The ‘Bonalu’ festival, reflecting Telangana State’s rich culture and vibrant traditions, was celebrated with gaiety and fervour on July 12th, 2019 at Dr. MCR HRD Institute. The entire campus of the Institute, which displayed a carnival-like atmosphere, was enveloped in a festive mood.
Sri B P Acharya, IAS, Special Chief Secretary & the Director General of the Institute, witnessed the celebrations. Assistant Collectors under Training of 2018 batch allotted to Telangana, Military Engineer Services Probationers, Group-I Officers of Telangana State, Senior Officers from Madhya Pradesh, Trainees, Officers, Faculty, and Staffof the Institute participated in the festivities.
The colourful Bonalu procession started from Vivekananda Lawns and culminated at the Temple on the campus of the Institute. The women dressed in traditional attire, carried bonam on their heads and offered it to the Goddess Mahankali at the temple. A team of Bonalu artists, sponsored by the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Telangana, dressed up as various goddesses and mythological characters, danced energetically to the captivating folk music and mesmerising beats of drums. A number of spectators gave into festive mood, matched step-for-step with the professional dances from the Dept. of culture, and enthralled one and all.Bonalu Festival-A National Flavour
The Assistant Collectors under Training, Military Engineer Services Probationers, Group-I Officers of Telangana, Senior Officers from MP, and other trainees from across the country, whowere extremely proactive in their participation in the celebrations, added a national colour to the festivities. It was a platform for them to showcase unique costumes, diverse dance forms, and rich culture from diverse regions of the country.
“The participation in the Bonalu festival gave us an opportunity to enjoy the rich culture and vibrant traditions of Telangana State”, opined all the trainees from different parts of the countryunanimously.
The lunch, which consisted of delicacies from Telangana State, was relished by one and all.