Though Turkish languages started to influence Indian languages in the 11th Century, the intermingling of the two cultures continues till date. In a bid to further cement the cultural ties and promote peace and harmony between the two countries, Indialogue Foundation an action-oriented dialogue and peace foundation, is organising a unique Indo-Turkish Cultural and Food Extravaganza at Taramati Baradari on February 28.
To bring the true and best flavours of Turkish cuisine, a cook would be flown from Turkey. The menu for the festival will include delectable delicacies like Turkish Doner Kebab, a selection of Baklava Sweet and so on. The festival will not only showcase an array of authentic and sumptuous Turkish cuisine, but will also feature elements of Turkish and Indian culture including Sufi dance with soul stirring music and poetry. Another special attraction of the fete will be colourful Turkish folk dances.
Speaking at the launch of the logo for the festival at The Plaza, Osman Kayaoglu, director of Indialogue Foundation, Hyderabad, said,
“The Indo-Turkish Cultural and Food festival is an effort to display the harmony of both Indian and Turkish culture. The event will showcase the best of Turkish food, dance and music for people to enjoy. The festival is an initiative to spread the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood.”
To add more charm to the festival, Indialogue Foundation also plans to treat Hyderabadis to the truly terrific Turkish culture by displaying Turkish calligraphy by the makers of the art form. What cultural festival is complete without feet-tapping and hi-octane Bollywood numbers. To complement this, there will also Indian folk dances.