Telugu community celebrates Ugadi Utsavlu.
Indian socio-cultural organisation Doha Kutumbam celebrated Ugadi Utsavlu in Doha, recently, with a variety of cultural programmes that reflected the deep-rooted culture, art and music of the southern Indian states, . The programme was attended by more than 100 people, including women and children. Ugadi is New Year's Day for the people of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra and the festivities are observed in these regions on the first day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The day is observed by drawing colourful patterns on floor called kolamulus (Kannada: Rangoli), mango leaf decorations on doors called toranalu (Kannada: Torana), buying and giving of gifts such as new clothes, giving charity, special bath followed by oil treatment, preparing and sharing special food called pachadi. An official of the fourm B Venkappa said that a festival of this kind will provide an opportunity to experience the great values of Indian culture and tradition. Members of the forum exchanged greetings and participated in colourful programmes that unveiled the beauty of Indian culture and performing arts. "The response from community members was overwhelming and several members came forward to become part of this group," Venkappa said. The forum also offered all support to Indian Cultural Center (ICC), Indian sports Center (ISC) and Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) in their future activities.
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