Queensland Telugu Association’s Ugadi celebrations: A spectacular showcase of community spirit

By Nick Attam

The Queensland Telugu Association (QTA) recently hosted a vibrant and memorable Ugadi celebration on April 20th, 2024. This Telugu New Year event brought together the community in a festive atmosphere filled with tradition, music, dance, and heartwarming camaraderie.

The Ugadi celebrations, held at a bustling venue, were made possible through the generous support of Platinum sponsors Fortune9 Accountants, Fintax Partners, Owlet Migration, and Boss Group, along with many other valued sponsors. The event truly embodied the spirit of togetherness and cultural pride that defines the Queensland Telugu community.

The evening was a feast for the senses, with a spectacular line-up of performances. From the lively dances of Kundani Kasari, Lakshmi Garudampalli, and Mango Hill Kids group, to the exquisite moves of Aravi School of Dance, The Rhythms Dance group, Natanam School, and Dancing Feet Dance group, the audience was treated to a variety of traditional and contemporary acts. The musical highlights included an unforgettable violin performance and a special Ugadi 2024 musical tribute to the legendary SP Balasubrahmanyam by talented overseas singers Smt. Sreesutha Nampally and Sri Ravi Muthumanickam.

Heartfelt Gratitude to Sponsors and Volunteers

The success of the event was a collective effort, and the QTA expressed their deepest appreciation to the many sponsors, performers, organisers, and volunteers who made it possible. Special thanks were extended to the Gold sponsors, including Swadesh, Peak Value, Low Price Pharmacy, 7 Eleven Victoria Point, Century 21, DTCA Chartered Accountants, Qkidneys, Luxuria Homes, Jay Bhavani Vadapav Brisbane, Liberty Beenleigh, and Hina Fashion. The Silver sponsors Hero Estate Agents and Burrito Bar, as well as the Bronze sponsor Hamilton Harbour Medical Center and Sankalp Aspley, were also acknowledged for their support.

The QTA thanked its eloquent emcees, Sri Siddharth Nagpurkar, Smt. Ramya Raparty, and Smt. Padmapriya Nori, for their engaging hosting, and Rahul and Namratha Kadiyala, Sree Kruthi Bachu, and Padmapriya for managing the technical aspects of the event. The efforts of co-opted members Surekha Gadamsetty and Geeta Mikkilineni, along with dedicated volunteers like Dugra Pariti, Gayathri Damara, Sabitha Bowa, Hari Panchumarti, Jyotsna Popuri, Lavanya Panchumarti, and others, were instrumental in ensuring the event ran smoothly.

A Celebration of Community and Culture

The Ugadi event was more than just a celebration; it was a testament to the strength and unity of the Queensland Telugu community. It provided an opportunity for families and friends to come together, share stories, and enjoy the rich cultural heritage that unites them. The event also served as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating these traditions for future generations.

To capture the event’s joyous moments, Hema Kumar Illuri provided beautiful photography, which can be accessed through a Google Drive link shared by the QTA.

Join the QTA Family

The QTA is more than an association; it’s a home away from home, where cultural roots are nourished and friendships blossom. The association encourages everyone to consider joining or renewing their membership to support future cultural events and enjoy exclusive member benefits. Membership forms and payment instructions are available on the QTA website.

The QTA committee expressed their apologies for any unintentional mistakes during or after the event and expressed gratitude to the entire community for their support. They look forward to many more memorable celebrations and invite everyone to stay connected and engaged with the QTA family.

With such a successful Ugadi celebration, the Queensland Telugu Association eagerly anticipates more events that continue to foster a strong sense of community and cultural pride.

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