April 15, 2010

A drive from Warangal fort to my home

I have now lived in Hyderabad for 30 years, and in Himayatnagar for 22 years. I regret not taking pictures of streets in Hyderabad, not even those of the Himayatnagar main road, for it has changed drastically over the last 20 years. Our own Hardikar Bagh has changed from a road full of quaint old buildings with large compounds, to a car-lined street with apartment complexes on both sides.

Warangal, on the other hand, has not changed much. I never thought about it, until the other day, bringing back Maloo and her friends from Warangal fort, I took pictures of the roads from the fort till my home. I was amazed that very little had changed over the years. Yes, there are places in the world that haven't changed very much.

Here are some pictures of the roads, plus some places with which are associated, some precious memories.

One of the four beautiful carved gates of the Warangal fort

The children posing at the fort

Warangal main road...it hasn't changed since we were children

An old carved building along the Warangal main road
The road near the Bhadrakali temple

The famous Hanam-'konda'

Yes, one thing has changed. Alankar theatre, where we used to go to see English movies, has been replaced with Reliance Super.

Thousand pillars temple is the same, except that the second part of the temple which was in ruins, has now been totally dismantled and is being rebuilt afresh

Hanmkonda chowrastha has changed, but doesn't look very different

Lashkar Bazar...notice the vast sky, not visible in big cities.

Bad photo...took it for the statue of Gandhi in the background...we used take my brother Gautham for a ride in the car to see 'Gandhi tata' when Gautham had colic attacks.

The town hall and public gardens

The road leading to Nakkalgutta, where my home is located

The turning towards our lane

This road, on which our home is located, has changed...three of four high-rises have come up in the last 5-6 years

Home
The place where we spent many an evening, playing shuttle badminton...the Warangal club

Maloo and friends playing badminton...

April 04, 2010

ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan

Two days of good music, thanks to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy's programme in Ravindra Bharati, Hyderabad.

The artistes were:
3 April
- Sameehan Kashalkar (vocal), ITC SRA Scholar: Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar's son, this young man is a good singer in the making.
- Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya (Chaturangi -- Indian classical slide guitar). This was the highlight of the day...truly, great music. The instrument is fantastic, and the Tablist Samar Saha) was superb.
- Vidushi Malini Rajurkar: She sang effortlessly, as usual. However, one feels that her programme is somehow incomplete...no tanpura, no shishyas.

4 April
- Aniruddha Bhattacharya (vocal), Past Scholar, ITC SRA: He was good, but not exceptional.
- Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (Sarod): Something wasn't quite okay with this performance.
- Dr M Balamurali Krishna and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (jugalbandi): Two masters in action...much as I don't much like Carnatic-Hindustani jugalbandis, it was exhilerating. As Dr Balamurali Krishna said, the distinction Carnatic/Hindustani came later...what they were singing was Indian music.

Tabla was by Subhankar Banerjee, Mridangal: D S R murthy, Violin Peri Sreerama Murthy. The tabla-mridangam jugalbandi was fantastic too.

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