Hyderabad: Inspired by the freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who chose Ganesh festival to bring people together, MP Kalvakuntla Kavita has chosen Bathukamma to bring the women folk of Telangana together.
Standing firm on the belief that the flowers used in Bathukamma have properties to cleanse water, she said that one has to give back what they get it from nature. “It has a spiritual message that whatever comes from nature, must go back to nature. Back then, the community people had the responsibility to clean ponds in the villages.
Primarily two flowers gunugu and tangedu are arranged in the Bathukamma that have a great property of cleaning the water. There are many intrinsic messages involved in Bathukamma, like all other festivals,” said MP Kalvakuntla Kavita, who has been at the helm Bathukamma festival in Telangana for years now.
From her initial efforts to bring Bathukamma to the forefront in 2007, when she toured all districts of Telangana to promote the festival to a huge congregation of over a lakh people at Bangaru Bathukamma near Tank Bund in 2014, she gives herself full credit for popularising the state festival. “The very first time when I started working on this, my family didn’t know about anything. I designed all posters myself and planned the whole tour.
I did not want their influence on me. It was my idea and I wanted to nurture it and then show it to them. If they didn’t like it, maybe later I would tweak it a little,” she said.
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