Taduri Ramachandra Rao and his wife Padmavathi have been organising ‘bommala koluvu’ for the last 20 years!

Rich traditions such as ‘gobbemmalu’ that form part of Sankranti celebrations, particularly in the rural areas, have been brought alive at the ‘bommala koluvu’ (display of dolls) organised by Taduri Ramachandra Rao and his wife Padmavathi at their flat at Akkayyapalem.

They have been organising ‘bommala koluvu’ for the past 20 years.

Mr. Ramachandra Rao, who retired from the State Bank of India, joined his wife fulltime in contributing to the annual display they put up for Sankranti.

Their prized possessions included a couple of 80-year-old clay idols of Lord Krishna, which had been adorning ‘bommala koluvu’ organised by their ancestors.

“We got two clay idols — one of ‘Bala Krishna’ and the other of ‘Vata patra Sai’, which have been handed over to us recently. These idols have been adorning the annual displays for the past 80 years. We made a model of the ‘Sahasra Deepalankarana’ seva, which is shown on Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC) every day,” Mr. Ramachandhra Rao said.

Apart from clay and some plastic dolls and figurines, the couple also puts up innovative pictures depicting Lord Venkateswara during the nine-day Brahmotsavams and some charts.

“We cut the Brahmotsavam photographs published in ‘Saptagiri’ magazine, pasted them on thermocol sheets, and put them on display,” he said. Dolls depicting ‘Sri Krishna Leelalu’ were the other attraction.

The dolls and pictures are arranged in 10 steps.

The first two are devoted to the idols of gods and goddesses and the next five to scenes from ‘The Ramayana’ and ‘Bhagavatam’. The display will be on till January 19.

Mr. Ramachandra Rao can be contacted on phone No. (0891) 2731902.

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