Monday, January 22, 2018

AOSC celebrates Foundation Day

Foundation Day Celebrations of Association of Senior Citizens held on 21st Jan 2018

AOSC-H celebrated their Foundation day on 21st January 2017 in Lions Bhavan, Secunderabad. Nearly 70 persons participated. The meeting started with our charming Master of ceremony, Smt Kamakshi Hatti, requesting dignitaries to occupy the dais.  Seated on the dais were Sri RN Mital, Sri IM Bhalla, Sri Surya Prakash, Sri Chepuri Shankar Rao, Sri Chidambara Rao and Sri  VC Dalal. First there was a prayer song in Hindi by Sri Chandragupta. Thereafter Sri Shankar Rao sang a special welcome song composed by him in Telugu (saying welcome to all) followed by all the ladies welcoming the participants by raining flowers and petals from the dais.
Three dignitaries – Sri Jagadiswar, Smt Shylaja, Lion Syed Javed – could not come, leaving Sri Surya Prakash to take up their roles as well. Sri Bhalla welcomed all and thanked all the participants in Painting and Crafts exhibitions, the judge for the competitions Sri Surya Prakash and others. Sri Mital briefly sketched the achievements of many members who did us proud during their post-retirement period. Sri Shankar Rao described the achievements of the association since inception citing awards, events and seminars conducted.

The judge went round the exhibition of paintings and crafts. Nearly 30 paintings and three crafts(wo)men participated. Sri Suryaprakash said that categorizing winners like first, second or third does not make sense and all the prizes will be given with equal importance. Learning to draw or paint is more important than winning prizes, he emphasized. Three prizes for paintings and two prizes for crafts were given away, amidst applause and approbation.See the painting entries in the video by Sri Shankar Rao given below:

Smt Vaijayanti announced that Dr P Vyasamoorthy has been chosen as the recipient of Prof Visweswaraiah Memorial Award, instituted three years ago. The award comprised of a shawl, Memento, Framed Citation and a Cheque for Rs 5000/- Sri Surya Prakash did the honour of giving away the award to Dr Vyasamoorthy, followed by a brief thanksgiving by the recipient.

Some 19 members were to be felicitated for becoming octogenarian, nonagenarians etc. But only five turned up: Sri RN Mital, Dr Venkateswara Rao, Sri GR Krishnamurthy, Smt  Hymavathi Bheemanna and xxxxxxx.  Sri GR Krishnamurthy gave a pleasant surprise to all by making a big donation of Rs 25000/-. We were all overjoyed not only by the amount but also by the surprise element.

Sri  Samudrala Mallikarjun who came from Nalgonda has authored a book in Telugu on Religious tourism – places to visit on pilgrimages and details thereon. His book was released on this occasion by Sri Surya Prakash.

Thereafter all the winners and runners up in Carom tournament were given prizes.  With this the meeting part ended.

Then Dr Sobha Gurajada Perindevi took over cultural program. Besides songs by several people including Sri Chandraguta there were skits as well. Shankar Rao and Sobha portrayed a Telugu skit full of humor involving selection of a bride. Sobha and Hymavathi did a marvelous job of conversing with each other as MIL and DIL trying to show each other their places.  The function ended with sumptuous delicious lunch.

The function was remarkable in many ways. Master of Ceremony, Smt Kamakshi, did a splendid job, adjusting to surprising changes as warranted, keeping everyone deeply engaged. Sri Surya Prakash  was humility personified and his advice was a great tonic to all seniors. The painting competition saw largest participation ever. The crafts show helped us discover happily hidden talents among our members. Malleswari gave away a doll made by her to Kamakshi exhibiting sisterly concern, affection, appreciation and understanding. The lunch was superb because of carefully selected menu. Cultural program was so designed to expand or be shortened depending on circumstances.  Recipient of Prof Visweswaraiah Award was so happy and motivated   that he posted a separate blog post  on it. Sakshi – Telugu daily - covered the event nicely.

Appendix gives details of prize winners in competitions carom competition etc

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