The Telugu community of Greater Toronto Area have celebrated “Diwali’ with great enthusiasm at Bishop Allen Academy auditorium in Etobicoke, GTA, Canada. Hundreds of Telugu families from surrounding cities Toronto, Markham, Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville, Waterdown, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton, Milton and other areas have joined the six hour long program that is packed with music, drama, dance, comedy and many more. Event started with Socialization. Received remarkable responses from the participants with a glow of happiness and sparkles of joy in participating this event successfully with full of family entertainment. Everyone enjoyed great varieties of South Indian food delights. The venue and stage was decorated by Rekha and Niranjan Ghanta with the help of several volunteers. Colourful floral designs welcoming the Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (TCAGT) Guests, Sponsors, Members, Families and Friends. The festival has begun with Canadian National Anthem followed by “Deeparadhana”. Executive committee members, Trustees, and the event Sponsors lit the traditional Indian lamp. TCAGT Secretary Koteswara Rao Polavaru delivered the welcome address and highlighted the Diwali event activities, unique programs that were presented to the community this year. He also informed the Telugu Community for the outstanding services that have been provided through this twenty Nine years old Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (TCAGT).
He spoke about the TCAGT platform that provides the opportunity for the new immigrants to network, make new friends and to preserve the Telugu Cultural heritage in Canada. Telugu families in GTA were able to introduce Telugu Language, Culture and Festive experiences to the kids to embrace. Founders of this association envisioned to pass this for generations to come through this Great Telugu Association. Audience acknowledged and applauded the founders for their vision, hard work, and awesome service to the Telugu Community in Canada. He then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Nandan and Arun Reddy for the evening program to conduct. Treasurer Devi Chowdhary and Chairman Board of Trustees Srinivas Gadepalli delivered festive greetings. President Rajesh Vissa appreciated Executive Committee, Trustees, Advisors, Sponsors and Friends for being part of event and their collaborated efforts as a team for making the event successful. He encouraged participants to join the TCAGT family and support the association for taking up more initiatives for the community. He also highlighted that TCAGT is a Platform for all Telugu families to expose their kids talent, youth and parents to improve connections and explore opportunities of interest across various fields and emerging technologies. President Rajesh & his spouse Sreevani Vissa was felicitated with a Shawl and a Momento by the Founder Bose Vemuri, Trustee Surya Bezawada and the former president Rao Vajha. Event Sponsors Venkat Perugu, Kamakshi Perugu and Murarilal Thapliyal were felicitated with shawls and Momentos by President Rajesh, Sreevani Vissa, Secretary Koteswara Rao and Priya Polavarpu. Guest speaker Dave Bhatia, Lions Zone chair provided greetings. Johnny Bobbili from Toronto Police Dept. informed the importance of joining police department and the hiring process to become Police Officers in Canada. He encouraged the Telugu youth to apply for various positions that are available with the department. SpiceInn served the traditional delicious festive food items to the attendees. Spectacular dance performances choreographed by professionals enthralled all the ages of the community members. Mega musical night was performed by singers Sandeep Kurapati and Ramya Nada. Many attendees acknowledged the executive committee for the preserving, promoting Telugu language and culture for the past twenty nine years. Secretary Koteswara Rao Polavarapu provided vote of thanks and TCAGT event ended with chanting of Indian National Anthem. Indeed, the event has brought fun, excitement and high performance with a great fun.