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A ‘haridasu’ performs near a Bhogi bonfire at an artificial village created as part of the Sankranti festivities in Vijayawada Club on Wednesday. —
A ‘haridasu’ performs near a Bhogi bonfire at an artificial village created as part of the Sankranti festivities in Vijayawada Club on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

Clubs, hotels hold cultural events that reflect native values

VIJAYAWADA: The break of dawn on Wednesday witnessed bhogi bonfires all over the city, marking the commencement of Sankaranti festivities. The young and old set fire to dry wood.

Several cultural events such as rangoli, folk dance, songs and dress competitions were held in various clubs, hotels and in apartments bringing to the fore the native values of Andhra Pradesh.

Makeshift village

Vijayawada Club, normally known for organising hep and happening events, transformed into makeshift village and nearly 800 members took part in events highlighting the images of the pristine rural ambiance. “For the first time in the history of the club, we recreated a village to create awareness among the younger generation. Members wore traditional dress such as dhothi, kanduva, sarees and half-sarees and greeted each other,” said club vice-president P. Krishnaji.

The village housed a realistic looking grocery shop, a Rama temple and ‘rachabanda’, which are part of the rural AP even now. “Folk artistes from Challapalli and Mandapeta enthralled the members with their vintage performances,” said G. Sri Ram, member of the Entertainment Committee.

‘Gobbemmallu’, the quintessential part of the Sankarati festival, dotted the club premises and Haridasulu, with a ramshackle tambura in hand, went around crooning the hymns much to the delight of the onlookers. ‘Gangireddulu’ (bulls), bullock carts roamed around the club premises amidst drum beats.

The members also relished sugarcane and the young ones let the colourful kites soar high in the sky.

GUNTUR: Ushering in the festive spirit, the GMC began the three-day Sankranthi Sambaralu at NTR Municipal Stadium. Competitions in shuttle badminton and cricket were conducted on the stadium premises as the corporators, officials and mediapersons had a day out revelling in the festive ambience.

Mayor Rayapati Mohana Sai Krishna, Deputy Mayor Sk. Ghouse and Deputy Commissioner Lakshmi Narayana inaugurated the competitions. The festivities kick-started in a traditional manner with a ‘du du Basavanna’ dressed in traditional attire with ‘sannayi’ hogging the show. Later, a friendly game of cricket was played between presspersons and the corporators and the former had an easy outing. Competitions in ‘rangoli’ would be conducted on Thursday and the prize distribution function would be held on Friday. In the evening, cultural events were organised.


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