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Kathi Karthika needs no introduction. With her typical Telangana accent, Karthika had become quite the household name as the anchor of a celeb chat show. But now, Karthika has taken to another calling in her. In a bid to spread awareness about the culture and traditions of Telangana to the Gen Y, the former contestant of Bigg Boss Season 1 has come up with a song on Bonalu festival, which she recently released on her YouTube channel earlier this month. And what better way to start off the journey than with an auspicious and devotional song on Bonalu? Dances with the villagers The four-minute song, says Karthika, was shot in a single day at a village called Medipally, en route Vikarabad. Instead of hiring junior artistes, however, Karthika engaged the villagers for the song. Penned by renowned lyricist Kandikonda and crooned by Roja Ramani Rela re Rela fame , the song had music by Baji and cinematography by Tirupati and Vikas. Karthika goes on to add that she would further use this visual medium for making songs to create social awareness. The accidental celeb An architect by profession, Karthika reveals that she was an accidental anchor.
Bonalu is a Dravidian traditional Hindu festival centered on the Goddess Mahakali. This festival is celebrated annually in the Telangana twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad , as well as in other parts of the state . The word Bonam is a contraction of the word Bhojanam , a Sanskrit loanword which means a meal or a feast in Telugu. It is an offering to the Mother Goddess. Women prepare rice cooked with milk and jaggery in a new brass or earthen pot adorned with neem leaves, turmeric , vermilion and a lit lamp on top of the pot. Women carry the pots on their heads and make an offering of the Bonam along with turmeric-vermilion, bangles and sari to the Mother Goddess across the temples .