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Freedom Mela 2019

The Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) has yet again brought the whole community together for the largest ever Freedom Mela 2019 in Atlanta to celebrate the 73rd Indian Independence Day. It was a well-organized event staged at the prestigious Amerisbank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, a suburb of the city of Atlanta. Year after year since 2014, IFA has built on the phenomenal success of the Freedom Mela and 2019 was no exception. It was obvious that the Indian community of Atlanta had great expectations for the IFA Freedom Mela this year, and the IFA team delivered beyond everyone’s expectations with their trademark energy, enthusiasm and execution.

 



With months of planning and preparations by dedicated volunteers behind for an event of this magnitude, it was an energetic, and patriotic spirit of our Atlanta Indian and international communities that made 5th Freedom Mela, an event to remember. IFA is very proud to say that FREEDOM MELA is the signature event of the Indian community, more than 8000 guests turned out to demonstrate their pride and support in celebrating India’s 73rd Independence Day.


All the sponsors have supported in making FREEDOM MELA a grand success. Event sponsor 27th Investments Group, Diamond Sponsors Patel Brothers and Suvidha International Grocery supported the event unconditionally by not only supporting financially but they have also generously sponsored food and drinks.

Based on the level of preparedness and meticulous planning of various fun activities, the IFA team certainly didn’t disappoint the community. The IFA’s volunteer team that made it happen deserves a pat on the back for delivering another spectacular Freedom Mela. IFA’s main objective of hosting Freedom Mela in an open arena is to bring the Indian community into the mainstream by hosting largely attended Indian events in Atlanta. That tradition continued with Freedom Mela 2019 celebrated with much fanfare at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater.


Ameris Bank was setup with Indian and American flags to show the togetherness of two largest democracies in the World. Once in the venue, a 12ft India Gate replica welcomed guests, designed by Creative Customs by MK. The venue and the enormous stage were decorated and draped in tricolours of India and stars and stripes of USA. The stage decorations also featured an elegantly framed video wall and beautifully crafted banners for the main sponsors that blended well with the overall theme.


In the presence of the guests of honors US Congressman Stanford Bishop, State Representatives Todd Jones, Sheik Rehman, Brenda Lopez, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman, PSC Chairman Bubba McDonald, Lauren McDonald and Former Congresswoman Karen Handel, Mr. Shailesh Lakhtakia, Consul (Community Affairs) and Mr. Davender Singh(Consul) from Consulate of India, Atlanta, singers L. V. Revanth(Indian Idol 9), Hanishkha and other distinguished guests, the American and Indian flags were hoisted with touching renditions of the respective national anthems to kick off the celebrations. To mark 5 years of community service, IFA Team along with their spouses and kids hoisted in a specially designed IFA Flag to great excitement of the guests.


Flag hoisting ceremony was followed by fervent and passionate parade showcasing various states of India. IFA Team and Youth volunteer dressed in Indian Freedom fighters costume carrying the Indian tricolor led the parade to the excitement of everyone in the audience and was followed by enthusiastic groups colorfully representing different states of India. Special Thanks to Ritesh Desai, Mitesh Patel and Adi Patel for helping IFA coordinate government representatives.



Following the parade, a cultural spectacular by over 600 participants exceeding 4 plus hours like never before, depicting the arts and culture of various states, was presented by several dance schools and community organizations. The day was packed with over 30 cultural performances from various dance academies and community organizations, presented in rich colors and in a very entertaining manner. Special performance by Shiv Institute of Dance was one of the program highlights. And, the music Concert by Indian Idol 7 winner Revanth was the highlight of the event, it got tremendous response from the crowd, Revanth entertained the audience by singing in different languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi. MCs for the event, Monty, Nikhitha Kokkirala, Rhea Nara engaged the audience with their clean presentations.

IFA’s Independence Cup presentation was part of FREEDOM MELA, Mr. Revanth awarded the trophy to the Winners (Rangasthalam Raiders) and Jay Talluri (TANA President) awarded the trophy to the runner-up (Sourastra Monsters).

Freedom Mela 2019 had more than 45 vendors with ethnic clothes, jewelry, Mehndi Artists, education services, business services and delectable Indian cuisines.



Vakiti Creations covered the event through their team of photographers. FREEDOM MELA was also covered by freelance photographers like Sureh Volam @ Sri Photos and Mr. Neelamegam Subramanian. Special thanks to Madhavi Korrapati for setting up the India Gate and photo booth.

IFA founding members Sunil Savili, Anil Boddireddy, Shyam Mallavarapu, Sairam Pamulapati, Kiran Gogineni, Srinivas Peddi, and Sreekanth Uppala and the IFA executive team Kishan Tallapally, Lakshmi Thesam, Abay Radhakrishnan, Raaghuveer Reddy, Rakesh Khanna, Deepa Sharma, Jamaludheen Masthankhan, Sanjeev Akula, Suresh Volam, Giridhar Kotagiri, Niranjan Podduturi, Deepa Bajpai, Kranthi Chenupati, Sudeep Telang, Sandeep Reddy acknowledged all the participating associations, 100+ volunteers, sponsors, vendors and the City of Alpharetta, for their hard work dedication and support throughout this massive effort by IFA for the community.

27th Group, Patel Brothers, Suvidha International Grocery, Unicorn Technologies, Rapid IT, EIS Technologies, Georgia Power, Orpine Technologies, WorkHCM, Info Smart Technologies, Farmers Insurance, Jhalak.com, Deccan Spice, GVR Realty, North Atlanta Women's Care, North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, Cake World and various other sponsors supported Freedom Mela 2019, and we had great support from individual donors like Srinivas Avula, Kiran Kandhula, Ravi Kandimalla, Sriram Srinivas, Suresh Peddi, Ramana Bathula, Venkat Mondeddu, Guru Paradharami, Prasheel, Kaushal Tripati, Madhav Kusum. IFA team would like to recognize all the performers and their parents, as well as the tireless efforts of over 100 volunteers and Ameris Bank Amphitheater Management, in making Freedom Mela 2019 a grand event to be remembered.



FREEDOM MELA received great support from different Indian organizations in Georgia, IFA thanks American Telugu Association (ATA), Bengali Association of Greater Atlanta (BAGA), Georgia Oriya Society (GOS), Greater Atlanta Malayalee Association (GAMA), Greater Atlanta Punjabi Society (GAPS), Telugu Association of North America (TANA), Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam (GATS), Gujarath Samaj of Atlanta, SEWA, Hindu Temple of Atlanta, IACA, Nrupathunga Kannada Koota, Maharastra Mandal of Atlanta, NRIVA, Rajasthan Association of Georgia (RAJA), Greater Atlanta Telangana Society (GATeS), Telangana Development Forum (TDF), Telanagana American Telugu Association (TATA), Vibha.

IFA would like to thank the Media Partners for promoting the event and supporting us throughout, thanks to TV9, TV5, TV Asia, NRI Pulse, Khabar, India Tribune, YuppTV, WowNow, GNN, Telugu Patrika.

IFA is overwhelmed by the growing support and increased participation from the community, which makes all our hard work and efforts truly worthwhile. We are touched by the generosity and appreciation shown for IFA Freedom Mela and we look forward to serving the community more and more in the years ahead. We want to thank each and every one that participated in Freedom Mela 2019 and we request pardon for any mistakes or inconveniences you may have faced during our event. We welcome all your comments and suggestions, and we commit to make every effort to bring any required improvements in the future.

 

' Sep-12-2019