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Bommala Koluvu (Display of Dolls) is a Fading Indian Tradition in Andhra Pradesh

Bommala Koluvu, is an integral part of the festival, the exhibition of the dolls of animals, birds and also different figurines that depict the Telugu community’s rural life

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October 13, 2016: Indians in several ways tries to preserve its cultural heritage, by passing it on to the younger generations. Sometimes while passing it on, some ideas are ‘thrust upon’ them while some of them are accepted gleefully. Telugu community’s bommala koluvu (display of dolls) belongs to the latter category.

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The bommala koluvu is the tradition of displaying dolls during Dussehra in Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of southern India.

Bommala Koluvu, is an integral part of the festival, the exhibition of the dolls of animals, birds and also different figurines that depict the Telugu community’s rural life. Bommala koluvu is also adorned with dolls of almost all hues, it includes dolls of gods and goddess depicting the mythology. It is a very traditional practice and some even use wooden dolls.

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The decoration is done with colourful lights, some of the women of the village displays their artistic skills by sketching Kolams (rangoli).

However, the intense and passionate feeling that marked the tradition of bommala koluvu has been declining lately. It may be due to the emergence of nuclear families or may be with both the parents employed and the children studying away from the hometown.

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Unfortunately, in the present times, these festivals have become only about lavish feasts and weeklong vacations. These kinds of traditions are gradually fading. As a result of which the makers of bommalu or the idols are opting out of the profession for the want of the buyers.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
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June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393