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శుక్రవారం, 23 నవంబరు 2007 సాయంత్రం ఆరున్నర గంటలకు, మాసాబ్ టాంక్ లోని లక్ష్మన్ ఆర్ట్ గాలరి లో, ఒక విచిత్రం జరిగింది. ఇంతవరకు ఛాయా చిత్రకారుడిగా చిరపరిచితమైన భరత్ భూషణ్ గుడిమిల్ల, రంగుల కాన్వాస్ తో కూడిన చిత్రకారుడిగా పరిచయ మయ్యారు. ఈ మార్పు ఆశ్చర్యకరమైనా, ఆహ్వానించతగినది. కొంతకాలం అనారోగ్యం, బయటకు కదల నీయక పోవటం తో, ఆ సమయాన్ని, సృజనాత్మకంగా, చిత్రలేఖనానికి ఉపయోగించారు భరత్ భూషణ్.
ఓరుగల్లు లో పుట్టి పెరిగిన, భరత్ భూషణ్ కు బాల్యం నుంచీ, తెలంగాణా పండగలు, సంస్కృతి పై మక్కువ ఎక్కువ. బతుకమ్మ పండుగలో బొడ్డెమ్మ దేవత చుట్టూ గ్రామీణ యువతులు చేసే ఆట – పాట, రంగుల పూలు, పండుగకు భూషణ్ అమ్ముమ్మ చేసే మిఠాయిలు, కొనిచ్చే బూరలు,ఇవన్నీ భూషణ్ మదిలో చెరగని ముద్ర వేశాయి. ఆ రంగుల పూల పై మమకారాం, భూషణ్ ను తరువాతి జీవితంలో ఒక మంచి ఛాయ చిత్రకారుడిగా మలిచింది.బతుకమ్మ పండగ ఉత్సవాలపై వరుసగా నాలుగేళ్లు చిత్రాలు తీసి, పండగలో కాల క్రమేణా సహజ పూల స్థానం లో ప్లాస్టిక్ పూలు రావటాన్ని వేదనతో గమనించారు. బతుకమ్మ పండగ గురించి భూషణ్ మాటల్లో వినండి. (మరింత…)
Regional development & Hyderabad Story- Sanjay Baru’s Comment నవంబర్ 23, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Articles, Hyderabad, Telangana.
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The story of Hyderabad‘s globalisation – Dr Sanjaya Baru
Part I: The Local and global in Hyderabad’s development
I had the good fortune of knowing Professor Waheeduddin Khan both personally and professionally. Professor Khan was a true son of Hyderabad — gentle, genial, graceful and always affectionate. He epitomised the best values that this city, my home, had come to symbolise. It is as a tribute to Wahid sahib’s love for this city, which I wholeheartedly share, that I have chosen to speak on my reading of Hyderabad‘s links with the world.
My interest in the link between India’s external relations and the internal change in the country, elaborated in various essays and columns and published as The Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance (2006), was partly triggered by what I saw happening in Andhra Pradesh in the 1990s.
Sadar festival- buffalo carnival of Hyderabad Yadavs నవంబర్ 13, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Photos, Telangana Festivals, Telangana People.
Buffaloes’ day out
‘Sadar’ celebrated with fervour by Yadav community
Prized possession: A buffalo is controlled as it stands up on its hind legs in city Saturday. – Photo K Ramesh Babu
Hyderabad: It was a celebration of a different kind. When the Yadav community gets together at ‘Sadar’, it’s all about harmony and exhibiting the male buffalo, a symbol of their existence.
A traditional post-Diwali celebrations, ‘Sadar’ by the Yadavs across the twin cities on Saturday evening was no less than a colourful carnival. The scene came alive as buffaloes decorated beautifully with garlands, paints and designs strutted around with their owners. Most of the buffaloes were forced to stand on their hind legs as a symbol of exhibitionism that doubled up as a signature move while people around them looked awestruck as the beasts performed the stunt. With the ‘teen maar’ beat in the background, people danced around the buffaloes while they were being paraded.
“According to the ritual, members of the community exhibit the strongest and finest male buffalo that is selected by the head of the family and is taken out for everyone to see. All the buffaloes are displayed to the head of the community and the best one brings home a prize, honour and respect for the family”, said P. Suresh Kumar Yadav, a participant from Kacheguda.
Source: The Hindu, Sunday Nov 11, 2007
As part of Sadar festival, members of Yadav community in the city taking out a procession with buffaloes in Hyderabad on October 22, 2006. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU (మరింత…)
Incredible Medak- Church of World’s Second Largest Diocese నవంబర్ 5, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Articles, Culture, Deccan, heritage, Identity, Manjira, Medak, Telangana Places.
Tags: Bishop Presley, Church and Society, Church in India, Church of South India, CSI, diocese, famine, Father Dhanraj, Gothic, Rev Charles Posnett, tourism
Church that needs to be cherished
The solid white granite Medak Church, standing tall at 173 feet, may be part of the ‘Incredible India ‘ campaign, but it is in a state of utter neglect, says Sapna Kaushik
As a visitor exits out of the city from Hyderabad airport, a large photograph beckons him. It is a picture of the Medak Church that is put up as part of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign.
In a sense, it reflects how the church is being promoted or not being marketed by tourism officials. “Shouldn’t it be in the arrival lounge rather than being in the exit lounge?” asks a visitor.
Not surprising then that there are hardly any visitors to the church. On an average, only 25-odd visitors come to the church a day for a dekko. But on Sunday, this could swell to 2,000, with two sermons being conducted in the church. Most visitors are from nearby Zaheerabad, Bidar, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Warangal and Mahbubnagar district.
The church is a mere two-hour drive off National Highway 7 from Hyderabad. Though it is part of the Incredible India campaign launched last year, very little has been done to maintain the church that owes its name to ‘methukulu’ (meaning rice in Telugu), which is why the place is also called Medak.
In 1896, when the district was struck by famine, Rev. Charles Walker Posnett, a missionary, evolved the ‘food for work’ programme. If villagers contributed to building the church, they could in turn earn food. That set the ball rolling for this renowned Gothic structure.
From 1914 to 1924, the farmers toiled to erect the church and Thomas Edward Harding, the architect, left no stone unturned in building the cathedral. For the floor, tiles from famous potteries were shipped from England. Then, Italian workmen were brought from Bombay to lay them. The tile’s design is an intricate one in six colours — red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey. The marble on the chancel floor and the reredos behind the Holy communion is from Italy.
What sets the Church apart are the three stained glass windows, created by Sir Frank O’ Salisbury of London. They constitute ‘the gospel trilogy’ in art — the nativity, the crucifixion and the ascension. Made of solar glass, the windows appear in all their glory when its bright and sunny. All the stained glass windows have inscriptions in English, Hindi and Telugu. The Hindi inscription came later, at the instance of Vijaylakshmi Pandit, sister of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who felt that the national language must find a mention on the stained glass.
The church, the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest in the world after the Vatican , is built in solid white granite. The tower is 173 feet high, with four pinnacles. If it hadn’t been for the Nizam, the church would have been taller. Old-timers say that when the cathedral was to be built, the Nizam had one condition, that the church should not be taller than the Charminar
Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial Day- November 1 నవంబర్ 2, 2007Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Appeals, English, In News.
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The arduous wait of a hopeful
Mohd. Jamaluddin and his associates have been visiting the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial every year on State Formation Day since 1969
— Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
On a mission: Jamaluddin and others at the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial in Hyderabad on Thursday.
HYDERABAD: It is an agonising wait for Mohd. Jamaluddin. Another year has passed by and his dream is yet to be realised. Mr. Jamaluddin, president of the Telangana Retired Employees’ Association, and his associates have been visiting the Telangana Martyrs’ Memorial at Gun Park in front of the Legislative Assembly every year on the State Formation Day since 1969, the year of the ‘Jai Telangana’ agitation.
‘Lack of will’
Mr. Jamaluddin, accompanied by the association vice-president M.A. Qayyum and general secretary T. Ganesh Rao, spent long hours at the memorial this year too. He said all that was required for statehood for Telangana was political will and regretted that the Governments of the day lacked it.
Mr. Jamaluddin’s visit to the place was preceded by a dharna staged by Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders and activists who observed Thursday as ‘Telangana betrayal day.’ Waving black flags and shouting slogans denouncing the integrated State, they said the development of Telangana was possible only through a separate state.