Fondly called TANA, Telugu Association of North America has been espousing the cause of Telugus in America and reaching out to its brethren in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, whenever need arose. TANA has been organising many cultural, social programmes since its inception. Especially its fund-raisers for the societal cause are a big hit. It has been doing its mite in mitigating the sufferings of the Telugus.
TANA has taken up the mantle of fulfilling needs and aspirations of the North American Telugu Community, and Telugus all over the world. It is endeavouring to integrate the Telugu cultural heritage into the mainstream of North America. It is a role model and the most sought after not-for-profit organisation Telugus from all over the world look up to for the past 35 years. In promotion of arts and culture TANA’s efforts are unparalleled.
The Gala event
Every two years, TANA has been holding its conference in a grand scale in America. This year, the gala event will be held in Washington DC from July 4 to 6. To encourage the Telugu community to take part in the mega event and as a curtain raiser, TANA has been organising many programmes in the run-up to the event. Among the programmes, Dhim TANA is a highlight.
TANA’s Dhim TANA is meant to recognize the talent in singing, dancing and beauty. The highlights of the event are solo singing, group dancing, couple dance, Miss Teen TANA, Miss TANA and Mrs. TANA. Participants can be from the age group of 5 to 45.
Under the auspices of TANA President Satish Vemana, with the supervision of Dhim TANA Committee Chair Mrs. Saisudha Paladugu, the event is being organised in 18 cities. In the regional competitions, two winners will be picked in every section. All the regional winners will take part in the gala final event and TANA conference. The winners in the finals will get prize money. They will also have a privilege to receive the prize from a celebrity.
The singing competition has been divided into three groups: Classical, Cinema and folk. The categories are sub-juniors (below 9 years), juniors (9-14 age-group), and seniors (15-25 age-group). The winners and runners-up will be accorded free entry at TANA conference.
The winners in the Miss TANA and Mrs. TANA beauty contest will also get the privilege of free entry at the TANA conference.
The dance contest has been divided into three categories: classical, cinematic and folk. The divisions are sub-juniors (below 9 years), juniors (9-14 age-group), seniors (15-25 age-group). In the couple dance category, those above 45 years can participate. The winners and runners-up will get free access to the TANA conference.
In San Francisco, Dhim TANA contest began with a bang on April 6. There was tremendous response to the event held at the Milpitas Indian Community Centre. Many participants took part in the event with great enthusiasm and showcased their talent.
In the Dhim TANA contest organised at Appalachian on April 27, the participants vied with one another to display their skills. The winners were awarded mementos and will be offered free entry at TANA conference. In Seattle too, Dhim TANA event received tremendous response. Efforts are on to organise the event in other areas.
There was huge response to the event held in Detroit on May 11. In Philadelphia, the Dhim TANA event will be organised on May 18 and in Chicago on May 18.
In New Jersey, the event will be held on May 19. All arrangements are made for the June 1 event at Cleveland. In Houston, the event will be held on June 1. The June 1 Long Island event is all set to enthral audience. On June 2, the event will be organisesd at Atlanta, Saint Louis, Minnesota. On June 8, it will be organised at Los Angeles, Bouston and Washington DC.
Residents in the cities can contact the coordinators to enrol their names for the competition. The phone numbers of coordinators have been displayed on TANA conference website.
Prove your mettle: Satish Vemana
Telugu people have been marching forward in varied fields in America. Our children are keen to learn and sing Carnatic, Folk and Cinema songs. They are learning the skills from many teachers. The Dhim TANA contest presents all these children an opportunity to express their talent. TANA is appealing to people to make the most of the opportunity and take part in song, dance and beauty contests and make the events a grand success.
Encouraging talent: Saisudha Paladugu
The Dhim TANA competitions organised by TANA are a great encouragement to children in America. Normally our elders are not keen on taking part in beauty contests. But thanks to TANA’s motivation and encouragement, many of our people are lining up to give a shot at beauty contests. It is heartening that many of our people have been crowned victors in many beauty contests in America, including in TANA events. Also, TANA has been in the forefront to encourage singing talent. It is a great honour to take part in the events organised by TANA, a prestigious institution. Also, many of the winners in the event have been offered great opportunities. The motto of Dhim TANA contest is to encourage your singing and dancing talent and to display your skills to the entire world. We have devised the contests in such a way that people in all age groups can take part and prove their mettle. The event will help our children hone their skills. We appeal to all residents to actively take part in the events. The Dhim TANA committee is working like an Army to make the competitions a great success. The committee is ready to offer any help in getting information about the competitions and the conference. We have already informed the phone numbers of Dhim TANA coordinators through flyers. For further details call: 703 282 7308.
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