Hyderabad & The Culture

Hyderabad, “the city of Nizams” also known as Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb refers to the unity of Hindu and Muslim cultures and traditions. Majority of the residents of the city advocate communal harmony between Hyderabad Muslims and Telegu people. The city is known for its heritage with a wide array of mosques, churches, temples, monuments, historical places, arts, and foods.


Hyderabad culture is also seen in communities in Bidar, Vijayawada, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Guntur, Latur, and Aurangabad. “Hyderabadis”, the resident of the city is either Urdu or Telegu speaking. Some other languages that are spoken here are — Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and Marathi.

The traditional dress code of Hyderabad people is Sherwani Kurta Pajama and Lungi for men; Salwar kameez for women; Burqa and Hijab for Muslim women and mostly the youths wear westerns.

Some public carnivals that are celebrated in Hyderabad are — Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Bonalu.

The food of the Hyderabad is considered the fit for the kings. One of the special dishes of Hyderabad is Hyderabadi Biriyani is a mouth-watering dish. Other popular foods are ‘Double ka Meetha’, ‘Haleem’, and ‘Naancut’ biscuits. Hyderabadis are also proud of their ‘Irani Chai’. These dishes are generally found in big and small restaurants. The food in Hyderabad is a paradise for all those who love a bit of ‘fire’ and rich cuisines completed with Dry fruits, ‘Desi Ghee’, Meats, and lots of masalas.

The festivals of Hyderabad have their own range of uniqueness. Some festivals that are celebrated on a large scale are Diwali, Eid, Dussehra, and Christmas. Some other festivals like Muharram, Bonalu, Sankranti, and Rakhi are also celebrated here.

Hyderabad is the home of the Telegu Film Industry known as ‘Tollywood’. It is the largest industry in the world and holds Guinness World Record. The industry is associated with the Motions Picture Association of America which is founded by B.N Reddy and Narayana Swami, the Tollywood Industry forms the lifeline of the entertainment hub in Hyderabad. Local Hyderabad people are extremely passionate about their film industry. Hyderabad is home to Ramoji Film City and also hosts many big film festivals such as Busan Film Festival.

The city of Hyderabad is also blessed with its vibrant art and handicrafts. It is also known as Silver Filigree Handicrafts which includes precise jewelry metalwork and other precious metals.

Today Hyderabad is a cosmopolitan city and home to India’s corporate and IT industries. No matter how modern the city would become but it will be always remembered for its culture, delicious foods, art, and gift for making movies

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