Telangana will set a world record of sorts by celebrating in a grand manner the “Maha Bathukamma” celebrations across the state on Oct 8, Culture and Tourism Minister A Chandulal said today.
He held a video conference with Collectors on the first day of the state festival, along with government advisor KV Ramana Chary, Sanskritika Sarathi Chairman Rasamayi Balakishan, Tourism secretary B Venkatesham and others at Secretariat here. Speaking on the occasion the minister directed the Collectors to conduct the flower festival by involving not less than 1000 women in each district head quarters on October 8.
The Minister asked the police department to make security arrangements for Saddula Bathukamma festival to be celebrated on October 9. Extending greetings to the womenfolk on the occasion, Chandulal asked the officials to make the arrangements reflecting the Telangana Culture and tradition to the world. Efforts will be made to ensure that Hyderabad will turn out to be a global city, he maintained. It is being planned to see that foreigners turn up to witness the grand gala of Bathukamma festival in Telangana in a couple of years, the culture minister stated.
The Bathukamma festival is celebrated by the women with much enthusiasm and glee. He also said that crores of women participate in the flower festival to be conducted in open air auditoria and related arrangements are being made. The Government will encourage the districts for the best performance of the festival with prize money including Rs 5 lakh as first prize, Rs 3 lakh for second prize and Rs 2 lakh for 3rd prize. The Minister asked the people to welcome the new districts to be formed on the auspicious Dasara festival Day, October 11, with the Bathukamma festival. (NSS)