Last week, Hyderabadis, were in for double the fun as revellers could gorge on different kinds of cuisines and also enjoy Sufi music at the Hyderabad Ultimate Food Festival. The three-day fiesta was inaugurated in the presence of former Indian skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin. Organised at the Hitex Exhibition Centre, the extravaganza saw more than 35 stalls of lip-smacking offerings ranging from haleem to biriyani and sumptuous kebabs.
The renowned collective of Rajasthani folk musicians with Kutle Khan cast a mesmerising spell on the audience with their melange of folk and sufi tunes. Also on stage was Champe Khan on harmonium and Dayam Khan with the khartal, Gafur Khan playing the bhapang and morchang, Roshan Khan with the tabla and dholak. People sang along to the popular numbers like Kesariya Balam Padharo Mare Des and Dum Mast Qalander. Also, spotted in the audience was badminton player, Jwala Gutta, relishing the music and the food.
Meanwhile, Tollywood hunk Rana Daggubati and actress Madhu Shalini launched an automobile magazine at N Convention. The actor seemed quite at home in the company of other automobile enthusiasts, looking dapper in a well-tailored waistcoat. From Daggubati’s sartorial choices to budding fashion designers — Hamstech Institute of Fashion and Interior Design conducted its first convocation at FTAPCCI, Red Hills. Well known interior designer, Sona Chatwani, and Yeshwant Ramamurthy, founder of Studio One Architects, were the chief guests.
Moving on, the Trendz Exhibition at Taj Krishna featured their latest collections for shopaholics looking for a wardrobe overhaul. Tollywood actress Diksha Panth inaugurated the designer expo that showcased the latest collection of designer saris, handbags, kurtis, jewellery, shoes and clutches. Perfect time to hunt for that year-ender dress I thought.
From shopping, we move to getting our dance moves right. The members of the ladies club, Bond With The Best, organised a dance workshop at Air Live to pick up some groovy moves from a professional choreographer. On Saturday, wine and food connoisseur, based in Hyderabad, Jyotiee Balani, hosted a fashion show and cocktail evening at Oakwood Residence Kapil Hyderabad, Gachibowli. Designers Riddhi and Siddhi from Goa, known for their label MapxencaRS, showcased their latest women’s collection at the soirée.
– Rina Hindocha