Friday, November 23, 2012

Donavalli Harika storms into semifinal of World Women Chess Championship

KHANTY MANSIYSK (Russia): Grandmaster Donavalli  Harika came up with a spectacular performance in the tiebreak games to beat Zhao Xue of China and enter the last four stage of the World Women Chess Championship.
The Indian set the records right after a real scare in the second game on yesterday and displayed top form to win the first rapid game and then drawing the second easily as white.

The victory means Harika will not only remain in the championship but will also have a fair chance of having a shy at the title with just two matches to go in the premier women event.

In the next round now, Harika will meet
Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria who was world champion in 2004.

Chinese Ju Wenjun defeated compatriot Hunag Qian, while Stefanova accounted for
Marie Sebag of France in the other tiebreak matches.

In the other semifinal, Wenjun will meet Anna Ushenina of
Ukraine who had won in straight games against Nadezhda Kosintseva of Russia.

Harika won with black in the first rapid game that proved to be the decisive factor in the match. Zhao Xue was the last fancied player remaining and she was knocked out in great style.

Taking a cue from her last game, Harika went for something she knows best instead of speculating. The King's Indian turned out to be a good choice as Zhao Xue could not get favourable complexities she was hoping for.

The middle game had all virtues of a typical King's Indian wherein black always had counter play against white's initiative.

Harika obtained a dangerous passed pawn in the center as the game progressed and took it to the seventh rank after Zhao blundered. The game lasted 33 moves.

In the return game, Harika faced the Hedgehog structure with white pieces and got a winning position in quick time. However, she played it safe for a long time and obtained the required draw after 85 moves.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kamma Sangham - Kukatpally Vanabhojanaalu Invitation

 
 
 
We cordially invite your presence on the occasion of the VANABHOJANALU
on 02/12/12 at AGR Gardens at Nizampet-KammaSangham-Nizampet
 
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nutakki Priyanka is world chess champ

Nutakki Priyanka is the latest world beater from the AP chess stable. She won the world girls under-10 championship at Moribor, Slovenia on Sunday.

Priyanka drew her 10th round game with Wang Annie of US in 38 moves to seal the title. The fifth standard student of Mustabada Sports and Educational Academy is the second girl from Krishna district to win the world under-10 girls title after Koneru Humpy, who won in 1997.

Priyanka is trained by noted coach V.R. Bobba.
Grandmaster Hari Krishna is another student of Bobba won the under-10 world boys championship in 1996.

“We enrolled her in chess as a pastime during summer vacations after her second Class exams, but were surprised to see her win a district level event. We then joined her at Mr Bobba’s academy,” Priyanka’s mother Durga said. She staked claim in world chess circles in June this year when she won six gold medals — in the rapid, blitz and standard categories in the individual and team enents.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

సామాజిక సేవలో కమ్మవారి పాత్ర

కమ్మవారిలో దాతృత్వ గుణం అనాది కాలంగా ఉంది. పూర్వకాలం నుండి రాజులు, జమిందార్లు, ధనికులైన కమ్మవారు దేవాలయాలు, విద్యా సంస్థలు, సత్రాలు మొదలైన ప్రజా ప్రయోజనం కలిగిన వాటిని ఎన్నింటినో నిర్మించి, ఒక్క తమ కులానికే పరిమితం కాకుండా సమాజానికి మొత్తం ఉపయోగపడే కార్యక్రమాలు ఎన్నో చేశారు.

పదమూడవ శతాబ్దంలో హనుమకొండలో కాకతీయ చక్రవర్తుల నిర్మించిన 'వేయి స్థంబాల దేవాలయం' మరియు పాలంపేట లోని 'రామప్ప దేవాలయం' గొప్ప శిల్ప సంపదకు ప్రసిద్ధి చెందాయి, ఇవే కాకుండా మరెన్నో దేవాలయాలను కాకతీయ చక్రవర్తుల నిర్మించారు.

మదురై, తంజావూర్ కమ్మ నాయక రాజులు 'శ్రీరంగం' లో నిర్మించిన 'శ్రీ రంగనాధ దేవాలయం;. 'తంజావూర్' లో నిర్మించిన 'బృహదీశ్వర ఆలయం', 'మదురై' లో నిర్మించిన ప్రసిద్ధ 'మీనాక్షి దేవాలయం', 'రామేశ్వరం' లోని 'రంగనాధ స్వామి ఆలయం' యెంతో ప్రసిద్ధి గాంచిన నిర్మాణాలు.

పద్నాలుగవ శతాబ్దంలో తాడిపత్రిలో పెమ్మసాని రామలింగ నాయుడు తన పేరుమీద 'రామలింగేశ్వర దేవాలయం' నిర్మించాడు. 

పద్దెనిమిదవ శతాబ్దంలో రాజా వాసిరెడ్డి వేంకటాద్రి నాయుడు కృష్ణ, గుంటూరు జిల్లాల్లో ఎన్నో దేవాలయాలు కట్టించాడు, అమరావతి, చేబ్రోలు, మంగళగిరి, పొన్నూరులో ఉన్న పురాతన దేవాలయాలను పునర్నిర్మించాడు, ఆ దేవాలయాల నిర్వహణ నిమిత్తం భారీగా భూములు దానం చేశాడు.

పద్దెనిమిదవ శతాబ్దంలో చల్లపల్లిలో 'రాజా యార్లగడ్డ అనికినీడు బహదూర్' నిర్మించిన 'శివ గంగ' ఆలయం వారణాసి లోని 'అన్నపూర్ణేశ్వరి దేవి' ఆలయాన్ని పోలి ఉంటుంది.

కోస్తా జిలాల్లో, ముఖ్యంగా కృష్ణ, గుంటూరు, ప్రకాశం మరియు ఖమ్మం జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మ వారు ఎన్నో విద్యాసంస్థలు, కళాశాలలు నిర్మించి మంచి విద్యను అన్ని వర్గాల వారికి అందుబాటులోకి తెచ్చారు.

కృష్ణ జిల్లాలో విజయవాడ, గుడివాడ, వుయ్యూరు, గన్నవరం, గుడ్లవల్లూరు గుంటూరు జిల్లాలో గుంటూరు, తెనాలి, పొన్నూరు, నరసరావుపేట, బాపట్ల, చిలకలూరిపేట, వినుకొండ, రేపల్లె, సత్తెనపల్లి ప్రకాశం జిల్లా ఒంగోలు, చీరాల, కందుకూరు, పశ్చిమ గోదావరి జిల్లాలో ఏలూరు, తణుకు, తూర్పు గోదావరి జిల్లాలో రాజమండ్రి, మండపేట, రామచంద్రాపురం మొదలైన పట్టణాల్లో భూరి దానాలతో కమ్మవారు ఏర్పాటు చేసిన ప్రభుత్వ కళాశాలలకు భవనాలు ఏర్పాటు చేశారు, మరెన్నో తామే స్వయంగా నిర్వహించి ఆ ప్రాంతాల్లో విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి యెంతో కృషి చేసి ఎందరో విద్యా వంతులుగా తీర్చి దిద్ది, తద్వారా ఉద్యోగ, ఉపాధి అవకాశాలు పొందటానికి సహాయం చేశారు.

ఈ జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మవారు పల్లెటూర్లలో కూడా అనేక ప్రాధమిక పాఠశాలలు నిర్మించి విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి అవిరళమైన కృషి చేశారు. ఇప్పటికి ఈ జిల్లాల్లో కమ్మవారు నిర్మించి ఇచ్చిన భవానాల్లోనే ప్రభుత్వ పాఠశాలలు నడుస్తున్నాయి.

కోస్తాజిల్లాల్లో విద్యా రంగంలో యెంతో ప్రసిద్ధి గాంచిన విజయవాడ లయోలా కాలేజి స్థాపనకు చొరవ తీసుకుని ఆర్ధికంగాను మరియు విలువైన భూమిని విరాళంగా ఇచ్చింది కమ్మవారే. అలాగే విజయవాడ లో సిద్దార్ధ కాలేజి, గుడివాడలో ఏ.యన్నార్ కాలేజి, ఏలూరులో సి.ఆర్.రెడ్డి కాలేజి లో (ఈ కాలేజి కి రెడ్డి కులం వారికి ఏ విధమైన సంబంధం లేదు, ఈ కాలేజి ఏర్పాటు చేసింది మాగంటి సీతారామ దాస్ గారు మరియు అల్లూరి బాపినీడు గారు) చదువుకుని దేశ విదేశాల్లో ఉన్న్నత మైన స్థానాల్లో ఉన్నవారెందరో!

గుంటూరు మెడికల్ కాలేజి స్థాపనలో చొరవ తీసుకుని భూరి విరాళాలు ఇచ్చింది కమ్మవారే, కాకినాడ రంగరాయ మెడికల్ కాలేజి ముఖ్య దాత ఆ రోజుల్లోనే ఇదు లక్షలు విరాళమిచ్చిన ముళ్ళపూడి హరిశ్చంద్ర ప్రసాద్ బావమరిది 'దొమ్మేరు జమిందార్' పెండ్యాల రంగారావు'  పేరు మీదుగా ఏర్పాటైంది. విజయవాడ లో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించబడుతున్న సిద్దార్థ అకాడమి వారు స్థాపించిన 'సిద్దార్థ మెడికల్ కాలేజి' ఆ తరువాత ప్రభుత్వంచే జాతియం చేయబడి 'యన్.టి.ఆర్ యునివర్సిటిగా రూపాంతరం చెందింది.

అంతే కాకుండా ప్రైవేటు రంగంలో కూడా ఎన్నో విద్యాలయాలు, సాంకేతిక కళాశాలలు మరెన్నో కోచింగ్ సెంటర్లు ఏర్పాటు చేసి నాణ్యమైన విద్యను ఈ సమాజానికి అందించి విద్యా వ్యాప్తికి ఏంటి కృషి చేస్తున్నారు. ఈ రాష్ట్రంలో ఉన్న మూడు ప్రైవేటు యూనివర్సిటీలు (గీతం, విజ్ఞాన్, కే.యల్.యు) కమ్మవారివే.

తమిళనాడు రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మసంఘాలు 13 పాటశాలలు, 2 కళాశాలలు, ఒక పాలిటెక్నిక్ కాలేజి, ఒక ఇంజనీరింగ్ కాలేజి నిర్వహిస్తూ విద్యాభివృద్ధికి పాటుపడుతున్నాయి. 

ఆంధ్ర రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించ బడుతున్న హాస్టల్స్ లో ఇతర కులాలలోని పేద విద్యార్ధులకు కూడా ఆశ్రయం ఇచ్చి తద్వారా సామాజిక సేవ చేస్తున్నారు. యస్.సి వర్గానికి చెందిన మాజీ హైకోర్టు జడ్జి జస్టిస్ కోట పున్నయ్య, రెడ్డి సామాజిక వర్గానికి చెందిన మాజీ మంత్రి శీలం సిద్ధారెడ్డి 'ఖమ్మం పట్టణంలో కమ్మ హాస్టల్లో ఉంది విద్యను అభ్యసించినవారే!  రాష్ట్రంలో కమ్మ సంఘాలు ప్రతి ఏటా పేద విద్యార్ధులకు ఇచ్చే ఉపకార వేతనాల్లో కనీసం ఇరవై శాతం కుల ప్రమేయం లేకుండా ఆర్ధికంగా, సామాజికంగా వెనుక బడిన వర్గాలకు అందచేయబడుతుంది.

వివిధ పట్టణాల్లో మరియు శ్రీశైలం వంటి పుణ్య క్షేత్రాలలో కమ్మవారిచే నిర్వహించబడుతున్న 'సత్రాల్లో' అన్ని కులాల వారికీ ఉచితంగా ఆశ్రయం కల్పించి, అన్నదానం కూడా చేయటం జరుగుతుంది. కమ్మనైన భోజనం తినాలంటే కమ్మవారి ఇళ్లలోనే తినాలని అన్ని కులాలవారు ఒప్పుకోవటం మనకు గర్వకారణం.

కమ్మవారిచే సహాయం పొంది ఉన్నత స్థితిలో ఉన్న వారెందరికో కమ్మవారిలో దాతృత్వం, దయాగుణం గురించి తెలుసు. కమ్మవారెప్పుడూ 'కమ్మనైన' మనసు కలవారు. మనం భవిష్యత్తులో కూడా సమాజం పట్ల, ఇతర కులాలవారి పట్ల ఇదే విధమైన వైఖరితో ఉండి మన కులానికి, మన పూర్వీకుల గౌరవానికి వన్నె తెద్దాం!

The Great Musunuri Nayaks


                                                                   Musunuri Kaapaaneedu
The Musunuri Nayaks were Kamma warrior chieftains in the Kakatiya army, who regained Andhradesa in 1326 from the Delhi Sultanate in the aftermath of the Kakatiya defeat. Prominent among them were Musunuri Prolaneedu and Kaapaneedu.

Introduction
The conquest of South India (Deccan) by the Delhi Sultanate started in 1296 when Alauddin Khilji, the son-in-law and commander of the Sultan Jalaluddin raided and plundered Devagiri (Maharashtra). Khilji subsequently murdered the Sultan and took over the reins of the Sultanate. The glory and wealth of the Kakatiya kingdom attracted the attention of Khilji. The first foray into the Telugu kingdom was made in 1303 by the Sultan’s armies led by Malik Fakruddin. It was a disaster because of the valiant resistance of the Kakatiya army in the battle at Upparapalli (Karimnagar District). The second attempt was made in 1309 by Malik Kafur who managed to capture the Siripur and Hanumakonda forts. The Warangal fort was taken after a prolonged seize. Malik Kafur indulged in murder and mayhem around the fort which prompted King Pratapa Rudra to make a pact and offer an enormous amount of tribute. Pratapa Rudra asserted his independence in 1320 when there was a change of power in Delhi. The Khilji dynasty ended and Ghiyazuddin Tughlaq ascended the Delhi throne. Tughlaq sent his son Ulugh Khan in 1323 to defeat the defiant Kakatiya king. Ulugh Khan’s raid was repulsed but he returned in a month with a larger and determined army. The unprepared and battle-weary army of Warangal was finally defeated. The loot, plunder and destruction of Warangal continued for months. Loads of gold, diamonds, pearls and ivory were carried away to Delhi on 20,000 horses, 100 elephants and camels. The Kohinoor diamond was part of the booty. The vandalism and atrocities of the invading army demoralized the common people who were unfamiliar with the methods adopted by the invaders. King Pratapa Rudra was taken prisoner. He committed suicide by drowning himself in the river Narmada while being taken to Delhi.

The Valiant Cousins
King Pratapa Rudra’s Kakatiya kingdom was ably served by seventy five chieftains called Nayaks. The Nayaks who belonged to various castes were divided by mutual jealousy and rivalry. However, the Nayak chiefs valiantly fought during the hour of the need. Many Nayak chiefs were captured, converted to Islam and sent back as governors. These included Harihara and Bukka who later established Vijayanagar kingdom at Hampi. Some like Minister Jagannatha Pandit occupied exalted positions in Delhi Durbar.

The year 1323 was a turning point in the history of Telugu country. After the fall of Warangal, Muslim armies marched forward and captured Kondapalli, Kondaveedu, Rajahmundry, Nidadavole, Nellore, and Kolanuveedu forts. The conquest spread up to Madhura (Tamil Nadu) . The Hoysala and Kampili kingdoms in Karnataka also became part of the Delhi Sultanate. The conquest of South India was complete. Ulugh Khan ascended the Delhi throne under the name Muhammad bin Tughluq.
The Telugu country was in great turmoil and ferment. Seeds of revolution were sown. Two patriotic souls, Annaya Mantri and Kolani Rudradeva exhorted and united the remaining Nayak chieftains. They instilled a sense of unity and sacrifice to protect the Telugu country and Hindu Dharma. A dynamic and valiant Nayak hailing from Vengi (in modern-day West Godavari district) was chosen as their leader. He was Musunuri Prolayanayak (Prolaaneedu), a brave and battle-hardy warrior. Prolaynayaka was the son of Pochinayaka who had three brothers namely Devanayaka, Kammanayaka and Rajanayaka. The son of Devanayaka was Kaapayanayaka (Musunuri Kaapaaneedu) who was the right hand man of Prolaya. The other cousins of Prolaya also ably assisted him in his endeavours. Prolaya galvanized all the Nayaks and their progeny and united them with his organizational skills. The Nayaks set aside their differences and rallied under the leadership of Prolaya to safeguard the Hindu religion and the empire.[16] Some of the prominent Nayaks included Addanki Vemareddy, Koppula Prolayanayaka, Recherla Singamanayaka, Manchikonda Ganapatinayaka, Vundi Vengabhupathi etc., They all had a singular objective of liberating Telugu country from the alien invaders.

Triumph and Freedom
Battles were fought at all levels at a great cost and independence was achieved after many a sacrifice. The Nayak armies liberated Warangal by 1326 and drove away Muslims from Telugu country. Many of the inscriptions glorified the victories of Prolaya and the statecraft he practised. The cousins strengthened the forts, rebuilt temples, restored village grants to Brahmins and encouraged arts and literature. The ageing Prolaya (Prolaneedu) retired to the Rekapalli fort (East Godavari district) after vesting the power in the younger and more dynamic Kaapaya.

Inspired by the victories of the cousins, other kingdoms like Kampili, Hoysala, Dwarasamudram and Araveedu asserted independence. Historical evidence showed that the Nayaks actively assisted other kings to achieve freedom from the Sultanate. Harihara and Bukka who were captured at Warangal by Ulugh Khan and converted to Islam were sent by the Sultan to suppress the rebellion of the Hoysala king. The brothers, however, switched sides and went on to establish Vijayanagar Kingdom. Jalaluddin Hassan, the governor of Madhura also declared his independence from the Sultan. This was the "last straw on the camel’s back". The Sultan personally led a huge army southward. He reached Warangal but had to make a hasty retreat. He appointed Malik Maqbul as the governor and left. Historians opined that a great epidemic prevalent during that time and the formidable resistance of the Nayaks were the reasons for the retreat. Kaapaya wanted to utilize the opportunity to liberate the whole of Telangana including Bidar. He sought the help of the Hoysala king in this endeavour. The Nayaks fought in unison and Kaapaya succeeded in capturing the Warangal fort and liberating Telangana from the invaders. The flag of Andhradesa was again unfurled on the Warangal fort. Kaapaya was given the titles “Andhradesaadheeswara” and “Andhrasuratraana”.
It was a moment of great glory in the history of Telugu land which now extended from Srikakulam to Bidar and Siripur to Kanchi. Kaapaya actively encouraged other Hindu kingdoms (Kampili, Dwarasamudram and Hoysala) to unite and help each other against the Sultanate. Vema Reddy of Addanki marched in defence of Kampili and repulsed the Sultan’s attack. Kaapaya and Vema Reddy helped Somadeva of Araveedu to liberate many forts in the Krishna-Tungabhadra region. In the true spirit of camaraderie Kaapaya (Kaapaneedu) allowed a great degree of freedom towards fellow Nayaks. For instance, Vemareddy of Addanki, Koppula Nayaks of Pithapuram, Padma nayaks of Recherla, Bhuvanagiri and Devarakonda etc. enjoyed autonomy.

Kaapaya was always wary of attacks by the Sultan’s armies from the north. He strengthened the forts and replenished the army. However, a new and bigger threat loomed on the horizon. A revolt by a group of Muslim nobles against Muhammad bin Tughluq that began in Devagiri in 1345 culminated in the foundation of the Bahmani Sultanate by Hasan Gangu. He assumed the name Alauddin Bahman Shah and moved his capital to the more centrally located Gulbarga in 1347. Alauddin was an ambitious man and his goal was to conquer the whole of Dakshinapatha (Deccan).

The Decline
The unity fostered by the Musunuri cousins among the Nayaks started showing strains fuelled by envy. Recherla Velama Nayaks led by Singama raided Addanki which was under the control of Vema Reddy. Vema Reddy sought the help of Kaapaya who intervened and forced Singama to accept the confederation. Singama was unable to reconcile to this act. Kaapaya also helped Bahmani king in good faith to ward off Delhi Sultan’s attack. He would soon find Alauddin turn ungrateful.

Singama and his sons induced Alauddin to interfere in the affairs of Warangal. The Bahmani king was only too eager to oblige. Telangana was invaded in 1350. Kaapaya’s army fought an unexpected but heroic battle in vain. He concluded a treaty with Alauddin and surrendered Kaulas fort. This was the first setback to the unified Telugu kingdom.
The death of Muhammad bin Tughluq in 1351 emboldened Alauddin to achieve his goal of expanding his kingdom in the Deccan. He marched into Telangana in 1355 with greatly enlarged army and captured many forts including Bhuvanagiri. Alauddin spent a year in Telangana and engaged in another round of destruction and plunder. He returned to Gulbarga and died in 1359. Mohammed Shah succeeded Alauddin. At this time Kaapaya sent his brave and boisterous son Vinayaka Deva to liberate Kaulas and Bhuvanagiri from the Bahmanis. The Vijayanagar king Bukka Raya actively assisted him in this campaign. Vinayaka Deva had initial successes but was eventually defeated, captured and killed in a ghastly manner.

Kaapaya was disheartened but his goal was to destroy the Bahmani kingdom. Along with Bukka Raya he planned a great expedition against the Bahmanis. Mohammed Shah got enraged and invaded Telangana again. Golconda and Warangal were subdued. Bukka Raya died during this time. Lack of support from Vijayanagar and non-cooperation from Devarakonda and Rachakonda Nayaks also contributed to the fall of Warangal.

Historians feel that Rachakonda Nayaks surreptitiously helped Bahmani king. Mohammed Shah spent two years in Telangana and wiped out all remnants of rebellion. Golconda was chosen as the border between the Bahmani and Warangal kingdoms in 1365. Kaapaya had to present the turquoise throne and large amounts of tribute to Mohammed Shah. This was the major setback and turning point in the history of Andhradesa.

Singamanayaka of Recherla and his sons took advantage of the situation and declared independence. They marched against Warangal ruled by a weakened and disheartened Kaapaya. The treasury was empty and the army was war-weary. Kaapaya met Singama’s army at Bhimavaram and died a martyr’s death. Thus ended the short but glorious reign (1326-1370) of the Musunuri clan which united the Telugu country, its people and its warriors, and protected the Hindu Dharma. The valour, dedication and undaunted spirit of sacrifice of Musunuri Nayaks are unparalleled in the history of Telugu land.

The Nayaks of Bhuvanagiri who eventually came to control Warangal became vassals of the Bahmani kingdom and consequently bereft of any moral or political authority to prevent the horrors of alien conquest, such as forcible conversion, desecration of temples, obstruction to Vedic practices, destruction of property, plunder of wealth, dishonour of womenfolk etc. The Reddy kings of coastal region (Rajahmundry and Kondaveedu) also asserted their independence by the beginning of fifteenth century. The Gajapati kings, Reddy Nayaks and Rachakonda Nayaks were always engaged in bitter rivalry. The Rachakonda Nayaks fought many a battle, at times on behalf of the Bahmani kings, against the Vijayanagar kings who were trying to consolidate Hindu power against Bahmani, Bijapur and Golconda sultans. This was in stark contrast to the policy of Musunuri Nayaks and Vijayanagar Kings who always helped each other in their battles against the Muslim kings. Subsequently Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagar prevailed upon all Andhra and Kalinga kings and unified the whole of South India by 1522.

After the martyrdom of Kaapaya Nayak there was an en masse migration of Nayaks and their progeny to the Vijayanagar Kingdom. According to Muslim historian Barani, Harihara the founder of Vijayanagar empire was related to Kaapaya Nayak. However, this contention was not widely agreed. The Nayaks formed the bulwark of Vijayanagar Empire and bravely defended South India and Hindu dharma for the next two centuries (Pemmasani Nayaks, Ravella Nayaks and Sayapaneni Nayaks). Relatives of Kaapaya such as Mummadi and Anavota briefly controlled small areas in the coastal districts which were eventually absorbed into the Reddy Kingdom. Nayaks who were unwilling to surrender and serve as vassals were pursued and killed by the Muslim armies.

Monday, November 12, 2012

APKSS Vanabhojanalu (Garden party) Schedule for 2012

Andhra Pradesh Kammavari Seva Sangham Vanabhojanalu Schedule for 2012

November 18th : Ongole - At Gundlakamma dam, function starts with Venkateswara Swamy Vratam with 1008 couples. 

December 2nd : Hyderabad - At AGR Gsrdens, Nizampet - Kukatpally.

November 8th : Khammam 

December 9th : Kurnool - At Kammavari Kalyanamantapam.

For more details please contact: B.Venkata Rao, Gen.Secretary - APKSS @ 9246464649/  Sreenivasa Chakravarthy Kanakamedla , Secretary (Publicity) - APKSS @ 9133322725.




దీపావళి శుభాకాంక్షలు

Wish you Happy and colorful Dipavali


Pratima Yarlagadda: Former Miss Indiana and Miss USA finalist




Actress, Host, Model and Beauty Queen, Pratima Yarlagadda grew up in a small Amish town in the heart of the Midwest.

In this unlikely setting, her parents, Indian immigrants, began their families' quest for the American dream. Pratima, the middle of three children, rose above convention and expectation when she was crowned Miss Indiana USA. She went on to make Miss Universe history as the first woman of East Indian descent to place in the top six at Miss USA 1999. Her accomplishments were featured in newspapers and publications such as India Today which recognized her as a forthcoming East Indian presence in the entertainment industry.

Pratima signed with internationally renowned Ford Models after moving to New York City. Her work has been featured in prestigious publications including Vogue Italia, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country and Glamour. She has had the honor of working with photographers such as Victor Skrebneski and modeled for Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Giuseppe Zanotti, Hanes, Stefan Hafner, Arbonne and Artistry Cosmetics among others. Her formal theatrical education began in NY where she studied the Meisner technique. Pratima's work eventually took her to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Her Film, TV, and Theatre credits include: performing as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's classic and appearances in "The Arranged Marriage", "New Girl", "How To Seduce Difficult Women", "Outsourced", "All My Children" and "Beautiful". Additionally, Pratima hosts a series of lifestyle events. She has conducted interviews with Salman Rushdie, Kal Penn, and Mira Nair in connection with this endeavor.

Growing up in a family that strongly believes in philanthropy, Pratima is part of a charitable project created to construct a hospital for the poor. Menno-Clinic India, built in the donated remains of her mother's childhood home, is a free hospital that was opened in 2002. It currently serves a population of 20,000 that previously had no access to healthcare. Additionally, Pratima was the founder and creator of WIN, Working to Instill New Attitudes, a summer day camp for at-risk children.

Pratima graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary's-Notre Dame where she was a Harry S. Truman nominee. She had the honor of becoming a CLEO Scholar and holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Brandeis School of Law where she also received the Book Award for Conflicts of Law.

Trivia
She is the first woman of East Indian descent to place in the top ten at Miss USA.
She is a Ford Model.
Guest Speaker for Harvard South Asian Association.
Has a Juris Doctorate degree.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

ANZ Hires Rakesh Jampala As Sydney-Based Head of Rates


Australia & New Zealand Banking Group ANZ.AU has appointed former Deutsche Bank DBK.XE Head of Swaps Trading Rakesh Jampala as its Sydney-based Head of Rates, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Mr. Jampala, who spent almost a decade at Deutsche before resigning in early October, will join ANZ in January, one of the people said. He will report to Singapore-based Anshul Sidher, who the Australian bank hired from Barclays BARC.LN  earlier this year.

Outside of financial markets, Mr. Jampala helped found the Swami Army, a network Indian cricket supporters with delegates in Australia, the U.K., the U.S and Asia.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Anand Tummala: Team USA Cricket player


Anand Tummala (born 21 October 1978 in VuyyuruAndhra PradeshIndia) is a cricketer for the United States.
Anand first appeared in the United States national cricket team as an all-rounder in 2011 in the Etihad T20 Cricket Tournament hosted by Cricket Canada in King City, Ontario (August 11–13, 2011). Anand made an impression with his debut bowling figures of 3 over, 1 maiden, 10 runs & 2 wickets against arch rivals Canada. Anand bowled exceptionally well against Trinidad & Tobago in the second match with figures of 2 for 24 in 4 Overs.
Anand went on to be part of USA Cricket Team in the historical K.A. Auty Trophy (2 day match, played on August 15 & 16 2011, held at Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club which dates back to 1844 between USA & Canada.
Anand’s performance in the K.A. Auty Trophy was excellent with match bowling figures of 25 overs, 97 runs, 3 maidens and 3 wickets. Anand scored 88 runs in the match with 63 being his highest in the second innings which almost won the game for USA.
Anand also played First-class cricket in India (Ranji Trophy) for Delhi in 2001-02 & has also played Premier league cricket in Gwent, Glamorgan, UK. He completed his Schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi & College from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
Anand also acquired his Level I and level II cricket coaching certifications from the England & Wales Cricket Board during his stay at the University of Wales, Newport where he completed his MBA in 2007.
Anand was appointed Coach & Captain for the University of Wales, Newport Cricket team & also went on to be signed as Senior Coach & Player for Croesyceiliog Cricket Club in South Wales Premier League (Gwent, Glamorgan), UK.
Anand has also worked closely with Bishan Bedi (former Indian team Coach & Captain) while he represented Bishan Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust teams in England & Australia.
Anand now plays for North Atlanta Cricket Club in the Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference (AGCC). He has also represented South East Region of USA where he has performed exceptionally well.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How a damsel in distress triggered a business idea


Vijay Gummadi and Venu Donepudi are cousins, friends, married to sisters and partners in a business. Both were working in the automobile industry in the US and, one fine day, decided that they should go back to India and start a venture in the automotive sector, may be a multi-brand car-service chain. On their trips home, they noticed the growing number of vehicles on the roads with only the dealer network available to take care of these cars.
“Apart from that, there is a story that you should read on our Web site,” says Venu. “It is about the love for a distressed damsel and the automobile, and how it got us into this industry,” adds Vijay, quite helpfully. “A triangular love story,” pipes in Venu. What is it about, you ask them. “You should read it,” replies Venu, during a recent interaction in Delhi.

THE MUSE

Now cut to Carz’s Web site: Vijay and Venu were on a visit to India in 2007. Both were movie buffs. And both had gone to watch the Hollywood movieTransformers on the first day of its release in India. Dinner after the second show, they were driving out of the basement car park when they saw a woman waving at them to stop. The duo stopped and found that she was having problems starting her car and could not find help anywhere. Being auto-industry professionals and knowing a thing or two about checking a car, Vijay and Venu jumped out, fixed the problem and sent the woman on her way. She — Vedika — thanked them, said they should keep in touch and suggested, as she was driving away, that they should build something out of their expertise. Vijay and Venu still argue about whom Vedika wanted to keep in touch with. But one thing they are not arguing about is their business. Carz — or Vahan Motors Pvt Ltd, as the company is known — was set up in Hyderabad. Vijay, 37, has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in manufacturing systems, and is Founder and CEO. Venu, 38, has a bachelor’s in electronics and telecommunications and is Founder and Managing Director.

NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

The two studied the market for servicing cars, including in smaller towns. They even hired a professional market-research agency, whose findings validated their own conclusion that there was scope for an independent multi-brand car-service chain. Carz was formed in March 2008, with about Rs 1.5 crore of funds, mainly theirs and some from family and friends. Indo-US Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm, invested about Rs 22.5 crore ($5 million) in Carz. There are 16 Carz service centres now, all in the South, and this number will increase to 20 by January. They hope to add 30 centres next year.
They have positioned Carz as a neighbourhood service centre, where customers can even watch their vehicles being serviced. Everything is explained upfront to the customers.
Each centre, according to Vijay, will be spread over 10,000 sq. ft and requires Rs 1.2 crore to set up. They will have 12-16 bays and will be able to carry out all kinds of repairs, including accident repair. The service centres will have a paint booth too.
What about getting genuine spares for the vehicles, especially since automobile manufacturers do not sell spares outside their network? “There is a whole network of aftermarket parts manufacturers worldwide,” says Vijay. “We source a large part of the components from these reputed global manufacturers,” he adds. Besides, all the vehicles made in India are part of global platforms for the manufacturers; which means they are sold in other countries, from where too parts can be bought. There are importers who source parts and supply them for the aftermarket.
Each centre handles about 25 cars a day, and Carz has a 75,000-strong customer base. It has about 400 employees. The challenge as they grow, say Vijay and Venu, is in maintaining customer satisfaction levels.