By Our Correspondent
A three-day convention, being organized by the American Telangana Association (ATA), is scheduled to commence on Friday, June 28, in Houston.
And all arrangements for the event, the World Telangana Convention 2018, have been completed.
According to organizers of the event, luminaries from different fields from several countries —including those from India and the US – will gather in the second such convention being held in America.
The first such event was held in Detroit two years ago.
For this year’s event A.P. Jithender Reddy, the TRS leader in the Lok Sabha, is the chief guest. Power Minister G. Jagadish Reddy from Telangana is a special guest.
Madhu Yaskhi Goud and Atmacharan Reddy—who are at onetime lawmakers at the national level and are generally known as NRI politicians – are expected to participate in the gathering.
Representatives from about 20 nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa as well as the Gulf region are taking part in the convention in which about 8,000 will participate.
The organizers – Chairman Karunakar Madhavaram, President Satyanarayana Reddy Kandimalla, Convener Bangar Aaloori and Secretary Ravi Upad – spoke to this correspondent on the event.
According to Raghuveer Marripeddi, joint secretary of ATA, up to 800 volunteers are making sure all the attendees are served properly, and nobody is inconvenienced.
He said about 200 stalls have been set up offering their various consumer products. A few nonprofit bodies have been accommodated to highlight their themes.
Though Telangana food varieties will have a pride of place, other types of cuisine – both vegetarian and nonvegetarian – will find place at the convention.
Among the luminaries that have been invited are Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Sitharam Naik, Chintala Ramachandra Reddy, Krishna Sagar Rao, Raghunandan Rao and Komatireddi Rajagopala Reddy – all political leaders.
Keerthy Suresh, Vijay Devarakonda, Lavanya Tripathi, Varun Tej, Posani Krishna Murali and Jonnavithula Ramalingeswara Rao will be among those attending from the Telugu film land.
Rasamayi Balakishan, a Telangana cultural icon, has already arrived in the US and started training American talent. Youth coached by him will take part in the programs. He brought along with him a 20-member troupe sent by the state government.
Besides highlighting the contributions of Telangana people to the world, the US-based talent will be showcased at the event, according to the organizers.
The convention – set for June 29, June 30 and July 1 – will be dedicated to noted lyricist Cingireddi Narayana Reddy, known as Cinare, who passed away about a year ago in Hyderabad. His first death anniversary, in accordance with the Hindu calendar, coincidentally falls on the concluding day of the gathering.
Raithe Raju (Kisan or Farmer is the King) will be another theme. Farmers-related issues are discussed and prospective solutions will be suggested.
One more program this time around is the Bhadradri Seetharama Kalyanam. The previous Detroit World Telangana Convention highlighted the Yadadri Narasimha Kalyanam.
Sunitha Krishnan, a social activist, chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, a nongovernmental organization that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked women into society, will address a women’s forum. The Hyderabad-based activist was honored in 2016 with the Padma Shri award.