Ring in Ugadi, Telugu New Year, on a musical note.
Though Ugadi was held on March 31, for the first time some 13 Telugu institutions and associations came together on a single platform to celebrate it on Thursday evening.
The institutions and associations run by the city’s Andhra community, teaming up to form the Central Telugu Federation, offered a musical gala at Bari Maidan in Sakchi before a 700-plus audience.
The programme began with Ganesh vandana and moved on to songs. Organisers said the singers were well-known faces sourced from Telugu reality television programmes.
“The motive behind hosting this programme is to bring the community together,” said Nagraj, a member of Central Telugu Federation.
Chief guest of the function was CRPF inspector-general M.V. Rao while city SP Karthik S. was the guest of honour.
“This is the first time I visited the city for a cultural programme. I am happy Telugu-speaking people have come together to enjoy Ugadi,” said Rao. Karthik added that programmes like these help uphold the city’s cosmopolitan nature.
On March 31, the actual day of Ugadi, Telugu families performed traditional rituals.