Stage getting ready
Depicting Telangana’s rich cultural heritage and its glorious past, a mammoth stage as wide as 200 feet with a ceiling measuring 50 feet is being erected at the L B Stadium for the prestigious World Telugu Conference commencing on December 15.
Hyderabad: Depicting Telangana’s rich cultural heritage and its glorious past, a mammoth stage as wide as 200 feet with a ceiling measuring 50 feet is being erected at the L B Stadium for the prestigious World Telugu Conference commencing on December 15.
Being one among the main dais that would also be hosting the inaugural ceremony for the 5-day literary extravaganza, the state government is ensuring that it would not just be an eye feast for the delegates and the audience but also contain the essential sentiments of both the Telugu-speaking states.
Over 150 people comprising the welders, carpenters, stage decorators and the event organisers are working relentlessly to ensure that the platform is assembled at the earliest. With a beautifully carved Telugu Thalli statue taking the centre stage, the platform would be seen resting on pillars, those inspired by the 1000 pillar temple in Warangal. Adding charm to the dais would be a 90 feet high and 34 feet wide Kakatiya arch with the state’s emblem engraved on it.
Pillars propping up the arch will showcase eminent personalities like Rani Rudrama Devi, Bammera Pothana, Daasarathi Krishnamacharyulu and Kaloji Narayana Rao, to name a few. CV Ambaji, ideator of the magnificent stage shares, “The dais is designed to be a blend of the 6th and 7th century temple towns of Mahbubnagar and Warangal with the present day state symbols.
For example, the state bird “Palapita” would be seen perched on both sides of the Kakatiya arch as a pair of folded hands, decked up with Tangedu flowers at the centre. You will also find Bathukamma structures near the stage.”
However 47 pillars representing those of the Warangal Fort and sculptures like Naga Bandham of the Alampur Jogulamba Devi Temple and the Nagini Madanika of the Ramappa Temples among many others are all set to add grandeur to the backdrop.
Five arches embellished with folded hands at all the entrances to the venue would be seen giving a warm welcome to literary lovers attending the event.
By Maitreyi Tadepalli