This year's annual Kartika Vana Bhojanu in the month of "Kartika" was arranged to Bhatghar Dam, near Pune Sunday, 9th December 2012. The picnic was indeed a great success� It was a day filled with fun, frolic, games and laughter. To add to this, the hot Idli, wadas and tea served on arrival and the sumptuous buffet also helped to make it a really enjoyable day for all those who were present.
More than 90 participants and many more kids attended the excursion and made the nest of thier day out in the green verdant surroundings of the Guest house on the banks of the Bhatghar lake. The walk on the dam on the expansive lake was memorable for every one. The Antakshari followed by musical chairs and off course the Tambola with more than a dozen prizes helped to make this an occasion which will be remembered for many days to come. Once again, an excellent outing made possible by the team work of the organizers and the great enthusiasm shown by the participants.
"Sumadhura Lahiri", the program of music organized by Andhra Association and Akshaya Music Academy, Pune at Kale Hall on 26th November, 2011 was resounding success. It was an evening of filled with delightful songs by the kids ranging in age from 5 to 15 years. The highlight of the programme was a vocal performance by Gana Gandharva and Swarasruthi Sri Kandadai Rangacharyulu garu of Vizianagaram. He was accompanied on Violin by Rayapurolu Subramanyamgaru and on Mridangam by Sri Nadadhuru Anil Kumar garu.
The recitals by the students of Akshaya Music Academy (most of whom were small kids of 10 years or below), were followed by the performances of Sri Anand Nageswaran, Smt. Ramayanam Sailaja andSmt. Radhika Sudarshan. Akshaya Music academy was started by Smt. Ramayanam Sailaja, a disciple of Shri Sri Kandadai Rangacharyulu garu at Pune. Smt. Vasumathi and Smt. Rajyalakshmi mothers of Smt. Sailaja and Smt. Radhika also accompanied them for one of the renderings. Interestingly Smt. Vasumathi and Smt. Rajyalakshmi were also disciples of Sri Rangacharyulu and so the whole programme in a sense was a Gurudakshina to him by three generations of students!!!
The program was well attended by over 175 music lovers and was compered by Shri B. L. V. Prasad.
This year's annual Kartika Vana Bhojanu in the month of "Kartika" was arranged this year to Baneshwar, near Pune Sunday, 20th November 2011. The picnic was indeed a great success� It was a day filled with fun, frolic, games and laughter. To add to this, the hot Idli, wadas and tea served on arrival and the sumptuous buffet also helped to make it a really enjoyable day for all those who were present.
A total of 137 participants and many more kids attended the excursion. The green verdant surroundings of the Baneshwar Forest Park, amidst which was located the centuries old Shiva temple was enjoyed by one & all. To add to the pleasure, was the river flowing behind. The waterfalls added to the scenic beauty which was enjoyed by one and all. The participants were a mix of all ages, right from months old babe in arms to 60 plus.
The cricket match, musical chairs and off course the Tambola with more than a dozen prizes helped to make this an occasion which will be remembered for many days to come. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end... and so did the picnic. An excellent outing made possible by the team work of the organizers and the great enthusiasm shown by the participants.
Virodhi naama samvatsara Ugàdi was celebrated this year with great élan and enthusiasm fit to welcome a whole new year.� The program started with the traditional rendition of the 'Panchanga� Sravanam' by Prof. S. B. Rao. This was followed by a scintillating Kuchipudi dance recital by Smt. Manju Bhargavi of Sankarabharanam Fame. The program conducted at the Tilak Smarak Mandir was well attended with about five hundred local Andhras gracing the occasion.
Sankranti 2009 was celebrated in the Association premises with a cultural program by children of the Association members.
The Andhra Association, Pune presented an evening with a difference—a mimicry, mine and dance show by internationally famous artistes, Dhwani Brahma—Shri Ch. Gopichand, Mime madhu and Smt. Nirmala Visweshwar. The evening started with an invocation to Lord Ganesha by Smt. Nirmala . This was followed by rendition of a steam engine driven train by Shri Gopichand. The mimicry was so lifelike that he transported the audience to Krishna and Godavari rivers in Andhra. Mime Madhu and his assistant Shri Santosh regaled the audience with their mime performances.
The Andhra Association, Pune presented an evening of dance and music by the students of 'Parivarthana' a residential school for deaf, dumb and mentally challenged children of the underprivileged classes.
The performances by the children were truly amazing, considering that most of the children were stone deaf or mute. It was an evening that was not to be missed. Kudos to the dance teacher who trained these challenged children to dance to her tune of hand signals. The program was Mr. Kishore and Mr. Balaji Rao who compeered the program gave us real insights into the world of these children and the gigantic task of getting these young children to speak, learn and perform. It is indeed commendable that the students have given more than 162 performances all over the country in less than a year.
On the occasion of the 600th birth anniversary of Sriman Tallapaka Annamacharya, the Andhra Association, Pune in association with the Annamacharya Project of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, presented a music festival of Annamacharya Keertanas - Annamacharya Sankeerthana Ghosti. The festival featured concerts of G. Balakrishna Prasad and Smt. Dr. Shoba Raj on May 3rd and 4th of 2008.