Riyadh: The NRI community, hailing from Telangana and living in Gulf region, organised the floral festival of Bathukamma in a grand scale as hundreds of Telangana families thronged the venues. Various organisations in different cities organised the festival with fervour over the weekend.
As separate Telangana agitation helped revive culture among Telangana NRIs in Gulf, Bathukamma has now become a calendar event.
Telangana families in Gulf region are more enthusiastic given their time and space constraints in addition to local norms on gatherings. Various organisations in Gulf have been competing with each other to celebrate the event in a grand scale.
The activity of collecting colorful flowers for Bathukamma preparation brought back memories from home where they used to collect various wild flowers. The women NRIs creatively substituted locally available flowers like roses and camomiles in decorating the Bathukammas.
This year, there are no political dignitaries attending the festival due to elections back home in Telangana. However, Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar is expected to attend the event next weekend.
UAE is foremost among Gulf regions in conducting Bathukamma and other events of Telangana. A grand festival was organised by Gulf Telangana Welfare and Cultural Association (GTWCA) at Ettisalat Academy in Dubai on Saturday. Earlier, similar event was held at Indian Social Centre’s auditorium in Abu Dhabi.
Emirates Cultural and Welfare Organisation (ETCA), another Dubai-based organisation, conducted the festival at Sharjah.
In Oman, Chiru Youth Mega Force (CYMF), an active Telugu NRI organisation of actor Chiranjeevi fans, also held Bathukamma festival along with Dasara celebrations in Muscat and also industrial city of Sohar.
NRIs in Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait also organised Bathukamma festival this weekend. In Kuwait, Indian Ambassador K Jeeva Sagar attended the function and other TNRI organisations are also scheduled to plan the event next weekend.