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Odias Celebrate Durgashtami 29-Sep-2017
Dasara festivities to continue till Saturday. Utkal Samskrutika Samaj a premier socio-cultural organisation in the city for Odias, organised a dance show to mark the Durgashtami celebrations. Various programmes are being organised by the samaj on its premises at Dasapalla Hills near All India Radio from Wednesday and they will continue till Saturday. A separate pandal was erected with colourful decoration where the earthen idol of goddess Durga and other deities are being worshiped in the traditional way. The immersion will be done on the last day of the celebrations. Samaj members enthralled the gathering with Odissi, Sambalpuri folk, record dance and a skit on Ashtami Day. This was followed by distribution of prasadam.
 
‘Dandiya Jalsa’ For a Cause 25-Sep-2017
Clad in colourful attires, men and women headed to the dance floor to swirl in unison and match steps with the dandiya tunes. ‘Dandiya jalsa’ hosted by Akhil Bhartiya Marwari Mahila Samiti and Marwari Yuva Manch as part of Navaratri celebrations saw a good turnout at The Gateway Hotel on Sunday as Agarwal families and a few other communities visited the venue to spend time dancing, dining and spending time with their loved ones. Prizes given The fun-filled celebration also included games. Some of the adept dancers returned home with prizes, grabbing titles such as ‘Dandiya king’, ‘Dandiya queen’ and ‘best couple’. “Costume and quality of dance, among other parameters have been considered for presenting titles for the participants,” said Shalu Agarwal, one of the judges at the programme. President of Marwari Yuva Manch Sanjay Mittal said the proceeds of ‘Dandiya jalsa’ would be donated to a charitable cause. The association plans to invest in a battery operating car. The care will be donated to the Visakhapatnam Railway Station to help the elderly move around the platforms at the railway station.
 
Telugu Bhasha Dinotstavam Observed 30-Aug-2017
Visakhapatnam: Telugu Bhasha Dinotsavam and 'Vyavaharika Bhashodyama Netha’ Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy Pantulu’s 154th birth anniversary was observed on Beach Road here on Tuesday. After garlanding Telugu thalli statue, Collector Pravin Kumar said apart from insisting on usage of Telugu in the government and private offices, the government is giving opportunity to write public service commission exams in Telugu. Dr Migada Ramalinga Swamy and Vedula Subrahmanya Swamy spoke about the uniqueness of Telugu and recalled Gidugu's efforts to spearhead the movement of colloquial Telugu. Students of Bhashyam School and Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir rendered songs on the occasion.
 
City Artist Bags National Award 29-Aug-2017
Charcoal sketches have won him accolades. Naresh Babu Ayyalasomayajula of Visakhapatnam received the Bharat Gaurav Award, organised by the Bharat Gaurav Awards Foundation, in the ‘Art and Culture’ category, at a function organised jointly by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi recently. Popular as NB among friends and Bobby among many others, a keen interest in art since childhood made him dabble with the brush in different media like water colours and oil paintings. But, that did not last long with education and career taking priority. The latent passion in him was revived while he was doing his Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) at JNTU, Hyderabad. “The creative skills of fine arts students inspired me to sketch portraits of eminent personalities and gift the portraits to them,” he recalled during an interaction with The Hindu at his expo titled ‘Black Magic’, organised by Antarmukha, a society for creative art and culture, recently. The only awardee from South India in the category of art and culture, Bobby has contributed to the art form with over 100 charcoal arts till date. He plans to host an annual all India art exhibition for artists in January 2018.
 
Eco-friendly Ganesha 24-Jul-2017
Eco-friendly Ganesha: environmentalists think innovative. “Instead of immersing the idols into the sea, these seed-clay models can be dipped in a tub of water after the festival and reused for growing medicinal plants. This year, the focus is on using colour-free idols, curbing sound pollution at pandals which will be erected in various neighbourhoods and growing medicinal plants by reusing the clay-mould,” he stated. “During our childhood days, celebrating Ganesh festival was synonymous with eco-friendly models. With Ganesh Chaturthi a month away, environmental activists initiate steps to spread the green message. Moreover, the leaves of these plants will come in handy for worshipping Lord Ganesh next year,” said J. Rajeswari, a member of the NGO.
 
Greens promote eco-friendly idols 24-Jul-2017
VISAKHAPATNAM: With the concept of eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi gaining popularity in the city, NGOs are coming forward to keep the age old tradition of using 'patri leaves' alive. After the 42-day campaign by Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi (PMV) to create awareness on the use of eco-friendly idols kick-started recently, people are being sensitised to use clay idols. "Each of the 21 types of patri seeds are used for worshipping Lord Ganesha. Apart from keeping the tradition alive, clay idols will help in reducing the pollution levels," said veteran film actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao on Sunday. PMV secretary J Rajeswari said, "We have collected all varieties of native seeds and use them while making clay idols. These idols are kept in pots and they transform into plants on pouring a bucket of water." She also added that seeds of medicinal plants are also being inserted in the clay mould which can be reused for gardening purpose. Ganesh Patra-Patri Puja is an important puja which is done during Ganesh Chaturthi. Twenty-one types of leaves are used to worship Lord Ganesha during the festival. This puja is also called as 'Eka Vimshathi Patra' Puja. Chanting each name of the Lord, Ganesha is worshipped with each type of leaf.
 
Campaign for green Ganeshas 12-Jul-2017
Campaign for green Ganeshas picks up pace . Campaign for green Ganesha With over a month to go for the Vinayaka Chaviti festivities to begin, the campaign for eco-friendly Ganeshas, made out of natural clay, has kick-started. Alarmed by the high levels of pollution caused by toxic paints and POP statues, environmentalists and NGOs in the city are encouraging ‘greener’ celebrations.
 
‘Snana Purnima’ ritual held 10-Jun-2017
The idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra were taken out from Jagannath temple on the premises of Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj and given a holy bath on Friday as part of the annual ritual of Snana Purnima which falls on the full moon day of Jyestha month. The bathing ritual is a precursor to the Rath Yatra. In the evening the deities were adorned in Gajanana Besha (the elephant attire). Devotees in large numbers had darshan amidst chanting of mantras and singing of devotional songs. It was followed by prasad sevan. General secretary P. K. Biswal and president J. K. Nayak oversaw the arrangements.
 
7000Girl Students-Perform Kuchipudi 12-Apr-2017
Visakhapatnam is all set to create a record today when 7000 girl students from various Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS)’s schools and colleges will perform Kuchipudi at RK Beach. The event that is being jointly conducted by APREIS and the Social Welfare department will be inaugurated by CM Chandrababu Naidu in the presence of several state ministers. The event is being held to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. 7000 girl students performing Kuchipudi at the event are coming in from 21 Mahila Gurukhula Patashalas from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. “We had provided accommodation in our schools at various places in the city and APSRTC had provided eight buses for transportation of the girls from the schools to the venue at the beach road. We are also providing food to the participants,’’ Coordinator of Organising Committee S Roopavathi reportedly said. Students taking part in the event have been trained in Kuchipudi for the last two months by professional dancers. The programme will start with three songs featuring the theme of the life story of BR Ambedkar. Initially, there were claims that students participating in the event were asked to pay for it.
 
139-Feet National Flag Hoisted 04-Aug-2016
VISAKHAPATNAM: A 139-feet national flag was hoisted at Kotaveedhi in One Town Area on the 139th birth anniversary of Pingali Venkaiah in the city on Tuesday. Pingali Venkaiah who died in 1963 was an Indian freedom fighter and the designer of the Indian National Flag.The flag was hoisted Sri Swami Vivekananda Swachandha Seva Samstha to remember the contribution of Pingali Venkaiah on his birth anniversary.
 
 
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