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A CLARION CALL OF T PRIDE అక్టోబర్ 2, 2014

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With Its Spectacular Bathukamma Festivities, The T Govt Announces Its Arrival With A Bang
The festivities had it all: thousands of women from different parts of the state dressed in their best, cultural troupes presenting quick demonstrations of dances and songs, a laser show projecting Bathukamma in the dark sky and finally a firework display that went on for a good 20 minutes.
3 Oct 2014, TNN
toi bathukamma  cropedThe newest state in the country, Telangana, announced its arrival on the scene with the spectacular celebration of Saddula Bathukamma here on Thursday. Once a festival celebrated in villages and small towns by small groups of women, Bathukamma was literally hauled into the mainstream consciousness of the state by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, whose government declared it a state festival and promised to put on a show in the city unlike any other before.

And on Thursday, the chief minister, with governor ESL Narasimhan and countless other VIPs in attendance, witnessed the celebrations surrounded by a sea of humanity. The festivities had it all: thousands of women from different parts of the state dressed in their best, cultural troupes presenting quick demonstrations of dances and songs, a laser show projecting Bathukamma in the dark sky and finally a firework display that went on for a good 20 minutes.

toi bathukammaThe celebrations began in the morning at the Lal Bahadur Stadium, where the government had arranged for the delivery of 30 tonnes of fresh flowers, which the women used to make Bathukammas un der temporary shelters.Around 4 pm, the women carrying Bathukammas proceeded to Hussainsagar.The procession was interspersed by demonstrations of dance and music by cultural troupes reflecting the various cultural aspects of Telangana such as Perini Sivatandavam and Oggu Kathalu. Flower-decked tableaux representing the important aspects of the 10 districts were also wound their way slowly on the route.

The celebrations were telecast live on many TV channels and the state govern ment’s dedicated website for the festival had live streaming of the f e s tivities. With the government sanction ing Rs 15 crore for the conduct of the festival, the officials has also installed several CCTV cameras all along the route from Lal Bahadur Stadium to Hussainsagar and monitored the feed continuously to keep a watch over any potential law and order situation.

The people went into a frenzy when Chandrasekhar Rao and governor Narasimhan made their way on to the dais set up near Rotary Park at Tank Bund. The area was cordoned off for traffic and a few low-flying drones overhead grabbed everyone’s attention. The government also ensured the presence of a large number of life guards as the festivities ended with the women releasing the Bathukammas in the water.Even as night was falling, a laser show lit up the skies followed by the long fireworks display, which was hailed by loud cheers from the people, and brought the curtains down on the festivities.

For those who couldn’t make it Hussainsagar, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) had taken up civic works at 18 smaller water bodies so that women could celebrate the festival there as well.

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