Bathukamma Celebrations at Sunnyvale, California

News pulse, Politics | admin | October 4, 2011 at 4:10 am

Telangana Friends and Families
Bathukamma Celebrations – 1st October 2011
Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, California, USA

A large group of friends and families of San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, USA celebrated Bathukamma festivities on 1st October 2011 at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale City. Many men, women, elders and children in traditional Indian attires gathered in a serene green park setting to celebrate Bathukamma in a serene picnic experience. Women were very enthusiastic in bringing their decorated colorful Bathukamma’s and played for long time till they are tired. At the end, the Bathukamma’s were immersed in water with prayers. Visiting parents and elders also participated in the celebrations and were delighted at the way the festival is celebrated in a land so far from the mother land and in the midst of western civilization and culture. Families from all regions of Andhra Pradesh participated in the celebrations and had nice time.

Midway through celebrations, the serene environment suddenly got heated up with the arrival of Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister for Information, Technology and Communications, Andhra Pradesh. All the participants along with Mr. Lakshmaiah shouted “Jai Telangana” to the fullest of their voices as the park reverberated with the voices of Men, Women and Children of all ages.

Tasteful lunch is provided by the sponsors Suraj Restaurant of Redwood City, Masala Grill of Fremont, Ammas of Fremont, Sannidi Restaurant of Pleasanton, Chaat Bhavan of Fremont and Chaat Express of Fremont. Every participant appreciated the food. Various sports activities were conducted for Children, Women and Men. Separate sports contests were conducted for boys and girls of various age groups and prizes were given to top three in each of the contest. Women have participated enthusiastically in the singing, marble and spoon and running games.

Prizes for best four Bathukamma’s and Men’s/Women’s competitions are sponsored by Shree Jewelers of Sunnyvale, Nitin Jewellers of Sunnyvale, Beads at Beats of Fremont and Dental Fine Arts of Dr Anagha Joshi of Fremont.

Year after year, Bathukamma festival has become ‘The’ favorite cultural event of Telugu families in general and Telangana families in particular here in USA. For some, it is first time experience in their life and for others it is memorable homely experience living away from their near and dear. Bathukamma festival is spreading so fast and wide in US that, even few families are coming together to celebrate in smaller cities also. Bathukamma festival in US not only brings back memories, but also inculcates and retains our native culture among the younger generation born and/or brought up here, especially girls. Bathukamma celebrations have not only brought Telangana culture to the forefront in US, but inspiring the people back home in urban centers of Telangana including Hyderabad. The time may not be far away in Bathukamma festival equaling Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations in Hyderabad. Bathukamma festival is the only festival of its kind in India that is considered as complete women’s celebration.

This event would not have been successful without the tireless efforts from organizers Anjaiah Yamsani, Prasad Aluru, Purushottam Aluri, Ranga Chigullapally, Alwal Putta, Raja Kappera, Som Kancharla, Vijender Gillella, Naveen, Rohit Kappera, Deepak Chigullapally, Bhavani Shanker including many women volunteers Pratima Putta, Rama Kappera, Swapna Kancharla, Vineesha Gillella, Aliveni Chigullapally, Shravani Yamsani, Shravanthi Aluru, Shylaja Aluri, Shilpa and many others. Organizers thank the day volunteers Gangadhar Andru, Rajender Kommidi, Sattaiah Vanam, Sheshu Doggala and many others for helping and making the event memorable. Organizers also thank all the families and visiting elders for coming to the event, making it memorable by participating fully as if it is their own.

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