On 11th October, I was invited by the Telangana NRI Forum to attend the Bathukamma 2014 event, held at the Syon School in Isleworth.
This event was a great experience for all those who wanted to savour the Telangana culture and festivities. Bathukamma is Telangana’s floral festival, which signifies the spirituality of Telangana culture, by arranging unique seasonal flowers in seven layered stacks. The layers symbolise spiritual power and most of the flowers that were used in these presentations can also be used for medicinal purposes. Members from TeNF displayed exquisite flower arrangements, which they had prepared at home, these were then judged by members from the crowd, the top three were awarded gold coins.
The event also included other entertainment and workshops, such as a performance of the traditional Bathukamma dance, singing, dandiya dance, traditional Indian food, including Telangana specialities, raffle and face-paint for young children. There were also many entertaining workshops for young children throughout the course of the day.
I would like to thank all the organisers for their hard work in organising this successful event and to all those who attended and supported the Telangana NRI Forum. This event was attended by nearly 800 people from across UK who came together to celebrate Bathukamma.
This event was a great success and experience and I look to forward to next year’s Bathukamma event.