Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bathuk-Amma (festival of flowers)

"Its been a long hard journey since my comeback to tennis from my third surgery when my career seemed to be over.. It is a very satisfying feeling to have bounced back...and to be ranked top-5..."
Bathukamma is a celebration of women (see below), a festival of flowers in the honor of Mother Goddess. 

While America awaits a Madam President in 2016, new-born Telengana has just been blessed with a Madam Ambassador, a living Goddess. 

She has rare talent (and beauty), and we feel she will serve her native land just as well as her native game. 
Our request to Sania Amma - kindly consider gifting the 1CR ($160,000) fee for the empowerment of women of Telengana. That would be an answer to so many prayers.
[ref. Wiki] Bathukamma is a flower festival unique to Telangana. It is celebrated for nine days during Durga Navratri. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and the 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 is followed by Boddemma, which is a 7-day festival. Boddemma festival that marks the ending of Varsha Ruthu whereas Bathukamma festival indicates the beginning of Sarad Ruthu.

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.
 Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was on Tuesday appointed 'Brand Ambassador' of Telangana. She will promote the new "state's interests" in India and abroad, according to industrial infrastructure corporation managing director Jayesh Rajan.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao handed over a letter of appointment and also a cheque of Rs one crore to 27-year-old Sania at an interaction session with industrialists here. "Telangana is proud of Sania who is a true Hyderabadi. She's now ranked number five in international tennis and we wish she becomes the number one," the chief minister said on the occasion.

  Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.

Sania, who turned a pro in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury in between, has entered the top-five for the first time in her career. Sania and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black could not go deep in the just concluded Wimbledon championships, but a second round appearance fetched her crucial 130 ranking points, enough to push her in the top-5.

"Its been a long hard journey since my comeback to tennis from my third surgery when my career seemed to be over.. It is a very satisfying feeling to have bounced back from those despairing times and to be ranked in the top-5 of the world today," Sania said.

Her father and coach Imran Mirza said, "I've always believed Sania had the potential to be a top-5 player. I'm happy she has overcome heavy odds to justify her promise."


Link (1): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sania-Mirza-appointed-brand-ambassador-of-Telangana/articleshow/38854265.cms

Link (2): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/top-stories/Sania-Mirza-enters-top-5-for-first-time-in-her-career/articleshow/37947942.cms



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