Thursday, May 18, 2017
Let Telangana Telugu shine bright : Vanam Jwala Narasimha Rao
Let Telangana Telugu shine bright
Vanam Jwala Narasimha Rao
Telangana Today (19-05-2017)
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has announced the First of its kind Telangana World Telugu Conference in October in Hyderabad. Steered by the newly formed Telangana Sahitya Academy, the Conference will be inaugurated on September 30 and held from October 22 to October 28. The meet is planned to be organized on a grandeur level to make it a landmark event in the annals of Telugu language, literature and culture.
Telugu linguists, literates, scholars, poets, verse writers, language lovers from across the world are expected to join. The meet will include literary discussions, symposia, workshops, poetic gatherings (Kavi Sammelanam), traditional Ashthavadhanas, as well as publication of valuable hitherto unpublished literary works of great writers from Telangana.
The conference will focus on all that has been and is being done for the development of Telangana Telugu and literature. The government is already making efforts in this direction. It will extensively deliberate on the great contributions of writers, poets, literary luminaries, right from the ancient times to this day. It will also showcase the role played by Telangana literary figures in traditional literature, Avadhanam literature and modern literature.
The first-ever World Telugu Conference in united Andhra Pradesh was held in Hyderabad in 1975 when Jalagam Vengala Rao was the Chief Minister. It was held from the Ugadi day — April 12 – for seven days and the who’s who of the Telugu literary field to common Telugu-loving people participated.
The second World Telugu conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 14 to 18, 1981, when T Anjaiah was the Chief Minister. The AP government, World Telugu Federation and Malaysia Telugu Association organized it.
If the proposed first World Telugu conference in Telangana is to be successful, it should be organized on a much grander scale than the previous events. There is a marked difference between the aims and objectives of the World Telugu conferences held in the united AP and now, and this changed focus needs to be well-reflected in the upcoming conference.
The Telangana thought needs to prevail and it will be better if the organizers coordinate with various cultural organizations in the State, institutions, and people from other States as well as from abroad and also involve the media. Political parties too need to be brought on board.
As suggested by the Chief Minister, books, monographs, articles should be published on Telangana’s contribution to Telugu language and literature. It will be appropriate if the groundbreaking ceremony of the cultural forum, Kala Bharati, is held as part of the conference.