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Golconda Cultural Festival off to a scintillating start

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, FEB. 4. The three-day Golconda Cultural Festival was kicked off in the pristine confines of Taramati Baradari on Friday in the presence of the Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, and the Union Minister for Information, S. Jaipal Reddy.

Mr. Shinde appreciated the initiative of the Tourism Department in showcasing the city and its glorious cultural tradition with three calendar events in the three-month period from November and February every year. The Golconda festival is the third in the series.

The Ministers -- Geeta Reddy, N. Rajyalakshmi and Nayani Narasimha Reddy -- said the cultural festivals were part of the Government's efforts to put the State on top of the tourism map.

The evening saw `Echoes from the past,' an ensemble of various art forms from the Qutb Shahi era, followed by Quli Qutb Shah, a musical play written by Bilkiz Alladin and directed by Aslam Farshori and performed by local artistes.

It closed with a scintillating `World music' performance by musician/percussionist Trilok Gurtu, assisted by singers -- Roop Kumar Rathod and Vivienne Pocha.

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