Aks -e- Hyderabad – Pictures of glorious Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013Posted by bharath in Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Photos, Telangana.
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Members of the Hyderabad cycle club
Fascinating Hyderabad : Aks -e- Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013Posted by bharath in Culture, Hyderabad, Photos, Review, Telangana.
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Going back in time through timeless snaps
J.S.Ifthekhar, The Hindu, Hyderabad, June 17, 2013
‘Aks-e-Hyderabad’, a photo album with 600-odd stunning images narrates the tale of twin cities in a telling manner
Life brings tears, smiles and memories. Tears dry, smiles fade but memories last forever. All it takes is one picture to bring back a thousand memories. The Hyderabad of yore where time stood still, where the dust of the royal past never settles. How about reliving an age gone by?
Now, you can take a step back in time and enjoy a fascinating past. Aks-e-Hyderabad (Images of Hyderabad), a photo album brought out by Urdu daily Siasat , brings alive the past in minute detail. A picture is worth a thousand words. The album, with 600-odd stunning images, narrate the tale of twin cities in a telling manner.
Though there is no dearth of books on Hyderabad, an album is perhaps the first of its kind. Flip through the folder, and you get the feeling of a kind of videotape playing in your mind.
Striking images of Golconda, the Pearl City, the agony of the 1908 floods, modes of transportation, coins and currency, culture and civilisation, marriage, music and dance, jewellery and costume and the Nizams and their family flash by. Just about everything of the erstwhile Hyderabad is contained in 319 pages of the photo album.
The album covers the period from 1880 to 1960. “We have 1,300 rare photographs in our collection. About 650 have been included in this album. The rest we plan to publish shortly,” says Zahid Ali Khan, editor, Siasat . The credit for collecting and compiling the photographs goes to noted writer Allama Aijaz Farruq. (మరింత…)
Telangana writers, cultural groups boycott World Telugu Conference డిసెంబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Andhra, Culture, Identity, regionalism, Telangana, Telugu.
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Telangana writers, cultural groups boycott World Telugu Conference
IANS, Hyderabad December 27, 2012
Telugu literary figures and cultural organisations from Telangana in Andhra Pradesh boycotted the fourth World Telugu Conference, which got underway at Tirupati on Thursday.
Poets, writers, artists, academicians and other noted personalities from the Telangana region stayed away from the three-day event, terming it as an attempt to suppress the movement for a separate Telangana state.
Led by eminent academician and member of state legislative council Chukka Ramaiah, a group of writers, artists and journalists under the banner of Telangana Rachayithala Vedika (TRV) staged a protest at Gun Park near the state assembly here. (మరింత…)
Rayalaseema won’t sit silent if Telangana is granted, TG Venkatesh డిసెంబర్ 22, 2012Posted by bharath in Culture, Economy, Identity, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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‘Rayalaseema won’t sit silent if Telangana is granted’
Inkeshaf Ahmed, PostNoon, December 21, 2012
Congress leader TG Venkatesh from Rayalaseema region says he will not mind quitting Congress if statehood is given to Telangana.
Congress leader and minister from Rayalaseema, TG Venkatesh, said on Friday he would lead an agitation from the front for a separate Rayalaseema state if his party gives in and grants statehood to Telangana.
The minister hinted that if a separate Telangana is formed, he would not mind quitting the Congress and would float a Rayalaseema front or join YSRC. Venkatesh said a united Andhra would ensure growth in all regions. (మరింత…)
OU Arts College: A historic masterpiece అక్టోబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, cosmopolitan, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Osmania, Telangana, universities.
Tags: Arts COllege, Indo-Sarcenic, Monsieur Jasper, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Srikanth Varkala
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Arts College: a historic masterpiece
The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 8, 2012
The building in pinkish granite stone represents a harmonious blend of pillars and lintel style of Ajanta and Ellora
The architectural uniqueness stirs romance and the stunning structure blows the mind. The unspoiled edifice reveals majesty and is the nucleus of the 95-year old Osmania University. This is the College of Arts and Social Sciences of the famed OU, popularly known as the Arts College. It is one of the major heritage structures in Hyderabad.
A team of experts travelled around the world to find the right design and the right person who could design this historic masterpiece.
The credit for the architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect.
Jasper prepared a detailed plan of all the university buildings. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung, who was later awarded a Padma Bhushan for his outstanding service to the field of architecture.
HALLS OF FAME: The credit for the College of Arts and Social Sciences, OU architecture goes to Monsieur Jasper, a Belgian architect. The execution of the plans was done by Nawab Zain Yar Jung. Photo: Special Arrangement
Osmania University Arts College – A Marvel in Stone అక్టోబర్ 28, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Telangana, Videos.
Tags: best universities, Monsieur Jasper, Osmania University, OU, The Hindu
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Arts College- A Marvel in Stone
The Hindu Oct 8, 2012
University College of Arts and Social Sciences on Osmania University campus is the best example of Indo-Sarcenic architecture. Many a famous personality in India studied in this building. This is the first video documentary on the building.
Video documentary is presented by Department of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University
‘Arabi marfa’ of Hyderabad continues to be a hit even now అక్టోబర్ 26, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Nizam, Telangana.
Tags: Africa, Marfa, Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, Raja of Wanaparthy, Shah Ali Banda, Siddis
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From the era of the Nizams ‘Arabi marfa’ continues to be a hit even now
Staff Reporter, Hyderabad, The Hindu, October 26, 2012
The band was introduced in the city by the Siddis, an ethnic group of African descent
Brass band may be the rage among youth but ‘Arabi marfa’ still holds its own in Hyderabad. Few celebrations are complete without the Arabic band, particularly in the old city. The high price commanded by it is proof of its popularity.
Be it marriage, festival or election time, Arabi marfa is what one turns to for that rhythmic beat which has everyone swinging. The band was introduced to the city by the Siddis, an ethnic group of African descent.
The 6th Nizam, Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, recruited them being impressed by their physical strength and horsemanship. The Siddis were earlier believed to be working for the Raja of Wanaparthy, it is said. Their descendants now stay in and around A.C. Guards and a few groups are active musicians.
OLD WORLD CHARM: Musicians use ‘dholaks’, steel pots, a small drum called ‘marfa’ and wooden strips called ‘thapi’ in bands. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
Those in the profession can be easily recognised as they strut around donning shirts, lungis and red-chequered scarves playing ‘dholaks’, steel pots, a small drum called ‘marfa’ and wooden strips called ‘thapi’.
“Each instrument forms an integral part of the band, and if played together gives a pulsating rhythm,” says Salaam Basher, a second generation musician at Shah Ali Banda. (మరింత…)
Polavaram Dam: Corrupt interests at the expense of noble alternatives అక్టోబర్ 25, 2012Posted by bharath in corruption, Culture, ecology, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Koya, Polavaram.
Tags: alternatives, Chhattisgarh, dam, dam breach, EIA, Jala Yagnam, Odisha
Observational Report on the Polavaram Dam Project and Surrounding Areas
By: Drew Bahr, HELP International Intern
During the summer of 2011 I had the opportunity to personally witness the proposed construction site of the Polavaram Dam as well as interview three engineers and environment experts with alternative proposals and view the conditions of the people in the proposed area of displacement that would be created by the Dam. During this three-day journey from Hyderabad to northern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, I was surprised to find that many things are not as they were officially described by the government.
Our trip began with an effort to document the present existence of canals to provide irrigation for the surrounding countryside from the Godavari River to refute the claim that the Dam is necessary to provide irrigation for rice and other crops. Although government engineers seem to ignore their presence, we visited perfectly working canals and pumping stations from the river alongside new canals which were supposedly built to take water from the Godavari River to the Krishna River Basin. These larger canals, however, seem to have displaced an inordinate amount of farmers and did not provide means for their local use through pumps or other forms of access.
Secondly, we visited the actual site of the Polavaram Dam and were able to observe proposed construction plans and costs. I was shocked and ashamed to find that the costs of the Dam project had greatly exceeded the rate of inflation of the Rupee several times over and that the proposed additions to the Dam to justify such expense were not commensurate. Moreover, the safety and security of an earthen dam of such vast proportion was clearly called into question upon seeing both the proposed length of the dam as well as the size of the potential reservoir. I would recommend that all inhabitants downstream on the Godavari River take note of the catastrophe and imminent danger a rupture or collapse of the earthen dam would pose to their lives and livelihoods. (మరింత…)
Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’ అక్టోబర్ 21, 2012Posted by bharath in Andhra, biodiversity, Congress, corruption, Culture, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, ST, struggle, Telangana, YSR.
Tags: Chhattisgarh, dam break, deforestation, displacement, involuntary resettlement, Konta, Kunavaram, Motu, Odisha, PAPP, R&R, Sabari, Sileru, Sukma, uphill migration
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Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’
Staff reporter, The Hindu, Khammam, October 19, 2012
Standing in waist-deep water near Kunavaram, the protesters raise slogans against Polavaram project
Adivasis from areas facing submergence from the Polavaram project on Thursday launched a relay “Jala Deeksha” at the confluence point of the Sabari and the Godavari near Kunavaram.
The Adivasis launched the agitation under the aegis of the “People Against Polavaram Project” (PAPP), an inter-State committee comprising various tribal organisations of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Ordisha. Adivasis from Malkangiri district in Odisha and Sukma district in Chhattisgarh participated in the stir on the first day.