Telangana turns 1


With festivities planned for the entire week from June, 2, Telangana is geared up to celebrate its one year of statehood, having been carved out of Andhra Pradesh on this very day, last year. The week long fiesta began with Hyderabad exalting as the skies glistened at 12 selected places in the sheen of fireworks on the eve of Telangana’s maiden anniversary.

The week-long revelry, to be held from June,2- June,7 will showcase a series of cultural and literary programmes, typifying the state’s cultural wealth and heritage. Chief Minster, K. Chandrashekar Rao, formally commenced  the Telangana Formation Day revels by paying tributes at the Telangana Martyr’s Memorial at Gun Park today. He later unfurled the national flag and paid salute to the security forces at Parade Grounds. The governor greeted people on the eve of T formation day praising the sacrifices of its people to fight for an independent statehood.

Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, B P Acharya said 3D illuminating mapping had been done at three places in Hyderabad – Secunderabad Clock Tower, Buddha statue in Hussainsagar and Kacheguda Railway Station.

In addition to the festivities, the state administration also seeks to felicitate citizens who have rendered significant services in their respective domains of work with cash rewards.

“The story of Telangana has been a very symbolic and heroic one. With its first year anniversary, we are all geared up for this seven day carnival. The idea is to create a mood of festivity. Everywhere we want people to celebrate,” Acharya said.

The state is poised to rejoice with the Raj Bhavan, Telangana Secretariat, Assembly, CM’s camp office in Begumpet, government buildings and historic monuments illuminated. Streets, roads and major Governmental buildings, all decorated with flowers and colorful lighting, accentuate the state’s joy as it becomes a year old.

The cultural programmes,  marking one year anniversary of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in office will also include musical shows, events on Telangana cinema, ballet dance by renowned performers, folk art performances, folk songs and comedy shows. Films of noted filmmakers from Telangana like Shyam Benegal and S.Narsing Rao will be screened at Lalita Kala Toranam.

Amongst a series of events to follow this week, the state Minister of Tourism and Culture Ajmeera Chandulal today flagged off ‘HOP-ON HOP-OFF’ bus service which is designed to cover both historic and tourist destinations of Hyderabad. This service bus, stops at each locations for few minutes and if the tourist/passengers wants to stay and take a closer look at the location,they can get off and board the next bus 30 minutes later or they can stay on the same bus and tour the city.

Artistes of Telangana’s ‘Sanskrutika Sarathi’ will embark on a ‘Telangana Sanskrutika Jaitrayatra’, covering two districts in a day. The yatra will begin at Necklace Road in Hyderabad on June 2 and return to Tank Bund in Hyderabad on June 7 for the valedictory program, in which more than 5,000 artistes will participate.

The state’s Department of Tourism and Culture also seeks to host daily programmes highlighting the cultural identity of communities like Sikhs, Gujaratis and Maharashtrians.

Renowned ghazal singer Ghulam Ali has also been invited to perform at the Charminar on June 5.

The Telangana Golf Association will host the first inter-state Golf Championship at Hyderabad Golf Association June 2-5.

Prime Minister Modi too congratulated Telangana and its people wishing for the state’s progress.