Bathukamma Festival of Flowers Colours the West
Published on 27 September 2018
Savour the cultural delights of India with fabulous music and dance at this year’s Bathukamma Festival of Flowers, running at Brayrbook’s RecWest on Saturday 6 October.
Now in its 6th year, the Festival hails from India and honours nature and its offerings. More than 2,000 local Melbourne Indian Telugu Telangana people, including both locals and visitors, are expected to attend the Festival.
Thre Festival will feature traditional music and dance, Indian games, children’s entertainment and talks by Indian Dance Groups and Community speakers.
Organiser and President of the Melbourne Telangana Forum, Praveen Kumar Thopucherla said: “Bathukamma is celebrated by Hindu Women of the Telangana State in India with exotic flowers of the region. The Bathukamma is made from different types of flowers which are known to have medicinal values. Women gather in a large circle around the flowers and sing songs by making rounds around them repeatedly, building a beautiful human circle of unity, love and sisterhood.”
For more information visit: www.festivalcity.com.au
Bathukamma Festival of Flowers
Saturday 6 October
RecWest Recreation Centre, 39 Lily St, Braybrook
Website: www.festivalcity.com.au / http://melbournetelanganaforum.org.au/
A word from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam:
“Cultural traditions from overseas have successfully found their way to the streets of Maribyrnong, enriching the multicultural fabric of our city. Festivals such as Bathukamma provides the opportunity for these communities to share their rich history and customs, in turn, promoting inclusion, understanding and respect across cultures.
“The Indian community in the City of Maribyrnong has grown each year and there is so much to celebrate as they nurture and maintain their strong culture through events like this one.”
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