London: The United Kingdom has celebrated
its first ever Sankranthi, the festival of harvest, in the
House of Commons.
Tory MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Dan Byles
and Minister (Political) Indian High Commission C Rajasekhar
were the chief guests of the function organised by UK Telugu
Speaking on the occasion Dan Byles, introduced to the
audience as the son-in-law of Andhra Pradesh, having married a
Telugu lady, said that the hospitality of the Telugu people is
unforgettable and promised full support to the community.
"As the bilateral relations between India and the UK
are strengthening up, events like this help to further
strengthen the fusion," said Rajasekhar.
He also praised Prabhakar Kaza, President of UKTA and
his team for organising such an event in a novel style and
with a touch of class.
"We hope to bring the Telugu culture to life in this
country and introduce our customs and traditions to the
English citizens too. Telugu New Year is the right opportunity
and would be well received," said Kaza.
Madhava Turumella, Trustee, UKTA explained to the
audience the significance of Sankranthi and it`s association
with the people of Andhra Pradesh.
Around 150 people atteneded the programme.
Dr John Marr, eminent Tamil Scholar and Carnatic music
practitioner who was conferred Padmasri award, kicked off the
cultural side of the evening with a song penned by Syama
Sastry and it stood as the highlight of the evening.
The members of TPUK and students of London`s Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan entertained the audience with their dance
performances in Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak.