Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andhra CM to address live via Satellite Tv

New York, Jul 2 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will address live via satellite TV a gathering of Telugus in the US to formally inaugurate their convention being held to promote their language and culture in their adopted land.

American Telugu Association (ATA) President Rajender Jinna told UNI in an interview that the three-day convention begins on July 6 with a banquet, where awards will be given to achievers in various fields.

The Chief Minister's address is slated for July 7 morning.

Many Indian-American linguistic and ethnic groups organise their respective conventions around July 4, America's Independence Day. Some gather a weekend before the Independence Day while others hold their meetings the weekend after. Often the day comes as part of a long weekend.

"We expect a crowd of up to 6,000 though there was another Telugu convention before July 4," said Dr Jinna, who is based in New York.

The ATA is scheduled to hold its 12th convention in Atlanta next weekend. Though its first major convention was held in 1992, there was a gathering a year before, Dr Jinna noted.

Asked why the conventions take place around July 4, Dr Jinna pointed out to the convenience of many during that time.

"We have India-like weather in much of the US. Children have holidays. Summer classes generally begin only after July 4. People move from one place to another. It is time for family vacation and mood for relaxation," Dr Jinna said.

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