Telugu association of London (TAL) is a not-for-profit widely known first ever Telugu charity organization in UK (UK registered charity organization No. 1137074). TAL was formed in April 2005 with a clear vision and objective to lay foundations for Telugui speaking community.
UNITE, CHERISH AND SHARE TELUGU CULTURE
WHAT WE DO?
TAL runs various cultural programmes throughout the year under following sub-groups, to name a few below.
- TCC (Telugu Culture Centre) organises the following activities
- Telugu language classes for all
- Violin, Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance), Carnatic Vocal (Indian classical vocal), Bollywood Dance for juniors and adults
- Children’s day with performances by TCC students each November
- TAL Sports organises following activities
- TPL (TAL Premier League) running Cricket championships each summer
- Badminton, Chess, Volleyball championships each winter
- TWF (TAL Women Forum)
- Various activities for Women throughout the year
TAL has restored the Grave of the British Born Telugu writer/poet Sir. Charles Philip Brown (CP Brown) in London and also we started TAL Cultural Centres to teach Telugu Language and fine arts to preserve our language and culture and pass it onto the next generations. We had the greatest honour of felicitating Great Grandson of Sir. Arthur Cotton who built many dams across rivers in India.
In addition to this, TAL charity recognises the achievements of various artists, performers and exponents and bring their works to the notice of thousands of new audiences through our most popular annual celebration on every Telugu New year day “Ugadi” in London. TAL conducts talent hunts and surveys.
Also brings out a colourful cultural souvenir “Maa Telugu” (means Our Language) every year with works from various artists, authors, writers, scientists, professionals, students, business community etc… We also encourage the artists by grandly felicitating and respecting their work by commissioning “Cultural Excellence Award” and “Life Time Achievement Award” every year. I am very pleased to say that 8 eminent people received life time achievement awards in due recognition to their dedication for the very development of the humanity and society in Britain and a total of 14 including local and international artists received Cultural excellence and appreciation awards.
Throughout the year in addition to other charitable, social, women’s, sporting and youth activities TAL also provide opportunities for cultural sharing and skills development through our international arts performance and exchange program on various international stages in and around London. We support cultural practitioners, for example in the areas of music and dance, literature to have their work appreciated by others and their concerns staged and propagated at a local and global level. We are making every attempt to understand and develop projects to foster greater respect and understanding between different identities in London, particularly in the areas of education, music, dance, linguistics, sports etc… As part of our curriculum we celebrate Children’s day in aid of UNICEF every year on eve of the birth anniversary of India’s First Prime Minister Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru.
- Preserve, maintain and carry forward the cultural heritage of Telugu Community in the UK.
- Assist and propagate cultural, literary, educational, social, economic and community affairs of the people of Telugu community in UK.
- Organise periodic Telugu literary, cultural and educational conferences, seminars, workshops to promote TAL objectives; and, to collaborate, cooperate, assist and encourage Telugu literary, cultural and educational conferences, seminars in the UK and other countries.
- Encourage and facilitate to follow the Telugu customs, traditions and values. Foster friendship and understanding among Telugus and promote unity among the community.
- Organise, encourage the charity events and programmes for the benefit of the people in general and community in particular.
- Initiate, promote and maintain unity, friendly, co-operative relations with other Telugu organisations in the UK, Europe and other countries.
- Raise, solicit, collect and disburse funds, charities and donations for cultural, educational and charitable purposes either directly or in cooperation with other not-for-profit organisations in the UK and other countries.
- Affiliate and cooperate with and help to manage associations or societies having similar objectives.
- To stimulate imaginative and progressive thinking in the arts, and to act as a consistent forum for innovative, experimental and new artistic endeavour to enrich our art and literary forms.
- Support and encourage the societies, institutions, bodies, individuals dedicated for the development of Telugu language, literature and art forms.
- Organise and workout exchange programmes for children and youth to bridge live cultural relations with Andhra Pradesh.
- Negotiate to promote and propagate Telugu language and Telugu history through the media and other institutions.
- Negotiate and represents to concerned authorities, institutions, governmental bodies in the UK as well as in India for the general problems of the community.