Hyderabad: The two kilometer long Hussain Sagar bund was agog with artistes and people, who thronged the dais on the State formation day celebrations to mark the conclusion ,here on Sunday. A scintillating laser show and illumination of the Sagar stretch, Lumbini Park, NTR Marg, Necklace Raod were seen bedecked with breathtaking lighting for the last six days. 

Elaborate arrangements were made for the event which was attended by Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. One of the main highlights of the colourful programme was the laser show depicting the vast culture of Telangana and a distinct blend of unity in diversity even as cultural troops reached the place. 

The Chief Minister later accorded a grand reception to the first citizen of the State ESL Narasimhan who graced the occasion along with the first lady Vimala Narasimhan. Later, KCR offered him laddus as an expression of traditional hospitality of the State. A parade by 500 GHMC sanitation workers carrying brooms in their hands, along with tableau resembling a broom, was a clean sweep.

The parade of the innovative ‘SHE’ teams attracted the attention of the dignitaries on the dais. The parade of Self-Help

Groups, sportspersons and cultural troupes were the highlight of the event. The flying of electronic kites and the astounding laser show were the other attractions.

Earlier, KCR greeted the performers with in his signature style of waving hand. The corporation had put up over 200 publicity boards in the shape of triangles across Tank Bund and necklace road to attract the attention of the people. Beautiful water fountains were put up on the Tank Bund to give colorful look to the valedictory ceremony.

However, the Chief Minister left the venue without addressing the gathering. Officials from the CMO told  that the CM had left the venue with the intention of not causing any problems to the visitors, who had thronged the venue in huge numbers. The inclement weather was another factor.

Interestingly, KCR did not speak during the traditional Batukamma celebrations held at the same venue. “I came here from Pochampally of Nalgonda district to hear the speech of our CM KCR. However, I am disappointed as he has left the venue without speaking a single word,” V. Pawan Kumar told.  The musical programmes and dances by cultural troupes continued till the late night on the day.

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