Staff Reporter

The festival was celebrated with more-than-usual fervour across the city

HYDERABAD: Holi is normally identified with the colour pink for its inseparable association with ‘gulal’. However, this time round, it was altogether another link that made the colour stand out.

The festival’s cultural association with Telangana was remembered, proclaimed and cherished fervently on Saturday, as the Osmania University campus was doused in various colours on account of Holi.

“Holi as a festival is celebrated across the country to represent springtime blooms. Along with Bathukamma, it has strong cultural association with the Telangana,” said BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya amid shouts of ‘Holi Hai’ and ‘Jai Telangana’ at the celebrations organised in the campus jointly by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Telangana Journalists Forum. The festival was observed with more-than-usual fervour across the city. Though there was a little confusion as to the accurate date of the festival. Some celebrated it on Friday. Larger consensus stayed with Saturday.

Students and young professionals, armed with colours, began scouting the localities right since the morning while children willingly doused themselves in indefinable colour patterns. Rain dances and colourful celebrations marked the occasion at various fun joints.

The festival was its colourful best in the courtyards of city-based North Indians. As is customary, many cultural organisations such as Maheshwari Yuvak Sangh began the celebrations a week ahead of the festival and organised Dandia performances and singing of Holi songs. The effigy of Kama was burnt at various places during the night.

Police patrol was intensified across the city to preclude any untoward incident. Sweet shops and eateries experienced unusual crowds. However, it was the bhang, stealthily sold at a few locations, that made the day for many. Political parties such as BJP and Congress celebrated the festival at their respective offices. Drunken brawls, traffic violations and harassed women represented the flip side of the day.