Berhampur, October 7 (LocalWire): Bommala Koluvu is a fading traditional festival, but it has been kept alive by the Telugu community here during the Dussehra celebration.
Telugu speaking persons live in Silk City- the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border town.
Bommala Koluvu is an exhibition of dolls and decorative pieces by the female members of the Telugu family, mainly Kamma, commences from the first day of Navaratri and concludes on the tenth day, or Vijaya Dashmi.
“We display the dolls, mostly representing different deities, traditional bands, and marriage processions to mark the celebration of the nine-day ritual during Navaratri,” 55-year old J Sailata said.
She has taken about a week to make around 900 decorative dolls, while her daughter-in-law Nirja has helped to arrange these in her house near Sana Bazar.
“What is unique is that we have not used any plastic items,” the husband of Sailata and a doctor J Narayan Rao said.
“Most of the dolls are made of woods, clay, clothes, brass, and silver. We are also using many dolls that have been preserved by our forefathers, while we have collected some others from different states,” he added.
The couple has also organised recitation of bhajans and slokas in their house to attract people to see the Bommala Koluvu.
“Every day several people, mostly the women folks and children visit our house to witness Bommala Koluvu,” Rao said.
Similarly, Brjanagara-resident M Padmavati has also displayed different dolls. She along with her family members has arranged over 200 dolls.
“We want to create awareness about the need to protect the nature through Bommala Kuluvu,” she said .
“We are celebrating Dusshera and Bommala Koluvu together for several years. We try to give new concepts in decoration every year.
This year, we are trying to spread the message of Swachha Bharat and environment protection by displaying mountains, spring, and saints,” a post-graduate student Meenakshi said
In the past, almost all Telugu people, especially Kamma in Berhampur celebrated the Bommala Koluvu.
“Since children of these families are now out for studies or jobs, this tradition is gradually fading. We organise this to keep alive the traditions,” Naryan Rao stated.