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SOHINI CHAKRAVORTY
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Chatline Explaining the poetry in ghazals and the need to preserve Hyderabad's heritage, Dilnaz Baig goes down memory lane with SOHINI CHAKRAVORTY

After a series of short turns in the muddled lanes of Banjara Hills, is a white stately house peeping out of green foliage. It is the family house of former first class cricketer Murtuza Ali Baig and his wife Dilnaz Baig. Draped in an elegant black and white Bengal cotton sari and a bunch of bangles jangling on her right hand, she stands on the porch of her house with a welcoming smile. A small but beautiful garden circles her house, which she passionately tends to. Settling in her favourite patio chair, Dilnaz Baig is ready to talk about the Hyderabad chapter of Shaam-e-Ghazal formed by a group of ghazal lovers which organises ghazal mehfils and holds discussions and her association with the NGO Apna Watan.

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