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NATS to focus on more social service

Mr. Ravi Madala is a pioneer among NRI crowds worldwide. He is a pioneer and visionary with his entrepreneur and leadership skills. Professionally he is a Supply Chain Management consultant, and owns a company KEOGH Consulting specialized in site location and logistics network analysis studies, development of computer based simulation models, as well as analysis models for consideration of alternative investment strategies. He is well known for his support to non-profit organizations such as Dr. M.S.S. Koteswara Rao Memorial Foundation – Health Insurance for Poor in Andhra Pradesh. EKAL Vidyalaya, Society for Rural Scholars – Higher Education for talented Rural Scholars in Andhra Pradesh, Vegesna Foundation – Support to Disabled in Andhra Pradesh, Foundation for Families – CTC Foundation, St. Jude’s Medical Research, United Way, American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, DR. ANV Rao Scholarship Fund, Bapscare Foundation, Shiva Vishnu Temple, Various Local and National Telugu Associations, including ATA and other Telugu Associations. Telugu Literary and Arts Promotion, Organized various conferences and fund raisers in US and India.

He is the founder president of North America Telugu Society (NATS), which recently organized the mega Telugu Sambaralu in a gigantic fashion. For the recent IAEO fundraiser, to support Pushpagiri Eye Hospital in India, he visited Denver to represent NATS. NATS has contributed a generous donation of 10 village eye camps, 10 school eye camps and matching contributions worth more than $42000. When DesiShades requested some time from him, he instantly agreed to talk. Here is the summary of his talk with DesiShades.

I came here representing North America Telugu Society (NATS) to take part in Indo-American Eye care Organization's fundraising program. We have started NATS to address the needs of the Telugu People in North America and Andhra Pradesh. We do many programs on behalf of this society. We have about 700,000 Telugu people in North America. There are many regional Telugu Associations now. Regional and local associations are addressing cultural and literary needs of the Telugu Community across North America. We have started NATS to offer service to Telugu People on a national platform. In July 2009, we have conducted very successful conference America Telugu Sambaralu in Orlando, Florida. Apart from this cultural event, we have done many other service oriented projects.

We have partnered with Rotary International to take part in their challenge to raise $200 million to eradicate polio worldwide. If Rotary and NATS together raising $200 million means, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's donation will match the money raised to help eradicate Polio.

We have started a helpline 1-888-4.TELUGU for the Telugu Community. The help can be anything ranging from the orientation to the new students coming to US, getting medical help for those uninsured, solving the medical insurance problems, help with immigration guidance, accidental death support, women’s forum that works for women’s problems, career guidance, women growth etc.

We have also conducted numerous programs to assist flood victims in Andhra Pradesh. We have supplied rice, ready-to-eat foods and milkpowder to many effected areas. We have done a clothes drive across North America for the flood victims, which was never done by any organization. We collected about 300,000 lbs of clothes, and sending to India. We are partnering with many non-profits across India, such as Ramakrishna Mission, Sewa International, etc. to distribute clothes. We are also partnering with TV9. We are helping several families who lost their livelihood due to floods, as part of this effort, we are helping about 1300 families of weavers who lost their looms in the floods. The cost for each of the loom would be about Rs.60,000, in which the bank finances Rs.50000. We are planning to help the weavers the rest of the amount. We are partnering with Hyderbad 10k, Vidyaniketan Education Society, etc..

We will be opening NATS chapters in every city with a good team of volunteers. NATS will work with the local Telugu associations to mobilize volunteers, funds, and other resources to the local associations. We will get the support from the regional and local Telugu associations to organize our large scale programs. This will create a win-win situation for both and be a collaborative support between the organizations.

We are conducting the NATS biennial conference (America Telugu Sambaralu) in 2011 in New Jersey and in Dallas in 2013. We have a kick off meeting for the 2011 conference on 1st November 2009. I request everyone to participate in the kickoff event

Please visit our website www.Natsworld.org for more details about NATS, Visit Sambaralu.org for details on our Biennial conference.

DesiShades thanked for the time with Mr.Ravi.

Other Guests
* Notable Violinist from a musical family BV Raghavendra Rao
* Exceptionally Talented Carnatic Mrigangist Patri Satish Kumar
* Eminent Carnatic musician and playback singer Dr. Nithyasree Mahadevan
* 2010 National Spelling Champion Anamika Veeramani
* Telugu Music Director and Singer Nihal
* Telugu Playback Singer Sudhamayi
* Ace South Indian Playback Singer Unni Menon
* Interview with Tollywood Hero Raja
* Deputy Speaker of AP Assembly Mr.Nadendla Manohar
* Founder President of North America Telugu Society Mr.Ravi Madala
* Famous Bharatanatyam Dancer Smt.Alarmel Valli
* Kuchipudi Dance Teacher Pasumarthy Venkateswara Sarma from India
* Dr.Sudhakar Reddy & Mrs.Vanita Reddy from Detroit
* Mr.Viswa Mohan Ammula, Singer from Kansas City
* Mrs.Jayanthi Savithri - Harikatha artist from Tirupathi, India
* Rama-Sethu should be preserved as a National Monument - Dr.Subramanyan Swamy
* There are some commanalities among world religions - Dr.Yashwant Pathak
* Swami Nirbhayananda from Ramakrishna Mission, Karnataka
* Bharatanatyam Guru Padmasri Adyar K. Lakshman
* Bollywood Singer Udit Narayan
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