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SVU Telugu Department heralds Sankranti the traditional way

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Colourful:Students of Sri Venkateswara University’s Telugu Department sing ‘Gobbi patalu’ heralding Sankranti in Tirupati on Saturday.— PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Colourful:Students of Sri Venkateswara University’s Telugu Department sing ‘Gobbi patalu’ heralding Sankranti in Tirupati on Saturday.— PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

An aura of Telugu culture pervaded Sri Venkateswara University’s (SVU) Telugu Department when students heralded the onset of ‘Sankranti’ festival in a traditional way on Saturday.

The event was hurried up as the college closes for Sankranti vacations from Sunday.

The Arts Block, which houses the department, was tastefully decorated with mango leaves. The portico was decorated with colourful ‘Rangoli’ and ‘Gobbemmalu’ made of cow dung placed on them.

Dressed in traditional attire, women faculty members and students made nimble dance movements by revolving around the ‘Muggu’ and clapping their hands. They sang the traditional ‘Gobbi patalu’ famous in the Rayalaseema region.

Festive atmosphere

Clay stoves were arranged in front of the department, in which ‘Pongali’ was cooked in new pots and offered to Goddess Gauramma. “We have re-created the festive atmosphere in the college for the benefit of our students, as Sankranti is celebrated as festival of harvest, irrespective of caste or religion,” explained Telugu Department head Peta Srinivasulu Reddy, while dwelling on the need to perpetuate the age-old tradition.

Academics K. Muniratnam, K. Damodara Naidu, S. Rajeswari, M. Ravikumar vowed to conduct similar fests every year.


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