June 29, 2012 > BATA vaari Vanabhojanalu
BATA vaari Vanabhojanalu
Submitted By Ramesh Konda
Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) celebrated its annual Summer Picnic (Vanabhojanalu) on June 3 at Lake Elizabeth Central Park in Fremont. More than 200 adults and kids gathered at the picnic. With Telugu music (patalu) as background, the picnic brought a Telugu festive look to the park with kids and parents dressing up in traditional Indian dresses.
Traditional spicy Maramaralu mixture (Muntha Kindha Pappu) and Mokka Jonna Kandelu was a big attraction of the picnic. During the picnic, Mrs. Vijaya Aasuri (BATA Advisor) introduced special guest from India, Mr. Ramu (Chennai), who sang couple of original songs of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.
After lunch, the focus turned to sports and games activities. Vijaya Aasuri, Durga Kondal, Sridevi Pasupuleti, Karun Veligeti, Kalyan Kattamuri, Srinivas Kolli, Sumanth Pasuluri, Prasad Mangina, Srilu Veligeti, and other BATA committee members organized fun filled Telugu aatalu and Telugu patalu activities. Adults and kids enthusiastically participated in Volleyball, Three-legged race, Lemon in spoon, Tug-of-war, Water balloon, and Musical Chairs. Kids also enjoyed playing in a jump house throughout the day.
A tug-of-war between men and women brought excitement, also, guests played cricket in an innovative way by hitting a maximum Six in two balls. Winners from each of the activities were presented with prizes.
The BATA committee includes: Ramesh Konda, Kamesh Malla, Kalyan Kattamuri, Sirisha Battula, Yaswanth Kudaravalli, Jyotsna Bendapudi, Kondal Komaragiri, Sumanth Pusuluri, Vijaya Aasuri, and Veeru Vuppala. Volunteers who helped with the event include Srilu, Ravi, Prasad, Kolli, Sridevi, Venu, Karun, Shiva, Deepti, Durga, Kondal, Keerthi, Shravanthi, Srinivas, Hari, Kalyani, Vikas, Srikar, Jhansi, Tanuja, Swathi, Vihar, Indira Reddy, and many others.