TAL Sankranthi And Thyagaraya Aaradhanotsvam 2017
Telugu Association of London (TAL) celebrated Thyagaraja Aaradhana Utsavam and Sankranthi
(festival of harvest) in Goodmayes Methodist Church, Ilford London on January 21. Over 300
Telugu families from all parts of London participated in the event creating a festive atmosphere.
The special attractions of this celebrations are Bommala Koluvu, colourful Rangoli, Kolatam
dance and cookery competition.
In addition to Sankranthi celebrations, Thyagaraja Aaradhanotsavam was celebrated as a
tribute to saint composer Sri Thyagaraja Swamy. Mrs. Veena Pani, Music Faculty of TAL Culture
Centers (TCC), along with her disciples and other Instrumentalists started the
Aaradhanotsavam with Nagara Sankeerthana and enchanted the audience with stunning
performance of devotional Pancharathna Kritis.
The jubilant crowd enjoyed the comedy skit and eclectic mix of dances and songs featuring
classical and film songs. A variety of Traditional and continental dishes were displayed by the
Women as part of cookery competition. Traditional Sankranthi Muggulu are another attraction.
Satyendra, chairman of TAL, the trustees Bharti Kandukuri and Nirmala Dhavala thanked all
those who participated in these competitions and other performances.
Satyendra urged Telugu community of London to promote and preserve Telugu language, its
tradition and culture and pass it on to future generations. As part of that, he requested the
parents to enrol their children in Telugu and classical music classes conducted at TAL Culture
Centres. He also invited Telugu community to attend 13th TAL Ugadi celebrations to be held in
April and make it a grand success.
The Board of Trustees Satyendra Pagadala, Sridhar Medisetti, Bharati Kandukuri, Nirmala
Dhavala, Sridhar Somisetti and Kiran Reddy Kappeta extended special thanks to Mr Giridhar
Putlur, TCC East Co-ordinator for his successful management of the event and Anil Anantula,
Madhav Rao Paidimarri, Nagesh Sarvepalli, Haritha Tanguturi, Ravi Dommata, , Harini
Dommata,, Bhargavi Kappeta, Uma Girvani, Naga Gullipalli, Vijay Belide, Swapna Belide,
Ranganath Challa and Srinivas Dharanala for their valuable contribution in making this event a grand success.
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Telugu association of London (TAL) is a not-for-profit widely known first ever Telugu charity
organization in UK (UK registered charity organization No. 1137074). TAL was formed in April 2005
with a clear vision and objective to lay foundations for Telugu speaking community.
The 16th-century Venetian explorer Niccolò de’ Conti visited the Vijayanagara Empire and described
Telugu as “the Italian of the east”.
TAL motto: Unite, Cherish and Share Telugu Culture
TAL runs various events throughout the year under the following sub-groups. A few below.
TCC (Telugu Culture Centre) organises the following activities
• Telugu language classes for all
• Violin, Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), Carnatic Vocal (Indian classical vocal),
Bollywood Dance for juniors and adults
• Children’s day with performances by TCC students each November
TAL Sports organises the following activities
• TAL Cricket 20-20 championships each summer
• Badminton, Chess, Volleyball championships each winter
TWF (TAL Women Forum)
• TAL Cricket 20-20 championships each summer
TAL has restored the Grave of the British Born Telugu writer/poet Sir. Charles Philip Brown (CP
Brown) in London and also we started TAL Cultural Centres to teach Telugu Language and fine arts
to preserve our language and culture and pass it onto the next generations. We had the greatest
honour of felicitating Great Grandson of Sir. Arthur Cotton who built many dams across rivers in
In addition to this, TAL charity recognizes the achievements of various artists, performers and
exponents and brings their works to the notice of thousands of new audiences through our most
popular annual celebration on every Telugu New year day “Ugadi” in London. TAL conducts talent
hunts and surveys.
Also brings out a colourful cultural souvenir “Maa Telugu” (means Our Language) every year with
works from various artists, authors, writers, scientists, professionals, students, business community
etc. We also encourage the artists by grandly felicitating and respecting their work by commissioning
“Cultural Excellence Award” and “Life Time Achievement Award” every year. I am very pleased to
say that 7 eminent people received life time achievement awards in due recognition to their
dedication for the very development of the humanity and society in Britain and a total of 14 including
local and international artists received Cultural excellence and appreciation awards.
Throughout the year in addition to other charitable, social, women’s, sporting and youth activities
TAL also provide opportunities for cultural sharing and skills development through our international
arts performance and exchange program on various international stages in and around London. We
support cultural practitioners, for example in the areas of music and dance, literature to have their
work appreciated by others and their concerns staged and propagated at a local and global level. We
are making every attempt to understand and develop projects to foster greater respect and
understanding between different identities in London, particularly in the areas of education, music,
dance, linguistics, sports etc. As part of our curriculum we celebrate Children’s day every year on eve
of the birth anniversary of India’s First Prime Minister Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru.