More than 700 people gathered to celebrate the festival, which highlights the bond between different kinds of flowers and water. The event started with worship of Lord Ganapathi.
The Telangana Development Forum (TDF), Detroit Chapter’s annual Bathukamma celebrations had hundreds of women in the metro-Detroit region praying to their beloved Goddess, revered as mother nature, a life-giver, bestower of good health, prosperity, strength and courage to them.
More than 700 people gathered to celebrate the festival, which highlights the bond between different kinds of flowers and water. The event started with worship of Lord Ganapathi followed by women dancing around an explosion of colours and singing in praise of Gowri – `bathukamma bathukamma vuyyalo’.
“I am really happy to celebrate our culture. This festival, apart from what it is, signifies unity, love and sisterhood among women. It is unique and perhaps, this is the only festival filled with fun, music and so much of celebration,” said 22-year-old Shalini Kopally and her feelings were echoed by TDF-USA standing committee members, Uma Pishati and Suma Kalavala.
The evening also marked the worship of the ‘Shami’ tree to celebrate Dussehra. The gathering exchanged Jammi leaves and pleasantly greeted each other. The aroma of Telangana dishes provided a perfect ambience to the occasion.
As the attention switched from dance arena to the stage, there were performances galore that hooked up the audience. Film actor, Lohit Kumar was at his wily best as a show host and mimicry artist.
“I am so glad that I came here and entertained the Telangana TDF community. NRIs, in spite of their busy schedules, are doing a lot in preserving our culture. With all this around here, I absolutely feel I am at home ,” said the actor, who featured in 15 Telugu films and many television soaps and shows.
“The transition is so amazing. I really can’t believe that these festivals have become the mainstay in our lives. I feel Telangana NRIs are so much ahead and focused in celebrating their culture and festivals than people back home,” said Laxman Reddy Kakulavaram, who is on a visit to the US and participated in the event.
Kaustubh, Akula Madhamshetty, Lattupally sisters – Ria and Reva, Nidhi Reddy Kakulavaram, Mahima Palwai, Shravya Dumbala, Atmakur sisters – Sanika and Meghana, Varnika Jakka, Praseeda Chellemella, Aditi Mallepally, Shrita Natala, Yashasvi, Shreshta Dundigalla, Tanmayi Thippireddy, Harika Ileni, Adya Chintapalli,Aditi Earla, Ananya Bhumireddy, Sanjana Kesireddy, Dhriti Padukone, Pravardh Venukadasula, Karthik Gankidi, Anvitha, Gaddam brothers – Anish and Sanjith, Sohan Kosna, Deepthi Venukadasula, Vidya Gankidi, Swathi Earla, Keyura Jaligama, Shruthi Kanala, Manaswini Muppa, Varshini were part of the cultural troop and enthralled the audience.
TDF-USA General Secretary Praveen Kesireddy thanked the volunteers and the efforts of TDF Detroit Regional Coordinators, Rajashekar Gaddam, Prashanth Dubbudu, Yadagir Ileni, Karunakar Kandukuri and Krishna Chellemella.