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WTF aimed at preserving and strengthening Telugu language: CM

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed his government’s firm resolve to internationalize the greatness of Telugu Language.

Making a statement on the floor of Legislative Assembly on Friday, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was working dedicatedly for enriching the lives of the younger generation with the greatness of their mother tongue.

Realizing the need to ensure regular Study, Research, Analysis, Publishing and Propagation of the greatness of this language, the State Government has established Telangana Sahitya Akademi with noted Telangana poet ‘Nandini Sidha Reddy’ as its Chairman. The Govt.

has recently issued order making Telugu compulsory for all students from the primary level to intermediate in the State. As parts of its efforts to preserve and strengthen the language further it has decided to host World Telugu Conference in a prestigious manner, he said.

The Chief Minister informed that World Telugu Conference is being held under the aegis of Telangana Sahitya Akademi from December 15th to 19th with celebrations spread over various stadia with the Lal Bahadur Stadium as a Centre Stage utilizing Ravindra Bharathi, Indira Priyadarshini Auditorim and Telugu University Auditorium.

The whole city would be decked up with arches, gates, hoardings named after the famous poets who enriched not only the language but also our lives.

“The State Government is warmly welcoming the fans and lovers of Telugu language of not only Telangana but also those settled in other States and from abroad.

The seminars in this regard would discuss all Telugu Literary Genres threadbare. While recalling the glory of the past those would be analyzing the present to throw light on the futuristic goals. This would lead to new research also, it is hoped.

The cultural programs to accompany will reflect the greatness of Telangana culture. A new ‘Bonhommie’ is expected to bloom between the delegates and brotherhood would flourish. These seminars would also introduce the Telangana literary tradition to the younger generation to spark a new interest among them to embrace the same,” KCR said.

The Chief Minister informed that the State Government has already sanctioned an amount of Rs. 50 crores, with each district getting Rs.5 lakhs for preparatory meetings alone, literary competitions to students in the fields of essay writing, debate, poetry recitation and writing have already begun in all the schools and colleges and universities.

In addition, preparatory meetings were held in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. In the days to come, more such meetings would take place in not only Andhra Pradesh but also in other states and countries where Telugus live in substantial number.

Several national level personalities are all set to grace the inaugural and concluding day celebrations of the conference, he said.

“Telangana Government is keen that all the national and international guests are provided with the best of accommodation, food and local transport facilities, wherein every aspect reflects the Telangana uniqueness,” he said.

Those who are enthusiastic to take part in the conference should contact the World Telugu Conference Special Office at Ravindra Bharathi premises or register the names through the special web sites, he informed.

The Chief Minister also requested the legislators to focus on the literature that has emanated from their area and bring its uniqueness and also any special works that have not seen the light of the day to the notice of the Chairman of the Telangana Sahitya Akademi.

“You can knock at the doors of the Akademi in Ravindra Bharathi any time and I am sure he would heartedly welcome you to bring such features into light,” he said.

KCR said that the Telangana State Government has taken upon itself the task of making the World Telugu Mahasabhalu, a prestigious event to highlight the growth and flowering of Telugu Language and Literature in Telangana.

Telugu is known as the ‘Ajanta Bhasha’ where in all words end in vowel sounding connotations and a musical language having a hoary literary inheritance.

Nicholas Conti, a noted Western Professor called Telugu the ‘Italian of the East’ while Subrahmanya Bharathi, Tamil National Poet preferred to term it as ‘Sundara Telungu’ (Beautiful Telugu). Since times immemorial, Telangana Soil has been a fertile ground for the Telugu Literary Treasure Trove, he said.

The Chief Minister also gave a detailed account of journey of Telugu language for the past 2,000 years and the contributions made by poets, writers and other eminent personalities. (INN)

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