Over 800 NRIs gathered in London to celebrate the Hindu festival of Bonalu, organised by the Telangana Association of United Kingdom (TAUK). The event was held in the auditorium of the Isleworth and Syon School in West London.
Indian origin local MPs Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra, Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow Deputy Mayor Raghwinder Siddhu and Indian High Commission to UK representative Prem Jeet were guests of honour on the occasion. Recreating the traditional rituals and festivities, local residents also participated in the Potharaju dance. Women were seen carrying ‘Bonam’ - an offering of rice cooked with milk and jaggery, placed in a new brass or earthen pot adorned with Neem leaves, turmeric, vermilion and a lit lamp on top - across several streets of London.
MP from Feltham and Heston Seema Malhotra said she was very proud to see the NRI women carrying ‘Bonam’ across the streets of London showcasing and promoting Indian culture and especially Telangana culture by involving local British residents.
TAUK president Pavitra Kandi in her inauguration speech said their organisation was committed to promoting Telangana culture on a global platform.
TAUK founder Anil Kurmcahalam was also present on the occasion and appealed for support for handloom weavers and other traditional artisans.
Famous artist Raaga Sudha Vinjamoori performed a dance tribute to Devi Maatha and this was the first time traditional pothuraju was part of the celebrations.
Here are some scenes from the event:
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