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GALLERY: TeNF’s Bathukamma & Dasara Event

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Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) conducted Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations on a grand scale at Lampton School auditorium in West London. Around 1000 Telanganites attended the event from different parts of the UK….reports Asian Lite News

Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London
Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London

Colourful Bathukammas were prepared by Telangana women living in the UK. Every one appreciated the way women participated in traditional puja and dance though they are staying abroad. Even children participated in the festival with small sized Bathukammas.

As per tradition,  Bathukammas were drowned in water and sacred food (‘Saddula Prasadam’) was offered to everyone. Every one prayed to Sacred Shami Tree, usually prayed during dasara which was brought from India.

Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London
Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London

Bathukamma  event this year by TeNF was not limited to celebrations, but responding to Telangana Jagruthi supremo and Nizamabad TRS MP  Kalkvakuntla Kavitha’s campaign  to ‘Adopt a Farmer’, a separate stall was created to explain about the measures taken by Mrs Kavitha and the government to assist and provide reassurance to farmers.

Also, as responsible Telangana NRIs  from the days of agitation to the current rebuilding, Telangana NRI Forum has decided to handover  the money collected in the event to Mrs Kavitha for the ‘adopt a farmer’ campaign. Attendees praised the organisation’s commitment towards farmers.

Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London
Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London

Indian High Commission representative   Vijay Vasnathan, UK MPs Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra, Ruth Cadbury and London MLA Dr Onkar Sahota, Councillors Pritam and Mrs Grewal were among the guests.

UK Women MPs who attended as special guests participated in Bathukamma and Kolatam dance filling joy in all other participants.

Best Bathukamma awards were presented . First – Laya Rupesh , second – Swapna, Third –  Meenakshi.

Raffle winners of gold were first – Raju, second – Anvesh, Third – Gopi.

Attendees opined that it was great fun that all Telangana families gathered and celebrated the event.

Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London
Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London

TeNF President Ceeka Chandrashekar  Goud, Vice President Pavithra Reddy, Events Incharge Nagesh Reddy organised the event. Co-Founder – TeNF and NRI TRS Cell President Anil Kurmachalam, Advisory Board Chairman Uday Nagaraju, General Secretary Praveen Reddy, Joint Secretaries Sudhakar Goud and Rathnaker Kaddula, Advisory Board member Pramod Anthati, Treasurers Ashok Dusari and Venkat Reddy, Women’s wing Incharge Suma Devi,  Charity Incharge Archana Juvvadi, Sports Incharge Naveen Reddy, Naresh Kumar, Media Secretary Malla Reddy, Cultural coordinator Shushumna Reddy, Swathi, Meenakshi, Nirmala, Shouri, Swapna, committe members Manda Sunil, Shivaji Shinde, Vikram Reddy, Rajesh Verma, Hari Goud, Srikanth Jella, Vamshi Chitti, Swamy Asha, Satyam Kandi, Sunil, Rangu Venkat, Vani and others participated in the event.

Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London
Telangana NRI Forum(TeNF) organised Bathukamma and Dasara celebrations in London