Karunya's melody in Indiana
"Karunya 500" , evoking the cheer and excitement of nearly 500 Indian music lovers from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and other states.
The program, jointly organized by Greater Indianapolis Telugu Association (GITA) and India Association of Indianapolis (IAI), was held in Indianapolis on July 9, 2006. The program evinced non-stop applause from the audience while many of them sang along with Karunya or joined the dance.
The presidents of GITA and IAI, Mr. Raju Chinthala and Mr. Haresh Gangwani, respectively, introduced Karunya and facilitated the program. Karunya sang a total of 22 songs truly 22 memorable gems that will reside in the hearts of the participants. His songs included - 'Right here, Right now', 'Hum hai ek pal yahaan', 'Yaa Ali Raham wali' and the current melody 'Chaand sifaarish' from Fanaa, along with 4 Telugu songs including Ghantasala songs and a recent hit from the movie Pokiri.
During the last part of the program, Karunya gave a surprise entrance to the audience by joining a Telugu dance medley by Vinod Madhanu and Sandeep Pamireddy of Indianapolis and dancing with them to a tune from Pawan Kalyan's 'Bangaram' movie.
Karunya was felicitated by GITA and IAI by the presentation of a plaque, a shawl and was honored with the title of గాన కళ భూషణ (Gaana Kala Bhushana) with the backdrop of vedic chants by Dr. DHR Sharma. The program concluded by a vote of thanks by GITA president Mr. Raju Chinthala. The executive committee members of GITA, IAI and many volunteers and sponsors helped to make this program a grand success.