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Women’s Forum

The ATA Organization is to provide a forum for women in various professions to share information and resources, exchange ideas, promote culture and ethics.

Telugu Women Legends:

* Rudrama Devi(Queen of Kakatiya Kingdom- 1262 to 1296): Rudrama Devi ruled the Kakatiya Kingdom from 1262 to 1296. She was the daughter of Ganapatideva and ascended the throne, as the King had no sons. Her husband died at an early age. During her reign, the Chola and Pandya kings attacked the Kakatiya Kingdom from all sides. But she fought against them, repulsed all their invasions and protected the kingdom.

* Nayakuralu Nagamma(Minister to king Nalagama, 12th Century):Nayakuralu Nagamma was one of the most powerful women in the medieval times in India and in the world.Nayakuralu Nagamma a renowned statesperson and minister to king Nalagama, the ruler of Palanadu in Guntur District. She is one of the key characters along with Bramha Naidu in the epic war - Palanati Yuddham(war) set in the medieval Andhra Pradesh,India.

* Soorambika(1402-1420) - Wife of  Pedakomati Vema Reddy- King of Kondaveedu. Soorambika was Great Visionary Queen in the History.She built Temples,Lakes,Canals& Expert in Foreign policy, Exports, Imports, develped Motupalli Port(World Famous Port).

* Gangadevi(14th Centuy) was the daughter of Kakatiyas and the daughter-in-law of the Vijayanagara Dynasty founded by Bukkarayalu and Harihara Rayalu. She was the wife of Kamaparayalu, the third son of Bukkarayalu. The rulers of both Kaktiya and Vijayanagar dynasties are indigenous Telugu communities. She wrote the true story of her husband's victory over Muslims in Madhura, entitled "Madhura Vijayamu". This Kavyamu (poem) is also known as "Veerakamparaya Charitramu," and contains 8 chapters.

* Tallapaka Timmakka(15th Century) was the first woman to write in Telugu. She was the first wife of Tallapaka Annamacharya. She wrote "Subhadhra kalyaanamu" in Telugu, a poem of 1170 verses. Although Arjuna of Mahabharat of North India was the hero of the story, she reenacted the story with Telugu culture, customs, sensuality and Telugu places.

* Atukuri Molla(16th Century): Atukuri Molla wrote Ramayanamu in Telugu. This work is also known as "Molla Ramayanamu". She used simple Telugu instead of  Sanskrit.

* Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy(1886-1968):  First Indian woman doctor, most Powerful Indian women in the 20th Century. She was Indian eminent Medical practitioner, social reformer.The first woman to be admitted as a medical student at the Madras Medical College, she was also the first woman to be nominated to the Madras Legislative Council, where she was elected Deputy Chairperson.

She was the Founder-President of the "Indian Women’s Association(WIA)" and became the first alderwoman of the Madras Corporation. Keenly aware of her role as a pioneer among women,Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy, constantly fought for the emancipation and upliftment of women in India. She was the prime mover behind the legislation that abolished the devadasi system in 1929 and played a keen role in raising the minimum marriage age for women in India.Founder of CIFWIA- The Cancer Institute of WIA(Women India Association).Founder of the "Avvai Home" for orphaned girls and daughters of devadasis.

* Savithri Kommareddy(Dec.6.1936-Dec.26.1981): Savithri was a great Actress, director and producer of films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. She was known for her liveliness and captivating performance and is still treated as the benchmark for action in Telugu movies.

* Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Paluvayi(Sep.7.1925–Dec.24.2005): She  was a noted Indian film actress, director, music director, singer, producer, book writer and songs writer. Most of her works are in Telugu and Tamil languages.Padma Bhushan Awardee in 2003.

* Susheela Pulapaka(Nov.13.1935): She is an Indian playback singer. She has recorded several songs in many Indian languages including Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil,Kannada and Sinhalese. Smt. P. Susheela is recognized as one of the greatest stars the world of south indian cinema has ever known. Her voice could be called as Rolls Royce. Her career spanned for more than four decades.Her most recent song is "Pottu Vaitha" in Sila nerangalil. She has recorded this song after many years. She has been awarded the prestigious "Padma Bhushan Award" by the Indian government in January of 2008.

* S. Janaki(Apr.23.1938): She is an Indian playback singer. She has sung in many Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil,Malayalam and Kannada. Janaki is a lyricist and a music composer. A devotee of Lord Krishna and Shirdi Sai Baba, she spends a lot of time praying and has also released devotional music cassettes on Meera.

* Shobha Raju: She is an eminent singer, who has devoted her life for the propagation of Annamacharya Sankeertanas. For 25 years, she has performed numerous concerts and rendered selfless service for this cause through her versatile talents.

Telugu Tejalu- American Telugu Women

* VijayaLakshmi Appareddy, M.D., a Board Certified Psychiatrist practicing in Chattanooga, TN became the first Indian American Woman to receive a non-career appointment by President Bush in the history of the United States of America. She was Sworn in as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities at a ceremony in the Indian Treaty Room at the White House by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson in 2002.

Dr. Appareddy received her medical degree from Osmania University. She has served on the faculty at Brown University Medical School. She has held leadership positions in several ethnic and mainstream medical organizations over the years. In 2002 she was elected as the youngest Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). In 2002 she met with President Abdul Kalam and several Chief Ministers from different states and facilitated the transfer of clinical knowledge such as Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) to India through the AAPI. She is the recipient of several awards including the American Medical Association Leadership Award.

* Sandhya Gavva: Past President of American Telugu Association.

* Prasanthi Reddy: Attorney of  Immigration, The Immigration Chair for the National South Asian Bar Association, The Immigration co-chair for the  Federation of Indian Associations. volunteers for Trial Lawyers Care (for victims of 9/11), Manavi (women's organization in New Jersey).

* Bindu- Product Manager, Google Base(Google Video,..)

* Sabitha Papineni: Awardee of  WISE(Women In Science and Engineering )-2008, USA.

* Kuchipudi Dancers (Indian Classical Dance)

Radha Reddy: Awardee of Padmabhushan

Shobha Naidu: Awardee of Padma Shri

Dr.Padmaja Reddy: Awardee of Natyavisharada,ANR Gold Medal Award,Kala Rathna(Hamsa).


Yamini: Awardee of Devadasi, Sangeet Natak Acadamy