Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An evening well spent: Golconda Fort

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

 This post is more of a pictorial prose. 

Last to last week, my mother visited us, me and my wife, in Hyderabad. And it was a time to have some fun and explore new places. My mother is a teacher and this time, she was really interested to see some of the places she had been teaching to students from last 15 years. We had visited many places in Hyderabad like Salar Jung Musuem, Charminar, Golkonda fort, Shilparamam, Birla temple, Hussain Sagar lake. 

 All the places are beautiful and charming in their own way. In this post, I will cover majorly about the Golconda Fort. 

 We, all of three, reached the Golconda fort at around 4pm. We heard a lot about Sound and light show and were particularly interested to see it. 

 When we entered, we were amazed to see such a huge structure which is planned very
Top most point of the fort called Bala Hissar
meticulously  in architectural respect. The most impressive of all is its system of acoustics. When we entered the fort, everybody was clapping their hands which confused me for some way of prayer. But actually, little later, we came to know that any sound made at the entry gate can be clearly heard at the highest point of fort. 

There were no phones during that time so clapping is a way of informing that some guest had arrived. Or may be different no. of clapping were used to convey the different messages.
This is the beauty of that era. Whenever I visit historical places, I always wonder whether we are developing now as claimed by the large no. of population or deteriorating in terms of environment and many other respects. 

The weather was also very cloudy today and it constantly scared us that if it rain, then the sound and light show will be cancelled but thank god nothing like that happen. We roam for 2,3 hours in the fort, familiarizing ourselves with it, took rest in the large green park, enjoyed some home made papads and ice cream. 

View from where we are sitting
 Initially, we planned to watch the show in Hindi but it was after the English show and also seeing the weather, it appeared that rain can come anytime. So, we purchased the ticket for English sound and light show which was scheduled to start at 7:15 pm and run till 8.

Sitting and waiting for the Show to start
Finally, the show started on time. It was recorded in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan. The casting song was sung by Jagjit Singh. It was a very nice song. As soon as the show started, i was completely lost in listening to the history and it was so engrossing and mesmerizing that i was feeling that i had traveled back in time. Sound came only from that area which was being introduced. It was one of its kind. The short folk stories and music was very soothing to ears. Some of the songs were in Telegu which I don't understand but I can say that they were also very relaxing and soothing. The show ended also with a song sung by Jagjit. It is recommended for everyone. 

Show was about to start

Captured during the middle of show although using Camera was strictly not allowed
Captured when the show was ended

At the end, i would like to leave 1 statement by which the show was ended. I didn't remember it exactly but it was very touching. It sounds something like that today only the stones, walls, gateways, apartments, halls, mosques inside the fort are left that have witnessed the story of Golconda. May be It does not sound that impressive as  i am not able to express it but when you hear it, you will be touched.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

very nicely written.

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