Telangana Chaitanya Sravanthi, TCS-Kuwait celebrated their unique iconic Bathukamma Festival on 7 October in the Community Hall of Fintas, Kuwait in the presence of its members and their families along with the invited guests.
The Bathukamma celebrations commenced with the lighting of the Bhadradeepam by the distinguished Guests, Afsal Khan, The Regional Director, Marketing Head from M/s Malabar Gold and Diamonds Jewelry, Kuwait and the Council members, followed by Puja performed by R. Sharma garu and the Telangana Song.
The Vice president Prem Kumar garu, gave a welcome speech explaining the significance of the occasion and activities of the TCS, Kuwait. TCS President, Srinivas Vaidyula garu welcomed the honorable guests and members, and elaborated on the aims and objectives of the organization that is solidly being built on its four core pillars of strength – happiness, awareness, training and cultural celebrations.
He reminded all to keep the spirit of Telangana alive and for what the separate state was formed. He explained about the significance of the festival that humanizes love and benevolence, bringing people from all walks of life to come together and celebrate the nature and life, rising above caste, creed or religion. He thanked the M/s Malabar Gold and Diamonds for being the sponsors of TCS programs for the third time in a row and described them as a great sponsor. He congratulated them on the opening of their Mahboula branch.
TCS, Kuwait is growing day by day with the full commitment and dedication of all the Council and Committee members. This is the third such event attended by a large gathering in as many months, displaying abundance of energy and enthusiasm.
Mr. Khan thanked TCS and shared happiness to celebrate Telangana Culture for the second time in a row. He informed that they actively support the needy in cases of emergency and educational activities. He fondly remembered their association with TCS members and their patronage of Malabar Gold. He assured that all the TCS members will continue to enjoy very good customer service in all their branches.
Bathukamma Festival is the celebration of nature. The Festival ends on the day before the grand Dasara festival. Take from nature and give it back to it mother earth, by immersing the flowers ensemble in the flowing streams or ubiquitous lakes found all over the Telangana. The flowers that are traditionally it is believed will purify the waters. Children joining their elders during this duration of nine auspicious days get a practical fun filled indoctrination of respecting and caring for the nature through playful pageantry and pomp evenings of playing Bathukamma.
The Womenfolk and girls dressed in choicest silk sarees from the famous Telangana Silk handlooms of Pochampally, Gadwal, NarayanPet, Kothakota in vibrant dazzling colors played around the Bathukamma singing folk songs, rhythmically clapping and gracefully dancing around Bathukammas placed in the Centre.
The Bathukammas are placed on beautiful colorful rangolis. The different flowers were flown especially from Hyderabad, India just before the grand occasion. All Telanganites and guests expressed happiness, thrill and exuberance of emotional nostalgia of this function having taken them back to their yesteryears of Bathukamma celebrations in their homes along with their loved ones. Children and men folk too played and danced around bathukamma with happiness.
As if this is not enough, the children put up a grand display of their talents spearheaded by the semi-classical dazzling dance performance by young Vishnupriya stole the show, followed by a commendable maiden Prerini Dance by master Suraj Nukala for the first time in Kuwait, which is a unique dance form of Telangana region.
K. Jangaih garu also enthralled the audience with lovely Telangana folk songs. Children from primary sections performed a wonderful skit from Ramayana organized by Sapna garu and Susheela garu.
TCS, Kuwait also organized competitions – Best Bathukamma – Anita Garu, followed by Susheela garu, and Swapna garu. Best Traditional Couple – Dr. Indeevar garu and Shobha garu. Best Traditional Ladies Dressing – K. Swapna garu followed by Srivani Garu and A. Swapna garu. Best Traditional Girls Dressing – Mitravinda followed by Karthika and Vishnupriya. Best Traditional Dressing Boys - Satwik, Rishit and Sai Srikar. This was followed by distribution of prizes and certificates of appreciation for the Bathukamma day all performers.
Joint Secretary, Oruganti Ramesh garu proposed a vote of thanks, enlisting the sponsors, M/s Malabar Gold, Ladies Wing Representative Ranjita Garu, Sponsors of the gifts, all the Council and Council members, Children Skit Coordinator Sapna Garu, Susheela garu, Compere Smt Shyamli garu, Bathukamma and Rangoli makers Radha garu, Kavitha garu and Aravind Garu, Naresh garu, Ramesh garu, event managers, Prem kumar Garu, Ranjita Garu, Kondal reddy garu, Shekar garu, Ramesh Gotla garu, Santosh garu, Janardhan garu, P.Sharma garu, R.Sharma garu and Praveen garu.
He thanked the advisor Prabhakar garu, for bringing flowers from Hyderabad for this occasion. He thanked Rlexander garu and Ranjitha garu for arranging gifts by various sponsors.
The event ended with singing National anthem followed by a gala dinner served by the Association and photos were captured by Sreeram garu, Laxma reddy Garu, and Suresh garu.