Telugu community in Oman celebrated Bathukamma and Dasera last week. Bathukamma is a colourful and vibrant festival of Telangana and celebrated by women, with flowers that grow exclusively in each region. This festival is a symbol of Telangana’s cultural identity. Bathukamma comes during the latter half of monsoon, before the onset of winter. The monsoon rains usually brings plenty of water into the fresh water ponds of Telangana and it is also the time when wild flowers bloom in various vibrant colours all across the uncultivated and barren plains of the region.
Women turned up in large numbers in traditional attire and participated in the celebrations. Indian Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey was the chief guest at the function.
Speaking at the occasion, the ambassador expressed his happiness over the celebration, and appreciated the community for keeping the traditions alive.
The Chiru Mega Youth Force (CMYF), which along with Telugu Community in Oman, organised the function. On this occasion, five senior Telugu couples were honoured for their services to the community.
Addressing the gathering, CMYF founder-president Ramdas Chandaka said: “We take pride in celebrating such occasions as they help in preserving our culture and traditions. Apart from organising blood donation camps and other charitable events, we at CMYF believe in preserving culture and tradition and even though we stay away from home country, such celebrations make us feel we are closer to home.” Popular Telugu artists Bithiri Sathi and Madhu Priya performed on the occasion.