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Symbol of culture

APARNA MENON

The Taramati Baradari was built in 1625 by Abdullah Qutb Shah.

PHOTO: K. RAMESH bABU

Magnificient music hall: The Taramati Baradari

If you have gone to the Golconda, a monument close by that catches your eye is the Taramati Baradari. It plays host to several cultural evenings now.

Built in 1625 by Abdullah Qutb Shah, this heritage building has many romantic fables and tales, popularising it.

An auditorium, with twelve doorways is what makes Taramati Baradari a monument symbolising art and culture.

Baradari is the name given to a structure that has 12 door ways. Taramati Baradari has three doorways on every side of the square shaped structure. The structure has a domed ceiling inside. Due to the numerous archways it is cross ventilated and the acoustics is legendary.

Royal gift

Built on a hillock with the Musi river flowing just below, the Taramati Baradari is picturesque.

“During the rule of the 6th Qutb Shahi King, Taramati and Premamati were famous artists who preformed before the king. The king bestowed many riches and lands on members of his court. Taramati was given the Baradari as a jagir, a royal gift,” says Mr Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department Corporation.

This heritage site was handed over to the AP Tourism Department in 2003. As part of the ‘Adaptive reuse' activity of the Department, this site has been developed and is now being used for various programs. “Sometimes only restoring a heritage site is not enough. To maintain certain places, it is best to use the premises, this way continuous improvement takes place,” adds Mr Ranjan.

Over the years the Tourism Department has improved the surroundings of the Baradari. They have established various facilities around the base of the main structure.

An open air auditorium, an indoor auditorium, a banquet hall, accommodation and various sport facilities can be found on the premises.

The gardens have been improved and a food court and a bar have also been set up. Taramati Baradari has been converted into a great picnic spot and interesting place.

Several dance and music programmes are held here. Since it is easily accessible being on the main road, it is a visitor's delight.

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