Telangana Association of Australia Inc. (ATAI) celebrated its inaugural function of Telangana State Formation Day on 7 June at Hawthorn Arts Centre to mark the formation of India’s 29th State “Telangana” on 2 June. ATAI is a platform for cultural, educational, social and economic developmental activities in Victoria and in Telangana state.
“With the formation of ATAI, we hope to support and represent the Telangana community in Victoria and address issues related to education and health,” said president Rajavardhan Reddy Vulpala at the event.
According to Vulpala, ATAI will support and strengthen Telangana community in Victoria and Telangana state by taking an active role in developing the facilities of the people who are below the poverty line as well as helping to preserve and promote Telangana culture and identity in Victoria.
“ATAI will also be addressing the issues of the growing Telangana population in Melbourne; and will engage in developmental and charitable activities in Telangana,” he said. He added that ATAI will be addressing the issues by raising funds through various events, which will help in developmental and charitable activities in Telangana. “ATAI will be facilitating workshops, forums and information sessions, support groups to educate and raise awareness in the community on various issues,” said Vulpala.
The ATAI inaugural function drew a crowd of more than 600 people from the community, who participated in the various cultural activities, dances, fashion shows, folk songs, and skits that took place at the event. To mark the occasion, vice-councillor of the Indian Consulate MC Bhagath launched ATAI’s official website www.atai.org.au. To mark the state formation, ATAI conducted a blood donation camp on 1 June in Melbourne as well as donated funds to an orphanage in Hyderabad for the renovation of their school “Sharadha Vidya Niketan”.
ATAI has also taken over the water purification plant in Koorkal village, Veenavanka Mandal, Karimnagar District, Telanagana, which converts impure water from wells into the mineral water to serve more than 4000 people, not only in the Koorkal village but also surrounding villages.
At the event, Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Rao, Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, North American Telugu Association vice-president Vandemateram Srinivas, singer Goreti Venkanna and others conveyed their wishes to ATAI through video messages.
“It is my hope that ATAI will fulfill residents needs by conducting various programs to keep our culture alive,” said ATAI Treasure Shyam Lingampalli. ATAI Founder member & secretary Anil Bireddy thanked ATAI committee members, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests for their support.
Those interested in joining the association can visit www.atai.org.au for more information.
Published in The Indian Sun (Indian Newspaper in Melbourne)