Chicago: Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC) conducted Bathukamma celebrations on a grand scale with the support of Tourism Department, Telangana State Government, and the American Telangana Association.
TAGC’s Bathukamma celebrations held in a traditional way with more than 1000 guests from Telugu families from all the corners of Chicago area on September 24th, 2017 at Gazebo hall, SVS Balaji Temple Aurora, IL.
Under the leadership of TAGC President Elect Jyothi Chintalapani and women board of directors, the initiative has been taken in a splendid way through maintaining the values of traditions. About 125 women wore Pochampally sarees to support impoverished weavers in Telangana and help them financially.
Gazebo hall and central area were decorated with colorful fall flowers under the leadership of TAGC decoration committee chair Swetha Janamanchi and volunteers. TAGC President and Board offered Sarees and nose ornament to goddess Parvathi at temple, prior to the event.
Bathukamma chair Mamatha Lankala and TAGC President Ramachandra R Ade welcomed all the guests. Well renowned folk singer Shalini came all the way from India to sing and encourage the women.
Women played Bathukamma with energy and passion till the end of the event. After Bathukamma immersion, all the families participated in Jammi puja conducted by Balaji temple priest Sri Hanuman Pradsad. TAGC president Ramachandra Reddy Ade along with Bathukamma celebration chair Mamatha Lankala and board of directors presented the gifts to Bathukamma competition winners.
TAGC raised funds to support hurricane Harvey& Irma relief fund by selling Telangana traditional snacks (Ariselu & Sakinaalu) which were prepared under the leadership of Food Committee chair, Uma Avaduta. Fundraising committee chair, Vani Yetrintala played a key role in raising $1000 dollars.
President appreciated all the women BOD’s and volunteers for their contribution in making the celebration a grand affair and emphasized the importance of these festival celebrations.