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Georgia Governor Issues Proclamation Recognizing Bathukamma

December 2023
Georgia Governor Issues Proclamation Recognizing Bathukamma

Governor Brain P. Kemp proclaimed the third week of October (15 – 23) 2023 as the “Bathukamma, a Flower Festival and Telangana Heritage Week” recognizing the contributions of the Telugu-speaking community of the Telangana state of India. No other state in the U.S. has recognized the Bathukamma festival and issued a proclamation so far.AT_New_23_12_23.jpg

[Top] Telangana community in Atlanta celebrates Bathukamma, the festival of flowers. 

Bathukamma Panduga, or the festival of life, is a nine-day floral festival of Telangana. The festival is a celebration of the inherent relationship that human beings share with the vital elements of earth and water. The festival is filled with seasonal flowers, women folk dancing with joy and gaiety, and family reunions.

 

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AT_New_19_12_23.jpg[Left] Ritesh Desai presented the proclamation to Bapu Reddy, Dr. Nandini Reddy, and other GTA officials.

Ritesh Desai, Georgia’s senior Republican and commissioner of Georgians First Commission who was also in the transition team for the Governor of Georgia, presented the proclamation to Bapu Reddy, Dr. Nandini Reddy, and other Global Telangana Association (GTA) officials in the presence of thousands of crowds at mega Bathukamma festival organized by GTA on October 21 at Denmark High School in Alpharetta. Other prominent guests included Johns Creek city council members Bob Erramilli and Dilip Tunki.

—Uma Banda

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