TDF ‘Bathukamma’ celebrations and ‘Samme’ support in Bay Area, California

News pulse, Politics | admin | October 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

TDF Bay area chapter celebrated auspicious “Bathukamma” festival in a unique way at Lake Elizabeth Park in Fremont, California on Sept 25th, 2011. Approximately 400 guests gathered from various parts of Bay area to reinvent cultural identity of this unique festival of Telangana. Some stayed home for a potential rain forecast and cloudy weather. The guests brought several colorful Bathukammas and park was filled with people in traditional attire and decorated Kolas while singing melodious “Bathukamma” songs in the background.

The event started with a quiz on Telangana history, geography, literature and natural resources which had a tremendous response from the participants. The prizes were given away for answering correctly. The volunteers followed with kolatam show and after explaining the origin of Bathukamma and its importance. Women in colorful silk “Sarees” and traditional Indian dresses played Bathukamma before and after lunch, forming a huge circle. They were extremely enthusiastic, enjoyed singing and dancing around beautiful Bathukammas. It was a rare experience for most of the women and ladies living away from home country. It was a first time experience for some. The prizes were awarded for best Bathukammas. Gauramma Puja was performed by elders while younger generation was paying attention and learning the traditions. Bathukammas were immersed by singing traditional “Bathukamm immersion” song.

The quizzes on Telangana were very popular among the crowd and several quizzes were announced through out the program. It was a main vehicle of knowledge on Telangana for younger generation and as well as re-instatement of facts for others. This was followed by a raffle to all the kids and over two dozen prizes were given away. Children were very excited to receive prizes and lived in the moment. Various games were conducted before and after women completed “Bathukamma immersion”. The games included musical chairs, running, spoon and marble for women and children. Women enjoyed very much participating in spoon & marble game and as well as musical chairs. It was very exciting for all of them and multiple prizes were awarded to winners at the end of each game.

This event would not have been successful without countless hours spent on planning and execution by a cohesive, dedicated and hard working TDF-USA Bay area chapter volunteers and generous sponsorship from “Dosa Place”, “Peacock” and “Shree Jewelers”.

The gathering strongly condemned A.P. and Central Governments for suppressing the democratic, non-cooperation strike in entire Telangana with following message:
“ఎండనక, వాననక, రాత్రనక, పగలనక, తెలంగాణ సాధనకై అకుంటిత దీక్షతో పోరడుతున్న విద్యార్తులు, టీచర్లు, లాయర్లు, డాక్టర్లు, సింగరేని, GHMC, RTC, NGO’s మొదలగు ఉద్యొగులకు, మా అభినందనలు. ఈ నిరంకుష , పక్షపాత, అంధ్ర ప్రభుత్వము నుండి విముక్తి కోసం, మీరు చేస్తున్న మరో స్వాతంత్ర పోరాటానికి మా ఫూర్తి సహయ సహకారాలు ఉంటాయని మీకు తెలియచేస్తున్నాము. ఆట్లాగే, భారతప్రభుత్వానికి మా NRI లు చేస్తున్న విజ్ఞప్తి యేమంటే, Please keep your decision that you have announced on 9th Dec, otherwise, India will loose its credibility internationally.”

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