Reviving An Old Nawabi Tradition- “PATIYEBAZI”

Whether it is cricket, spices, festivals, jewelries, weddings, dance forms or contribution, India is very famous and popular all around the globe. It is the heart of diversity and that’s why it holds prominent position on the entire planet. Another interesting thing about it is that it suppresses various mysteries of histories; most of them emerged from “BHOPAL.” Earlier there were no laptops, TV, or mobile, the only thing that entertained people was “PATIYEBAZI.”  It’s a pre-colonial trend from the time of Nawab’s traditions and cultures. Let’s know what the concept really entails and how it’s relevant to present day youths.

Concept of Patiyas

During the nawabi tradition or rule, people gather to patiyas to discuss on various issues with their “CHAI KI PYALI” at midnight hours. Probably, the place has patiyas in front of their houses. People mostly discuss politics that includes information regarding queens, and kings. The interesting thing to know is that the nawabs send their informers to know what people actually think about the king or queen.

In addition to this, during the local elections, candidates gather at patiyas and discuss about whom to vote. Famous historian, Rizwan Uddin Ansari says “patiyas are more popular than recreational spots.” In no time, it became a hotspot for shayari and mushaira. From then the people call it “PATIYEBAZI” and the people who do it are called as “PATIYEBAZ.”

Some of the popular spot that don’t exist at present but still has patiyas in front of their houses is “Ibrahimpura Market.” Now, guess how will the father invite close friends on his daughter’s wedding at that time? Yes, it is via distributing the invitations at the PATIYEBAZI gathering.

Patiyebazi Till Late Night

Just like any standup comedy, the period of late night contains gossips, jokes, shayari, discussions and mushaira at PATIYAS. However, the talk includes proper behaviorism and manner to keep the environment friendly. But as the cities of Bhopal grew, the slavery period got reduced.

How It Started??

It came into being during the time of Nawab Qudsia Begum in Bhopal. The name “PATIYEBAZI” is given after her. She is also known as “Gohar Begum.” During her time (1819-1837), the Fatehgarh fort was the last place with walls circling the ends of Bhopal.

Iqbal Maidan was popular for entertaining and tickling people during the time of patiyebazi. Some of the popular patiyebazies are khan shair ali khan, former president Dr. Shankar dayal Sharma, kaif bhopali, Master Lal Singh, Zahoor Hashmi, Sheri Bhopali, Tej Bhopali, Arif Aqeel and Guffran-e-Azam.

PATIYEBAZI For Youngsters

New tea joints give youngsters an opportunity to keep the pre-colonial trend alive. It used to be their common “adda” to discuss about the day and making vacation plans. At Budhwara Chowk Patiyas, you can see people relaxing and chilling with their friends, even playing “PUB-G.” The youngsters tells, “gathering at existing patiyas and having a cup of chai mahaul bana deti hai.”

You can visit some old patiya spots in Bhopal at Kamla Park, Itwara, Budhwara, Imami Gate, Iqbal Maidan, and Retghat to have the experience of Nawabi traditions.