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Ugadi in the time of Coronavirus

In instances like these, festivals do cheer us up, celebrations inside the household however. Ugadi is well known throughout completely different communities to mark the new yr and brings members of the family collectively over a conventional meal. Having the conventional Ugadi Pachchadi very first thing in the morning and listening to Panchanga Sravanam is a customary half of the celebrations for Telugus and Kannadigas. With most cities below lockdown attributable to COVID-19, the celebrations this yr is not going to be the identical although.

Neem flower, the essential ingredient of Ugadi  
| Photo Credit: A_Muralitharan

Jhillam Chattaraj seems to be ahead to Ugadi for 2 causes. Being a Bengali and married to Okay Uttam, a Telugu, Ugadi heralds festivities with Bengali new yr to be celebrated subsequent month. For the couple, the pageant holds a cultural significance and provides an area of intimacy to them dwelling and dealing in two completely different cities. On Ugadi, the duo additionally go to Uttam’s grandfather in CR Foundation Home For the Aged in Kondapur. Over a conventional meal, the couple spend the day chatting sharing and recollecting recollections. However, this yr Jhillam, a poet and assistant professor in English at RBVRR Women’s faculty will spend the day alone at house studying poetry. “Due to the lockdown, my husband cannot come from Sangareddy; I will read and upload my poems on Instagram,” she says, including expertise is liberating in these instances.

“Without technology we would have been so isolated. Friends and students will share pictures of the feast. The communication is on; Even if physically we are away, emotionally we are connected. In fact, it has now brought people emotionally closer.” She calls festivals a reminder of hope and one thing good to stay up for. “In times like these when the world is in crisis, festivals cheer us up. We are emotionally needy people and festivals energise us. Rituals make us forget the mundanity of life. This time all our prayers for everyone’s safety”

Across oceans

For Pavan Kumar and his spouse Ashwani dwelling in Singapore, Ugadi brings particular recollections. The couple celebrating their first anniversary on the eve of Ugadi had initially deliberate to come back to their dad and mom’ home in Hyderabad. “Group video calls with family and friends living in Hyderabad is the best thing happening now. We are more connected than ever,” says Pavan.

It has been a ritual and professor Sagi Kamalakar Sarma has been following for 10 years now. Every Ugadi, he’s at at Shilparamam studying Panchanga Sravanam and deciphering the almanac readings to the viewers. “Panchanga Sravanam is an intrinsic half of Ugadi festivities however this yr, I’m not taking any danger and going anyplace. I’ll do a pooja at house,” he provides.

With all the shoots cancelled, tv star Suma is at house. “We will not celebrate Ugadi this year because we lost my father-in-law Devadas Kanakala. Also because of the conditions prevailing in the world, we need to be mentally strong and hope and pray that we come out of Coronavirus lockdown and everybody is responsible and stays safe at home and healthy. Let us hope we are successful in breaking the Corona chain and are able protect us and our families.”

On small display, she brings a particular Ugadi episode on her new present House of Hungama (Wednesday; 9.30 pm) on Star Maa and has additionally participated a particular Ugadi occasion for the channel. “Thank god these reveals had been shot earlier and we’ve banked a number of of them. With all the free time, I plan to make movies for my YouTube channel Sumakka alone with out taking help.”

Let’s keep at house and have a good time Sri Sarvari Nama Samvatsaram!

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