Staff Reporter

US-based SiliconAndhra is organising the event from May 23

Over a lakh devotees are expected to participate in the event and recite Annamayya keerthanas

All participants to be given ‘prasadam' of Lord Venkateswara

VIJAYAWADA: The United States-based SiliconAndhra, a non-profit organisation committed to promoting Telugu culture, literature and tradition among the Telugu-speaking people in the US, will celebrate the 602 {+n} {+d} birth anniversary of Tallapaka Annamacharya by conducting ‘Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana' for five days and ‘Laksha Gala Govinda Namarchana' and ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam' in the city from May 23.

These programmes are being organised in association with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and the Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Over one lakh devotees of Lord Venkateswara are expected to take part in the event and recite the ‘keerthanas' composed by Annamacharya during the five-day programme.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the founder and chairman of the SiliconAndhra, Anand Kuchibhotla, said following the success of ‘Annamayya Laksha Gala Sankeertana' held at Hyderabad last year, the organisation decided to conduct a similar event in the city this year.

“We are very happy that the TTD and the Department of Culture have joined hands with us,” he said.

The ‘Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana' will be held at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram from May 23 to 27, with the participation of about 100 singers who will render 1,008 ‘keerthanas' composed by Annamacharya.

Srinivasa Kalyanam

The ‘Laksha Gala Govinda Namarchana' followed by ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam' will be held at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium from 6 p.m. onwards on May 27.

No registration fee

“There will be no registration fee or entry fee and all the devotees are welcome to take part in the event. We will distribute ‘prasadam' of Lord Venkateswara to all those who turn up for the event,” Mr. Anand said.

Members of the organising committee Vemula Hazarataiah Gupta, Tondepu Hanumantha Rao and others were present.