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It's Telangana all the way!

Suresh Krishnamoorthy

Nizam College Grounds is a sea of pink with thousands visiting `Telangana Samburalu



SEA OF HUMANITY: Teeming crowds on the last day of `Telangana Samburalu', the mega fete at the Nizam College Grounds in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

HYDERABAD: Even at the entrance to the mega fete, a soothsayer was responding to a question from an anxious soul. "Yes, Telangana will definitely come". When? "Soon enough," as the words `Jai Telangana' were heard almost like a roar in the background.

It looked as if the Nizam College Grounds were almost drowned in a sea of pink and a "hot 'n happening" theme was made even hotter by dozens of powerful halogen lamps that generated as much heat as they threw light on thousands of visitors to `Telangana Samburalu', a five-day mega fete showcasing the region as the theme, on Tuesday.

`Bathkamma', `potharaju', `bonalu', dappu artists and typical `teen maar' beats. All these, accompanied by crowds that surged towards the dais and the `D' before it, every time a leader appeared in the vicinity. They all screamed, `Jai Telangana' every minute.

Among the first few rows before the dais were the Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLAs and other senior party leaders, the Telangana activists/intellectuals and of course, media persons who appeared anxious to know what TRS founder K. Chandrasekhara Rao would have to say. He made fleeting appearances twice on the dais and reciprocated the roar that broke out when he was spotted.

After staying on through the initial cultural blast, the foodies made a beeline to the food courts. A little girl who innocently asked her father as to when Telangana would come was `shusshed' and the mother was heard telling the girl, `soon beta soon'. As late afternoon turned into evening and as night approached, the crowd kept swelling, vehicles kept jamming the entry to the grounds and the shrieking whistles of traffic cops dominated.

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