Colourful cultural prog. marks Makar Sankranti celebrations by Andhra Association

Port Blair
16 Jan 2018

A colourful cultural programme was presented by children marked the Makar Sankranti  celebrations by the Andhra Association in its auditorium on Monday. The Chief Secretary A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar as the chief guest inaugurated the cultural evening by lighting the traditional lamp. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Secretary greeted the Telugu community a happy and prosperous Makar Sankranti. The Telugu Community has contributed a lot in the development of the A&N Islands, the Chief Secretary said recalling the contribution made by the people from Andhra Pradesh in the freedom struggle of India.
Mentioning the importance of mother tongue, the Chief Secretary desired that different communities residing in A&N Islands should teach the younger generation their respective mother tongues besides learning Hindi and English.  He also appreciated the brilliant cultural programme presented by the children and also congratulated Shri Ravi, who made live painting on global warming which impressed one and all present. The Chief Secretary also gave away prizes to the winners of various competition organised as part of the celebrations. The Principal JNRM Dr. Neelam Francis Xavier was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Mr Tej Bahadur, SE, APWD and the vice president Andhra Association, Mr M. Kondaiah also addressed the gathering.  Mr B. Ramakrishna, general secretary presented a report on the activities of the association. Classical dances highlighting the rich cultural heritage of India were the highlight of the cultural evening which drew good round of applause from the audience present in the auditorium in large numbers.  Earlier, the president of the Andhra Association, Mr B. Mohan Rao welcomed the gathering while the programme came to an end with the vote of thanks proposed by the vice president, Mr Bogeshwar Rao.