International Cultural Center at LSU to Dedicate Remembrance Garden to Komma & Allam
BATON ROUGE – The International Cultural Center at LSU, located at 3365 Dalrymple Drive, will host a dedication of the newly completed Komma and Allam Remembrance Garden on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m.
The dedication will take place on the fifth anniversary of the deaths of two international students from India. Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam were killed in an apparent home invasion on the LSU campus in December of 2007. The following spring an idea originated with the LSU international student community and the International Cultural Center’s governing board to raise funds for creating an appropriate memorial to these young men. The resulting garden behind the building can be seen from both Dalrymple and West Lakeshore Drive and enjoyed by the many walkers, joggers and bikers out for exercise around University Lake. The memorial was designed by LSU Campus Landscape Architect Dennis Mitchell and its centerpiece sculpture, rendered so beautifully by Jonathan Pellitteri of LSU’s School of Art, helps to make this concerted project a fitting tribute to the two fine young men it honors.
“This Remembrance Garden was created by a large team of LSU students and many interdepartmental friends of international students, working very hard over time,” said Maureen Hewitt, manager of the International Cultural Center. “Oddly, being able to celebrate their lives on this fifth anniversary, despite so many natural disasters and other world-wide traumas of the past five years, demonstrates that Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam will, indeed, be remembered, and their gentle influence in the LSU community will continue.”
The dedication will be open to the public, and all are invited to attend to help celebrate the lives of these two advanced graduate students by joining in the dedication of the garden built in their honor. An open house will follow. The Komma and Allam Remembrance Garden is the culmination of generous interdepartmental and community support.
For more information on the International Cultural Center at LSU, call 225-342-3084.