Jeddah: The maiden Telangana Day held by the Indian consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia proved to be a grand success, as unprecedented crowd descended and some returned as they didn’t succeed to make it inside.
Indian consulate in collaboration with Saudi Indian Business Network (SIBN) conducted the event as part of Indian consulate’s theme of India@70 that showcasing rich culture and progressive achievements of various Indian States by conducting respective State days and Telangana was the second State that held amazing show which was concluded on Saturday night.
Some NRIs, hailing from other States and who attended the event were surprised to find packed mammoth gathering.
The two-day glittering programme was inaugurated by Indian Consul General Md Noor Rahman Sheikh. It was sheer festive abuzz draw thousands of NRIs including women and children, who hail from dense forests of Adilabad to narrow bylanes of Hyderabad old city who living in Jeddah.
The tradition of the old city of Hyderabad Muslim culture in general and wedding ceremony in particular with popular Arabic Marfa rhythmic beat thrilled the audience.
Dholak Ke Geet of Deccani shadi also excited audience especially women, as it resembles Sangeet of North.
Amid these traditional rites, wedding ceremony, where bride and groom role played by Atiya Rashid and Zubair Siddiqui, a recently wedded couple — the Hyderabadi Shadi stood as the main attraction of the event which stole the show.
The Telugu songs of “Dolu Dolu, Bonala Panduga”, the theme song of Bonalu festival and other Telugu song “Telugu Bhasa Teeyadanam” evoked an overwhelming response from the audience.
Mohammed Yousuf Ali, President of Telugu Association of Jeddah highlighted the diversified culture of Telangana that reflecting true spirit of secularism.
Qudrat Nawaz, a community volunteer, made a presentation on investment opportunities in Telangana. Visiting TRS senior minority leader Sultan Quadri paid a visit to the kiosk of Telangana investment. Another young enthusiastic community volunteer Abdul Rahman Baig briefed the audience about tourism destinations in the State.
SIBN secretary general Ghazanfer Zaki coordinated the event and Imran Kauser anchored it.
There was an overwhelming response from the audience for two days, where many attended to witness the rich culture of Nizam’s land, however, disappointed for not showcasing of past rich glorious history of the state. Telangana lovers astonished to find lengthy other events rather than cultural heritage and Telangana relevance.
Hyderabadi cuisine food stalls lured visitors towards delicious spicy food items.
The replicas of Kakatiya arch of Warangal and Charminar of Hyderabad, both were incorporated in state government logo, stood as a special attraction during the event.