Telangana NRIs Celebrate “Bonalu” In West London:- A press statement issued on Tuesday said, the NRI group of the Telangana Association of United Kingdom (TAUK) conducted Bonalu celebrations on a grand scale.
In the auditorium of the Isleworth and Syon School in West London, the event was held. The event was attended by about 800 NRIs from Telangana living in various parts of the UK, for which West London wore a festive look.
Telangana State Special Representative in Delhi Tejavath Ramchandru, First Secretary to Indian High Commissioner Vijay Vasanta, Hounslow Deputy Mayor Mukesh Malhotra and Telangana’s famous artist Bithirri Satti, were the chief guests for the event. The ambience of ‘Lashkar’ in Secunderabad, where Bonalu is celebrated fervently every year, was recreated by the NRIs. The women carrying Bonam across several streets of London was the main attraction. Several local Englishmen too took part in the celebrations.
Tejavath Ramachandru said he felt glad to be part of this grand celebration of Telangana’s festival Bonalu. Mr. Ramachandru attended the event along with his family. He appreciated the role of Telangana NRIs in the Telangana separation movement and in promoting Telangana culture in a foreign land.
“Telangana government is always willing to support Telanganites, wheresoever they may be living,” said Mr. Ramachandru.
The Telangana community in UK is enthusiastic about social events, said Mr. Vijay Vasatna. The TAUK group was appreciated for their support to several cultural activities and to the community in UK and back home.
TAUK is committed to promote Telangana culture on a global platform, said TAUK president Pavitra Kandi. She further thanked Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha for her guidance and support in organising several cultural activities.
TAUK founder Anil Kurmcahalam said he had been participating in these Bonalu celebrations for seven years now, and went on to thank the local authorities for allowing the celebrations. He appealed everyone to support handloom weavers, and the gathering joined him in taking an oath that they would always support the Telangana government in promoting local weavers.