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Nearly 6,000 delegates will descend on the City of Nawabs to take part in the five-day World Telugu Conference to be held at Lal Bahadur Stadium from December 15. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with eminent writers of Telugu and other languages, who have won Sahitya Academy and Jnanpith Awards, are expected to attend. Dance by Gonds, Kolatam, Perini performances, songs like Kalupu, Naatu and Bathukamma, and many more programmes are part of the Prapancha Telugu Mahasabhalu.

The youngest State of India, Telangana, for the first time is organising, a five-day Prapancha Telugu Mahasabhalu (World Telugu Conference), from December 15-19, 2017 at L B Stadium, in the heart of the city. The three-year-old State, which came into existence after a hard struggle has a lot of ancient History, Literature and Culture to showcase to over 6,000 delegates from across the Globe, Nation and State.

Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has sanctioned Rs. 50 crore for organising the mega Conference. The men who are tirelessly working for putting together the World Telugu Conference under the guidance of K Chandrasekha Rao include Advisor to Government K.V.Ramanachary, Sahitya Academy Chairman Nandini Sidha Reddy, CM, OSD and Poet Deshapathi Srinivas, Prof SV Satyanarayana and Chief Secretary SP Singh. Sahitya Academy chairperson Nandini Sidha Reddy said that the World Telugu Conference 2017 will discuss how the Telugu language could be preserved, protected, enriched in the Telangana region. Chief Secretary S.P. Singh made it clear to all officials that the World Telugu Conference should be organised in such a way that it should take the prominence of Telugu Language and Literature to all the corners of the world.

Singh stated that nearly 5,000 people who include teachers, language pundits, professors, Telugu language lovers, would be invited for the Telugu Conference at Lal Bahadur Stadium and 500 persons from various countries and 1,000 littérateurs and language scholars from various States apart from those in the State would be invited to participate in the conference.

Sharing details about the dignitaries to be present, the Chief Secretary said that the President of India Ramnath Kovind would be invited for the inaugural and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu or Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the valedictory of the conference. All eminent writers of Telugu and other languages, who won Sahitya Academy and Jnanpith Awards, would be invited.  He said that the city would be decked up with floral arrangements by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department and the traffic police would plan smooth flow of traffic.

Director of Culture and Language, Mamidi Harikrishna, said that World Telugu Conference was being organised to promote, protect and propogate Telugu and Telangana culture. He said that the State has produced many talented poets, writers and artists and some of them have not got their due recognition. “The young Telangana government by hosting the conference will showcase its vast and vibrant culture,” he said.  Great poets like Bammera Potnana and Bhakta Ramdasu come from this part of the area.

On the occasion of World Telugu Conference, 80 books will be brought out. Giving details, Harikrishna said that 51 monographics – biography of eminent artists and people from different walks of life. “Sahitya Akademy is bringing out 10 books, the Department of Language and Culture is bringing out eight books, Telugu University is bringing out a special souvenir of 2000 pages, while the I & PR too is  erecting hoardings on great Telangana artists,” Harikrishna said. The publicity department will also bring out pamphlets, flyers and special kits.

As part of the World Telugu Conference, seminars have been organised on all five days at the L B Stadium. “The Telangana Language, History, Literature, Culture, Arts, Food Habits, Films, Folk and Classical art forms will be on display,” he said. As part of cultural events, the department of Culture plans to hold Folk procession, Folk dances, and Classical dances. Cultural programmes will be held in L B Stadium, Classical Dance and Music, Theatre and Film Screening at Ravindra Bharathi, Culture Children’s Festival at Priyadarshini Auditorium, Folk Art & Dances at Lalita Kala Thornam, and Literary sessions at NTR Auditorium. Harikrishna said that they have plans to popularise Telugu in the digital world.

All kinds of exhibitions will also be held coinciding with the Conference. “There will be Photo, Painting, Books on Telangana culture and other English and language books too. The State has been ruled by great kings from Kakatiya dynasty, Qutub Shahi, Asaf Jahi, which will be showcased,” he said. In short, it will be trip down memory lane for many. Even films will be screened about the Telangana life and culture. The director shared that a film competition titled, Yuva Chitrotsav was also being held.

“An elocution and essay competitions would be conducted for school children at the mandal-level on Telangana Culture. The winners from Mandal-level will compete at the District–level and so on. The winners will be presented awards. “There are 30,300 government schools in the state and we are expecting the participation of at least 10,000 students in these competitions. Other events too are on anvil,” he said.

Harikrishna said that poetry writing and research paper writing contests would be held for University students. The Culture official said that many government departments have come together to make this event a grand success.

Telugu Compulsory

On the occasion of conducting World Telugu Conference, beginning from next Academic Year,  the Telangana Government headed by K Chandrasekhar Rao will be making Telugu a compulsory subject in the school curriculum in all schools and colleges across the State. The government has already instructed all educational institutions, private and public, to teach students Telugu from Class 1 to Class 12 as a compulsorily subject from the next academic year.

All schools and colleges affiliated to the State educational board, irrespective of their medium of instruction have to include Telugu as a compulsory subject in their curriculum. It is believed that only schools which teach Telugu would get government recognition and permissions to set up new schools. Telugu Sahitya Academy has been given the job to prepare syllabus and all schools and colleges will have to follow the approved syllabus.

Political overtones were expressed to this decision. Sahitya Academy chairperson Nandini Sidha Reddy, however, brushed aside the allegations. Sidha Reddy said that there was no politics in promoting and protecting the Telugu language, which is on the border of extermination as the present generations, in their fad for English education, are forgetting their mother tongue. The Sahitya Academy chief said that it was compulsory for every official, including Civil Servants, to pass the Telugu language test to be conducted by the Public Service Commission, since they cannot work with the local people, if they do not know the language. He made it clear that only if they pass the test, their jobs would be regularised.

Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Vice Chancellor S.V. Sathyanarayana called upon the parents to think that only if their children studied in English medium schools, they would get lucrative jobs, then it was wrong. He said that people from rural backgrounds and government schools have become IAS officers and senior officials. Sathyanarayana said that he himself had studied in a government school, but now he was the Vice-Chancellor of the university. He said that it was wrong to think that Telugu language doesn’t provide jobs, but many Telugu Varsity students have been placed in high positions which demanded  qualification in Telugu language. According to him some students are working in MNCs.

Osmania University Telugu Department Head Professor Surya Dhananjay said that the Centre had formulated the Three Language Policy in 1964, which advised schools to teach the regional language as the first language, followed by Hindi and English respectively and this should be followed.

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Important Facts

• Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh

and Telangana states

• Telugu is the only language in which every word ends with a vowel

• Renowned explorer Niccolò de’ Conti in Circa 1400-1500 AD after meeting Telugu people had coined the language as ‘Italian of the East’

• Telugu is the fourth most spoken language in the country, according to 2012 census

• One –hour Telugu broadcasts are aired on Mauritius’ radio and television daily

• Telugu is the 15th most spoken language in the world. There are nearly 76 million speakers

• Most of the songs composed in Carnatic music are in Telugu

• Telugu vocabulary is extensively derived from Sanskrit (Indo-Aryan) and Dravidian

• Telugu was declared one of the ‘classical languages’ of India in 2008

• Telugu inscriptions date back to 400 BC

• Historians’ state that the inscription found at Addanki is the oldest Telugu poem which is as per Telugu grammatical rules

• Telugu is the third most widely spoken Indian language in the US, according to American Community Survey data for 2016

Telangana Intellectuals

• Jayappa Senapati

• Bommera Pothana

• Palakurki Somanatha

• Mallinatha

• Quli Qutub Shah

• Maha Laqa Bai Chanda

• Kaloji Narayana Rao

• Dr. C Narayana Reddy

• Dasharathi Krishnamacharyulu

• Maqdhoom Mohiuddin

• P V Narasimha Rao

In government schools, Telugu is the first language, followed by Hindi and English. In our school, medium of instruction is Telugu and English, and we explain to the child in both the languages and more so in Telugu because it is easier for them to understand. I love reading books in Telugu. Among the modern writers, I like Kaloji Narayana Rao. Our school students take part in various competitions like writing songs, stories and plays and win honors too. The government’s decision to hold World Telugu Conference will go a long way in promoting our rich language.

Sharda Ajmeera, Principal

This is the first time that our State is holding the World Telugu Conference. It is matter of honour and pride for us. The Telugu language has sweetness. We have writers and poets dating back to 11th century. We can speak in English, but we can’t emote in English. We must encourage our children to speak Telugu at home. Among the literary writers, Pothana is my favourite, while Sri Sri and Chalam in modern works. Even works of Popuri Lalita Kumari, popularly known as Volga, are interesting. Among fiction it is Yedannipudi Sulochana Rani. I plan to attend some literary seminars. Who can forget the movies made by K Vishwanath and Bapu?

Sanjay Vadapalli, Software Employee

The first World Telugu Conference in the State will help Telangana to exhibit its Literature, Culture,  Art. Citizens across the globe will come to know about the culture and life of people of Telangana. I teach Perini and to promote and popularize, it will help, if the government comes out with an authentic book that this art form has a future and one can make a career out of it. Nataraja Ramakrishna has done a lot for Perini and Kuchipudi. In his memory, on his death anniversary, a programme should be held near his grave near Taramati Baradari. There should be CCRT scholarships in Perini too. It is glad that Telangana festivals like Bonalu, Bathukamma have attained popularity thanks to the efforts of MP K Kavitha garu.

Pavan Kumar, Teacher

World Telugu Conference is nothing but traditional exchange of cultural programme. It would be great if the policies agreed upon at the Conference is translated into practice. There are so many Telugu Abhimanulu across the globe. People abroad are following the language and culture more than those living here as many of them are aping the West. We are ready to promote art in a developed manner. In earlier times, there used to be Sadacharam – developing skills, which is lacking now. My grandmother would sing and depict about Sita Devi or Ram for days together. Their singing reflected the sweetness. We must have authentic information that we can pass on to the next generation about our great culture.

Dr. Linga Srinivas, Telugu University

The World Telugu Conference will help to highlight our State’s rich cultural heritage. By making Telugu compulsory for students from Class 1-12, the chief minister has done a good thing. One must know their mother tongue. People must learn other languages, but also our rich cultural heritage. Even the works of our writers must be translated into English, so that citizens across the world know about our vibrant culture. The Conference will help us to protect and promote our culture and teach our children to respect it. I will be attending the conference on all the five days.  

Percini Rajkumar, Artist

 

 

If your Children are not hooked on to the world of books, put them on to the magical world of books immediately. The books help a child’s imagination in enriching his knowledge by reading classics, fables and myths galore. A child’s reading journey beings as young as three years which helps him to fire his dreams in his growing up years. Many national and international publishing houses are bringing out good reading material for children. On the occasion of Children’s Day, we take a look at some authors and speak to few kids.Catch up on books at Hyderabad book fair in December.

Gone are the days, when one would get a book as a gift for a birthday. With lot of digitalization setting in, the young generation is hooked on to ipads, mobiles and  TVs. They are keener to catch the stories in the form of cartoons or serials. During earlier times, one would laze around and read the book lying on a bed or sitting in the garden under the shade of tree. All this just to ensure that one is not disturbed from the racy book.

A child is first introduced to a story by the parents or grandparents. Impromptu stories are told to the child with dramatic movements so that the child listens to a story in rapt attention. The stories are mostly related to daily activities or gods and goddesses in their younger days. Thus one takes fancy to naughty Krishna or Big Headed Ganesha or Mithila Princess Sita.

In India, every child is introduced to Panchatantra stories and Jataka tales. Many Indians take these books abroad as gifts to friends. Then follow all versions big and small of mythology – Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagwad Gita and so on. Many children get hooked to Enid Blyton, Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm Brothers, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. But when JK Rowling unleashed her power as a writer, the young and adult got hooked on to her writings. In school, older children are introduced to Classics of William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw and others.

Writing for children is not a cake walk. Holding the attention of pre-schooler with 10-12 pages of a picture book, or that of a young adult through 100 pages is a difficult task. A children’s author said that writing for children was looking at the world through their own eyes and not lecturing them. Slowly and steadily Indian authors are writing for children and catching their attention.

Books for children are categorized according to their ages from 3-5 years; 5-8 years, 9-12 years, Teens and young adults. Founder of Katha, Geeta Dharmarajan has written books for children which they can relate to such as ‘Days with Thathu’, ‘The Famous Smile’ to name a few. Even Nandini Nayar’s writes for children with simplicity like ‘Where is Amma’, a story that a child can be part of. Other authors, who cater to children include Sanjiv Jaiswal (The Royal Toothache, Playtime), Kuntie Ramdat Balkaran (Little Monkey Gets Lost, Mouse Sees the World) Rohini Nilekani (Annual Haircut Day, Too Many Bananas), Anushka Ravishankar (Moin and the Monster, The Rumour) Sudha Murty (Grandma’s Bag of Stories, Magic Drum & Other Stories) Asha Nehemiah (Trouble with Magic Zigzag, Wedding Clothes), Devdutt Pattanaik (Fun in Devlok, Kama vs Yama) who is popular for writing Mythology.

Children in the age group of 8-10 yeas are now ready to read books that delve in adventure, humor, drama, mythology, classics, and fantasy. The popular writer Salman Rushdie has penned two books for children. Rushdie’s books Luka and the Fire of Life and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, take the kids on an adventure trip. Of course, the eternal favourite Ruskin Bond stories are part of school curriculum, as children are taught to write descriptively like him. His description of life in the mountains is very mesmerising. The Adventures of Rusty is an all-time favourite for its simple vivid style laced with mild humour. Bond has written for all ages.

Another writer who left a treasure trove for children is R.K. Narayan. His Malgudi Days is popular to this day and how can one forget Swami and his friends? In Malgudi Days, stories are all set in rural India, but they instantly connect with children as it explores childhood and schooldays. The serial Malgudi Days was a hit when it was screened on the small screen. It sent many to bookshops to buy his collection.

Other new age writers, who have made a mark for writing for children are Natasha Sharma (Icky Yucky Mucky, Rooster Raga, Anaya’s Thumb), Poile Sengupta (The Way to My Friend’s House, How the Path Grew), Arundhati Venkatesh (The Adventures of Bala, Book-eating Monster), Shobha Viswanath popular for audio books Karadi Tales, Samhita Arni, Asha Nehemiah (Granny’s Sari, Trouble with Magic, Meddling Mooli).

The well-known International Authors are J.K. Rowling, John Green, Jeff Kinney, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Cassandra Clare, J. R. R. Tolkien, Julia Donaldson, Richelle Mead, Gayle Forman, Veronica Roth, Terry Pratchett, Rick Riordan, Beatrix Potter, Oliver Jeffers, Eric Hill, Eric Carle, A. A. Milne, Lynley Dodd and Neil Gaiman.

Joanne Kathleen (JK) Rowling popular for Harry Potter series, started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and in the following five years, she sketched the plots for her each book. Some of her popular titles are Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I and II, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: Hogwarts Library Book - Includes Six New Beasts!,  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

It seems Roald Dahl was not a good student at school and his teacher had said that this boy was incapable of putting his thoughts on paper, but he went on to become a famous writer. Every child would have read his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They say that Roald Dahl created his stories sitting in an old wooden shed in the backyard, on an armchair, a sleeping bag, an old suitcase and six yellow pencils to keep him company. His books include The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Popular Penguins,  Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator, Billy and the Minpins, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Matilda to name a few.

Enid Blyton too has made a name for himself in the Children & Teenagers section with his Secret Seven and Famous Five series, which are a must on every child’s reading list. Some of them are Magic Faraway Tree Stories 3-in-1, The Famous Five Collections, Summer Holiday Stories: 22 Sunny Tales, A Faraway Tree Adventure: The Land of Silly School, The Naughtiest Girl in the School: Real-Life Stories, Secret Seven Collection: Three Books In One, Five On A Treasure Island, The Magic Watering Can . . . and other stories.

Founded by the late K. Shankar Pillai in 1981, Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC), a voluntary organization has been working towards the promotion and development of literature for children in India. It represents writers, illustrators, librarians, editors, publishers, and all others interested in children’s literature.

According to the organization, the Delhi-based AWIC has published stories, poems, plays, translations and biographies by its members. It has also spearheaded literacy projects and children’s library projects. The AWIC conducts regular workshops for members, helping them to hone their writing, illustrating and storytelling skills. In 1957, cartoonist Shankar founded the Children’s Book Trust, which has set for itself an ambitious target to promote the production of well-written, well-illustrated and well-designed books for children. In continuance of this objective, the Trust brings out books that are easy to read and easy on the eyes, including books that enable children to have a better appreciation of India’s cultural heritage. The Trust also brings out an illustrated monthly magazine in English, ‘Children’s World’. It also runs the Dr. B.C. Roy Memorial Children’s Reading Room exclusively for children in the age group 5-16 years. It has a vast collection of over 40,000 books on varied subjects, in English and Hindi, and open to members from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days of the week.

Pen your Thoughts

On the other hand, another publishing house, Penguin has asked children to pen their thoughts in a beautifully illustrated journal which brings Ruskin Bond’s unique world to life. It is a well-known fact that Ruskin Bond’s ‘Words From The Hills’ is a collector’s delight and a companion for adults, and at the same time inculcates creativity in school children and young adults.

Ruskin Bond’s first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was 17, received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then, he has written a number of novellas (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Mr. Oliver’s Diary), essays, poems and children’s books. He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in magazines and anthologies. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992, the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.

Ruskin Bond was born in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, and grew up in Jamnagar, Dehradun, New Delhi and Simla. As a young man, he spent four years in the Channel Islands and London. He returned to India in 1955. He now lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family.

To recollect and ruminate. Words from the Hills offers a novel perspective to look at ‘time’ and ‘schedule’—forthcoming and bygone—in a unique way. An illustrated biographical work developed around the life, works and philosophy of Ruskin Bond, in this planner one can catch those moments of pure joy. From the falling of leaves from deodar trees; moments of love and loss; the journey from innocence to awareness; buzzing dragonflies; to stained and torn pages of forgotten notebooks, this planner (of 12/16 months), perhaps the first of its kind, will open a new window to an understanding of self-preservation and remembrance.

City Girl Vaishnavi Ria meets Uncle Ruskin Bond in Mussorie

Hyderabadi girl Vaishnavi Ria (13) won an opportunity to master the art of storytelling from the country’s very own William Wordsworth – Ruskin Bond in the quaint town of Landour. The 13-year-old winner, Vaishnavi said, “Ruskin uncle is one of the most jovial and down-to-earth personalities I have met. We discussed many topics, including the authors, childhood and the experiences that led to him to becoming a writer.”

The young teenager said that she fell in love with the act of reading, when she was gifted ‘The Secret Seven’ on her birthday. Vaishnavi got an opportunity to meet Ruskin Bond, thanks to Landmark Child Reading to Child initiative 2017. Landmark holds the art of storytelling and believes that it lends numerous benefits to children; development of feelings and emotions, learning about a variety of cultures and the act of effective listening. Landmark holds the annual storytelling initiative, ‘Child Reading to Child’ providing a platform for avid readers and storytellers to hone their narrative skills.

“After the success of the initiative by Landmark in 2014, this year the competition was held from 17 – 25 June for age group between 6 to 14 in the cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune and Vashi. The winners were judged on their storytelling skills by renowned authors in each city,” said a release from Landmark.

Three Indians Kids to report News for Kids

Ananyaa Chopra of New Delhi, Roopkatha Roy of Kolkata, and Rohan Saketh Devulapalli of Bangalore were selected from more than 400 total applicants to report from India for the 2017–18 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Delhi-based Ananyaa Chopra loves poetry and journal writing in her spare time. She speaks fluently in English, French, and Hindi. Born in 2004, Ananyaa’s interest in Science and Math has led her want to become a computer engineer. “The two essential aspects of reporting are the meticulous attention to truth-telling and the privilege of listening to the stories people tell,” Ananyaa said.

Born in 2005, Bengaluru-based Rohan Saketh Devulapalli, enjoys reading, playing sports, and debating. Rohan is a member of the Model United Nations Club at his school. He wants to be a lawyer because it requires logic, reasoning, and fact researching. “I feel that writing about an issue can make a difference. As the saying goes, the pen is mightier than the sword,” Rohan said.

Hailing from Bengal, Roopkatha Roy born in 2003 has a travel blog where she documents all the places she has visited. Her favorite school subjects are English literature, Chemistry, and Math. She loves reading, writing, photography, and visiting new places. “I want an opportunity to make people’s voices rise and make their inspiring struggles known to the world,” Roopkatha said. She has already filed her first story on idol making.

 

I love reading books rather all kinds of books, from comedy to adventure. I am not particular on one author. I prefer to read good books. In my school, we have a journalism class, where we are being taught on how to write a news report, give headings, edit and use of Microsoft templates to make a newspaper. My all-time favourite is Gangster Granny.

Mehak, Class VII, Indus International

Fairy tales are my favourite. In school, we have a library period and every week, we can take a book. I also like the Jataka Tales.

Avni, Class III, Gitanaji Devashala

My parents buy me picture books and I love reading them. In some books, the letters are big and in some small, I prefer the books, where the letters are big.

Saanvi, Class I, Chaitnaya Vidyalaya

Fantasy and adventure books are my favourite. I am bowled over by the racy writing style and the adventure books make me part of the team that is on an assignment. I have four books of Secret Seven in my collection that are closer to my heart.

Naunika, Class VII, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Reading fiction is my all-time favourite. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Roald Dahl are some of my favourite authors. During vacations, I buy books as there is lot of reading time.

Adviya, Class V, St. Andrews

Mystery, thrillers, and fantasy genres, I love reading. My parents encourage me to read books. Once I pick up a book, I don’t want to put it down, till I have finished reading it. Books really engross me. My favourite is Ruskin Bond’s Whispers in the Dark. I also borrow books from friends and share my books with them. I have begun writing short stories too.

Aderiya Kemath, Class VI

I started cultivating the habit of reading books from Class VI. I like thrillers and crime. I have a large collection of Wimpy Kid and Enid Blyton. Recently, I received Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s book ‘Wings of Fire’. We regularly have a Scholastic book exhibition in school and I recently picked up The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I am also reading Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol and Harry Potter’s The Half-Blood Prince. We can take a book from our school library also. Till Class VIII, we had to maintain a Class Library book, where we had to write the synopsis of the book we had read, with new words learnt. Sometimes, our library period is cancelled if we have exams. But, we are allowed to take a book from the library during the recess period.

Roopkatha, Class IX, Delhi Public School

We have a library in school and we are allowed to take a book home every week to read. I have started reading the Harry Potter series.

Amaan, Class III, Delhi Public School

I read all kinds of books. We have a complete set of Harry Potter series. Presently, I am reading the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I have also seen the movie.

Ruhaan, Class V, Delhi Public School

My family introduced me to the habit of reading books. I love to read all kinds of books. My favourite book is Black Beauty. I have seen the movie too. I enjoyed both.

Ananth, Class I, Pebble Creek

Of late, Football too has been becoming popular with the youth, more so since India is hosting the U 17 FIFA World Cup. With this many doors have opened up and one hopes that the day is not far off, when India will be counted in one of the best football playing nations. Under the able guidance of Coach Luis Norton de Matos, the U 17 India team has taken baby steps and one hopes the team will win some laurels in the mega event. Like any other sport, football too has undergone changes and it has become more tactical sport. In the City of Pearls, Fateh Hyderabad A.F.C is motivating and coaching youngsters.

No other sport in the country receives as much applause and money as cricket, but of late other sports too are garnering attention of the youth. For that credit goes to actors who are supporting teams like in Kabbadi and also taking part in football matches – Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Sachin Tendulkar to name a few. Thanks to the efforts of Pullela Gopichand, India is shining in the field of Badminton. Our country’s national sport Hockey is also trying to regain its lost glory.

If one asked a simple question to name one Indian footballer or a football team, one name that will spring to everyone’s mind is P K Bannerjee and Baichang Bhutia and one team would be Mohan Bagan or East Bengal. But ask for any footballer, and then people will reel off names beginning from Beckham, Ronaldo, and to many others. To make it interesting, the game is also undergoing many changes from 11-a-side to experiments have been made to five and six-a-side.

Many Indians too are catching up on this sport and most teams are getting players from abroad during the seasons to boost their winning chances. Though a lot has to be done, a beginning has been made by hosting of the FIFA World Cup for U 17 across the country. Preparations for the pitch began in right earnest three years ago.

Focus On Grassroots

In Hyderabad too, football is catching up. But major work is being done by Fateh Hyderabad A.F.C, a young professional football club that currently plays in the 2nd Division I-League. As Hyderabad’s first I-League club, it competes in the Telangana Football Association’s Rahim League A Division. According to the Club Founders Yogesh Maurya and Aditya Narayanan, the club’s philosophy is to focus its resources on grassroots and infrastructure, investing under a value conscious model with a sustainable approach. The club aims to create opportunities for professional careers while developing youth and facilities to improve the technical standard of football in Hyderabad.

With a passion to see the standard of Indian Football improve consistently, the founders have named the Club, Fateh Hyderabad as a representation of the victory of the heart, truth and character. “It is part of Fateh Hyderabad’s founding ethos to value character over talent and ability, and that football as a game is bigger than all involved and in its purest sense, must be respected as a socio-economic common denominator,” they say.

Fateh Hyderabad senior team plays in Kerala Premier League also. The senior team is currently the champions of Kozhikode District League (Calicut, Kerala). Their main striker Madan was selected as the best player of the league with seven goals. Two of their senior team members have been selected by Reserve Bank of India and AOC (Army) Hyderabad.

The Club official shares that five of the academy graduates played for Andhra and Telangana State Santosh Trophy team for seasons 2014-2015 and 2015 -2016. The Club is also proud to state that their players have represented JNTU and Osmania University and Hyderabad district teams in different age groups.

MoU with UK Firm

Early this year, Fateh Hyderabad inked a joint venture with Britain-based sports educators Premier Education Group (PEG) to deliver grassroots sports and performing arts education activities in the country. This arrangement enables all school-going children, both boys and girls of all ages to actively participate in the sport. The PEG will provide technology, systems, personnel and various other expertises to Fateh Hyderabad to gain command on the sport. Yogesh Maurya, Technical and Sporting Director of Fateh Hyderabad, said that they were thrilled of being chosen as a partner. Mauraya said that their main motto was to give opportunities to beginners, both for boys and girls.

Tom Byer who has joined hands with Fateh Hyderabad Association Football Club has started the One Child One Ball programme. He doesn’t believe in hiring big names and players, but strengthening from the grassroots level. Maurya, who is pouring in all his efforts for enriching football, believes that one has to qualify in all events to make it to the World Cup. Results may be too far to achieve, but the Fateh Hyderabad founder is patient to water football in the city for the next two decades even if it needs to be. They regularly hold coaching sessions for kids under all age groups and recently held a school event too.

Peep Into Past

A peep into the past reveals that the Hyderabad City Police established their supremacy in the Durand Football tournament in 1950. In that final, they came from behind and equalized the score before the blow of the whistle and won 1-0 in the replay. Hyderabad city police participated in 12 national tournaments and won all of them. N.A Fruvall, as the captain of the Hyderabad City Police, in the 1940s played an important part in selecting and training players. Syed Abdul Rahim, who took over from Fruvall coached the Indian football team from 1950 to 1963. In the national team, many players from Hyderabad played for the country in Helsinki, Melbourne and Rome Olympics and India was in the fourth spot in the tally at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Amarjit To Captain

Mid-fielder Amarjit Singh will lead the Indian team in the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held across the country from October 6-28, 2017. Jitendra Singh, will be Amarjit’s deputy. Amarjit, born and brought up in Manipur, was introduced to the game by his uncle and came to the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) to learn the sport. He caught the eyes of the officials, when the selectors were screening players to represent the country at the Under-17 World Cup, and he was invited to the nets. Initially, Amarjit made it to the reserve side, but German coach Nicolai Adam awe-struck with his abilities in midfield selected him for the main team.

Shubham Sarangi and K P Rahul, who are also part of the Indian team, are happy that they will be wearing Indian colours in the first ever FIFA World Cup hosted by India. Sarangi accepted that he told a lot of lies to his parents to play Football and the FIFA U-17 World Cup was dream come true. Midfielder Rahul too convinced his parents to play football. Sarangi made the cut through the AIFF scouting network and Rahul through the AIFF Academy.

Some of the other players include Bengaluru-born Sanjeev Stalin, who is a defensive midfielder. Stalin also started his football career at Chandigarh Football Academy, after he turned 10. Saurabh Meher, a Forward, arrived on the national team scene in 2015. Meher’s talent saw him turn up for Air India for whom he won the Durand Cup. Anwar Ali hailing from Punjab, who has played for Minerva FC, is a Centre-back. Komal Thatal, Midfielder, uses his sprightly feet to score against his opponents. Abhijit Sarkar, who hails from Bandel, West Bengal, is a fruitful scorer.

One question on everyone’s mind would be how will the team do in the World Cup? The team should take the participation as a learning experience, and at best reduce the margin of defeat. There is no doubt that the team is working hard to polish their skills before heading to Delhi, where they take on the US on October 6 in the opening match. Coach Luis Norton de Matos said that the difference between Indian team and others is huge, but one can work wonders if they consistently believe that they can do it.

The coach said that the young team has worked hard and played some good matches. Matos said that they have played against Italy, Serbi, Macedonia, Mexico, Colombia and Chile, but the World Cup is highly competitive. Sounding positive, Matos said that India had played in the four nation tournament in Mexico and drew against Chile, who qualified for the World Cup.

Legendary footballer P K Banerjee has urged all Indians to root for the players in the big-event. He said that the young team needed all the support as they are the country’s future. Banerjee said that the pool needs to be increased and the nation needs many more U-17 and U-19 players to make the country robust in football. It may be recalled that the Bengal player was bestowed with the prestigious FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004. The football veteran has played 84 internationals in 13 years for India that included three Asian Games (Tokyo, Jakarta and Bangkok). Banerjee figured in the team that finished fourth in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and captained the team at Rome Olympics in 1960.

Placed in Group A, along with the US, Colombia and Ghana, the legendary footballer Banerjee is hopeful of a good showing by India. In the AFC U-16 Championship, India has taken part seven times, but they crossed the first hurdle only once in 2002. India plays against the US on October 6, against Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 12.

The FIFA Legends - Carlos Valderrama, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Jorge Campos and Emmanuel Amuneke are of the opinion that India must carry forward its programmes even after the World Cup to hone budding talent. Marcel Desailly, who had won the World Cup with France on home soil, in 1998, emphasized that Indian team has to handle the pressure of playing at home. He said that the team should prepare well physically and psychologically, because it is tough to handle the pressure of playing on their soil. “They must use the opportunity to shine and begin something for football to take a big leap,” he said.

Nike Kit for U 17

Apparel giant Nike is sponsoring the Under-17 national football team kit. After the unveiling of the kit, All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said that the new Blue look for the team will complement the country’s fearless brand of football. The new Nike national team kit for India boasts of Nike’s proprietary Dri-FIT technology that helps draw sweat away from the body to the exterior of the kits. Nike leverages sustainable innovation for its football kits through the use of recycled polyester to lower environmental impact. The kit’s shirt and shorts are constructed with recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles melted down to produce a fine yarn.

Akhil envoy of HFL

Actors Akkineni Nagarjuna and Amala’s son Akhil is the brand ambassador of Hyderabad Football League (HFL) in its third season. The HFL will be held at different venues in the city from November 25 and will showcase 135 matches spread over 10 weeks. An active cricketer before moving to films, Akhil said that he was never away from any other sports disciplines too. He said that football had a special place for him and he loves the concept of six-a-side HFL. The actor said that he was hopeful that more and more youngsters would take to football after watching HFL. He is hoping to make his debut in HFL next season as the game demands very high fitness levels. Twelve teams would feature in the HFL where the winning team would take home Rs. 3 lakh, runner-up Rs. 1.5 lakh and the best player of the tournament Rs. 2 lakh.

Citizens must come forward and utilise the facilities provided by the State Government to learn Music and Dance at nominal rates. One need not study to make a career out of it, but learn to increase knowledge. The three Govt. Music and Dance Colleges in the city offer four-year Certificate and two-year Diploma Courses. Learn to become a Cultural Envoy

Music and dance break all barriers. Children as young as five years are singing and dancing on reality shows. Parents are encouraging them to take part in these shows as it gives the little Masters to exhibit their talent. Who knows these Wonder Kids may become tomorrow’s Super Stars. To hone the talent of art lovers, the Telangana Government is doing yeoman service on this front.

In the City of Pearls, the Department of Language and Culture runs three colleges, namely Sri Thyagaraja Government College of Music and Dance at Ramkote, Sri Bhakta Ramdas Government College of Music and Dance at West Marredpally, and Sri Annamacharya College of Music and Dance at Gudimalkapur. The criteria to learn Music or Dance in these colleges is that a person should be 10 years old. Even a 70-year-old ‘young’ student can learn any art form. In short it satisfies one’s unfulfilled desires if any. If a person was busy with his job or academics and is keen to pursue art forms now, he/she can enroll.

According to Director Mamidi Hari Krishna, “In the State, there are four music and dance colleges and two schools that come under the Department of Language and Culture of Telangana. In schools, Certificate Course is taught by assistant lecturers, whereas, in colleges, Certificate is followed by Diploma course (equal to a graduate course), which is taught by senior lecturers. Every year, these colleges and schools conduct half yearly and annual examinations in the month of December and April respectively. Final Certificate and Diploma examination is conducted by the PS Telugu University every year,” the director said.

Since the formation of Telangana State, Music and Dance is being promoted. The State is hosting many international and national cultural events. Hari Krishna says that Sri Thyagaraja Government College of Music and Dance at Ramkote, is the only college, which has its own building.

“All other colleges are functioning from rented buildings. Plans are on to ensure that these colleges have their own buildings. For one of the Music and Dance colleges in Nizamabad, I have spoken to the collector to allocate land to build a music and dance college,” he says. To promote arts and drive away fear factor from the students, Hari Krishna has asked the colleges to hold monthly and annual programmes. He says for holding the monthly programmes, the Department pays Rs. 10,000 per month and for the annual Rs. 1,00,000 per annum. “The college can hold the annual event at any function hall near the college, so that the residents in the area know that such a college exists and many must come forward to join to learn,” he says. The Director believes that there should be knowledge expansion. “I have also asked the colleges to conduct guest and expert lectures,” Hari Krishna states.

Not to take a ‘NO’ for an answer, Hari Krishna did not rest till Sri Annamacharya College of Music and Dance was shifted from its old location in the Old City to Gudimalkapur. He began his efforts, since the State was formed, but it took three years to take  shape. “Shifting of the college to the new building in October 2016 has paid rich dividends. The college, which was established in 1996, in the Old City, did not have more than 101 students at any given point of time all these years as the surroundings were unhygienic. But with the shifting of the college, nearly 500 students have taken admission,” says Hari Krishna.

The director feels that every district must have a Cultural Complex spread over 1,000 acre land, with establishment of Music and Dance Colleges along with an auditorium in it. “In short, if the college wants it can hold its events there and art lovers can head to the place for enjoying cultural events. “The Cultural Complexes should come up in at least 10 districts,” he says.

Hari Krishna shares that there are 50 teachers in six colleges. He says that Syllabus is under revision according to the changed perspective. “A committee has been constituted to revise the Syllabus. There are many Vaagyakaars, who have written five to 800 keertans and some of them have been brought to the limelight and they need to be promoted. Selected Bhakta Ramdas keertans are sung, which can be expanded,” he says. The director says since he has assumed charge, he has ensured that cultural programmes are held at the Ravindra Bharathi regularly. “Today, Lalitkala Toranam has become a centre for Workshops, while Cinevaram, a platform for budding film directors/actors is held every Saturday, Theatre Workshops and light classical music sessions every Wednesday at Hall 1,” Hari Krishna says.

With Perini gaining importance as State dance, it has been introduced in Music and Dance Colleges from this academic year. “The government has recruited six Perini teachers to teach the students,” the director says.  One of the oldest colleges, Sri Thyagaraja Government College of Music and Dance was established in the year 1952.The college is spread over very large area with numerous classrooms. The college has completed 64 years of service successfully and offers both South Indian and North Indian styles of music and dance. The college has been served by great artists as principals.

Sri Thyagaraja Government College of Music and Dance, Principal C Munni Kumar says that the Certificate Course is for a period of four years, followed by Diploma course, which is two year course. Kumar says that students who have passed out from here are gainfully employed as lecturers/teachers, at AIR, Railways to name a few. He says that students studying here get an opportunity to showcase their talent at State Government functions.

“Carnatic Vocal is a popular course at Sri Thyagaraja Government College of Music and Dance, Ramkote. The others are Hindustani Vocal, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Violin and Veena. For all the six years, there are nearly 100 students for flute,” Kumar says. He quickly adds that there are not many students for Mridangam.

Speaking about stalwarts from the college, Kumar says that the first names that come to mind are Kuchipudi legends Raja & Radha Reddy, Alekhya Punjala, Saptapadi film fame Sabitha etc. “Our college has been part of shooting of many movies, one of them being ‘Sagara Sangamam’, directed by K. Viswanath. In this movie, some of our lecturers have also participated,” he says. Some of the famous artists who have worked as lecturers in the college are Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, Hyderabad Sisters Lalitha and Haripriya, Vasa Padmanabham and Dr. Uma Rama Rao.

The college offers Certificate course of four years and Diploma course of two years duration in 14 disciplines. They are Hindustani Vocal, Sitar, Tabla, Kathak Dance, Carnatic Vocal, Carnatic Violin, Veena, Mridangam, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Perini, Dolu, Nadaswaram and Flute. “The academic year is from July to April. And admissions take place in July every year. During admission process, potential student is tested for basic aptitude in the discipline he or she is interested in such as vocal, instrument, and dance. Since music and dance is important to all age groups our college gives admissions to students from 10 years of age,” he says.

College staff participates every year in all important state government functions such as Batukamma Celebrations, Ugadi Celebrations, Independence Day, Telangana Formation Day celebrations, Gandhi Jayanti, Vardanthi, Late Prime Minister P.V. Narsimha Rao Jayanthi and Vardanthi Sri Kaloji Birthday, and Sri Dasarathi Rangacharya Jayanthi. Every year, the college celebrates its annual day. “Every year, we also perform Sri Thyagaraja Aradhana as our college is named after Sri Thyagaraja swamy. Recently, our staff visited Nelakondapally in Khammam district and participated in Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasu jayanthi celebrations,” Kumar says. The College Principal pleaded that the building needs fresh coat of paint and some urgent repairs.

The Govt. School of Music and Dance, Secunderabad was upgraded as Govt. College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad in 1966. Sri Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana was the Principal of the college. The Certificate and Diploma courses were introduced in the year 1970. The college has Carnatic Vocal, Carnatic Veena, Violin, Kuchipudi Dance, Perini, Mridangam, Hindustani Vocal, Sitar and Tabla courses. However, it is not offering Bhartanatyam.

Principal Kandukuri Varalakshmiamma says that the college shifted to new premises with independent building on rent at West Marredpally in the year 1980. “The college has been renamed Sri Bhaktha Ramadasu Govt. College of Music and Dance,” she says. Varalakshmiamma shares that for the convenience of all students, exams are held on a Sunday. Theory and Practical papers carry 100 marks each.  “The students are taught practical and theory lessons too. Before enrolling a student, we ask them to sing or perform just to assess the tone quality. But, one thing we keep in mind is that if a student has come to learn that means it is a blessing from his previous birth,” she says.

Currently, the strength in all six years is approximately 500 students across all art forms. Pawan Kumar, Perini dance teacher says that Perini Nrityam is Telangana dance form. “It originated and prospered In Telangana during Kakatiya Dynasty. It is believed that in ancient times this was performed before the soldiers set to war. “Nataraja Ramakrishna was the person who revived this art form recently. Perini dance form was developed at the time of Ganapathi deva, the king of Kakatiya Empire,” Pawan says.

The SBR College principal shares that they had a three-day performance at Sri Ram Dasu birth place at Nelakondapally in Khammam district on January 31, February 1 & 2 this year and in the college premises on February 3. This helps the college to pay respects to the saint as the college has been named after him.

Students, who have learnt in the Government Colleges  have been appointed as lecturers too. They are T. Sharada, Violin lecturer, S. Anaji Rao, Asst. Lecturer in Vocal, P Ramchandra Sarma, Asst. Lecturer in Mridangam, M. Panduranga Rao, Asst. Lecturer in Sitar, T.V. Ravikanth, Asst. Lecturer in Tabla. Anil Kumar, Asst. Lecturer in Carnatic Violin. P. Jayalakshmi, appointed as Asst. Lecturer in Veena. Sri Rama Chandra, who won the Indian Idol award, in 2010, was a student of B. Haripriya.

The Department of Language and Culture, Government of Telangana, has set a very nominal fee. Application forms are issued every year from June 15th. The cost of an application form is Rs. 25. Annual fee for Certificate Course for first year is Rs. 1050. Second year onwards it is Rs. 550. Annual fee for Diploma Course first year is Rs. 1400 and for second year is Rs. 700. One needs to take one hour class daily. The college functions from 2-7 pm.

The Music and Dance College was a branch of Sri Thyagaraja Govt. Music and Dance College, Ramkote, established by the Govt. in Old city region for the aspirants of art forms back in 1995 in Arya Samaj Mandir, Shalibanda area, Old city. “For about six years, the college was located in the Arya Samaj building, Shalibanda. The Govt. decided to shift the college into the vacant building of Quli Qutub Shah-e stadium, in July 2002,” recalls Hari Krishna.

Later, in 2006, the college was named as Sri Annamacharya Government Music and Dance College. After witnessing the conditions at this building, the Director of the Department of Language and Culture took an initiative towards venturing for a new college building. The present building in Gudimalkapur has been provided by a connoisseur of Indian music and fine art forms.

S.V. Ramana Murthy, who has been working as principal in this college, is a violinist and a disciple of his grandfather Sri Sistla Rajasekharam, who was one and only seven stringed violin artist.

Hari Krishna, Director, Dept. of Language and Culture, has asked all colleges to develop their own website and have details about its alumni and upload its activities from time-to-time.

Season 5 of Hyderabad Arts Festival, over three-month India’s longest performing Arts Festival, came to an end following the performance and mega felicitation of the living legend Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Like all other seasons, HAF Season 5 too had artistes of repute perform at non-ticketed events to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad across many venues in the city of Nawabs. There was Music, Dance, Art, and Comedy in HAF Season 5 bouquet. The programmes left the Hyderabadis mesmerised.

Curtains came down on Season 5 of Hyderabad Arts Festival with the flute recital of Padma Vibhushan Hariprasad Chaurasia. A 2,000 strong crowd turned up to hear the great flautist. Many of them were seen standing in the corridors to hear the great maestro. Man of many performances and living legend Hari Prasad Chaurasia was honoured on the concluding day, when HAF through young city flautists gave their salutations by presenting ‘Endaro Mahana Bhavulu …’ In turn the youngsters got special gifts (flutes) from the great maestro, a treasure one would keep for ages to come.

Hariprasad Chaurasia applauded the work done by Hyderabad Arts Festival in bringing to town artistes of repute, week after week, without any glitches. He compared it to one getting their daughter married. He stated that organising one programme itself took lot of efforts and organising programmes every Saturday for over three months needs to be commended. The flautist appreciated Hyderabad Arts Festival in hosting non-ticketed programmes, where entry was free. The Hyderabad Arts Festival concept is to bring in good music to Happening Hyderabad.

Celebrating the Spirit

The Hyderabad Arts Festival, which ended on July 22 this year, saw the participation of many renowned artistes like Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Padma Bhushans Radha and Raja Reddy, Pandit Niladri Kumar, and Euphoria Band among many others to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad.

The festival which took birth in 2012, as Hydourite thanks to the efforts of A.V. Ramakrishna from Hyderabad, C.S. Manoj from Kerala and Capt. Anand from Chennai,has now become India’s longest performing arts festival and popularly known as Hyderabad Arts Festival. “It has gained national importance and we have artistes calling us up to find out if they can perform in HAF. In short, it has become a name to reckon with in the industry,” says Manoj.

“HAF is part of the Happening Hyderabad initiative of the Telangana government and has support from the Govt. of Telangana and many other organisations. In fact, thanks to the State government, we got Shilpkala Vedika as complimentary for two of our concerts – flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia’s and sitarist Pandit Niladri Kumar’s,” says Ramakrishna.

Interspersing between classical performances, the penultimate programme was the Masala Coffee Band, a young and energetic band that performed foot tapping numbers in the genres of Indian folk, pop and rock. Masala Coffee Band burst into the independent music scene with its eclectic mix of songs, just a couple of years ago. Their lead singer Sooraj Santosh has lent his voice in Tamil industry.

Highlight on Environment

Young Bharatanatyam dancer Kiranmayee Madupu brought to life Porous Earth, the Journey of a River, a thematic solo dance presentation based on an English poem by the same name written by Tejdeep Kaur Menon, a senior IPS officer was performed at Hotel Minerva Grand at Kondapur. Choreographed by Guru Hemamalini Arni, Porous Earth was the journey of a river portrayed through contemporary Bharatanatyam. The river originates from the mountains and encounters mankind, various flora and fauna, pollutants and social evils and finally merges to be one with the sea. Its captivating journey addressed various compelling issues of the society like water pollution and women empowerment through its narrative. At the end of the event, Tejdeep Kaur Menon asked the audiences present to do their bit for environment. “Make your balconies green,” she said.

“This year another new genre was introduced in HAF Season 5 - Stand Up Comedy. It was a rib-tickling comedy all the way when this bunch of crazy, creative and gutsy group of youngsters, Bhargav Ramakrishnan and Alexander of Evam Standup Tamasha took centre-stage,” says Manoj.

Soul Stirring Performance

On the other hand, Pt. Niladri Kumar enthralled the audiences with melodies to foot tapping tunes. Inventor of Zitar, Pt. Niladri Kumar has given several tracks in films such as Dhoom 2 and Omkara. Beginning his humble journey as a musician with tabla, Kumar moved to sitar.He has worked with directors like Laxmikant- Pyarelal, Jonas Hellborg, V.Selvaganesh, John McLaughlin, A. R. Rehman, Pritam and many more.

Padmabhushans Radha and Raja Reddy, along with their daughter Yamini Reddy and disciples presented Bhagawadajjukayam, a dance ballet at Cyber Conventions. The Reddy couple is known to have put Indian Classical dance Kuchipudi on the world map. Produced by Kaushalya Reddy, Bhagawadajjukayam, was a satirical drama written by Bhodhayana around the advent of Christian era with a stress to ridicule the then living style of monks. Yamini played Vasantsena, while her father Raja Reddy played the Buddhist Guru. The interchanging of souls with the interpolation of bodies left a note of mockery and fun. The mockery ended with the Yamadoota restoring the souls into the respective original bodies in a melodramatic style.

Bringing Smiles

HAF in association with Ohri’s group organised HAF Smiles which was supported by JCI Trends and Star Care Foundation, where 300 underprivileged children were given a royal treatment and fed sumptuously. “Apart from giving kids from orphanages a great day, they were also provided with a Power Packed Goodie Bag as a remembrance of the day. The bag they are proud to own,” say Ramakrishna, Manoj, Anand, the trio behind the HAF. “The bag contains personal hygiene and educational products,” adds Anand.

Tejdeep Kaur Menon, DGP - Special Protection Force, Telangana State, engaged the kids on environment to sensitise the kids towards a greener tomorrow. Organisers provided the kids a fun-filled day with lot of games, interactive engagement, food, entertainment and much more.

‘Love - An Endless Journey’ is one such programme performed as part of the festival at Phoenix Arena, Hitech City to give encouragement to local talent. It was a multi art form expression of LOVE through Sand Art, Kathak, Vocals, Violin and Painting.  Painter and sand artist Kanth Risa and Kathak dancer Nishi Ratnam, combined their magical art forms along with Gopi on violin and Sravanthi on vocals, to explore different aspects of Love - visible and invisible, material and spiritual. A fine blend of varied art forms came together to decipher the true meaning of love.

Euphoria Rocks

The HAF Season 5 began on a rollicking note with performance by rock band Euphoria from Delhi. The band put together by Dr. Palash Sen and his friends in 1988 swayed the Hyderabadi audience with their catchy and peppy numbers, mainly of the Yahoo guy Shammi Kapoor.

After pop music, it was Fusion Music, a beautiful blend of instrumental and vocal. Purbayan Chatterjee’s mesmerising sitar combined with Bollywood singer Mahalakshmi Iyer’s melodious Voice, as Ojas’ magical fingers played the tabla and Sanjoy joined with his guitar, to create music that mesmerised everyone in the audience at Botanical Club House, Kondapur.

India’s Longest Performing Arts Festival has been giving platform to many local artists to come out with unique programmes. “Local artistes have been given the stage to share with artistes of national repute. For this, an advisory board had been constituted which has patiently sat and peered over the videos, before selecting the final performer,” says Manoj.

He says, Vijay Marur Communication Professional & Performing Arts Evangelist, would initially streamline the artistes, before presenting it to the board for a final decision. “The Honorary Board of Advisors for HAF Season 5 were JayeshRanjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce and ITEC Department, Government of Telangana; Tejdeep Kaur Menon, IPS Director General of Police – Special Protection Force, Telangana; Mohan Krishna, President, Hotels & Restaurants Association of Telangana State; and Vijay Marur,” says Manoj.

The HAF Season 5 festival formally began with a curtain raiser event, on  Second Saturday of April with Paintings Exhibition by Kanth Risa at Phoenix Arena. IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and other dignitaries unveiled HAF’s Season 5 Logo on that day. This was followed by an evening of Sufi and Ghazals by Pooja Gaitonde at the Chowmahalla Palace. Pooja’s ghazal renditions created a mystic impact and mesmerised the listeners. She held her audience spellbound.

Unlimited Entertainment

The Hyderabad Arts Festival Season 5 concluded successfully and grandly. To sum up, HAF is over a three-month-long non-ticked festival conceptualized to celebrate the spirit of Hyderabad. “In the last four years, HAF has put together 50 cultural events of varied size and artists according to the preferences of local audiences. Nearly one lakh art and music lovers have witnessed these programs for free.  It has been the endeavour of the organizers to provide unlimited entertainment to the people of the city at no cost and culturally bond them,” says Manoj.

Before signing off, Manoj says that HAF would be back next season with artistes of national repute and living legends. “Bringing in living legends is to thank them for their immense and valuable contribution to the music and dance industry, and help encourage young Hyderabadi enthusiasts to learn and see them perform live,” adds Ramakrishna.

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