02-17-2010 Telugu Association of Jackson, Mississippi celebrated "SANKRANTI" in Richland Community Center on January 30, 2010 with several Telugu Speaking Families of Jackson, MS and its environs entertaining the afternoon’s guests. The exhilarating fun and frolic was perhaps a result of several parents (especially mothers) and choreographers' efforts. It was evident that they took pains to get 'tiny winy toddlers' on stage for their individual and collective performance. It was remarkable to watch these toddlers on the stage, facing the audience, with over 300 eyes focused on them! The high light of the day was to see all the children above two years of age, having a role to perform on the stage. Sankranti Sambaralu was fun to watch with all the adults participating giving the occasion a true spirit of the day. The program captured the Sankranti celebrations at Jackson 'detailing' with typical Sankranti music, the scenes and settings of the Telugu Speaking Folks of India. The ‘Repalle Bhamalu’ invoking Sri Krishna and the little Krishna joining them in the dance was least to say enlivening.The highlight of the evening’s resplendent program was Kuchipudi style dance drama of Ramayana episode, as narrated by Lava and Kusha, which kept the audience spellbound for over 20 minutes and got a standing ovation! The scintillating music and dance recitals conveyed the message of ‘Sankranthi’ that rewards of paddy harvesting meant ‘sarva jano sukhano bhavanthu’! The presence of several non-Telugu speaking folks enjoying the afternoon’s gala performance implied 'music has no barriers of language and bounds’. Indira took some pictures and posted them in this web page. This is our way of congratulating the organizers for working out the details and following the time schedule. Appreciation goes to the parents, mothers in particular, who spent several hours with the children preparing for the event along with their own school work.Our thanks to the organizers, several of whom, we know personally and those who worked assiduously behind the scenes to recreate the Sankranti themes here at Jackson, thousands of miles away from our native land!