The three-day Bidar Utsav will be held here from February 18. For the first time, there will be two venues for the programmes. Some programmes will be conducted at the fort and some at the Zilla Ranga Mandir.
Ghazal exponent Pankaj Udhas, Hindi playback singers Shaan and Alka Yagnik, Bhangra pop singer Daler Mehndi, and Kannada film actor Upendra will give performances during the utsav. A special attraction will be Qawwali rendition by the Pakistan-based Sabri brothers. A separate platform will be set up for local artistes.
A mushaira recital will be held at Madrassa Mohammad Gawan. Munawwar Raza and Qasim Akhtar of Kolkata, Rahat Indori of Indore, Lata Haya of Mumbai, Ana Dehalvi, Moin Sadab, Javed Mushiri and S.U. Zafar of New Delhi, Hafiz Ahmed Hussein Karnataki, Ubhal Pabhal, Ashok Sahil of Muzaffar Nagar and others will participate in the programme. Poets from Bidar and other Hyderabad Karnataka districts will also participate. Shaksiyat, a book about the people who have contributed to the development of Bidar in various fields, will be released on the occasion.
Adventure sports, wrestling and body-building competitions will be part of the programme. Tribal dancers from Orissa and Yakshagana artistes from Mangalore will perform.
As many as 30 cultural troupes, including about 50 per cent from within the district, will participate in the procession. A three-day kite festival will be held on February 14. The logo of the utsav, which symbolically describes Bidar as a city of whispering monuments, was released on Friday by district in charge Minister Revu Naik Belamagi.