Come Friday and the city is all set to kick off week-long celebrations of its culture and heritage, with cultural programmes on show at eight specified locations.

The event coincides with the observance of the World Heritage Week the world over.

The cultural programmes will focus on creating awareness among the public on the need for protecting and preserving historical monuments and various art forms.

Illuminating monuments

Arrangements are being made to illuminate select monuments in the city during the week, besides organising food festivals at some hotels.

Announcing this at a media conference, Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism, G. Kishen Rao, special officer, Paryatak Bhavan and Kantilal Dande, Director, Tourism, said several eminent artistes would perform during the cultural programme and asked the people of the city to avail of this opportunity to refresh themselves during the summer.

Schedule

Programmes would be organised daily from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the following locations: Golconda Fort, Quli Qutub Shah Tombs, Taramati Baramati, Chowmahalla Palace, Moula Ali (Mahlaquavas), Shilparamam, NITHIM and Jhamsingh Temple heritage complex.

Ms. Khan said discussions would be held on issues relating to heritage every morning at the Salar Jung Museum and Chowmahalla Palace. Special heritage and special heritage rock walks would be organised.

She said the new division at the Central Institute of Indian Languages to promote classical Telugu has not yet been shifted from the CIIL’s facility at Mysore to Hyderabad. A floor at the State Art Gallery at Madhapur had been allotted the division.