Thousands rush to celebrate, shop at cultural carnival at Tank Bund in Hyderabad as Telangana turns 11

The celebrations continued till late evening with CM Revanth Reddy, Deputy CM Bhatti Vikramarka, and Governor CP Radhakrishnan attending.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Jun 03, 2024 | 3:03 AMUpdatedJun 03, 2024 | 3:04 AM

Telangana Formation Day celebrations

The Telangana government’s Telangana Formation Day cultural celebrations at Tank Bund in Hyderabad on the evening of Sunday, 2 June, saw people from various artistic backgrounds participating in it.

One group focused on the traditional Bathukamma and Bonalu Potharaju, while another played historical musical drums.

Young students with Kollatam sticks were also present, attracting a crowd around them.

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Families come together

Several families and young people walked onto Tank Bund Road to learn about its history and enjoy the programmes, while others visited the familiar parks.

Alongside stalls from the Telangana government’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), numerous private eateries, such as Niloufer, attracted crowds.

An excited youngster, Kritika, said, “My mother was invited to perform Kollatam, and we girls became enthusiastic at the prospect of performing as we are proud Telangana residents.”

The arch gates were decorated in tri-colours, and people leaned against them to watch the celebrations.

A large display board served as a viewing point for many who could not find seats, as the long stretch of road had limited benches towards the left side of Tank Bund.

Members of a family from Mumbai that has been living in Hyderabad for the past nine years told South First, “Hyderabad will be our home for the coming years. We participated in voting, and as the celebrations are in public places, we wanted our children to understand the history behind it.”

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Dignitaries and performances

The celebrations continued till late evening with Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Bhatti Vikramarka, and Governor CP Radhakrishnan attending the cultural festivities.

Over 5,000 newly-trained police officers reportedly performed in front of the chief guests.

As Revanth Reddy approached the stage after visiting all the stalls, children as young as seven jumped up to see him.

T Renuka, whose husband is in the police department, came to Tank Bund with her two children.

“I am here to see the chief minister Revanth Reddy and other ministers. It is a public space, and they are walking among the people. I am showing my children each minister and telling them the names,” she said.

Artiste Uppamma expressed her happiness after performing the traditional Chittala Bajana.

“All the members of our group are women, and we have been performing at various events for the last 10 years. Each member is paid ₹1,000 per day,” she said.

Swathi, a member of an SHG from Khammam, attracted many customers with her handmade pearl jewellery and decorative items made from coconut shells.

“We feel very happy to introduce our items to Chief Minister Revanth Reddy and other ministers. Our products range from ₹60 to ₹1,000,” she said.