Telugus across Europe celebrate flower festival


Nearly 3,000 NRI women take part in 8th edition of the event

Telangana NRI Forum (TeNF, UK.EU) organised the largest ever London’s Bathukamma and Dussehra celebrations in Europe that saw the participation of nearly 3,000 people who were all too eager to replicate the massive festivities of their motherland.

The festival was celebrated in traditional style without the Bollywood and Tollywood music influence as the women rendered Bathukamma songs with UK-born kids joining them. The celebrations started with a puja of Goddess Durga and the ‘Jammi’ tree brought from India.

Telangana MLC from BJP, N. Ramchander Rao was the invited guest while London MP Virendra Sharma attended as chief guest. Mr. Sharma said NRIs have a responsibility to protect Indian traditions and thanked Telangana NRI Forum for conducting Bathukamma programme for the eighth consecutive year.

Mr. Ramchander Rao also congratulated the NRI associations for upholding Indian traditions and involving the diaspora from across Europe. Manmeet Singh Narang, Minister (Coordination) at the Indian High Commission in London, said Bathukamma was a symbol of nature worship.

TeNF UK president Pramod Anthati Goud and TeNF founder Gampa Venugopal said their journey started in 2010 and now Bathukamma is celebrated across Europe with the active participation of Telugus. Mr. Goud appreciated Mr. Venugopal for taking the initiative in 2010.

Other members of TeNF Sudhakar Goud, Venkat, Pitla Bhaskar, Srinivas Murahari, Mahesh Jammula, Venkat Swamy, Balakrishna Reddy, Mahesh Chatla, Seshu Alla, Verma, Swamy Asha, Ashok Madi, Shashi Reddy Narsimha Reddy and women members Meenakshi Anthati, Vaani Anasuri, Shourie Goud, Sai Lakshmi, Manjula, Jayashree, Srivani Marg, Savita Jammala, Divya, Amrita, Shirisha Aksha, Priyanka and Rohini were among those who made it a success.

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