Monthly Archives: August 2014

Vinod, Ayub in the fray for HCA presidentship

Elections to the top post being held after a gap of 50 years, following an amendment to the association constitution


It will be a straight contest for the post of presidentship between former India off-spinner Arshad Ayub and incumbent chief G. Vinod when the Annual General Meeting and the elections will be held to various posts in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) on September 7.

G. Vinod / The Hindu
G. Vinod / The Hindu

With the withdrawals coming to an end on Saturday, the presidential battle has a tinge of history. Former HCA secretary P. R. Man Singh reminds this will be the first time there will be an election for the president’s post after 1964. “Then, the battle was between Maj. N. K. Guruswamy and J. Ramakrishna Rao, the latter being one of the youngest (in late 20s) to contest the post which the former won,” recalls Man Singh in a chat.

Interestingly, after that 1964 elections, the HCA constitution was amended stating the senior most vice-president will automatically be the next president and it continued till 2012 when another amendment made a contest mandatory for presidentship. By coincidence it was Mr. Vinod who was declared elected president after Mr. Ayub withdrew from the race just before the election day.

“I am fortunate, I can say, that I was there in 1964 elections and now will be a witness to the September 7 polls. Incidentally, I along with Mr. Ramakrishna Rao and Mr. K. S. Iyengar, are the only survivors of that AGM,” recalls Mr. Singh.

For the secretaryship, it will be another straight fight between incumbent joint secretary Seshadri Venkateshwaran and John Manoj. Others in the fray for posts include ex-MP G. Vivekanand, M.V. Sridhar for the post of vice-presidentship from the ruling panel.

Following is the final list of contestants left in the fray for some key posts: Arshad Ayub group: president – Arshad Ayub, secretary – John Manoj, treasurer – Devaraj, joint-secretaries – Purushotham Agarwal and Vijayanand, vice-presidents – Narender Goud, P. Yadgiri, Prakash Chand Jain, Surender Agarwal, Moizuddin.

Ruling group: president – G. Vinod, secretary – S. Venkateshwaran, treasurer – Naresh Sharma, joint secretaries – Basavaraju (commercial taxes) and Gerard Carr, vice-presidents – G. Vivekanand, M.V. Sridhar, E. Venkatram Reddy, T. Seshnarayan, Kishen Rao.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / V. V. Subrahmanyam / Hyderabad – August 31st, 2014

Chronic child care centre launched

St. Jude Child Care Centres inaugurated their first facility in Hyderabad to help the families of the children suffering from chronic ailments.

The centre will accommodate 19 paediatric patients, who are being treated at Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institutes of Oncology, Basavatarakam Indo American hospital and other local cancer treatment centres.

Located in Banjara Hills, the centre is being supported by the family of Premlata Vandravan Shah and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation.

During the inauguration, Usha Banerji, CEO, St. Jude’s Centres, said, “It is our goal to provide a safe environment and holistic care to every child. The centre will provide free accommodation along with nutritional support and transportation to children and their parents.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / Staff Reporter / Hyderabad – August 28th, 2014

Maestro Who Re-enacts the World

R V K Rao
R V K Rao

Seventy-four is just a number for Bhaskar Shewalkar, the septuagenarian veteran of Hyderabad as much as 109 is—all multi-lingual plays in Marathi, Hindi and Telugu within four decades, staged on countless stages all over the country by his company, Rangadhara Theatre Stream.

His repertoire is as vast as his accomplishments—translations, adaptations, experimental plays as well as conventional theatre. Now, Shewalkar is one of the curators of the city’s most sought after theatre venues, the Lamakaan—which is perhaps the Nizami answer to Prithvi Theatre of Mumbai—which has seen a dramatic surge in plays being staged by local and outstation groups, after it was launched as “an open, cultural space” in March 2010.

Presently, Shewalkar, is busy directing the Hindi adaptation of the Marathi work ‘Nata Samrat’ by noted writer Vi. Va. Shirwadkar (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear) which won him the Jnanpith Award in 1987. This will be staged in August at Hyderabad, Shewalkar’s 110th production.

Two things stand out in the impressive body of work that the doyen has put together during these years. First, he has been steadfast in maintaining propriety in respecting the intellectual property of the creators whose works he has adapted. He has put on stage no play without seeking the approval of the original writer. Flashing a letter written in French which authorized him to adapt the famed Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot in 1973, in which he played Godot, he says: “It did 12 shows” at a time when foreign adaptations were unheard of in Hyderabad. Secondly, even if it involves a token royalty, he has never defaulted on paying up.

The sweep of time has changed quite a lot, impacting events in its own way in the drama circuit of Hyderabad. In the 1970s, there were about 70 theatre groups of the Marathi community in Hyderabad, and it was not uncommon to have 15-20 of them putting up the works of literary giants. “We celebrated the centenary of Marathi theatre in 1943 in Hyderabad,” Bhaskar reminisces. Today, its presence is scanty, with just three or four diehard enthusiasts, including Shewalkar, espousing the cause.

Shewalkar is still busy carrying the priceless works from his mother tongue to the mainstream Hindi speaking audience; more than half his total plays staged are Hindi adaptations, played in the twin cities and elsewhere in India. “It is only the grey-haired, nostalgia-loving folks who still enjoy regional language theatre” Bhaskar sighs.

His group is known to have pioneered the absurd play concept, a grimmer version called black comedy. Their advertisements were unique. He remembers the ad campaign of his 1972 play ‘Ek Nari Char Brahmachari’ which ran thus: ‘Those who don’t laugh during this play will have their ticket money refunded’. There were no claims.

What gives Shewalkar the greatest pleasure of late is his pioneering work—a monologue called ‘Main Rahi Masoom’ which has succeeded beyond expectations. After being the only entry from Hyderabad to have been selected for the 12th Theatre Utsav (Bharat Rang Mahotsav) organized by National School of Drama out of the final 40 selected at the national and international levels, it will be on a global tour to UK and USA in August.

Theatre in Hyderabad, with maestros such as Shewalkar doing their bit with English adaptations and Hindi translations, is vibrant, truly alive and kicking. And it’s not a monologue.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / K. Naresh Kumar / August 30th, 2014

Agile moves

Memorable meet Inaganti Amarnath with former world champion Anatoly Karpov. Photo: By arrangement. / The Hindu
Memorable meet Inaganti Amarnath with former world champion Anatoly Karpov. Photo: By arrangement. / The Hindu

For Inaganti Amarnath, officiating at the recent Chess Olympiad in Norway was a special experience.

Even as India bagged a historic bronze medal in the recent Chess Olympiad in Norway, a genteel physically challenged Hyderabadi, Inaganti Amarnath, scripted his own piece of history by being the only arbiter from Telangana and only one of the three from India (the other two being highly respected Anantharaman and Gopa Kumar) to have this rare privilege.

For the silver medallist in the 2011 World championship for disabled which fetched him a job in the South Central Railway, the nuances of the sport at the highest level are nothing new. He also trained Dasari Minu, former Asian under-eight champion and Manogna (national under-8 champion) and happens to be the first FIDE trainer from the State.

“It is a lifetime experience no doubt,” insists the only FIDE arbiter from the State.

“A great honour given the fact that I am also the general secretary of the International Physically Disabled Chess Association, promoting the sport amongst the 183 member countries,” he adds. “Meeting the cream of world chess is the ultimate experience and am playing my own bit in officiating. This is an unbelievable experience,” the 37-year-old Amarnath says to a query. “This assignment taught me key aspects in the art of time and people management and in fact is lot easier than smaller events,” he says with a big smile.

“The major challenges have been the language of the players, their rage sometimes. You need to be extremely calm, composed and fully aware of the FIDE rules to handle any crisis,” he says.

“The most memorable experience of Olympiad was meeting some great players like ex-world champions Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik,” he points out.

“Most importantly, being part of the Indian contingent after winning that historic bronze is unforgettable. Hats off to the coach R. B. Ramesh for guiding the team with such class and efficiency without a couple of big names of Indian chess,” says a delighted Amarnath.

“Unlike in Chennai or Kolkata, there are no designated venues easily accessible for all chess players from our state to hone their skills. I request the State Government to take up this cause and promote the sport at the district level in a big way. There is abundance of talent,” says Amarnath.

“I am putting in my personal efforts to make chess a part of the Paralympics. And, also using all support systems and avenues to promote chess in schools, orphanages and prisons,” he concludes.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by V. V. Subrahmanyam / August 27th, 2014

‘HHC will showcase Hyderabad’s culture to the world’

Supported by the State government, the Rs.100-crore Hyderabad Habitat Centre will come up at Khanamet and provide space for artistes to perform and promote their culture

The proposed Rs.100-crore Hyderabad Habitat Centre (HHC) that is being planned at Khanamet will promote and showcase to world tourists the heritage, art, culture and theatre of the 400-year-old city.

IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said the centre would be supported and funded by the Telangana government, and would have space for artistes to perform and promote their culture. Inaugurating the Telangana Chamber of Events Industry (TCEI) here on Wednesday, Mr. Rama Rao said tourism and hospitality were poised for a big leap in the new State given the huge potential and proactive government policies.

The Minister said that even investors were not looking at just land, tax concessions and infrastructure, but also a lifestyle for their employees.

“We want to fit Hyderabad into such a scheme of things and make it a world brand,” he said.

Stating that his concept of ‘Happening Hyderabad’ had taken off, Mr. Rao said even the Indian Badminton League (IBL) had evinced interest, while a big player in the entertainment industry had expressed its desire to hold south Indian film events in Hyderabad for the next three years. The details would be revealed soon.

‘Happening Hyderabad’ was launched with plans to organise 52 events in 52 weeks in the year, but the Government had already received requests for 152 events.

Responding to TCEI Secretary Neeraj K.S. Thakur’s request to make Hyderabad police ‘event-friendly’, Mr. Rama Rao said a meeting would soon be arranged with the police to look into their issues. He also promised single-window clearances for events involving the GHMC and HMDA.

Mr. Thakur earlier requested the government to support the TCEI to make Hyderabad an ‘Events City’. The events industry in Telangana was worth about Rs.300 crore, which had only 40 per cent in the organised sector.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – August 28th, 2014

Honouring the icons of Telangana

The recent decision of the Telangana government to rename the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University after Telangana ideologue Prof. Jayashankar, led to a great hue and cry from the Andhra coterie. Surprisingly, the most vociferous protests came from TDP leaders as the party was responsible for putting an end to the great leader’s record run of six terms in parliament. The party had hailed its candidate Lal Jan Basha as a ‘giant killer’ in the 1991 elections when the late Guntur MP had trounced Ranga, inflicting on him the worst ever defeat. Public memory is short and even the party’s own leaders seem to have forgotten the tirade unleashed by their brethren against the feeble senior parliamentarian, then in his nineties.

Egyptian Pharaohs, it is said, made a habit of striking off references from stelae (commemorative markers) in order to establish their legitimacy and superiority over their predecessors. Despite such measures, neither the identity nor the legacy of those targeted could be erased absolutely. The legacy of N G Ranga too, cannot be obliterated by a mere change in the appellation of an institution commemorating the great man, especially when the divided assets of the university which remain with the Andhra state will continue to bear his name. Telangana needs to recognize and perpetrate the memory of its own icons and hence the tendency to claim a right to naming institutions based in the region. Those still upset about the change need to reconsider their stand in view of recent developments on the national front. It is reported that the Centre is seriously mulling over the proposal of renaming over 650 public schemes which bear the names of Nehru-Gandhi family members. Given its agenda of making the nation ‘Congress mukt’, the BJP government in all likelihood will go far beyond rechristening welfare schemes and target public institutions and infrastructure projects too. Already questions have been raised regarding the naming of the Shamshabad airport after Rajiv Gandhi and hundreds of other similar objections are bound to be raked up in the future. While one cannot deny the sycophancy of succeeding generations of Congress workers, who have honed the art of groveling at the feet of the Gandhi clan to perfection, a total whitewash of the family legacy would be a great injustice as both Nehru and Indira have indisputably contributed immensely to the nation.

Changing names of streets, institutions and buildings is nothing new either for Hyderabad or the country. The process began immediately after independence when replacing British era names with Indian ones was considered essential in asserting the hard earned freedom from the colonial rule. But even then, there was generally a distinction based on individual contributions which ensured that dedications to benefactors of India were left unchanged. That should have been the defining criteria for determining change, but unfortunately bigotry very often tainted decisions and resulted in unjustified sidelining of some very eminent personalities whose contributions to society are indisputable. As a result, while the Nizam was acceptable as the titular head after merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, the only street in the city named after him was not. The Shahrah-e Osmani thus became Jawaharlal Nehru Road, leaving one wondering as to why it could not renamed Raj Parmukh Marg if assertion of swaraj was the sole reason prompting change.

The Kutub Khana-e Asafia, which was designated the State Central Library, had evolved out of the personal collection of rare books and manuscripts donated by renowned litterateur Syed Hussain Bilgirami – Imadul Mulk. Years later, the manuscript collection was separated to form the Oriental Manuscripts Library which should have rightfully been named after the late Nawab. The Telangana government can as yet set right the lapse if it is serious about honouring icons from the city’s past.

With the legacy of N G Ranga having been handed over to rightful heirs, it is hoped that a similar action follows with regards to Potti Sriramulu. The move will be perfectly justified as the exemplary services of renowned Telugu poet and scholar Devulapalli Raemanuja Rao, the moving force behind the Sahitya Akademi and the Saraswat Parishad of erstwhile AP, remain unacknowledged. Among just a few others who need to be honored without further delay are world renowned archaeologist Ghulam Yazdani (by renaming the Archaeology Museum after him instead of YSR who made no contributions to the field whatsoever), Mahabalwant Raja Umapati Rao of Domakonda for contributions to Persian language, Maharaja Sir Kishen Pershad for promotion of syncretic culture, Ravi Narain Reddy and Raj Bahadur Goud for spearheading the Telangana Armed Struggle, P M Reddy and Babar Mirza for pioneering aviation (strong contenders if the airport is to be renamed), and Abdur Razzak Lari for his resolute defense of Golconda against the Mughals.

(The writer is a well-known conservation activist)

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Hyderabad / Sajjad Shahid / August 24th, 2014

Hyderabad R. Sridhar right on the ball

R. Sridhar, newly appointed fielding coach of the Indian cricket team, points to a frame of the Indian U-19 side he had coached to the U-19 World Cup win in 2012 in Australia that hangs on the wall of his house in Hyderabad in this file photo. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)
R. Sridhar, newly appointed fielding coach of the Indian cricket team, points to a frame of the Indian U-19 side he had coached to the U-19 World Cup win in 2012 in Australia that hangs on the wall of his house in Hyderabad in this file photo. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)


Life’s been a steady flight for former left-arm spinner R. Sridhar. From his Ranji Trophy days that began in the late 1980s to being named the fielding coach of the Indian team on Tuesday, the hard-working Hyderabadi has been on the ball, and climbed the cricketing ladder ceaseless.

He’s inexplicably thrilled about the big assignment but knows that the tough job has only just begun. Contractual obligations prevent Sridhar from speaking to the media now, though.

He is currently in Chennai as head coach of the Andhra senior team participating in the ongoing Buchi Babu tournament.

Having been a coach at the National Cricket Academy frequented by cricketers, Sridhar enjoys a good rapport with all the players. His association with newly-appointed assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar and Bharathi Arun is also well known he has worked with them on the coaching units of Kings XI Punjab and India U-19 sides respectively.

Sridhar has a good track record as coach at the India U-19 level he was instrumental in preparing and encouraging his charges to play to their strengths, which translated well for the team. The Indian colts won the World Cup in 2012 and followed it with title triumphs in the Asia Cups of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The 44-year-old adopts an uncomplicated approach to coaching. “The key is not to impose yourself on the player. More than knowing his game, you’ve got to understand and connect with the person first. Once you do that, coaching becomes very easy you give the player options and see what suits him best, for each individual is different. It’s like handwriting. No two people can write alike, each has got his own flair. You have to nurture that,” Sridhar had reasoned in an earlier interview to this newspaper.

Those words come from having extensively coached at various levels. After playing 35 first class matches for Hyderabad and taking 91 wickets, Sridhar turned to coaching in 2002. After three years of working at the grassroot, he started the process of his accreditation as a certified coach in 2004 and completed the three-level course in 2007. By the time he was incorporated into the NCA, Sridhar had already put in four years of junior cricket three years as head coach of the Hyderabad U-19 side and one year in charge of the U-16 squad.

His first big break came when the Indian team turned up at the NCA for the 2011 World Cup preparatory camp. The same year, he was appointed fielding coach of the India U-19 side, and has been making persistent progress since.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Sports> Cricket / DC / Moses Kondety / August 20th, 2014

Job market on wheels, an initiative by Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, TMI

Hyderabad :

You do not have to now visit offices of placement firms to look for jobs in Hyderabad. Look out for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s mobile employment vans in your area.

In a novel initiative, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and city-based training and placement firm TMI Group has pressed into service a fleet of eVans (employment vans) which would move around select employment zones in the city.

Job seekers can approach these mobile vans, which will help them look for the right job on the basis of their qualification and experience.

Earlier, the corporation and TMI had together set up Youth Employability Centres across seven locations. However, it was seen that for many job seekers, it was difficult to approach these centres. This led to the concept of mobile employment vans.

“These mobile vans are equipped to provide placements in the micro small and medium enterprises, apart from the private sector,” T Muralidharan, managing director of TMI said.

City Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain launched the eVans today.

source: / Business Line / Home> National / The Hindu Bureau / Hyderabad – August 16th, 2014

Hyderabadi culture and Urdu dwell in my heart: Krishna Swami Secunderabadi

Hyderabad :

84-year-old Krishna Swami Secunderabadi did schooling from Mufeedul Anaam Urdu High School, a renowned school in old city. He obtained diploma in Civil Engineering from Osmania University. He has also done P.Arch, IIA and MCA. He developed pen friendship with American presidents, prime ministers and ambassadors. His father was revenue minister during the period of Huzoor Nizam. Krishna Swami has the honour of meeting and presenting poetic tributes to 2nd president Sarwepally Radha Krishna, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, Giani Zail Singh, Shankar Dayal Sharma, K R Narayanan, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam.

Krishna Swami says ‘I am a Hyderabadi and Urdu dwells in my heart. Urdu is such a sweet language that everyone becomes its admirer.’ He had a chance to meet 6 American presidents. He has also named his sons and daughters after international leaders and famous personalities. He has been a regular reader of Siasat Daily for nearly 45 years. He also writes for English and Urdu newspapers including Siasat. He attends Mushairas. He has been felicitated in the parliament house of Pennsylvania.

source: / The Siasat Daily / Home> Hyderabad / Siasat News / Sunday – August 24th,

They rise above all to run

Facing the challenges, many women have been competing in marathons across the country. After seven years of running, 30 marathons and more than 12 podium finishes, Sayuri Dalvi no longer feels her son’s autism is a handicap.

Sayuri Dalvi, mother of an autistic child, is all set to run in the Hyderabad half marathon this year. / The Hindu
Sayuri Dalvi, mother of an autistic child, is all set to run in the Hyderabad half marathon this year. / The Hindu

They have broken through the glass ceiling to enter board rooms, head financial institutions, juggle domestic responsibilities to teach IITians and even overcome the grief of autism that inflicted their children. These women have gone ahead and competed in marathons and ultra-marathons.

Hyderabadis will have an opportunity to applaud and celebrate the accomplishments of such women amateur runners, who have managed to multitask and strike a balance between work, domestic life, ailments, family bereavements and other challenges with running. And some of them are highly recognisable in the Indian running circuit with numerous podium finishes to their credit. Take for instance, Vaishali Kasture, MD of a US global investment banking firm in Bangalore. First amateur women runner from India to qualify for Boston Marathon, finishing on the podium has become a second nature for her.

Vaishali Kasture, MD of US based financial institution, and a seasoned runner is all set to participate in the Hyderabad Marathon. / The Hindu
Vaishali Kasture, MD of US based financial institution, and a seasoned runner is all set to participate in the Hyderabad Marathon. / The Hindu

“This is my fourth straight year in Hyderabad marathon. Since this is the starting of running season, I am doing a half-marathon. Balancing running and then fulfilling the role of professor in Chemical Engineering at IIT (Madras) and handling children has become a part of life for Preeti Aghalayam. “I just love running and it definitely helps you keep fit and refreshed. I never miss Hyderabad because of its pleasant weather and the marathon route, which is challenging,” says Preeti.

After seven years of running, 30 marathons and more than 12 podium finishes, Sayuri Dalvi no longer feels her son’s autism is a handicap. “Women should prioritise and think what they want from their lives,” she says.

Turkish Consul General to participate

The Turkish Consul General for India, Murat Omeroglu, is hoping that weather in Hyderabad remains cool on August 24 when he will take part in the Hyderabad marathon. This is the first time that the Consul General is running a half-marathon in Hyderabad. Last year, he did his first half-marathon in Berlin, Germany in 2.08 hours.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by M. Sai Gopal / Hyderabad – August 23rd, 2014