Hyderabad’s Numaish will be opened exclusively for women on Tuesday, January 10. Tuesday is Ladies Day, and men and boys aged above 10 years will not be allowed inside Numaish. In 1940, the day was started by the last Nizam of Erstwhile Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan. Earlier, every Tuesday used to be Ladies Day. However, seeing the drop in the number of visitors during the day, it was decided to dedicate only a single day during the entire annual exhibition. This year, as many as 2,400 stalls have been set up on the Numaish Maidan in Nampally for the annual 45-day-long exhibition. Every day the exhibition will be open for visitors from 3.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m
The seventh Nizam of Hyderabad State, Mir Osman Ali Khan, inaugurated the first Numaish.
The All-India Industrial Exhibition Society (AIIES) has allotted stalls to traders and various business organizations from different parts of the country to sell their products at the fair. The organizers have this year hiked the entry fee to Rs 40 from Rs 30 per head. In order to provide free Wi-Fi across the ground, society has tied up with BSNL. Numaish made a humble beginning in 1938 as an event to promote locally produced goods. It was a group of graduates from Osmania University who came up with the idea of an exhibition to conduct an economic survey of the state. The seventh Nizam of Hyderabad State, Mir Osman Ali Khan, inaugurated the first ‘Numaish’. Enthused by the good response, it was decided to make it an annual event and use the earnings to promote education. Beginning with just 50 stalls and a capital of Rs 2.50, it has today evolved into one of the biggest industrial exhibitions in the country.