Art and Culture of TelanganaTelangana is a storehouse of creativity which is prevalent in its collection of art and craft. Developed in the 16th century, the Golconda style is an old method of blending foreign techniques. A dash of bright gold and white colour is used in the Golconda style. The Hyderabad style emerged in the 17th century under the influence of Nizams.
Dhokra or Dokra is a famous craft which is also known as Bell Metalcraft. Here artisans produce figurines, peacocks, elephants, horses, tribal gods and other variety of birds and animals which are made of brass. It originated in West Bengal, Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand.
Bidri craft is said to have brought in by migrants. It is an art where silver is engraved on metal. The name is derived from a town called Bidar (now in Karnataka). Beautiful jewellery boxes, hukka, buttons and other things are made using this art.
Religion of Telangana
Festivals of TelanganaWith so many religion it is expected to host some festivals as well. To start with, Bathukamma is a part of Dasara festivities which is unique to Telangana. Celebrated by Hindu women, this festival falls in September?October and as per the lunar calendar. In Telugu, 'Bathukamma' meaning 'Mother Goddess Come Alive', is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma, the goddess of womanhood - Maha Gauri Devi.
Bonalu is another Hindu Festival, celebrated during June/ July where Goddess Maa Kali is worshipped. The festival is considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfilling the desires of devotees. A great family feast follows after the massive offering. The meal is the meat of a goat or a chicken which is offered ceremonially to the goddess, and it is considered sacred. The offering of alcohol is also seen as a must.
Ramzan is the main festival of Muslims and Moharram too is celebrated on a large scale in Telangana. It is known as 'primarily panduga' where Pir means Master. Many Hindus also actively take part in the festival.
Cuisine of Telangana
Traditional Dresses of Telangana
Telangana Dance Forms
Burra Katha is a form of dance which has evolved from a dance called Tandana Katha. It is mainly performed by a group of three main artists in the centre. Bhamakalpam and Gollakalapam are famous traditional dances which emphasise on the moral values initiated by Sidhenra Yogi.
Dandaria is a dance performed by the Gonds of Northern Hyderabad. The Gonds believe that they are the descendants of Pandavas. The male dancers dance with their Dandas and go from village to village to host functions.
Bonalu is the folk festival of Telangana where we see the colourfully dressed female dancers balancing pots (Bonalu), to the beats and tunes in praise of Mahankali. Male dancers called Potharajus to precede the female dancers to the temple adding colour to the festivity.
Telangana, a word to some but to its inhabitants, the name is a celebration. The state was born after a huge struggle where everyone maintained their unity with an unprecedented belief in victory. The state's culture, tradition and its uniqueness still linger in one's memory after their visit. Truly, a place worth exploring!