Bathukamma festival is celebrated with great pomp and excitement all over Telangana. I am presenting this beautiful folk song on this festive occasion. Thank you so much for listening.
About Bathukamma from Wikipedia:
Bathukamma is a festival celebrated by the Hindu women of the Hyderabad city and surrounding districts in India. Every year this festival falls in September - October and as per lunar calendar in the Bhadrapada Amavasya, also known as Mahalaya Amavasya.
Bathukamma is celebrated for nine days during Durga Navratri i.e. Ashwayuja masa bright fortnight, days 1 (Padyami)-9 (Navami). It starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and the following 9-day festivities will culminate on "Saddula Bathukamma" or "Pedda Bathukamma" festival on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly known as Durgashtami which is two days before Dussehra.
Bathukamma represents cultural spirit of Telangana. Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal value, in seven concentric layers in the shape of potter’s clay like a cone. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma' means ‘Mother Goddess Come Alive’ and Goddess Maha Gauri-‘Life Giver’ is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma - the patron goddess of womanhood (Maha Gauri Devi). It is the festival for feminine felicitation. On this special occasion women dress up in the traditional sari combining it with jewels and other accessories. Teenage Girls wear Langa-Oni/Half-Sarees/Lehenga Choli combining it with jewels in order to bring out the traditional grace of the attire.
In the evening, women gather in large numbers with their Bathukammas in open areas of their locality, all women will form a circle around the Bathukamma and all women start singing folk songs by clapping their hands and revolving around the Bathukamma, synchronizing steps and claps in unison provide a splendorous look to the festivities. Women seek good health, prosperity and happiness for their families. The songs are to invoke the blessings of various goddesses. By principle, the renditions end with any one of the following three tributes Uyyaala, Chandamama or Gouramma.
|Bathukamma Song |
Sung By: Sarada