Hyderabad: This Bathukamma will have the Department of Culture and Language pulling out all stops to celebrate the festival that is an integral part of Telangana culture.
The festival is going to be celebrated from September 20 to 28 this year. The department is planning another mega Bathukamma event on September 26, which is expected to break the previous record with over 35,000 women participating this year at the LB Stadium.
“This is the first Bathukamma we will be celebrating after the formation of the 31 districts. So we are planning to assign one colour to each district which will be worn by the women. This will happen in coordination with all other departments,” said Mamidi Hari Krishna, Director, Dept of Language and Culture, Telangana. The venue for the nine-day long celebrations is Ravindra Bharathi.
A large procession is being planned on the last day of the festival on September 28, when women submerge their Gouramma.
“We are planning a procession from People’s Plaza to Sailing Club for Saddula Bathukamma,” Hari Krishna said. Close to 150 female artistes from 15 States dressed in their traditional attire will participate in the celebrations.
“They will be representing their State holding our Bathukamma in their hands in a sort of cultural blend,” he said, adding that the coordination of these women would be handled by the Brahma Kumaris. In addition to cultural programmes and seminars, an All India Poetess Sammelan will also be organised in the city.
Bathukamma in different States
The department also has an understanding with States which have a predominant population from Telangana.
“We have an MOU with the Haryana government under the programme, Ek Bharath Sresth Bharath, where a cultural exchange is planned in five cities,” Hari Krishna said.
Bathukamma ‘on arrival’
With 10-12 lakh travellers expected to arrive in the city in the week, the Department of Culture is planning to welcome every passenger with a flower and brochure of Bathukamma.
Air hostesses will greet passengers saying ‘Welcome to Telangana’ in all domestic flights. Trolleys with adverts saying ‘Bathukamma is the Festival of Flowers’ will be taken around 15 airports in other States to create awareness, he added.
Revamped preview theatre
In another welcome development, movie lovers can look forward to another place to explore new work in the field of cinema with plans afoot to launch a new preview theater for this edition of the Bathukamma Filmotsav.
For the last three years, the movies were being shown on the grounds outside the main building of Ravindra Bharathi.
“We have renovated the second floor which hasn’t been used for the last 23 years. Works have been going on since last year. Most films to be previewed are from Telangana, from classics like Matti Manushulu and new releases such as Appatlo Okadundevaadu, Pelli Chupulu and Fidaa along with selected short films,” Hari Krishna said.