NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, March 31, 2023: Over 50 children took part in a talent show held on Saturday March 18 at Shiloh Point Elementary School. This was one of the GATeS initiatives to give open-stage opportunities for young talent.
Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS) aims to bridge the gap between Telangana’s cultural, and linguistic differences with the United States of America. Families of Telangana origin expressed concern on many forums to fill this cultural gap. GATeS took this as a pilot activity and showcased many of the children who are actually talented when given the opportunity.
The program started with a pledge of allegiance from the US and India and the lighting of the lamp. Motivational speakers from various fields of expertise were called to speak about their experiences and share with participants.
GATeS BoDs Jyothsna Palakurthi, Geetha Narannagari and three high school students and one middle school student, Anshu Ravipati, Jayani Karamanchi, Sumedha Annepu, and Vikhyathrana Pannela, emceed with aplomb and took care of the performers on the stage by welcoming the guests and handing over the certificates and trophies.
Dance, singing, playing an instrument, group dance, group singing, violin, flute, Rubik’s cube, martial arts, Bazoom, Kuchipudi, piano, group dances, and beatbox were most popular among the participants.
Each participant was awarded with a certificate and a trophy from the GATeS organization.
Dilip Tuniki, Johns Creek City Council member spoke about the importance of arranging the open stage for young children.
Kishan Tallapally, Johns Creek city cultural member, shared his valuable time with children and interacted with the participants.
Dr. Vani Gaddam spoke about her experience and challenges playing a musical instrument. She is a research doctor in education and gave valuable tips on staying focused on one goal and pursuing it.
Sergeant Gunnery Ferraro, marine corps recruiter shared information about career opportunities for the youth in the United States Marine corps.
Dr. Ganesh Thota, researcher and professor at Emory University shared information about prospects in science research in brain study.
Sergeant Kennisha Deavers interacted with children and shared her experience in career opportunities in the United States Army division.
Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy expressed her happiness at associating with Greater Atlanta Telangana Society, and applauded GATeS organization for coming up with the talent show.
Janardan Pannela president GATeS team 2023, in his address to the participants said his main objective this year is to integrate Telangana culture with US-born children, making them more productive in our communities by involving them in such talent shows, food drives, Adopt a Road, and all cultural events. He also shared that often youth were left out in organizations like this but at GATeS organization he plans to involve everyone at every level.
He thanked to GATeS sponsors, advisors, EC, Board of directors, chairs, cochairs, parents, participants and electronic media Shivakumar Ramadugu.
Naveen Battini, Sandep Gundla, Prabhakar Madupathi, Ramana Gandra, Ganesh Kasam, Ramakrishna Gandra, Kirthidar Goud Chakilla, Chalapathi Vennamaneni, Naveen Vujjini, Raghuveer Reddy, Kishan Tallapalli, past president of GATeS, Sridhar Julapally advisor, Sridhar Nelavelli past chairman of Gates, Rajib Mukherjee, Anil Kushnapalli, Arun, Kavati, Deepika Reddy Nalla, Raveender Dasarapu, Sharath Gandra, GATeS EC members, Board, advisors, chairs and co- chairs were present at the event.
Parents of the children who performed at the event expressed overwhelming happiness for the opportunity for their kids to perform on stage. GATeS thanked Pakka restaurant for having a food stall at the event and Shiloh Point Elementary staff and custodians.