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Sangeetha Venkittaraman

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I have been doing golu in UK for 14 years with the aim of keeping up Indian tradition and culture, educating younger generation about south Indian navarathri celebration.

We collect dolls from Thanjavur Art Gallery every year when we visit India with the aim of supporting local artists. Our dolls ranging from Dasavatharam, Ashtalakshmi, Ramasita doing pooja to siva at Rameswaram, range of vinayakas, krishna etc.

Thamboolam evenings are adorned by sahasranama japam by 20+ ladies. This gives children a good chance to imbibe navarathri culture and understand the significance behind this.

My son who is 14 now sing keerthanai every evening for 9 days while doing sundal naivedhyam. We are blessed to keep up with our traditional way of celebrating Golu and has been an inspiration and role models to our Indian friends who live abroad.

This also has been providing opportunity to educate about South Indian Navarathri celebration to our British English friends who are wowed about the appearance of variety of clay dolls, colours, prasadam and our commitment. Prayer to almighty to let us continue our celebration in full vigour in future. Thanks to sapthavarna for giving us the opportunity to share our story to the world .

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