17th Bathukamma Festival Celebrated by CHITA
CHICAGO,IL- Chicago Telangana Association (CHITA) celebrated 17th Bathukamma festival in Chicagoland in a very grandeur way. Bathukamma – “Come alive mother goddess”, is a regional and age old festival of Telangana in India. Like every year, CHITA has been phenomenal in bringing the community together and facilitating the celebrations. In fact, CHITA is the first organization to coordinate and celebrate Bathukamma in North America.
CHITA’s 17th Bathukamma celebrations were organized on September 28th 2019 in Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. A day before the event, all the volunteer and CHITA core families gathered at one place for pre-Bathukamma event and prepared a big Bathukamma, a pyramid shaped structure made with flowers, on behalf of CHITA. This tradition has been going on for years and every year the excitement and enthusiasm for the pre event gathering has been going up and high. It was a fun filled event especially for the woman who does some rituals and prepares Bathukamma.
. Over 750 people from the community participated in the event. Attraction for the event. Naperville mayor Steve Chirico was the chief guest to the event. He was amazed to see all the colorful Bathukammas and the enthusiasm of crowd to follow the tradition and celebrate their culture. He addressed the crowd and appreciated CHITA for organizing these kind of community events. He also released CHITA’s 3rd annual magazine, Bathukamma,
CHITA has given a gift to all the families who attended the event as a token of appreciation. Srini Palthepu, incoming CHITA President thanked outgoing leadership team, Manoj Kondam, Vittal Eravelli and Neelima Katakam for their contribution in leading the organisation for the last two years. He also introduced CHITA’s new leadership team, Vice Presidents – Sriram Aleti, Neeiima Katakam, General Secretary Raj Yemul, Treasurer – Prakash Jalagam and Secretaries – Surendar Anugu, Sony Vaddepalli, Arun Joginipelly Haritha Potlapally, Ratna Eleti, Anil Nallanie, Dilip Balguri, Chaitanya Peddi, Srinath Chinnala. Srini thanked all the volunteers for the hard work they put in to make the event happen and all the sponsors without which the event would not have been possible.
Like every year, it was a grand success and it wouldn’t have been done without the community member enthusiasm and volunteer efforts.