The enthusiastic Hyderabadi women didn’t let heavy downpour or the chilly weather to dampen their spirits as they were all geared up to celebrate the Saddula Bathukamma on Sunday. Soaked in festive spirit, and dressed up in colourful traditional attires, young girls and women had a great time playing Bathukamma.
The evening wore a much more splendid festival look with the Necklace Road and Tank Bund coming alive with festivities as women gather at the water body to bid adieu to their floral arrangements. The area was inundated with women who prayed to Goddess Gauri, and cheered as they witnessed the fireworks illuminating the sky and the Buddha statue.
Festival goes global
Velama Association of Australia celebrated Bathukamma festival in Rosary convention entre in Sidney. The All-India Velama Association general secretary Srikanth Rao, treasurer Tanner Bapu Rao, executive committee member Jaganmohan Rao, attended the meeting. Members of the association participated in the festivities with gusto. Association president J Narsing Rao and general secretary Ramana Rao and other members thanked the participants.
Telangana Canada Association (TCA) has also organised Bathukamma festival celebrations at Lincolm Alexander school audiorium in Toronto, Canada. Many non-resident Indians took part with a lot of enthusiasm and danced to the Bathukamma songs. The event was organised by TCA president Ramesh Manukuntla, while Foundation Committee chairman Srinivas Tirunagari, Trustee board chairman Srihari Rao, vice-chairman Vijay Kumar Tirumalapuram, Cultural secretary Deepa Gajawada, treasurer Damodar Reddy Madi, etc., were present on the occasion.
Photos: Anand Dharmana & Rajesh Narre