Grand Diwali Celebrations by TARA (Telugu Association of Reading & Around)

November 16th 2014 will forever remain in the annals of history as one of the proudest & glorious moments for TARA (Telugu Association of Reading & Around), UK. Internationally renowned & professional artists in different fields of arts – Music, Dance & Songs performed in the event and their skills & expertise mesmerised the audience till the end of the show. Audience present had an opportunity to witness a perfect blend of all South Indian talents – Telugu, Tamil, Kannada & Malayalam, all in one place and in a way TARA has, on this day, pushed its own boundaries and hosted this spectacular arts event.

Decorations were done up to create a sober but elegant & friendly ambience to guests and the lightings were dimmed to make sure the focus is on the stage so that the audience enjoy the performances without distraction.

Mr.Venkat Para, TARA core committee member, has given warm welcome note to the audience and handed over the event proceedings & anchoring part to Ms.Deepa Shyam which she executed very well.

TARA - Diwali - 2014

The evening started with devotional songs and the difficult keerthanas rendered by kids with ease appealed everyone. Aravindha Rajeev, Ananya Chatterjee and Sri Vidhya students have impressed with Prayer Songs, Carnatic Songs, Keerthanas. And Mahishasura Mardhini & Ashtalaxmi dances performed by Jyotsna Prakash students were fest to eyes where the kids depicted the episode of rise and fall of king, Mahishasura. The talent present was fabulous and the tutors and parents of those kids deserve a pat on their back in nurturing our next generations with our heritage & culture.

Diwali in UK by TARA

Following the kids performances, the event has brought onto stage talented and professional dance artists in Bharatanatyam & Mohiniattam. Every performance was equally mesmerising and audience were enthralled with the beauty of dance, the grace and the expressions. Among the dancers were Ms.Ananya Chatterjee (Bharatanatyam), Ms.Satya Vani Nuti & Kum.Santosh G Nair (Tarangam – Bharatanatyam), Ms.Ranjitha Chowalloor (Mohiniattam) and Ms.Shyama Sasidharan (Bharatanatyam).

Kum.Santosh G Nair, renowned Bharatanatyam artist, and national ‘Bala Shree’ awardee who have many more awards to her credit has welcomed Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth and briefed about Dr.Jyotsna’s journey from childhood to what she is today, a star in the Indian music field, who can blend our Indian carnatic music with western and present with elegance.

Soon after introduction, Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth & her team’s fusion musical performance brought the entire auditorium to its feet as pulsating beats rang from one after the other to the top-hit melodies of Indian films. Audience were on their feet clapping and swaying to the rhythm and beats from famous drummer, Mr.Manjunath Ns & Keyboard player Shadrach Solomon complimented meticulously played Violin by Dr.Jyotsna Srikanth. Each and every music bit played by Dr.Jyotsna & her team, be it Indian films medley or her own music compositions with Sprint, Italian folk – the hall was rebound with thundering applause and shrieks of joy while small groups were found to be dancing to the superb melodies. The ‘Wow’ factor was echoing at the beginning & and at the end of each music item played. Overall, it was a feast to ears and eyes and people were left spellbound with the way how fast Dr.Jyotsna was playing the Violin within blink of eyes. The sound system was top-class and was perfect for such an electrifying performance. Several Indian film songs were rendered by eminent singers, Ms. Sahithya Hari & Mr.Sri Krishnan, which added a soothing effect to the whole event.

Telugu Diwali celebrations

All performing kids were appreciated with medals and certificates, and each adult performer was honoured with flower bouquet & ‘Thank You’ note by TARA President, Mrs.Lakshmi Maturu & TARA Secretary Mr.Ravikanth Vakada. Later, Mr.Ravikanth and TARA core member, Mr.Surya Prakash Bhallamudi expressed their happiness over the support the parents have given to the unique programme ‘Mana Maata’ aimed to teach Telugu language to kids of different age groups. Few students registered were on stage while some of the parents on stage explained how their kids improved during the last weeks of joining the course and expressed their gratitude to TARA for organising such a wonderful course. One of the feedbacks from a parent on stage was that every time their kids needed to talk to kids grandparents, they were required to translate from Telugu-English and vice-versa and there was a day recently where the kids spoke on Skype to grandparents in Telugu without having need for translation – and that’s a true success story for TARA’s ‘Mana Maata’ programme. Credit goes to the extensive hard work that Mr.Ravikanth & Mr.Surya Prakash are putting into this programme.

Vote of thanks was delivered by TARA Treasurer, Mr.Naveen Gurram thanking all those who supported the event – members, performers, sponsors and more importantly volunteers who have given unconditional support and spent many days in the background and on the day to make this event grand success.

TARA is thankful to the event sponsors – State Bank of India, CineFunTV, Lyca Mobile, Desi Flava, FPS Films and especially thankful to main sponsors, Oasis Accountants and Universal Fortune Ltd (Visa Services).

For more information and event pictures, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/telugu.sanghamu.reading or www.tarauk.org or write to contactus@tarauk.org

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