Aks -e- Hyderabad – Pictures of glorious Hyderabad జూన్ 17, 2013Posted by bharath in Culture, heritage, Hyderabad, Photos, Telangana.
Tags: history of Hyderabad
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Members of the Hyderabad cycle club
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…)
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.
Chindu Bhagavatam comes of age ఆగస్ట్ 30, 2012Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Identity, SC, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు).
Tags: Chavadi Kottaalu, Chindu, Chindu Bhagavatam, Chindu Yellamma, Chinna Madiga, Dance Academy, Deshmukhs, Gadi, Goddess Yellamma, Jamba Mahamuni, Jamba Puranam, Madiga, Nataraja Ramakrishna, Pedda Madiga, Peddabalasiksha, Ravindra Bharati, State Culture Council, Telugu theatre, Yakshaganam
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Chindu Bhagavatam comes of age
Gudipoodi Srihari, The Hindu August 30, 2012
Recently, a Chindu Bhagavatam performance brought to the fore a hitherto little-known art form that is widely performed in Telangana. The art form has evolved over time from being restricted to a small sub-sect within a community to being performed all over the region and utilised by the State government.
History goes that within the ‘Madiga’ community, a sect considered itself ‘Pedda Madiga’ (Big madiga) and another sect that was living on begging, performing yakshaganas, as ‘Chinna Madigas’, (Small madiga). These Chindu Bhagavatas were not permitted to perform beyond their own community. A lot has changed since then. The late Chindu Yellamma, a respected icon from Nizamabad, was invited to perform with her troupe at Ravindra Bharati by the erstwhile Dance Academy headed by the late Nataraja Ramakrishna. The academy had also published a small booklet on this art and the Chindu Bhagavatas at that time.
The word ‘Chindu’ in Telugu means ‘jump’. As their presentation is interspersed with leaps and jumps, it gained the name of Chindu Bhagavatam. Most of the stories narrated are from ‘Bhagavatam’. Gaddam Sammayya, a leader of these troupes, claims that though the Chindu Bhagavatas were seen as a lowly section of society, they trace their origin to Jamba Mahamuni, and believe their clan is the most ancient sect. “Hence most of our dramas open with ‘Jamba Puranam’ with the opening pallavi that goes ‘Ekkuvani Mari Palukabokumura, Ekkuvevvaru Mari Telisi Palukumura’ (don’t speak of being high, speak knowing who is higher) ,” he says. (మరింత…)
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Jagan Mohan Reddy is worth Rs 16,97,335 crore: TDP
Sreenivas Janyala, The Indian Express, Hyderabad, June 09 2012
The CBI is likely to take cognisance of a file prepared by the ruling Congress government that reportedly puts assets of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy far in excess of what has been reported.
The file was prepared after six ministers who also served in the YSR Cabinet came under CBI scrutiny for alleged role in alloting land and mining leases and granting favours to companies preferred by Jagan.
The file has found its way into offices of opposition parties, including the TDP, and the latter claims that the case made out by the CBI in its three charge-sheets so far against Jagan and his aides is just the tip of the iceberg.
According to the TDP, the YSR Congress chief owns 94,038 acres of land, valued at Rs 33,935 crore, and possesses mining leases for over 1,81,079 acres of land with a total turnover of Rs 16,63,400 crore.
Some claims in the file
Jagan is the actual owner of 822 acres of limestone mines allotted to Penna Cements. The reported turnover: Rs 3,600 crore.
Jagan owns 250 acres worth Rs 500 crore in the name of Tanla Solutions in Ranga Reddy district.
Owns 750 acres in Indu, Stargage, Brahmani SEZ worth Rs 1,500 crore; and 595 acres in Nadargul in Ranga Reddy district worth Rs 1,800 crore.
Owns 800 acres of limestone mines in Kurnool through Penna Cements worth Rs 3,000 crore.
About 329 acres of land allotted to OMC and Anantapur Mining Company owned by Gali Janardhana Reddy are owned by Jagan and the land is valued at Rs 10,000 crore.
Industrialist Indu Syam Prasad Reddy, an associate of Jagan, was allotted 8,844 acres to set up the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub at Anantapur and the land is valued at Rs 1,000 crore. (మరింత…)
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అతనొక శాస్త్రవేత్త కాదు. ఇంజనీరు అంతకన్నా కాదు. వచ్చీ రాని చదువు చదివిన ఓ పల్లెటూరి బిడ్డ మాత్రమే. కానీ, తల్లి కష్టాన్ని చూసి చలించి, ఆ పనిని సులువు చేసే యంత్రాన్ని కనిపెట్టిండు. తాను రూపొందించిన యంత్రం విజయవంతం కావడంతో దానికి తల్లి పేరే పెట్టుకుని రుణం తీర్చుకున్నడు ఆ గ్రామీణ శాస్త్రవేత్త, తెలంగాణ ముద్దుబిడ్డ మల్లేష్, అతడికి స్ఫూర్తినిచ్చిన తల్లి లక్ష్మిపై ‘బతుకమ్మ’ ప్రత్యేక కథనం.
~ రచ్చ శ్రీనివాస్, టీన్యూస్, ఆలేరు టౌన్
నల్లగొండ జిల్లా ఆలేరు మండలం శారాజిపేట గ్రామానికి చెందిన చింతకింది మల్లేష్ రెక్కాడితే గానీ డొక్కాడని నిరుపేద చేనేత కుటుంబంలో పుట్టిండు. ఏడేళ్ల నిరంతర శ్రమ ఫలితంగా ‘ఆసు పోసే యంత్రానికి’ రూపకల్పన చేసిండు. మొదట్లో పడరాని పాట్లు పడ్డడు. వినరాని మాటలు విన్నడు. కానీ, ఇవ్వాళ ఆ యంత్రం పనితీరు విజయవంతం కావడంతో అందరితో ‘శెభాష్’ అనిపించుకుంటున్నడు. తాను ఆవిష్కరించిన ఆ యంత్రానికి పేటెంట్ హక్కును కూడా సంపాదించుకున్నడు. అన్నిటికీ మించి, అమ్మ పడుతున్న కష్టాన్ని చూసి చలించిపోయి దాన్ని సులువు చేసే యంత్రాన్ని కనిపెట్టిన ఈ బిడ్డ ఆ యంత్రానికి ‘లక్ష్మి అసు యంత్రం’ అని తన తల్లి పేరే పెట్టుకున్నడు. అట్ల తల్లి రుణం తీర్చుకున్న ఈ బిడ్డ రాష్ట్రంలోనే కాదు, దేశంలోని నేతకారులందరికీ ముద్దుబిడ్డ అయ్యిండు. అయితే, ఆయన తన ఆవిష్కరణకు మూలం ‘కులవృత్తే’ అన్నడు. తామందరూ వదిలి పెట్టకుండా కొనసాగుతున్న కుల వృత్తే నన్ను ‘శాస్త్రవేత్త’ను చేసిందని అన్నడు. అష్టకష్టాలు పడైనా సరే, తమ వృత్తిని కొనసాగించుకోవాలన్న స్పృహే తనను ఇవ్వాళ నలుగురిలో గుర్తింపుకు కారణమైందని ఆయన సవినయంగా మనవి చేసిండు. అదీ ఈ నల్లగొండ బిడ్డ వినవూమత. ఇంతకీ మల్లేష్ కనిపెట్టిన ఆ యంత్రం ఏమిటి? అసలు ‘అసు’ పోయడం అంటే ఏంది? మొత్తంగా, ఎట్లా ఆయన ఆ సరికొత్త యంత్రాన్ని ఆవిష్కరించిండో చూద్దాం….
కులవృత్తిని వదల లేక…
రాష్ట్రంలో ఒక్క నల్లగొండ జిల్లాలోనే 40 వేల కుటుంబాల దాకా చేనేత వృత్తిపై ఆధారపడి బతుకుతున్నయి. ఎంత కష్టపడినా వాళ్ల పేదరికం పోతలేదు. ఎన్ని రకాల బట్టలు నేసినా వారి కష్టాలు తీరడం లేదు. చింతకింది మల్లేష్ కుటుంబం కూడా అటువంటిదే. తనది ఆలేరు మండలం శారాజిపేట అనే చిన్న గ్రామం. 7వ తరగతి దాకా చదువుకున్నడు. రెక్కాడితే గానీ డొక్కాడని పరిస్థితిలో మల్లేష్ తండ్రి తన ఇద్దరు కొడుకుల్ని చదువు మాన్పించి మగ్గం నేయమన్నడు. మగ్గం నేయడం అంటే అనుకున్నంత ఈజీ కాదు. మొదట చీర నేయాలంటే ముందు ‘ఆసు’ పోయాలి. ‘ఆసు పోయడం’ అంటే పట్టుదారాన్ని కొయ్యకు చుట్డడం. ఒక కొయ్య నుంచి 40 కొయ్యలకు 9 వేల సార్లు అలా చెయ్యి తిప్పాలి. (మరింత…)
Remembering the history of Hyderabad – Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2012Posted by bharath in CharMinar, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Hindu, Hyderabad, Identity, Muslim, Telangana, Telangana People.
Tags: 1463 Telangana, founder of Hyderabad, Golconda, Hyderabad history, miniature India, Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, Musi, secular, Subedar of Telangana
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Remembering a great dynasty
Aparna Menon, The Hindu, April 2, 2012
It is the 400th death anniversary of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad
This year marks the 400th death anniversary of the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah. So, who was he? The fifth ruler in the Quli Qutb Shah dynasty, he founded the new city towards the south of the Musi river in 1591.
He chose the river to eliminate water shortage and linked it to the hub Golkonda with a stone bridge over the river. This ruler with foresight was as enterprising as the other rulers in the Qutb Shahi dynasty started by Sultan Quli Qutb ul Mulk.
“From 1518 to 1687, over a span of 171 years, seven Qutb Shahi kings ruled over the kingdom. Sultan Quli came to India from Iran and entered the military service of the Bahamani king. For having quelled trouble in the Telangana region in 1463 he was made the Subedar of Telangana in 1495, and the title ‘Qutb ul Mulk” was conferred upon him,” says Mr MA Qaiyum, former Deputy Director of Archaeology and Museums of Andhra Pradesh.
Not only did Sultan Quli establish the empire he also built beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens. The establishment of the water channel system from Talab-e-durg (Durgam Cheruvu) to Golconda, was a remarkable achievement. (మరింత…)
Politics of smaller states in India – Kunal Majumder ఫిబ్రవరి 24, 2012Posted by bharath in BJP, Congress, Culture, Economy, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Nizam, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Bundelkhand, Paschhimanchal, Poorvanchal, Srikrishna Committee, Uttarakhand, Vidarbha
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Support for and opposition to the creation of new states in India is often politically motivated
The politics of smaller states in India
In the last reorganization of states in 2000, three new states were created – Jharkhand from Bihar, Uttarakhand from UP and Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh. But did that solve any problems? Kunal Majumder
Two months before state elections were due in India’s largest province Uttar Pradesh (UP), Chief Minister Mayawati surprised her opponents with the announcement that she wanted to divide the state into four parts – a Poorvanchal in eastern UP, Paschhimanchal in the west, Bundelkhand in the south and Awadh in central UP.
With the elections approaching and allegations of corruption against her mounting, Mayawati’s critics say she had only tried to divert people’s attention. But that did not work. In a country where there are already more than a dozen movements for separate states, she failed to start another four.
Many of the demands for new states in India are based on ethnicity. The most recent of them was the demand for Telangana in Andhra Pradesh. For months the state saw bloodless agitations. The capital Hyderabad was brought to a standstill. Home minister P Chidambaram had initially accepted the proposal, but backed out later. The government set up a committee that came up with seven options. The new point of contention was, who will get Hyderabad? The capital of the Nizam’s princely state, the city has seen a lot of development in the last few years and generates a large revenue for the state government. It falls in Telengana region but also has an identity of its own. Home to Urdu-speaking Muslims, the elite and representatives of Hyderabad simply refuse to become part of the economically backward Telangana. They demanded a separate union territory status. (మరింత…)