INDUR UTSAV - 2001 & 2002
The Indur Utsav 2001, was planned with the specific purpose of opening up Nizamabad district and its surrounding area for local tourists as well as tourists from other parts of the state..
Nizamabad district is a beautiful district with a lot of greenery, gardens, forests and huge water bodies like Nizamsagar, Sriramsagar, Pocharam, Asoksagar and Alisagar. There are many places of socio-religious importance in the district. The towns of Nizamabad and Bodhan are of historical importance. District Administration has initiated steps to promote Tourism-Eco-tourism/ Religious tourism/Adventure tourism - in a big way.
The district administration has identified 36 locations in the district to be developed as tourism spots. Local conducted tours to some of these destinations have been started on October 2nd, 2001. With the opening of places for tourism, there would be more and more investment coming in, resulting in boosting up of the economy and generation of many employment avenues for the local people. The idea is to develop of Nizamabad as “a great getaway destination”. As a first step, it was thought to showcase various arts, cultural heritage and food items of the district to the public in a festival. Nizamabad is en route Basar, which attracts lot of pilgrims to Gyana Saraswathi Temple, during puja holidays. Hence the festival “Indur Utsav 2001”, was proposed to be held during this period.
“Indur Utsav-2001” is a package of arts, crafts, cultural, film, sports and food festival rolled-into-one. The festival was conducted from 24th October, to 28th October, 2001, in Nizamabad town involving all sections of people. Multifarious activities were taken up on simultaneously in various venues of the town catering to the different tastes of the people. “Indur Utsav-2001” was conducted at Collectorate ground, District Police Parade Ground,Bal Bhavan premises, Vijaya and Devi theatres, Khaleelwadi ground, President function hall and Alisagar garden.
The Collectorate ground was the main venue, where cultural programs were performed by some leading artists of the state/country every evening from 5.30 pm onwards during the festival. Among the programs during the festival, Srinivasa Kalyanam ballet by Padmasri Shobha Naidu and Party, Andhra Natyam and Perini Shiva Thandavam by Sri Nataraja Rama Krishna, Carnatic Vocal Concert by Hyderabad Sisters were of special importance. There was Sitar-Violin-Jugalbandi, Mohiniyuttam, Kuchipudi, Magic show, Mimicry, Gazals, Quwali and Mushaira during the festival. For the food festival, the traditional food items of Andhra, Telangana, Gujrathi, Marwadi, Rajasthani were available to the people. The Collectorate ground was also the venue for the sports events like Volley Ball etc. during the festival in the evenings.
The inauguration of the festival was done by the Honourable Home
Minister on 24th October, 2001 in the presence of five other
health, major irrigation, panchayati raj and tourism and all MLAs and
MPs from the district. The closing ceremony was presided over by the
of Andhra Pradesh, on 28th, October, 2001 at the Collectorate grounds.
There was the exhibition of Handicrafts, Handloom and Electronic
items in this ground. DWACRA products, Kondapally toys, Nirmal
Kalankari, etc. were also be exhibited.
In Khaleelwadi Ground on Dussera day i.e. on 26-10-2001, “Ravan dahan” was performed in a big way. Mushiras, Quwali performance were done at President Plaza Function Hall, Bodhan road.
Film festival was conducted in Devi and Vijaya theatres. Every day, morning shows of one Telugu and one Hindi movie were taken up. Films were procured with the help of the A.P. Film Development Corporation.
Water sports were conducted at Alisagar during the period of the festival. There were Speed Boats, Sail Boats, Kayaks, and water skis on display.
A heritage museum was started on October,24th, show casing over 50 sculptures, over 100 bronzes, arms and weapons and other historic relics pertaining to Nizamabad.
As a part of festival, beatification of town has been taken with the construction of new road islands at all major junctions, road dividers on all the main roads, road dividers with stone masonry and beautiful vegetative topping and central lights for about 2 kilometers from Phulong to DWCRA Bazar. Five new fountains were started on 24th October, 2001. All major buildings in the town were illuminated. Black topping was done on major roads. These were completed with an estimated cost of over Rs. 40 lakhs, with the active participation and co-operation of the citizens of Nizamabad town.
There was overwhelming response from the people. This was a pioneering event in the tourism history of the state. The success of this festival has prompted many other districts to take up similar festivals.
“Indur Utsav 2001” festival was indeed a launching pad for the development of the tourism in the district.
INDUR UTSAV –2002
Last one year district administration has taken several steps to promote Nizamabad as a “Great Get away destination”
The very successful conduct of Indur Utsav,2001, which has inspired many similar festivals in other districts in the state as well as in Nanded district of Maharashtra was the beginning efforts to open up Nizamabad and develop it as a tourist destination. The opening of the Heritage Museum, development of Asok Sagar and Mallaram eco tourism project, identification of 36 locations as local tourism spots, conduct of Flower show (Vasantotsav), 8 day long Surabhi festival (Natakotsav), weekly cultural programs, local conducted tours etc have given a real boost to tourism in the district. To consolidate the gains made and to further the development of Tourism, Indur Utsav,2002 is planned to be held from December 21st to 24th, 2002 at Nizamabad.
Indur Utsav,2002 would be inaugurated on 21st December by Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Government of AP and the closing ceremony would be presided over by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 24th December, 2002.
The main cultural programs would be held at Collectorate grounds where reputed artists of national and state level would perform. Artists would be sponsored by Department of Culture, Andhra Pradesh, South Zone Culture Centre, Tanjavour, Department of Culture, Karnataka etc. A program of Gazals & Mushaira, Sham-E-Gazal would be organised in Collectorate ground.
An Exhibition of products prepared by women of DoWCRA groups from various districts, bamboo products prepared by tribal artisans of Badrachalam, handloom products, products of Commercial concerns, arts & handicrafts shops would be organized in Collectorate grounds with the help of Exhibition Society, Nizamabad. A food festival will also be held in the Collectorate grounds, where delicious Telangana, Andhra, Rajasthani, Gujarathiand Marwadi cuisines would be made available.
A flower show displaying exotic varieties of exquisite flowers would be organized at Tilak Garden from 24th December to 28th December, 2002. Flowers from other states and climatic regions also would be exhibited. Orchids, Anthuriums, cut flowers, dry flowers, vegetable carvings, forest medicinal plants etc would be on display. A Horticulture show and dog show also will also be held at Tilak Garden. New technologies in horticulture, modern implements and tools for horticulture, products to add value to Turmeric- a major produce in Nizamabad-, drip irrigation and sprinkler systems, new varieties of Horticulture plants etc would be displayed in the horticultural show.
“Bala Mela” will be organized at Bal Bhavan, wherein young artists from local schools and colleges would perform. Artists performing ‘Chindula Bhagawatam” a traditional cultural form of Nizamabad, resuscitated during the last Indur Utsav and other local artists will be given opportunity to perform.
“ Yuva Mela” will be organized in Collectorate grounds during daytime, in which local youth groups would make cultural presentations.
Sports festival would be organized at Collectorate ground during daytime. Water sports and Adventure sports will be organized at Asok sagar and Quilla. Eco treks would be done in Mallaram forests.
As a part of the festival, beatification of Nizamabad town is being taken up. All major roads are being widened, spruced up, road dividers developed.
The Heritage Museum started during Indur Utsav 2001 is being expanded.
The new octagonal shaped-glass paneled “Asok Sagar Restaurant” would be opened in Asok Sagar. A 14 feet statue of Goddess Saraswathi would be installed in the middle of the lake. Beautiful illumination of rocks and trees would be completed. The newly constructed children’s park would be opened. Exquisite landscaping and plantation of colorful plants have been completed.
Indur Utsav 2002 is expected to give a further fillip to tourism in the