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Telangana’s Bathukamma festival on Burj Khalifa

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Telangana’s floral festival Bathukamma is going global as it is all set to be showcased on the world’s largest screen at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai.

Thanks to the efforts of Telangana Legislative Council member Kalvakuntla Kavitha led cultural organization Telangana Jagruthi, the state’s unique culture will be showcased in grand manner on Saturday night.

The folk festival celebrations will be screened for one hour from 9.40 p.m. (IST)

Ahead of the screening, a delegation led by Kavitha arrived in Dubai.

Kavitha, a former MP and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and other members of the delegation received a warm welcome at Dubai Airport from Telangana Diaspora, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) activists, and Telangana Jagruthi members.

Slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’ and ‘Jai KCR’ were raised as the delegation, which included some MLAs, came out of the Dubai Airport.

They will witness Bathukamma screening on Burj Khalifa. The delegation included Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) Chairman and MLA Baji Goverdhan Reddy, MP Suresh Reddy, MLAs Jeevan Reddy, J. Surender, Shakeel Ahmed, and Sanjay.

Bathukamma, the symbol of Telangana culture and the State government’s official festival, was celebrated from October 6 to 14.

During the nine-day annual festival, women and girls sing and dance around specially arranged flowers. At the end of the festival, they immerse the specially arranged flowers called ‘Bathukamma’ in local ponds.

Ever since the formation of Telangana in 2014, Bathukamma has been celebrated as the state festival.

Kavitha and her organisation Telangana Jagruthi has been playing a key role in promoting the festival.

This year, she brought together music maestro A.R. Rahman and filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon for a song on Bathukamma.

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Telangana CM’s wife, daughter-in-law take part in Bathukamma

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s wife Shobha, daughter-in-law Shailima, and other women family members participated in Bathukamma festivities on Wednesday.

Shobha, Shailima, wife of state minister K.T. Rama Rao, and others played Bathukamma at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of the chief minister.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has greeted people on the eve of Saddula Bathukamma, the last day of the Poola Bathukamma.

He expressed happiness over the way women in Telangana have celebrated the nine-day festival with floral tributes to Bathukamma, and the way they worshipped Mother Nature amidst happiness and celebrated the state festival with all the gaiety.

He urged people to take inspiration from Bathukamma and protect and preserve Mother Nature, environment and the water resources.

The floral festival of Telangana, which began on October 6, will end on October 14.

Women sing and dance around specially arranged flowers during the folk festival. Ever since the formation of Telangana in 2014, Bathukamma is being celebrated as the state festival.

The Chief Minister’s daughter and state legislator K. Kavitha has been playing a key role in promoting the festival.

This year, Telangana Jagruthi, headed by Kavitha, brought together music maestro A.R. Rahman and filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon for a song on Bathukamma.

According to Telangana Jagruthi, Bathukamma festival is an integral part of Telangana and it identifies with the cultural identity of the people from the state across the globe.

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Rahman, Vasudev Menon compose song for Bathukamma

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Music maestro A R Rahman and filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon have joined hands to compose a song for the Bathukamma festival.

Menon and Telangana State Legislative Council member K. Kavitha on Tuesday released the song, produced by Telangana Jagruthi, a cultural organization headed by Kavitha.

Kavitha, a former MP and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has brought together stalwarts for a special Bathukamma song.

The song has been composed by Academy Award winner A R Rahman, sung by Uthara Unnikrishnan, penned by Mittapalli Surender, and choreographed by national award winner Brinda.

The song shot in the districts of Telangana was released ahead of Bathukamma, the floral festival of Telangana. The nine-day long festival is set to begin on October 6.

Women sing and dance around specially arranged flowers during the folk festival. Ever since the formation of Telangana State in 2014, Bathukamma is being celebrated as the state festival.

Telangana Jagruthi said in a statement that Bathukamma festival is an integral part of Telangana and it identifies with the cultural identity of the people from the state across the globe.

Telangana Jagruthi played a crucial role in strengthening the roots of the Telangana movement by focusing on promotion of Telangana’s unique culture. The organisation has been an active force that represents the cultural and literary landscapes of Telangana not just in India but globally.

The song has added to the festive atmosphere in Telangana and has given especially the women of Telangana, another reason to enjoy a colourful and joyous Bathukamma festival.

Rahman took to Twitter to extend Bathukamma greetings in Telugu. “A festival of life. A celebration of togetherness. Bringing you a glimpse of the beauty of Bathukamma through “#AllipoolaVennela” along with Telangana Jagruthi”,” he tweeted.

Kavitha replied to the tweet. “The festival of colours, melody and togetherness Bathukamma is here! Here’s sharing a glimpse of the special song for Bathukamma by @arrahman @menongautham and a dream team for all my sisters.”

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Telangana to gift free sarees to one crore women

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday announced that the state will distribute free sarees to over one crore women on the occasion of Bathukamma, a regional festival.

“Bathukamma festival is an integral part of the Telangana life and culture. This festival is a symbol of family relationships. The state government has decided to distribute sarees on this occasion to enable people to celebrate the festival with more enthusiasm,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office quoted him as saying.

Rao said that the government will present the gift to women irrespective of their caste, community or religion, adding that the sarees would be distributed through ration shops to 1,04,57,610 women from September 18-20.

“We have distributed clothes to Muslims on Ramzan and Christians on Christmas. But for Bathukamma festival, we have decided to gift sarees to the poor women from all communities and castes,” he said.

He said that the sarees required for the distribution were being purchased from the handloom and power loom sectors to provide employment to the weavers and workers as their plight is pathetic due to lack of work and some of them have committed suicide.

He urged all MPs, ministers, legislators and other public representatives to make the saree distribution programme a success.

At a review meeting, the Chief Minister examined the quality of sarees to be distributed and expressed satisfaction.

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Nine day floral festival ends on high note in Telangana

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Hyderabad: Bathukamma, the nine day floral festival of Telangana was concluded on Tuesday. Telangana government which has released Rs 20 crore for the festival has made elaborate arrangement for the conclusion ceremony at Tank Bund here. The celebration began at 5.45 pm in LB Stadium.

Thousands of women in traditional attire thronged the stadium from various districts of state to celebrate the festival. Later MP and Jagruthi president Kaluvakuntla Kavitha and deputy speaker Padma Devendar Goud led a huge procession till Tank Bund.

Vimala Narasimhan and Shobha Kalvakuntla, spouses of Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao respectively were seen playing Bathukamma.

Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, Council Chairman Swamy Goud, Ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy, Eatala Rajender, K T Rama Rao, Jagadish Reddy, Talasani Srinivas and MPs, MLAs were present at the event.

The laser show on Tank bund was the major attraction.

Ten tableaus from each district led the procession displaying the significance of each district. Government has decided to present top three tableaus with a cash price of 1 lakh, 75,000 and 50,000 respectively. Tableaus from Medak, Nizamabad and Adilabad were stood in top three.

People appreciated the government and police officials for making such grand arrangements.

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