VT Seva (Volunteering Together for Service) has organized its annual event during the Spring Time -
Vasantham (a fun filled evening with dance, music and food) on Saturday, April 28th 2012 from 6:00
PM to 9:00 PM EDT at Ukranian Cultural Center, Somerset, NJ. The program was a grand guccess with
strong support from local New Jersey community and overwhelming response from the audience.
Energetic youngsters from the best dance schools and accomplished singers from local community
took part in this event to enthrall an audience of around 1200 people.
Vasantham lived up to VT Seva’s
vision of engaging youth to lead the volunteering activities for a good cause. More than 150 young
volunteers took active part in making Vasantham a grand success and were ably supported by more
than 50 adult volunteers. Because of the sincere efforts of young volunteers and active involvement of
local community by the VT Seva leadership team, Vasantham event raised funds to support education
and empowerment of 172 students ($360 per student) from schools for tribals supported by VT Seva
in Adilabad districit, AP, India
. This year, VT Seva NJ goal is to raise funds to support 300 students from
tribal communities. The team is confident that more patrons will show their support to make this
The event was graced by chief guest Mr. Upendra Chivukula, NJ Assembly Man & Deputy Speaker. The
NJ Senate and Assembly passed a resolution appreciating the services of VT Seva. The letter contents
were personally read aloud and hand delivered by the chief guest to the VT Seva executive leadership
The program started with a peace prayer and National Anthem. The VT Seva youth director Mr.
Pradyumna Dingari addressed audience with a warm welcome speech. He mentioned that VT Seva is an
organization that is devoted to commitment to service. He continued “We believe that by doing what
we do, we not only help others, but also ourselves. Our Mission is to encourage YOUTH towards the
idea of Action as the Supreme Duty of man. We believe that young minds deserve a platform which
recognizes their desire to serve society. We believe that facilitating the ideas of YOUTH and CHILDREN,
in the area of Service, is a great necessity in the modern day. We have a deeply abiding trust in the
ability of young people to come together and make a difference in the world. If there is one thing about
our organization that I’m sure of, it’s this: We are paving the way for a better world by shaping the
worldviews of tomorrow’s citizens and leaders of the world.”
It was followed by lighting ceremony by distinguished guests of honor Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Mr.
Dinesh Khosla and VT SEVA board members Dr. Purnachander Sirikonda, Mr. Ravinder Thota and Ms.
Padma Jonnadula. The Vasantham event souvenir book was then released by the key dignitaries.
The VT Seva treasurer, Ms. Padma Jonnadula an active and committed volunteer who lead and
contributed to the VT Seva activities since inception presented an overview about VT Seva USA and
India activities and accomplishments. As she has been involved in mentoring the young volunteer team
for VT Seva NJ branch for a while including Vasantham event, she effectively highlighted the youth
accomplishments and then introduced the VT Seva active young lead volunteers to the audience. She
shared the vision and inspirational message of VT Seva CEO & Founder HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.
Youngster Mr. Bharani Puskur, recipient of US President Volunteer Service award for his volunteering
with VT Seva, shared his summer volunteering experience at College for the Blind in Hyderabad, India.
He encouraged one and all to volunteer at VT Seva outreach projects, especially youngsters who visit
India during summer holidays. Other youth volunteers shared their thoughts and experiences about
various pillars of VT Seva.
Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh appreciated VT Seva highlighting the Gujarat Earth Quake Relief aid,
Tsunami relief efforts apropos Japan, Tamilnadu, AP and other service activities. He extended a
generous gesture of promoting VT Seva and its events organized all around the year through his various
media avenues. The highlight of his speech was the recognition of VT Seva’s vision of empowering
the youth to volunteer in protecting the values, culture and spirit of volunteerism. Mr. Dinesh Khosla
motivated the audience with his key note speech to support VT Seva.
The President of VT Seva, Dr. Purnachander Sirikonda delivered vote of thanks to the volunteers,
sponsors, local community leaders and stressed the fact that VT Seva is able to support all its service
activities both in India and US because of the active support from one and all. He thanked the audience
for great support they displayed by attending the event. He encouraged them to continue it throughout
the year. He appreciated the generous contribution of Mr. Ravinder Thota towards purchase of 2 school
buses for aiding the transport of students attending the schools for tribal communities in Birsaipeta
and Allampalli. He conveyed sincere appreciation to all the dance schools, music schools, Emcee Ms.
Suman, core volunteers Ms. Jamuna Puskur, Ms. Pallavi Shakelly, Mr. Krishnababu Bhavaraju, Mr. Hari
Eppanapalli, Mr. Murali Duggirala, Mr. Vasu Ginjala, Ms. Divya Nukala, Ms. Sandhya Seelam, Ms. Aparna
Dingari, Mr. Sagar Kundur, Mr. Srinivas Vudata, Mr. Siva Gaddamanugu, Mr. Krishna Kanth Vennamaneni
and many others who worked tirelessly for success of the event. He extended thanks to Law Professor &
TFAS President Ms. Priti Bhargava, TFAS Past President Mr. Anand Paluri, JET USA President Mr. Bangar
Reddy and JET USA Treasurer Mr. Sarma Allakki for showing their support by personally attending the
event. Mr. Ravinder Thota, Vice President of VT Seva spoke about Dollar a Day program and urged the
audience to support it. He shared about his contribution of $87 a day to support the education of 87
Under the guidance of Ms. Padma Jonnadula and Ms. Pallavi Shakelly, young volunteers organized 4
booths for VT Seva with presentations using the laptops connected to big monitors. All the VT Seva USA
and India activity pictures were displayed near the booths. Throughout the event, a projector next to
the dais displayed the details of VT Seva to raise awareness of the service activities.
The program was a reflection of “Unity in Diversity” with songs and dances ranging from Folk, Classical
and Contemporary with the theme of Vasantham (Spring of Joy & Hope). The audience commended that
the event was very well organized. They appreciated the cultural programs and the noble cause behind
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