Eighty years young

L'AFFAIR ROYAL Princess Esra Jah hosts a dinner for the delegates at the Chowmohalla Palace

L'AFFAIR ROYAL Princess Esra Jah hosts a dinner for the delegates at the Chowmohalla Palace   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: MOHAMMAD YOUSUF

A royal setting that reminisced All India Women's Conference down the decades

Way back in 1926, Begum Rustum Jung was among the few noted women who felt that Hyderabad, like other Indian states, needed to have a forum that puts forth issues related to women. The Women's Institute for Social Advancement was born. Lady Barton chaired the first session and Sarojini Naidu was among those who addressed the gathering. Soon enough, the city had its own chapter of the All India Women's Conference (AIWC). The AIWC, which is stepping into its 80th year since inception, decided to raise a toast to women who've led the way through the decades. Earlier this week, members of the AIWC and a few select invitees came together at the Chowmohalla Palace on invitation by Princess Esra Jah for an evening of music, recalling memories of days gone by and of course, some royal delicacies.The evening started off with the rendition of Munajaat, written by Quli Qutub Shah, and Tarana-e-deccan, which was written in 1926. Rajkumari Indira Dhranrajgir, ex-president and patron of AIWC, and Rashmi Seth, life member, AIWC, presented the significant strides made by the group in a nutshell. The event was then open to other speakers and winded up with the best of Hyderabadi delicacies.The grandeur of the palace and the royal company of princess Esra Jah, prince Azmat Jah and princess Naaz overshadowed all else as the gathering, largely comprising women, emphasised on being glad to be part of the evening. Azmat Jah, who flew down to the city from London for a short visit, sportive told us, "I am here to extend my moral support. The conference was for the women and clearly I didn't have much to do."

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