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Living History of T.A.N.A
Tana History Writer
Living History of TANA
First Publication : 2015
I) TANA 1 - 19 Conferences
II) TANA Youth Conferences
III) TANA Foundation
TANA Marching Towards 20th Conference
IV) TANA Patrika
Living history of T.A.N.A
Telugu Association of North America is young in age but dynamic in work
progress. During 1977 the first founding conference was held in New York with 1000
participants and within a year the second conference in Detroit, MI officially named it
as Telugu association of North America. Slowly but steadily T.A.N.A extended its
activities into various fields. So far 19 bi-annual conferences were held in various
cities of USA which got attention of Telugu people worldwide .Each conference with
one president and one coordinator conducted deliberations while hundreds of
persons extended their help. TANA encouraged local talent and involved boys, girls,
youth, and experts from various fields.
From President Bill Clinton to K. R. Narayan ,the president of India, the
conferences had the benefit of getting the messages, speeches and advices. Each
conference played unique role with stage dramas, folk arts, songs, cine artists,
experts in various fields like business, technology, education, and music. Several
talented persons from various walks of life gave their excellent knowledge to the
conferences. Each conference also brought out one special souvenir with articles in
English and Telugu , covering wide range of subjects.
The conferences popularized TANA in all walks of life among Telugu people.
After completing 19 conferences TANA steadily moving to 20th conference to be
held in Detroit during 2015 under the presidentship of Mohan Nannapaneni and Mr
Gangadhar Nadella as co ordinator. In way it can be said that TANA officially
commenced at Detroit and coming to the same place to conduct its 20th conference.
In between biannual conferences TANA is serving Telugu people
continuously in Andhra Pradesh, India and in USA. TANA foundation is the main
source of service through several projects to uplift the living conditions of people.
Many villages in Andhra Pradesh were modernized with these projects as donors
put their money. That includes helping cancer patients, eye camps and few other
Telugu language promotion is another uphill task undertaken by TANA which
drew attention of boys and girls. In USA proper TANA has taken up emergency help
programs to those who involved in accidents and who also are duped in the name
false educational institutions.
Tana brings out monthly magazine in Telugu and English which is now
running as web magazine. It is covering wide range of fields.It has editors like Dr
Jampala Choudary, Mr Nehru Cherukupalli, Kidambi Raghunath, etc
Another special feature which TANA can proudly claim is the election of
woman as its president, elected Ms Mutyala Padma Sri in democratic way. Tana is
paying great tributes to the yeoman work of women and their contribution to the
upbringing of children.
This history of TANA covers all these aspects in brief and placing before the
public for the first time. It is called LIVING HISTORY OF TANA since it has only
beginning and no end!
At the request of Mr Nannapaneni Mohan , president TANA the task is
undertaken -both in Telugu and English (as well as web edition) with available
pictures and brief speeches of selected persons -like President Bill Clinton,
N.T.Rama Rao (chief minister of Andhra Pradesh) Mr Ch.Ramoji Rao chief editor of
Eenadu Telugu daily, and so on so forth.
The help extended by various persons
coordinators, and others duly acknowledged.
It is small wonder to know that among all ethnic language groups from India,
TANA is the first to organize nationwide organization in USA!
Tana History Writer
TANA Founding Conference
Formation of TANA is a dynamic idea. TANA is Telugu Association of North America.
Once the idea is formed it has its own logic and momentum. Few Telugu people had
the idea of coming together to form into an association to discuss ideas, preserve
culture and establish communication in USA.
Telugu people in New York and New Jersey gathered at a picnic in New York
during 1977. Several doctors, engineers, officers working at United Nations office
and other places have discussed the formation of a cultural society of Telugu people.
They invited all the Telugu associations in North America to assemble in New York.
The Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA) was formed with Dr. B. Siva
Ram Reddy as the president. The next year Kakarla Subba Rao has become the
president and Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath was the secretary.
Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, Dr. Guthikonda Ranvindranath, Dr. Bandaru Sivarama
Reddy, Mr. Kidambi Raghunath have taken the initiative in September 1976 and
contacted several Telugus in North America, including Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah, Dr.
Tummala Madhava Rao, Mr. Vanguri Chitten Raju, Mr. Manney Ramana Rao and
others for their input to organize the conference. After several deliberations by these
individuals a decision was made to organize the first North American Telugu
Conference in New York during the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, 1977. Dr.
Kakarla Subba Rao was the president of Telugu literary and Cultural Association of
New York Tri-state Area (TLCA) in 1975-76 followed by Guttikonda Ravindranath in
The very first thought of having a conference for Telugus in U.S.A came during the
first World Telugu Conference, which was organized by the Government of Andhra
Pradesh, India under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Sri Jalagam Vengala
Rao and the Education Minister Sri M.V. Krishna Rao in Hyderabad in April 1975.
The few participants, who were invited to that conference from North America were
Veluvolu Basavaiah (Toronto), Sri S.V. Rama Rao (Boston) and couple of others.
During the conference the idea world Telugu meeting has emerged.
At that time local Telugu Associations were functioning at New York, New Jersey,
Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto and Washington D.C. The first Telugu
Association was formed in Chicago with the title of Telugu Literary and Cultural
Association. Immediately after that the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association of
New York-New Jersey was formed in Toronto, Canada. Before this, in the mid-60s,
North East Ohio Telugu Association consisting of Greater Cleveland, Youngstown,
Akron, Bowling Green, and Pittsburgh areas was formed by Dr. Kakarala
Origin of Founding TELUGU CONFERENCE (1977): The idea of Telugu people
coming together in USA is the brainchild of Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao (1st President)
and Dr. Guttikonda Ravindranath (Convener of the first Telugu conference).
Telugu Literary and Cultural association of New York (TLCA) was one of the earliest
Indian organizations in USA, founded in 1971. Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao was the
president of Telugu literary and Cultural Association of New York Tri State Area
(TLCA) in 1975-76 followed by Guttikonda Ravindranath in 1976-77. Both of them
felt the need to have a meeting of all the Telugus living in USA and Canada at New
York to promote Telugu language and culture. They invited all the Telugu
associations in North America to assemble in New York City.
5000-7000 Telugu families in North America represented by nine associations are :
Telugu Literary and Cultural association of New York (TLCA), Telugu Cultural
Association of Delaware Valley (TAGDV), Greater Washington Telugu Cultural
Society (GWTCS) Telugu Cultural Association of Houston (TCAH), Telugu Cultural
Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC), Detroit Telugu Cultural Association (DTA),
Bay Area Telugu Association of San Francisco (BATA) and Andhra Cultural
Association of Southern California in Los Angeles (ACASC) from USA and Andhra
Cultural Association of Edmonton (ACAE) from Canada.
Representatives of nine associations met under the leadership of Dr. Kakarla Subba
Rao and Mr. Guttikonda Ravindranath and formulated the details for the first North
America Telugu Conference that was held on May 28-29, 1977. Chief Guest was
Mr. Anna Rao of TTD. This was attended by about 310 Telugu families, with 940
delegates from 30 states of USA. It was held in a high school, attendees were
hosted in local homes and food was prepared by the volunteer women at the venue.
A total of $8,004.08 was collected with surplus of $1,412.10 after $6,591.98
expenses. $412.10 spent on post conference report and $1000 was passed on to
Detroit as seed money for the 2nd conference.
Ravindranath Guthikonda, Convener
Kakarla Subba Rao, Souvenir Committee Chair
Sivarama Reddy Bandaru, Reception Committee Chair
Vempati Krishnamurthy, Finance Committee Chair
Mrs. Lakshmi Subba Rao Kakarla, Food Committee Chair
Subba Rao Ghandikota, Cultural Committee Chair
Madhava Rao Tummala (Detroit)
Tataiah Koneru (Huston)
Kondavalasa Shyamsundara Rao (Edmonton, Canada)
(Mrs). Bandaru Subhashini Reddy (Metropolitan New York)
K. Rama Krishna Reddy (Philadelphia)
Basavaiah Veluvolu (Toronto, Canada)
Ramana Rao Manney (Washington, D.C.)
Founding conference was arranged in a local school, which was attended by
1000. The food was prepared by the local Telugu families. Dr. Ravindranath
Guthikonda, Convener welcomed the guests.
Dr. Bandaru Subhashini Reddy has introduced the speakers. An ad-hoc
committee consisting of Dr.Kakarla SubbaRao (Chairperson), Dr. Madhava Rao
Tummala (Secretary), Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath, Mr. Ramana Rao Manney, K
Ramakrishna Reddy, Mr. Tella Tirupataiah, Mr. Veluvolu Basavaiah and Mr. Vanguri
Chitten Raju was formed.
Inaugural Ceremonies were presided over by Dr. Kakarala Subba Rao (New
York) Member of the Conference Committee. He welcomed all the delegates and
invited the chief guest, Mr. C. Annaro of Tirupati - Tirumala Devasthanams, A.P.
India, Ms. Anasuya Anna Rao, Dr. Ravindra Nath Guttikonda (New Jersey),
Convener of the Conference, Sri B. Krishnam Raju (Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh,
India) who release the literary souvenir and opened the art craft exhibition, Sri S.V.
Rama Rao, Artist (Kentucky), who release the philatelic souvenir; Mr. G. A.
Narasimha Rao (New York), who introduced Mr. C. Annarao; Dr. B. S. Reddy (New
York), Chairman, Reception Committee, who introduced all the dignitaries to the
audience; Mr. Krishna M. Vempaty, Chairman, Finance Committee, who read all the
special message of best wishes received from many countries; Dr. Subhashini
Reddy, Metropolitan New York area representative on the Conference Committee,
who introduced all the other area representatives on the conference committee -- Dr.
Madhava Rao Tummala (Detroit), Mr. Emmadi Ramakrishna (Michigan), Mr.
Veluvolu Basavaiah (Toronto), Mr. Ramana Rao Manney (Washington), Mr.
Tirupataiah Tella (Chicago), Mr. K. Ramakrishna Reddy (Philadelphia), Dr. Chitten
Raju Vanguri (Houston), And Mr. Tirumalarao Tipirneni (New Jersey), Secretary of
the Host Organization Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, New York, thanked
Ms. Prabha Raghunath sang a song in Telugu, composed by Ms. Samanthakamani
Murthy Mukkavilli composed and presented the conference song, along with her
daughter, Ms. Lalitha while Ms. Prabha Raghunath recited a song in Telugu.
Dr. Ravindra Nath Guthikonda, Convener of the conference, in his welcome address
“Welcome to the proceedings of the First Telugu Conference of North America.
The main aim of this conference is to establish links between various organizations
with common goal of setting up guidelines and suggestions to attain a unique blend
of Telugu, American and Canadian cultural heritages ! TANA have more than 800
delegates participating here both in the cultural programs and the discussions.
These, TANA hopes, will extensively contribute to the welfare of the entire Indian
Community, with special reference to Telugu Community, in the years ahead. Some
of the cultural programs reflect the revival of now less-popular items, which are fast
going extinct - even in Andhra Pradesh - most of the outcomes of the discussions,
recommendations and mechanisms of action will be announced in the general body
meeting. We sincerely hope the participation will be extensive now and in the future
Dr. Vempaty read the messages received from various countries -
Messages from Jimmy Carter, the President of the United States, Walter
Mondale, Vice President, Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, several
senators and representatives from United States and Canada, and Mayor Abraham
Became of New York were read out.
Ambassador of India to U.S. Mr. Kewal Singh said in this message, “I do
hope the First Telugu Conference will be a real success and will lead to further
activities promoting mutual appreciations of India’s cultural heritage and the cultural
richness of this great country.” Indian Consul General, Mr. Ashrani of New York,
said, “I share your hope that the conference will provide an opportunity for North
American people to know, understand and appreciate the Telugu Cultural Heritage.”
Vice-consul sent his best wishes.
From India, Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs Mr. M.V. Krishna Rao
received messages from several ministers and vice chancellors of the universities.
Mr. P.S. Raja Gopala Raju from Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam sent
messages in Telugu.
Other messages from Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Gummadi, P.S.R. Apparao,
Director of World Telugu Institute, Hyderabad, Dasarathi, Poet, and Dr. C. Apparao,
President of Andhra Association of Malaysia were read out.
Mr. C. A. Narasimha Rao introduced the chief guest, Mr. C. Annarao who spoke in
CHIEF GUEST’S ADDRESS
Mr. C. Anna Rao, the chief guest spoke thus : “The main aim of this conference is
to establish links between various organizations with a common goal of setting up