Hyderabad, September 20, 2017: Telangana Food Festival and Bathukamma Sambaralu kicked off at Karampodi restaurant, opposite Film Nagar Club, Jubilee Hills. The fortnight festival will conclude on October 2.
Consul General Katherine B. Hadda, U.S. Consul General in Hyderabad; B. Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Telangana, Pervaram Ramulu, IPS(Retd), Chairman, TSTDC, CV Shankar Reddy, Asst Director of Tourism, Geetalakshmi, wife of B. Venkatesh and Nadia Modell from Germany, Ajay K. Ramidi graced the function
To mark the occasion and celebrate the same big bathukammas were arranged at the restaurant. Consul General Katherine B. Hadda participated in the Bathukamma Festival and went in rounds along with many women and artists from the culture department, Government of Telangana. She also carried the Bathukamma herself, placed in the centre. She did that with lot of interest, zeal and devotion. She moved freely with women around her, enquired many things and learnt many new things about the festival. Geethalakshmi, wife of Burra Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Nadia Modell from Germany and many other joined in the festival and moved around bathukammas.
Bathukamma, the floral festival is a very special festival for ladies in Telangana. The flowers are carefully arranged row after row in a brass plate in circular rows and in alternate colors. Bathukammas added more colour to the Telangana Food Festival.
Speaking on the occasion at the Karampodi Telangana Food Festival and Bathukamma Sambaralu, B. Venkatesham, Secretary Tourism, Govt of Telangana said Bathukamma is the unique festival of natural flowers (the flowers used in Bathukamma are not culitivated flowers), women, nature, girl child, water bodies and colours. Though there are many women centric festivals celebrated in India, this is the only festival celebrated by women for the girl child. We must position it well like October Fest held in Germany, Samba Festival in Brazil. So that it can attract millions of foreign tourists to the state.