Bathukamma celebrations in Hyderabad అక్టోబర్ 3, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bathukamma, Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, politics, Telangana.
Gaiety and poise mark Bathukamma finale
Hundreds of people participate in celebrations
Song and dance: Girls celebrating ‘Bathukamma’ on Saturday (Photo K Ramesh Babu).
HYDERABAD: It was a felicitous mix of grace and poise as women and young girls in their resplendent best rhythmically moved around the colourful creations singing songs. ‘Saddula Bathukamma’ – the grand finale of Bathukamma festival on Friday was a treat to the eyes as grace, glitz and glamour gathered at one place to keep alive the Telangana culture and tradition. And it was an assurance to the heart that the culture and tradition still occupy prime place among the urbanites.
Women carrying colourful ‘Bathukammas’ – a variety of flowers arranged in cone shape in a bronze plate, a symbol of goddess Gauri Devi proceeded towards the water bodies to immerse them after paying final tributes.
The festival atmosphere reflected en route too with people offering prayers to the ‘Bathukammas’. Young girls sporting traditional dress – ‘langa voni’ and ornaments like anklets, armlets and braids were cynosure of all eyes.
A festive atmosphere prevailed all the way from IMAX circle to Lumbini Park where the main celebrations were held by the Telangana Jagruthi Samithi wherein hundreds of people from different parts of the city participated. The procession led by folk artists singing popular ‘Batthukamma’ songs and drum beats began at IMAX circle at about 6 p.m. and took more than an hour to reach the venue.
Women leaders from different political parties like Nannapaneni Rajkumari of TDP, Shoba Rani of PR and Jhansi from BJP took part in the celebrations. “The festival should be given national significance as it reflects the culture and traditions of a particular region,” demanded N. Rajkumari while MLC K. Nageshwar asked the government to release postal stamps on the festival. Actor and Medak MP Vijayashanthi, who has been a part of the celebrations for the last few years, was conspicuous by her absence. The BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya and Yerran Naidu of TDP were also present.
Source: The Hindu, September 27, 2009