Hyderabad – “The City of Nawabs” is a captivating combination of old and new. The city is a melting pot of various religions and cultures. Its well preserved cultural heritage creates nostalgia among old residents for its fine arts and architectural ambience. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru described the city as “Microcosm of Indian culture”. It is a city of joy; a charming city where secularism has been existing for centuries. The Muslim culture is fused with the South Indian tradition and it has manifested a symbol of secularism in India.
Hyderabad is a unique cosmopolitan city and home to people following Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism. Hyderabadis (people ofHyderabad ) have developed their own distinctive culture, which is a fusion of the centuries old Islamic Culture and the Hindu traditions of the Telugu people.
Urdu and Telugu are the most commonly spoken languages of Hyderabad. A large section of the Telugu speaking population lives here who have migrated from different parts of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad’s rich cultural heritage of Telugu and Urdu literature, music and dance is perpetuated in universities and different performing art centres located at various parts of the city. The Osmania University, located in the heart of the city, was the first Urdu medium university in India.
Festivity pours happiness to the lives of millions of Hyderabadis. The city celebrates a number of fairs and festivals which signify unity and prosperity among people. Apart from religious festivals it also organizes several modern dance and music festivals to raise the cultural creativity among people. Diwali, Eid and Christmas are celebrated by all the city dwellers with equal fervor and enthusiasm. Dance and music are popular events during these occasions and special food items are prepared to make the celebration more captivating.