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Greater Hyderabad culture
Culture, civilization and society are ambiguous words which have almost the same kind of meaning. While culture is what we should be, civilisation is what we are. Society is the virtual world of the same civilization. Hyderabad epitomizes these
HYDERABAD HAS got a mixed set of people forming a base from all regions of India. In fact Hyderabad is considered to be a transit place for the North and South of the whole of India, with Sikhs, Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, and others. While Muslim people are concentrated more towards the old city like Charminar, Secunderabad has got a more contemporary look with a concentration of Anglo-Indians. In general, Hyderabadi people are considered to be very friendly and hospitable. In fact hospitality is the other name of Hyderabadis. They take pride in talking in their local, typical, and vibrant Hyderabadi language which is a mix of Hindi, Urdu, and Telugu. Culture, civilization and society are ambiguous words which have almost the same kind of meaning. While culture is what we should be, civilization is what we are. Society is the virtual world of the same civilization.


Hyderabad has become a preferred conference venue in India as well as in Asia, with many conferences and meetings taking place in the city. The city is home to the world’s largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the second largest film industry in the country, the Telugu film industry known popularly as Tollywood. The city is also known to be a sporting destination with many national and international games conducted here. The city is regarded as a blend of traditionality with modernity.


The city has evolved into a cosmopolitan society due to the heavy presence of the Information Technology Industry while maintaining its ancient culture and tradition. Historically, Hyderabad has been the city where distinct cultural and linguistic traditions of north India and south India meet. Hyderabadis, as residents of the city are known, have developed a distinctive culture which is a mixture of ancient Hindu traditions of Telugu people and Islamic culture.


Women of all cultures and faiths in Hyderabad typically wear either the traditional Indian dress, the sari, or, increasingly, the salwar kameez, especially the younger population. The traditional Hyderabadi garb for women is the Khara Dupatta and the Shalwar Qamis, and for men, it is the Sherwani. This is one of the more visible cultural attributes of Hyderabad.


One of Hyderabad’s public carnivals is the annual immersion of Lord Ganesh idols after the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations on Anantha Chaturdasi (locally known as the Ganesh Nimajjanam). Bonalu is a vernacular festival that is celebrated with great fervour. Another is the procession of Moharram which takes place every year – the 10th Muharram (1st month of the Islamic calendar). While this event is mourned throughout the Shia Muslim world, the old city of Hyderabad is known for its grand processions in which participants let out their blood by hitting their heads, chest and back with sharp edged weapons (knives, swords and knives attached to chains).


Hyderabad is an important seat of learning in India. The city is home to three central universities, two deemed universities, and six state universities. Among them is the Osmania University, established in 1917, which is the seventh oldest university in India and the third oldest in South India.


Important institutions for technical education such as Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, International Institute of Information Technology are located in this city. Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, a well known educational institution in the field of Agriculture is located on the outskirts of the city.

Important medical institutions such as the Gandhi Medical College, Osmania Medical College and several other private medical colleges such as Deccan College of Medical Sciences are located in Hyderabad.

The Indian School of Business, a top ranking business school which attracts students from all over the world is at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. Hyderabad Central University, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Maulana Azad National Urdu University and English and Foreign Languages University are other famous universities in the city.

Hyderabad has various research institutes such as the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and ICRISAT. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has research centers in Hyderabad to develop communication and radar systems and for the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). Nuclear energy sector has a strong presence with three organisations under the Department of Atomic Energy (India) including the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).


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