Nata Convention 2016
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In its sixth year of existence just ahead of third bi-annual convention to be held in grandeur at Dallas (Texas), North American Telugu Association (NATA) organized national level music competitions, NATA Idol, across various US cities selecting few finalists from each city with a plan to conduct semi-finals and finals during convention. The winner of NATA Idol competition finals will be given an opportunity to sing in a Telugu movie which is a dream come true for many singing aspirants. 
The competitions held in Memphis, Tennessee on 05/13/2016 at The Great Hall and Conference center, Germantown  were a huge success with several prominent personalities from various walks of life including local and national non-profit organizations attending. Celebrated Telugu film industry personalities Chandrabose and Raghu Kunche comprised expert panel of judges scrutinizing the performers for the competitions. The winner will be given an opportunity to sing in a Telugu movie to be directed by Raghu Kunche. The competitions saw flow of talented singers between ages 12 and 55 who put in best effort to present their talent. Judges Chandrabose and Raghu Kunche provided their valuable feedback and suggestions to participants. The scoring was based on sangeetham, bhaavam, selection and presentation of song with clarity and melody. The program was well anchored by TV5 anchor Hasini, Kiran Parupudi & Aparna Bhatla who added a dash of humor with their style. NATA Congratulates Memphis NATA Idol winners Shobana Krupasagar & Mahesh Pillai who will be heading for finals in Dallas.
NATA Idol National committee chair Girish RamiReddy and team members Neelima Gaddamanugu, Rekha Karanam, Santha Susarla,  Sirisha Thatakula,Madhavi Sunki Reddy, Ram Cheruvu, Dwarak Varanasi, Darga Nagi Reddy, Dr.Dwarakanth Reddy put in paramount effort to formulate and design a program that would select talent across USA by organizing NATA Idol programs in many cities. Girish Ramireddy and Santa Susarla had made huge effort traveling to every city along with judges and others providing support to the local teams in conducting competitions smoothly. 
Regional Vice President Janardhan Reddy Boyella, Kiran Parupudi, Aparna Bhatla , Jay Bhatla, Regional Coordinator Sampath Giledi, Murali Manikonda, Dinesh Bollimuntha, Raj Thota & Naveen Mamidipalli are the key local team who made sure Memphis program was held with a bang supported by other local members TAM Chairman Veerabhadram Narisetty, Samson George, Subhashini Kota, Ramanthan Subbarayan , Vijay Kalaga, Venkat Chintamaneni, Harish Butti, Lakshmi Teja Boyella, Manju Manikonda, Kiranmai Giledi & Sudhakar Borra had been instrumental in putting major effort pulling Memphis event together right from venue to food to musical instruments and arrangements which was appreciated by contestants and guests equally.
A total of 19 contestants participated in the competition. Venkat Chintamaneni helped with publicity, registrations.  Murali Manikonda, Dinesh Bollimuntha, Raj Thota helped with photography and Videography along with TV5 Cameraman Sundar. Chief guest for this program was NATA Secretary, NATA Idol Chair Mr. Girish Ramireddy.
Kiran Parupudi welcomed the guests with his opening note and Aparna Bhatla and Lakshmi Chodavarapu song a prarthana geetham and then there were variety of songs that were sung in the first half by the contestants. There was a break after 10 contestants and two local dance performances were well received by the audience. These two dances were choreographed by Uma Belde and Aparna Bhatla. NATA Chair Mr. Girish Ramireddy talked about the NATA projects and Regional Vice President Mr. Janardhan Reddy Boyella told the community about the NATA charity projects and asked the members to kindly spread the word and also the importance of NATA membership benefits. The program started again and audience were glued to their seats till 10.45 PM and it was an absolute musical bliss to the spectators.
As always, ancillary support was provided by Dr.Prem reddy as the grand sponsor for the event supported by NATA Advisors president Dr.Mohan Mallam, President Elect Rajeswar Reddy Gangasani, EVP Dr Raghava Reddy Gosala, Treasurer Hari Velkur, ED Rami A Reddy, Convener Dr.Ramana Reddy & Coordinator Ramasurya Reddy.