Innovative programmes lined up for 'Sankranti Sambaralu'

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TRADITIONAL FARE: Students of Satavahana College in Vijayawada having a gala time in the run-up to Sankranti on Wednesday. phOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR
TRADITIONAL FARE: Students of Satavahana College in Vijayawada having a gala time in the run-up to Sankranti on Wednesday. phOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

Staff Reporter

Aimed at bringing traditional facets of the State to fore

  • Rangoli competitions for women
  • Cookery contests on Bhogi day

    VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), along with Lotus Food City, is organising `Sankranti Sambaralu', a four-day carnival aimed at bringing to fore the traditional facets of our State from January 12, according to G.K. Raju, executive director of Lotus Food City.

    Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Mr. Raju said the hotel was organising several innovative programmes for the denizens and Sankranti Sambaralu was being held mainly to provide a platform for women and children to exhibit their innate talents.

    "We are organising Rangoli competitions to women at Lotus Landmark in Kedareswarapet on January 12. The event will be held in two sessions - from 8 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. Those interested can contact 98663-17581, 98858-88311 or 0866-2425888 to register their names," Mr. Raju said.

    He said that on Bhogi day (January 13), cookery competitions would be organised, in which many traditional food items, such as arisalu, kajjikayalu, sunnundalu and palakova, would be displayed at Food City. "Keeping aside business interest, we are offering these items to the taste buds at affordable prices," he said.

    On Sankranti day, the organisers would be conducting events such as kolatam, karrasaamu, pulivesham and gangireddata and other folk items. The winners of Rangoli competitions would be honoured on January 14 at Lotus Food City on the banks of river Krishna.

    On the day of Kanuma (January 15), sumptuous non-vegetarian dishes would be displayed for the connoisseurs of food and on January 16, several competitions would be held for children.

    College fete

    To bring to the fore the significance of the rich Andhra tradition and to promote organising skills in students, girls of Satavahana College organised a fete - Sankranti Sambaralu - on Wednesday.

    Principal V. Sambi Reddy inaugurated the fete, which included the customary `bommala koluvu' (a marvellous display of deities in the form of colourful toys) and `gobbellu' (cow dung cakes). Girls sang traditional songs that brought out the essence of the festival.

    The foodstuff offered by the stalls put up by students was a blend of traditional and contemporary flavours. Chat-masala, lemon rice and juices were in great demand.

    The event `Miss Satavahana' was the highlight of the celebrations.

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