Women in large numbers took an active role in organising a cultural festival to usher in the spirit of Ugadi at the Thyagaraja Mandiram here on Sunday.
The holy precincts reverberated as traditionally dressed men and women recited ‘Adityahrudayam' to invoke the blessings of the Sun god followed by ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam'.
The event was organised as prelude to the celebrations on March 23 to create awareness among the younger generation on the rich cultural traditions, said Gyana Sindhu founder-president P. Ram Babu.
The significance of ‘Panchanga sravanam' (almanac reading) was highlighted on the occasion. The celebrations had a patriotic touch with students of Manonmani Natya Parishad singing ‘Vande Mataram'.
Traditional Telugu delicacies, including the Ugadi ‘pachchadi' prepared with new tamarind, new jaggery, raw mango, neem flowers, and salt was distributed on the occasion.