"దేశ భాషలందు తెలుగు లెస్స" - తుళువ రాజు శ్రీకృష్ణదేవరాయ
"dESa bhAshalaMdu telugu lessa" - tuLuva rAju SrI kRshNadEvarAya
Telugu is the sweetest among all languages of the Land - Great Tuluva Emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya, 16th Century

తెలుగు మాట...తేనె ఊట
TELUGU...a language sweeter than honey

మంచిని పంచుదాము వడపోసిన తేనీటి రూపం లో
తేనెకన్న మంచిదని తెలుగును చాటుదాము వేనోల్ల
ఇదే నా ఆకాంక్ష, అందరి నుంచి కోరుకునె చిరు మాట

"TELUGU - Italian of the East" - Niccolo Da Conti, 15th Century


"సుందర తెలుంగిళ్ పాటిసైతు" - శ్రీ సుబ్రహ్మణ్య భారతి
"suMdara teluMgiL paaTisaitu" - SrI subrahmaNya bhArati
Let us sing in Sweet Telugu - Tamil poet Sri Subrahmanya Bharati, 20th Century

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Bonfire heralds Sankranti as kites dot the skyline

HI-TECH BACKDROP: It is traditional treat with `gangireddulavallu ' performing on the eve of the festival in Cyberabad. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD: The twin cities on Friday celebrated భోగి (`Bhogi'), heralding Sankranti, as citizens soaked in the festival spirit with a three-day weekend on the cards and dispelled notions of Friday the 13th being an inauspicious day.

The celebration heralding the harvest festival saw people of all ages and walks of life with their families defying the morning chill and lighting bonfire - భోగిమంటు (`Bhogimantalu') - to get rid of the old and bad and to ring in new hopes.

Markets abuzz

Women got down to the business of drawing `rangoli' outside their homes.

Adding zing to the air were the colourful kites that dotted the city's skyline as men and boys alike competed with the paper birds from the rooftops.

Markets were abuzz right from dawn as families indulged in last-minute shopping binges for essentials, including flowers and fruits.

The గంగిరెద్దువాళ్ళూ (`Gangireddulavallu') also made a rare appearance rekindling the festive spirit!

Visits to relatives and neighbours with homemade sweets, a pious trip to the temple and a cheerful day at home with the prospect of two more days to savour the festival spiced up the proceedings for many as television channels also joined the party with Sankranti special telecast of box-office hits.

Movie halls too were venue for the festivities as new releases of popular stars hit the marquee on Friday.

Courtesy: The Hindu


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