Luck by chance … I came to know on Friday afternoon that Pt. Shivkumar Sharma is performing in Hyderabad that evening and that too at the splendid ‘Chowmahalla Palace‘. Was an opportunity we just could not afford to miss. The palace is not open to public on a regular basis and so this was the best chance to visit the palace too! And boy, what an evening it was!

The clear moonlit sky, the colourfully lit royal heritage site …. we were transported into a different realm altogether. The august presence of Pt. Jasraj only added to the glory of the occasion! Believe me, it was like a dream come true. Presence of two stalwarts right in front of us …. yippeee! we were seated in the first row too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ absolutely no obstacles in between.Β  I felt Pt. Shivkumar SharmaΒ  has a very down-to-earth personality. Since there were some hiccups initially with sychronizing the instruments and the speaker settings, he apologized on everybody’s behalf and said ‘Mujhe kshama kijiye; in logon ki galti nahin hai,naye hai. Humare purane saathi hote to ab tak ho jaata. Humhe ae sab program se pehale kar dena chahiye tha’ Humility @ its best!

The performance was out of the world .. goes without saying rt. Pt. Jasraj spoke at the end and said that the program was also a great way to celebrate India’s 100th test win in style πŸ˜‰ He then handed over the mike to Durga Jasraj, who was the compere and was doing a good job of it, sayingΒ  that bitiya rani is a better speaker πŸ˜‰ Dads r always the same na πŸ˜€

For once, will let the pictures do the talking πŸ˜›Β  My Sony mobile cam did prove in handy today πŸ˜‰

The lighting arrangements were awesome! I loved this portion πŸ™‚

Durga Jasraj also mentioned how this was a nice way to mark the beginning of Eid. In the vicinity of Charminar and one of the most beautiful masjids, the Mecca Masjid, it was indeed a great way to celebrate the festival. Just could not get better. The area was buzzing with activity and did not seem one bit like it was well past midnight. Not even a single shop had been shut down! There was a festive atmosphere all around.

The driver of our auto on the way back was a follower of Islam and when we asked him about the significance of this festival, he told us that its known as Id-Ul-Zuha and according to popular belief, Allah, in order to test Prophet Ibrahim asked him to chop offΒ  his own son’s head.Β  Unable to do so but being bound by his belief in the Lord, he blindfounded himself and carried out Allah’s orders. To his astonishment, he say that a goat had been sacrificed on the altar and his son was standing in front of him when he opened his eyes. Ever since, there is a practice to sacrifice an animal and distribute it among relatives and friends to mark the occasion.Β  [If I am wrong, pls correct me. I have just written what I heard from our friendly driver :)] Talk about unity in diversity, there is a similar story mentioned in Hindu scriptures too .. that of Bhakta Siriyala πŸ’‘

On the same note, a very happy festival to all of you. Eid Mubarak πŸ™‚Β  May Allah shower his choicest blessings on all of us and grant us goodwill!

Had a great start to the weekend .. hope all of you have a great weekend too πŸ™‚ Cheers!