Fascinating Numaish- Hyderabad Exhibition జనవరి 27, 2008Posted by Telangana Utsav in Deccan, English, Hyderabad, Telangana, Urdu.
Started by a small group of young graduates of Osmania University way back in 1937 it grew into an institution popular as Numaish, the All India Industrial Exhibition, which is larger than the dictionary meaning of the word. Numaish showcases clothes, carpets, glassware among a variety of products and new launches in domestic gadgets, fashions and ideas that steal the heart of young and old men and women of all classes. It is a forum for display of the ‘latest’ in everything from several states in the country as well as many Asian neighbours. Exhibition Society Grounds, spread over 24 acres houses around 2500 stalls competing in the show business of the best of the day in clothes, arts, fashions, furniture, electronics, toys for kids, and thousand other things.
There is reason for seeing the numaish once again- get the latest as much your purse can aford, or just do window shopping, or make masti with friends being part of the place where winter nights are melting in light and sound with fun and frolic. Numaish is the institution known for meeting of cultures expressed in their lifestyles and reflected in goods and products.
Around 25 lakh visitors throng the exhibition. Earnings from the 45 day long annual numaish held by Exhibition Society support 18 educational institutions including Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women, Vanita Mahila Vidyalaya.
Here’s a brief account of the numaish by Mohammed Shafeeq (India eNews) and pictures by Mohd Yousuf (The Hindu)
Hyderabad’s ‘numaish’ has something for everyone
by Mohammed Shafeeq. India eNews Jan 6, 2008
It is a New Year gift that this city awaits every year. Popularly known as ‘numaish’ – the Urdu word for exhibition – the fair has come a long way since it was first organised in 1937 during the reign of the Nizam.
The All India Industrial Exhibition, an annual shopping event, began Jan 1 and will continue for one-and-a-half months. Many swanky shopping malls might have changed the landscape of the city in the last few years but this open-air shopping mall has its own charm.
All the roads during this part of the year lead to the sprawling exhibition grounds in Nampally in the heart of Hyderabad as people from different parts of the city and even neighbouring districts and states descend to be part of the gala event.
From the carpets of Iran and dry fruits of Jammu and Kashmir to handmade garments from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, handicraft items from all over India and electronic goods of the best brands in the country, the exhibition brings together the best from all around.
Started as a local exhibition intended to display indigenously produced goods, the numaish is today one of the biggest display windows in the country for trade, commerce and industry.
It not only attracts traders from India but also, as seen in the last few years, from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey.
Electrical goods, glassware, furniture, kitchenware, costumes, jewellery, traditional garments, toys, trendy wear, leather goods, footwear, table ware, ceramics, handlooms and fitness equipment, you name it and the big open air shopping mall has it.
The fair is incomplete without entertainment. A mini-train, a giant wheel and ‘dragon’ rides add to the thrills. Then there is the ‘maut ka kuwan’ or well of death, where a group of youngsters ride motorbikes and also a car driving at breakneck speed in a well-shaped structure, almost touching the outer edges.
There are dozens of stalls selling lip-smacking dishes like chaat and paav bhaji, Chinese fast food, sweets and ice cream.
Old timers recall how the fair over the years has reflected the changing lifestyle of the people.
‘People in those days used to buy garments and a few household items but today there is a flood of electronic and other consumer goods,’ said Anees Khan, a 70-year-old who had been visiting the exhibition since his childhood days.
Since its inception, the event has one day reserved for women. Then there is a day earmarked for children. Comedy shows in Hyderabadi style and other cultural programmes are continuing even today.
It was a group of graduates from Osmania University that came up with the idea in 1937 to organise a numaish to sell indigenously produced goods and to provide information to people on various subjects like health and environment.
The Osmania University alumni later formed an exhibition society to organise the event and started using the proceeds for the education of poor women. It later set up Vanita Maha Vidyalaya or a degree college for women.
Today the society runs 18 educational institutions from the money it earns through entry tickets priced at Rs.10 per person and by selling the space to traders.
‘The society this year hopes to raise Rs.100 million, but our goal is to achieve the Rs.500 million mark,’ said Home Minister and society chief K. Jana Reddy. The government has also extended the lease of the exhibition grounds to the society till 2052.
The traders and exhibitors this year have put up more than 2,500 stalls, including those by traders from Pakistan, Iran and Bhutan. The event, which is in its 67th edition this year, is expected to attract over 2.5 million visitors.
Keeping pace with the changing times, the exhibition society plans to build a huge mall on the exhibition grounds. The society also plans to build three convention centres, two marriage halls to seat 5,000 and underground parking to accommodate 1,000 vehicles.
‘The grounds have sufficient space to build multi-storied complexes and we are trying to host the show in an organised fashion,’ said society’s honorary secretary Nanak Singh.
However, the plans are facing resistance from some citizens who feel that the construction of a mall would threaten the sprawling 24-acre exhibition grounds and take away the charm of the event.
The numaish has been free from any major untoward incident since its inception but the three blasts in the city since May last year have forced the authorities to focus on security arrangements.
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The Numaish is back
It has an enduring appeal. Come January and there is nothing hotter than ‘numaish’.
Neither the idiot box nor the numerous malls or the winter chill can hold back Hyderabadis from visiting the Industrial Exhibition. In fact many eagerly look forward to the annual show.
The topography of the exhibition remains much the same.
Year after year one can see the same type of stalls pitched in at the same place.
Yet people love to visit the numaish.
Some are seized by the shopping syndrome while some simply take a leisurely stroll.
Yet many families love to sit some place and unwind.
However, the stepped up security this time is proving a big bother for both visitors and the stall owners.
source: The Hindu 11 Jan 2008, http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/11/stories/2008011162090200.htm