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TELUGU CULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER TORONTO (TCAGT) ORGANISED SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS IN TORONTO 

Three day event Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday: The Telugu Cultural Association of Greater Toronto (TCAGT) organised its three day 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee celebrations with great zeal in Toronto. Many Telugu people joined the celebrations held at Pearson Convention Center 2638 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Several Telugu families from surrounding cities Buffalo, Brampton, Mississauga, Scarborough, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton, Milton, Markham, Richmond hill and other areas have also joined the program that is packed with music,
drama, dance, comedy and many more. The Friday Banquet Gala Celebrations has begun with “Deeparadhana” and Canadian National Anthem. Hon. Justice Nooti Ramamohana Rao, High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Hon. Vice-Chairman Sri Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Central Institute of Hindi, TCAGT President Anitha Bezawada, Secretary Sailaja Payidiparty lit the light and Silver Jubilee Celebrations convenor Jagan Payidiparty provided greetings and started the event. Co-Convenor Surya Bezawada delivered the welcome address. President Mrs. Anitha Bezawada introduced Rupa and
Radhika as the master of ceremonies. Traditional Ganapathi Prayer Song Ganeshaya Dheemahi was performed by Akhila Rachakonda, Jakkula Purandhari, Kuchipudi dance performance by Jayalakshmi Haridasu, Mahishasura Mardhini, classical performance by Nadiya Shaikh, Sagara Sangamam dance by Aishu, Bollywood Medley By Uday Kalluri, Lyrical Hip-Hop/Semi Classical/Contemporary By Charan Rayapureddy and Sajini Sivamohan as the highlights of the evening and enjoyed it all the ages. President Anitha Bezawada introduced the founder members and applauded their vision to serve the Telugu community in Canada by starting TCAGT 25 years ago. Initiated Grand felicitation to TCAGT Founder members Vijay Rao & Jyothi Bobbil, Rao & Saroja Komaravolu, Bose & Rani Vemuri, and Prabhu & Lata Kundurpi by Justice Nooti Rama Monhan Rao, Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Hon. Ontario Health and Long term Care Minister Dipika Damerla, and Dr. KVR Krishnaji, Chairman R.R. Lions Eye Hospital. Ontario provincial Health and Long term Care Minister Dipika Damerla congratulated the committee in organising huge 25th anniversary celebrations and shared her happiness. Recalled her involvement and participation in this association for the past decade and the associations tremendous growth in numbers and numerous activities. She brought the message from the Ontario’s 25th Premier Hon. Kathleen Wynne, and presented the premiers certificate of appreciation to the TCAGT President Anitha Bezawada. Harish Chandra Prasad Yarlagadda, Chairman, Malaxmi Group & Former Chairman CII-AP chapter attended as the Guest of Honour and informed that there is tremendous trade opportunities between Canada and Andhra Pradesh. Invited them to participate in the business summit on Saturday at the same venue. Mr. Naval Bajaj, former president, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)
acknowledged the Government of Telangana, and Government of Andhra Pradesh for the warm welcome to the Canadian Business Delegation that
visited this January 2014. He reiterated the untapped trade opportunities in South India and Informed that the Canadian Business delegation is planning
to Visit South India in the months of September and October this year. He felicitated the South Indian Trade delegates Surya Bezawada, Abu Becker,
Balasubramanian Khandaswami, and Kanmani Dhana Sekhar who were instrumental to bring the Canadian Delegation to South Indian cities Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Chennai. He appreciated for all their excellent and productive efforts to get the South Indian Businesses to the Canada-India file. Indian Music with Non-stop entertainment. Melodious Musical Singing Performances by visiting play back singers Hema Chandra, Sravana Bhargavi, Sandhya, Hima Bindhu, Mallikarjun, Gopika Purnima and Simha take audience to the highest level of happiness, fun and excitement.
Delicious traditional authentic dinner was freshly prepared and served by the Banjara Restaurants. Participation and volunteer certificates distributed. Jagan Payidparthy provided the vote of thanks and the Friday banquet gal event concluded with Indian National Anthem.

Saturday: The Saturday Celebrations has begun with “Deeparadhana” by Kalartna KV Satyanarayana garu, executive committee members and trustees lit the light and Silver Jubilee Celebrations convenor Jagan Payidiparty provided the welcome address. Several music and dance programs were performed. Some of them are Kids Medley Dance by Neha Jarabandi, Sumedh Sastry, and Akhil Jarabandi, Medley Dance By Charan and group, Fusion Dance By Arush Mukkara. TCAGT Organised Business summit on Indo-Canada trade relationships and business opportunities. Surya Bezawada, Co-Convenor welcomed the distinguished guests Hon. Vice-Chairman Sri Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Sri Harish Chandra Prasad Yarlagadda, Chairman, Malaxmi Group & Former Chairman CII-AP chapter, Mr. Naval Bajaj, former president, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC).
Sri Harish Chandra Prasad Yarlagadda chaired the Business Summit. He elaborated the immediate need on Canada and South India trade
relationships. Dr. Yarlaadda Lakshmi Prasad, explained on the huge opportunities in Education. Twinning of Universities between India
and Canada, Student Exchange programs, and Joint venture opportunities in bringing the best in Skill development and Human Capital
training which will be of great help in rebuilding the newly formed states.

Mr. Naval Bajaj, former president, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) responded to the invitation to bring Canadian Business
investors to Andhra Pradesh. Reiterated that South India will be a great help in reaching the Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s
goal to increase the trade from $5b to $15b. There was a huge interest from Canadian business people to invest in
South India, and this summit is the first step to expedite the trade relationships between Canada and India.

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