DatesStart Date: 25-02-2021 End Date: 01-03-2021
LocationHyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Deccan festival is organized every year in the city of Hyderabad. Since Hyderabad is located on the bank of Musi River and Deccan plateau, the name of the festival is the Deccan festival.
Hyderabad, or “city of pearls”, is one of the few cities in the country which depict the existence of Mughal culture. The city is filled with breathtakingly beautiful sites of artificial lakes, impressive domes, and minarets of ancient mosques.
The very famous Hyderabadi biryani and Irani chai are known not only to Indians but are famous all over the world. The city also flaunts its biggest snow theme park in the world and biggest monolithic Buddha statue.
The rich and vibrant culture of the city has attracted many tourists since ages, and undoubtedly Deccan festival has added charm to the beauty of the city. The Nawabi cuisines, folk dance, traditional music, Ghazals, and mushairas have been the major attraction of the festival.
Deccan festival is held in the tomb of Qutab Shahi, near Golconda Fort which gives the festival its historical vibe. The festival includes spectacular cultural programs and events which are attended by numerous poets, Ghazal singers, and folk dancers. The ambiance of the city during the festival is filled with joy and colors. Travelers and art lovers from all over the country visit the city to experience the actual joy of life.
Renowned poets, dancers, and folk singers are invited from all over the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to showcase their talents as well old traditions of the state. Events such as Ghazal nights, poem recitation, Qawali performances and folk dance are organized for the audience.
Apart from music, Ghazals, Mushairas, dance, etc., the festival is a center of attraction from shopaholics as it has to offer beautiful pearl jewelry and bangles which no one can resist. The shining bright, colorful pearl jewelry, bangles and other craft items displayed in the fair are a treat to eyes.
No festival is complete without food, and a place like Hyderabad, which has been famous for its Hyderabadi cuisine, which is a blend of Mughlai and Arab cuisines, has never disappointed its visitors. Lip-smacking and mouthwatering cuisines typically famous in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are offered during the Deccan festival.
The main motive of the Deccan festival is to showcase the deep and old age culture of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With the advancement and increasingly busy life and a generation which has forgotten the rich culture of the nation, states like Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has made it possible to preserve and showcase its culture to upcoming generation via Deccan festival.
The festival not only brings lots of tourism benefits for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana but also gently reminds the present generation about the cultural beliefs of the state through dance, music, and poems.
Since the festival involves numerous cultural programs, it gives a platform for upcoming folk singers and dancers a chance to showcase their abilities in front of a huge audience. Sharing stage with renowned artists gives unforgetable experience to the new generation singers and dancers.
Hyderabad is a city which has witnessed many Ghazal singers and poets in the past; the festival undoubtedly gives an opportunity for rising Ghazal singers and poets. Deccan festival has helped in conserving the old age tradition of the state and has successfully set up an example.
People who think culture and modernization cannot go hand in hand should definitely visit the city of Hyderabad. Being famous as engineer’s hub, the city has never failed to pay its tributes to its culture and heritage. It is a city where tradition and technology live under the same roof and in complete harmony.
The city of Hyderabad has a history of pearl and diamond trade and hence is also the place of origin of the very famous Kohinoor diamond.
The city of Hyderabad is also famous for its lakes and artificial lakes, and it has around 140 lakes making it look more alluring.
Being the fourth most populous city in the country, Hyderabad has tremendous religious integrity. Though the city has an Islamic culture, it is equally enthusiastic bustling during festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, etc.
The Deccan festival, known for its outstanding and exuberant performances, includes classical dance performances such as Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam. Ghazal night by famous and prominent Ghazal singers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are invited for showing their abilities and talents. Poem recitation, Qawalis and folk music is among other events and programs which takes place to celebrate 400 years old tradition of the city.
There is a fair held for all the famous artifacts and local crafts on the streets, which includes pearls, bangles, and other craft items usually decorative items for purchasing.
For the five-day festival, which is held in Qutab Shahi tomb, a grand stage is prepared for delivering the performances. The entire place jiggles with bright light and color, small stalls for showcasing pieces of jewelry and bangles are placed. Many groups of people and organization from different specialization come together for all important preparations of the Deccan festival. The festival not only flaunts its culture and heritage but also its amity and secularism.
Deccan festival has many traditional cuisines to offer to its visitors and one the most famous food which is known by all and is undoubtedly a star of Hyderabad cuisine is Hyderabadi biryani. Apart from biryani, the city is well known for its delicious Mughlai food and Irani chai with Osmania biscuits. The city is also very famous for its Nawabi cuisines. Telugu cuisines having high spice content and mostly include Bajra and millet, which is native of Telangana, is also served during the festival.
To reach the venue one needs to take a flight or train if coming from other parts of the country. The nearest railway station to the event is Hyderabad, Secunderabad, and Begumpet. The nearest airport is Begumpet airport. For people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the state transport bus services are available and connect almost every city and the village of the state.