CM approves 5-day World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad from Dec 15

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to organise World Telugu Conference here for five days from December 15 to 19. He has instructed that the preparatory programmes should start forthwith.

The State Government had earlier decided to organise the World Telugu Conference in October. However, a World Tourism Conference is going to take place from October 5 to 9, in which representatives from 90 countries are participating.

Moreover, global entrepreneurship forum in which representatives from 170 countries are participating is also being held in Hyderabad from November 28. The entire official machinery is totally busy with these two prestigious conferences.

Hence, it was decided to organise the World Telugu Conference in the month of December after the completion of the two World Conferences and this decision was taken at a high-level meeting held here on Tuesday at Pragati Bhavan.

The Chief Minister has announced the sanction of Rs 50 Crore for organising the World Telugu Conference. Rupees Rs. 5 Crore is given to Telangana Sahitya Academy and Rs. 2 crore to the Official Language Commission towards organising expenses. The Telangana Sahitya Academy will be the nodal agency for the World Telugu Conference.

Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Advisor KV Ramanachary, Sahitya Academy Chairman Nandini Siddha Reddy, Official Language Commission Chairman Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao, Grandhalaya Parishad Chairman Ayachitam Sridhar, Cultural Affairs Director Mamidi Harikrishna, Telugu University VC Satyanarayana, Telangana State Government’s Representative in New Delhi S Venugopalachary and others participated in the meeting.

On the occasion of organising the first ever World Telugu Conference in the State, the Chief Minister has announced two important decisions for the protection and perseverance of the Telugu language and literature.

The CM has instructed all the educational institutions in the State both private and public to teach Telugu as a Compulsory subject from 1st to 12th standard. He has made it clear that it is only the educational institutions that are teaching Telugu, as a compulsory subject will be given recognition and permissions to function.

For those opting for Urdu, it should be offered as an optional. The CM has asked the Sahitya Academy to prepare syllabus for the Telugu subject to be taught to primary, secondary and higher and intermediate classes. The syllabus should be framed and textbooks should be printed at the earliest.

The Syllabus fixed by the Sahitya Academy will be taught in all the educational institutions and they are not expected to print textbooks and teach syllabus according to their whims and fancies.

The government will be strict in implementing the policy that Telugu is taught as the compulsory subject and only the syllabus framed by the Sahitya Academy is taught, the CM declared.

All the Public and Private establishments and institutions in the Telangana state should display their organisations names in Telugu on their signboards. It is upto them to write their firm’s names in other languages too. The CM has decided to pass resolutions on these two issues at the State cabinet meeting.

Conferences, discussions will be organised at the World Telugu Conference (WTC) how the Telugu language is preserved, protected, enriched in the Telangana region.

Programmes should be conducted in such a manner that the Telugu that blossomed in the Telangana region should be known to the all corners of the World. The literature that had emerged from Golconda should be known to the people. The proposed WTC will have programmes on several genres of the Telugu language and literature.

WTC will be held in LB Stadium as the Main Venue. Ravindra Bharathi, Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium, Lalitha kala Thoranam, Nizam College Grounds, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pingle Venktramreddy Hall, Silpa Kala Vedika will host the other programmes.

Literary events will be held during the day and in the evenings there will be cultural programmes. Dance by Gonds, Kolatam, Perini performances, songs like Kalupu, Naatu and Bathukamma, entertainment programmes will be the part of the cultural programmes.

The relationship between Tanishah and Ramadasu, Ramadasu Padakeerthanalu, Thandanana Ramayanam, Saradakars, Harikatha recital will also be performed. Arrange for recitation of poems, film light music programmes Cine Vibhavari. The folk songs of the rural region which people sing from dawn break to the dusk should be organised at the programmes.

Organise for the performance of Classical, Tribal and other theatre forms. Showcase how the songs especially sung by women have been handed over from generation to generation.

Invitations will be given to scholars, linguists, literary figures, language exponents, writers, artists, and artistes from all over the world, in the country for the conference on behalf of the conference.

Preparatory meetings will be held to invite guests from India and abroad and to explain to them the importance of the WTC.

Preparatory meetings will also be held in the US, Europe, the Gulf, Mauritius, Singapore, and Malaysia. Meetings will also be held in Andhra Pradesh and other States where they are Telugu population as well as in all the major towns and cities in the Telangana State.

Not only Telugu, but also eminent writers from other languages who won Sahitya Academy and Jnana Peeth Awards will also be invited for the WTC. Essay writing competition will be held on the various generes of Telugu in Telangana for the school students.

Felicitations will also be given to eminent Telugu poets, writers, novelists, literary figures, scholars, artists, artistes etc., Food, accommodation, travel for the guests will be provided by the Organisers.

The CM wanted that all the books on development of Telugu language and literature should be printed before the commencement of the conference. Guests should take around for the City tour. An exclusive documentary Telangana darshini should be made to introduce Telangana for the guests.

Bathukamma’s background, which showcases the wonderful Telangana culture and its intra human relationships should be held. Construct Dr C Narayan Reddy memorial in the city. Select the place in two or three days and start the work. Sahitya Academy will act as the Nodal Agency.

Official Language Commission, Telugu University, Cultural Affairs department, Grandhalaya Parishad will play a key role. Conduct essay writing, elocution, short story writing, writing of poetry competitions in the educational institutions.

Decorate Hyderabad city on the occasion, put up cut outs, banners, arches and entrances at the important junctions. Decorate towns and cities too. There should be a festive atmosphere all over the State, the CM advised.

KCR said the President, the Prime Minister and Vice President would be invited for the inaugural and valedictory meetings. (INN)

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