TDF Bay area chapter celebrated auspicious “Bathukamma” festival in a unique way at Lake Elizabeth Park in Fremont, California on Oct 21st, 2012. The participants gathered from various parts of Bay area to reinvent cultural identity of this unique festival of Telangana. The guests brought several colorful Bathukammas and the park was filled with people in traditional attire and decorated Kolas while singing melodious “Bathukamma” songs in the background.
The event started with raffles for children and quizzes on Telangana history, geography, literature and natural resources which had a tremendous response from the participants.
Women in colorful silk “Sarees” and traditional Indian dresses played Bathukamma, forming a huge circle. They were extremely enthusiastic, enjoyed singing and dancing around beautiful Bathukammas. 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 “Bathukamma immersion” song.
The guest speaker, Dr. Podduturi Yella Reddy, well known scholar in Telugu literature and retired Principal from Govt. College in Mahaboob Nagar explained the importance of Bathukamma and entertained with poems and folk songs.
Various games such as musical chairs, running, spoon and marble were held for women and children. The men had their share of fun and Volleyball 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” and “Shree Jewelers”.