congress leader and Rajyasabha member Sri. Palwai Govardhan Reddy garu.

Cultural Performances for folk, Tollywood, Bollywood songs by local talent and musical night was led by renowned singer in Chicago land, Praveen Jaligama, Singer Janardhan from Atlanta, Mani Raju and Madhu Gandhi from Columbus, OH. They entertained the guests with diversified and upbeat songs on Telangana. A special dance was performed by David who came from Columbus. ATA team recognized all the performers with plaques and certificates. Children outperformed the cultural segment. ATA thanked Media partners TV5, ManaTV, YOYO, V6, T-News, NTV, TV9 and Swadesh Media.

ATA Chicago team thanked Telangana state government Tourism and Cultural departments for their support, all the guests who attended 3rd Telangana formation day and all the volunteers who relentlessly worked hard to make the event a great success.

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