Amaravati: A line up of big events in quick succession in the city raise the cultural profile of the city. Why would a group of people stare up at the sky during the day unmindful of the scorching sun? Well, they were taking in a brilliant display of aviators soaring across in various complicated patterns.
Skilled pilots treated the spectators to aerobatics at the first-ever air show at Punnami Ghat on the banks of River Krishna. It was a cool sight for the audience, who watched in awe the pilots climbing vertically, performing tight turns, tumbling their aircraft end-over-end and ending off in loops. The breathtaking show was all about precision flying.
“I remember how I stared up in the sky with a dropped jaw at every flip, turn and mid-air acrobatics. The best part was that behind the rows of spectators, the fun continued on the ground, in the river Krishna where a youngster demonstrated rare feats on a fly board,” says an excited Akhileswar Kashyap, a class seven student.
Close on the heels came a demo of splendid manoeuvres by marine commandoes of the Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. Some said the naval operations demo was a jaded affair. “It is not fair to compare the naval display here with the one in Visakhapatnam which has a naval base. One should appreciate the fact that the local crowd got a chance to witness naval feats by sailors on the serene waters of the Krishna for the first time,” argues Kranthiveer, a young techie.
The sorties by the naval helicopters, a flypast by Hawk trainer jets, a simulated explosion of an oil rig and sailors rising several feet above the river surface powered by water jet backpacks had people on the edge of their seats. The spectacular demo revved up the crowd.
A counter-terrorist operation by the marine commandos, performed amidst applause had young spectators clapping and cheering and the rendition of the National Anthem by the Navy band added that perfect finale to the show, evoking a sense of patriotism amongst those present.
Life seems to be getting better in city with a number of big events that bring artists and celebrities from around the county and even from outside. People helming the Government and the bureaucracy are eager to seize every possible growth opportunity and treat the local crowd with the best avenues available.
The ongoing National Women’s Parliament is yet another ‘first-ever’ affair that has brought women achievers from various walks of life to Pavithra Sangamam, the confluence point of rivers Krishna and Godavari in Amaravati region.The three-day conclave is attended by the likes of Nobel laureate Dalai Lama, the Buddhist spiritual guru, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and a host of other VIPs.
The participants include prominent Indian classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, cooperative organiser, activist and Gandhian Ela Ben Bhatt, who founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association in 1972 and served as its general secretary till 1996, Sulajja Firodia Motwani, an entrepreneur and philanthropist and currently the Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Motor Company Limited; Dr. Seema Rao, India’s first woman commando trainer who has trained Indian special forces for 18 years without compensation; Ritu Chhabria, the Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation, equipped with a double major in Economics and Marketing from Richmond College – London and holds a degree in Public Relations; Dr. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a women’s rights activist, educationist, writer and a former member of the Planning Commission of India; Geetanjali Kirloskar, the daughter-in-law from the family of the Kirloskar empire and former Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla, among others.
“Women in India have always remained under-represented and far-removed from decision-making levels. Andhra Pradesh government has taken the initiative to create a platform for women achievers across the country and outside to come together and chart out an action plan for implementation of measures that can empower women in true sense,” says C. Ramalakshmi, Advisor to the Government on NWP.
Besides hanging around fast food chains or crowding cinema theatres the youth will soon have many options to spend quality time, says a senior Tourism official.
What more can the city ask for? Just brace up for more such cultural treats.