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Festive mood gripped the district as the three-day Sankranthi festival began on Wednesday with people celebrating the Bhogi festival on the first day. Colourful rangolis greeted people all along the streets across the district. A ‘Bommala Koluvu’ was conducted at the residence of senior TRS leader V Lakshmikantha Rao in Hanamkonda.

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Warangal: Festive mood gripped the district as the three-day Sankranthi festival began on Wednesday with people celebrating the Bhogi festival on the first day. Colourful rangolis greeted people all along the streets across the district. A ‘Bommala Koluvu’ was conducted at the residence of senior TRS leader V Lakshmikantha Rao in Hanamkonda.

“Bommala Koluvu depicts rural and village life, culture and tradition,” said Sarojana Devi, Lakshmikantha Rao’s wife, who had set up colourful dolls of animals and birds and figurines at the Bommala Koluvu. She said that Bommala Koluvu is an age-old tradition and it would educate younger generation on Telugu customs.

Meanwhile, foreigners took part in special “Sankranthi Rangoli’ festival held at Bala Vikasa training centre at Kazipet. Men and women from Canada, Sudan, Uganda, Nepal, Afghanistan, Romania, Yemen, Nigeria, Tanzania, Congo and Cameroon enthusiastically participated in the festival. They drew and coloured rangoli patterns. “This is a unique tradition and is really artistic.

We are happy to witness and participate in the festival,” said Sarah Abdelrahman of Sudan and others who were here to take part in four-week community driven development training programme. “We have organised the event to provide an exposure to the foreign trainees to Indian culture and traditions. They were very enthusiastic to learn about the local traditions like Rangoli,” informed Bala Vikasa Director S Showry Reddy.

‘Bhogi Mantalu’ (bonfires) were lit in villages and urban places wherein useless household articles were thrown into the fire made of wood and cow-dung cakes. Deputy Chief Minister Dr T Rajaiah, State Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, Minister A Chandulal, Parliamentary Secretary D Vinay Bhaskar, MLAs, MPs and leaders of various political parties, DIG B Malla Reddy, SP AK Jha and others extended Sankranti greetings to the people.

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