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“Reach Excellence 2013”- Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday celebrated grandly in Dallas”
Swami Vivekananda is the most inspiring popular spiritual masters around the world. As part of Swamiji’s 150th birth year, there were many celebrations being celebrated throughout 2013. Recently Divine Spark USA, a Plano, Texas based organization, established specially for disseminating Swamiji’s messages, has celebrated “Reach Excellence 2013” a music and dance competition for children in different age groups.
“Reach Excellence 2013” was celebrated on 10th November 2013 in MCL Grand Theater, Lewisville from 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. More than 1000 visitors visited this event. This event was a grand success in DFW area and drew special attention of majority of the Dallas NRI residents. There were around 280 participants from 60 different music and dance schools. Children exhibited excellent talent in the competition. There were total of 55 groups and 23 solos. All the participants in the event got a very warm welcome package with a T-Shirt, books on Swami ji for youths, coupon to receive food packet and water bottle and many different goodies & gifts. Divine Spark USA organized a free raffle for encouraging the children to learn more about our culture and heritage and distributed IPOD’s, gift certificates and various other gifts as part of the free raffle.
The program was started with a prayer and introduction by Sri Uday Aladangady on why Divine Spark USA is organizing this program for children, how it is aligned to dissemination of Swamiji’s teachings, what the program contains, and motivated all participating children/youth to reach the pinnacle of excellence in anything they undertake – singing, music, dance, drama, debate, sports, meditation and maintain that perfection in daily life in thought, word and deeds. Competition program was started with introduction of judging rules by chief judge Smt Radha Suri followed by 3 chants and prayers by Chi Arnav and Chi Avani.
Smt. Poornima, Swati, chi. Tejasvini and chi. Avani served as MC’s and attracted the attention of audience with their special program introductions during the event. Sri. D.K Subramanya served as stage coordinator and made sure all the programs are done within allotted time without interruptions. Smt. Radha Suri served as chief judge on the panel of judges.
The chief guest, President of TANTEX, Sri. Suresh Manduva along with his team members conveyed special thanks to Divine Spark USA for organizing this event with ~300 participating students on the occasion of Swami ji’s 150th Birthday with energy and excitement. The winners in the competition were awarded with trophies. Judges were honored by specially designed plaque, a book with great sayings & illustrations from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Holy Mother Sharada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, and flower bouquets
A photo exhibition organized by HSS Team on Swamiji’s life time and messages in the entrance has drawn special attention from the audience. A brief video on Swamiji’s background made by Anand Jayanti, Jagan, Sitharam, Yaji & Koti drew special attention and stood as a highlight in the event and got special applaud from parents and children.
In the vote of thanks, Sri. Gopi Chillakuru specially thanked Divine Spark USA for organizing such an exciting and excellent event for disseminating the messages of Swamiji as part of his 150th Birthday. He also thanked TANTEX, Radio AZAD, Desi Plaza TV, Mayuri , Our Place Restaurants & Sari Mandir (Sponsored gift certificates for raffle). Conveyed special thanks to judges for candid judgment. He also expressed his special thanks to front desk, registration, stage audio video, and food committee & transportation volunteers. The following Volunteers worked very hard to make the event Successful.
Koti, Suresh, Ravish, Suman, Sitharam Motamarry, Jagan Gollapalli, Raja Kalahasti, Bhavani Gollapalli, Rama Motamarry, Lakshmi, Sailaja, Annapurna, Subramanya, Poornima, Kesav, Somnath, Vaskarla, Dattaprasad, Nagesh Seemakurthy, Yaji Jayanti, Radhika Yogesh, Tarun, Vishnu Bhat, Junaid Asad, Balaji Sastry, Ravindra Ramanathan, Krishna Puttaparthy, Swati Haladi, Deepak Tammaiah, Anup Siddesh, Anu Benakatti, Amar, Ramesh, Prashant, Teja Tummuru, Polam Raju Ravikumar, Anand Jayanti, Janardhan, Anuradha, Vignesh Sridhar, Vinay kumar, Akshay Mohan, Ajay Joshi, Ramesh Kasim, Naren, Subramanya, Poornima Uday and UTD students served a volunteers to execute the program with grand success.
Hindu Swayam Sevak representatives Ashish Puri, Prashant, Ajay, Naren, Telugu Association of North Texas representatives Suresh Manduva, Urmidi Narsimha Reddy, Subbu Jonnalagadda, Sarada also took active part in the event.
In the ending the event was concluded with chanting a Shanti Mantra by Arnav, Avani, Subramanya, and Uday.