Telugu Literary And Cultural Association (TLCA) celebrated its annual Ugadi festival on at Hindu Temple Auditorium, Flushing, New York. Ugadi is a Spring festival celebrating the start of Telugu New Year. More than 500 guests attended the grand celebrations in dressed in their traditional best. On Saturday, April1, 2023, the organization celebrated Ugadi and Sreeramanavami festivals together at the Ganesh Temple auditorium in Flushing, New York.
TLCA is one of the oldest Telugu associations in North America and has been promoting Telugu literature and culture in the New York Tristate region for the past 52 years. More than 140 plus children and adults presented a vibrant cultural show comprising of songs, dance, and drama items showcasing the Telugu culture, mythology and history enthralling the audience.
New York City Mayor Eric Adam was the Chief Guest of the day. This was the first-ever visit by a Mayor of the City to the TLCA celebrations. Speaking on the occasion, Mayor, Mr Adam congratulated the President Nehru Kataru for the wonderful show put up by his team. Mr Adams further said that the Telugu community is blessed with high-ranking doctors, engineers, software professionals contributing to the economic development of the region. He assured full support from his Office for any requests from TLCA.
The Special guest of the evening, actress, Ms. Laya, honored the Mayor and the Deputy Commissioner with traditional shawls and bouquets.
President Nehru Kataru vehemently thanked the Mayor for his esteemed presence, inspiring speech and his assurance for any support.
Mr Ankineedu Prasad Nannapaneni, chairman, explained the efforts of TLCA for over 5 decades in preserving and promoting the Telugu culture and passing on to the next generations. Sumanth Ramisetty, secretary, presented vote of thanks and thanked the overwhelming response from the community.