"దేశ భాషలందు తెలుగు లెస్స" - తుళువ రాజు శ్రీకృష్ణదేవరాయ
"dESa bhAshalaMdu telugu lessa" - tuLuva rAju SrI kRshNadEvarAya
Telugu is the sweetest among all languages of the Land - Great Tuluva Emperor Sri Krishnadeva Raya, 16th Century

తెలుగు మాట...తేనె ఊట
TELUGU...a language sweeter than honey

మంచిని పంచుదాము వడపోసిన తేనీటి రూపం లో
తేనెకన్న మంచిదని తెలుగును చాటుదాము వేనోల్ల
ఇదే నా ఆకాంక్ష, అందరి నుంచి కోరుకునె చిరు మాట

"TELUGU - Italian of the East" - Niccolo Da Conti, 15th Century


"సుందర తెలుంగిళ్ పాటిసైతు" - శ్రీ సుబ్రహ్మణ్య భారతి
"suMdara teluMgiL paaTisaitu" - SrI subrahmaNya bhArati
Let us sing in Sweet Telugu - Tamil poet Sri Subrahmanya Bharati, 20th Century

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Chennai: Telugus mark 50 years of Andhra Pradesh

Speakers express concern over decline in number of Telugu speakers

COMMEMORATING ANDHRA'S FOUNDING: Children portray eminent leaders at a function to commemorate the golden jubilee of Andhra Pradesh's formation on Wednesday. — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

CHENNAI: Members of the World Telugu Federation gathered here to celebrate the `Swarnotsavam', the golden jubilee of the formation of Andhra Pradesh state, on Wednesday.

Speakers at the meeting expressed concern over the issue of a separate Telengana state and the steep decline in the number of Telugu speakers.

Omkar Paritala, Telugu writer, said that though Andhra Pradesh had made great strides in several fields such as information technology and agriculture, Telugu unity had deteriorated.

S. Venkataramiah, educationalist, said the Telugu speaking population of 17 crore is spread across several States, including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Orissa. But, only 5 crore of them could read and write Telugu.

He said the younger generation must be taught Telugu, even those outside Andhra Pradesh. Though 42 per cent of Chennai's population is composed of Telugus, there were only a few Telugu medium schools.

He also listed the eminent personalities of other states, such as Subrahmanya Bharathi, who learnt the language. Mr. Venkataramiah demanded that Telugu be given the classical language status.

The function included a cultural programme in which children put up a show on renowned persons who strove for the formation of Andhra Pradesh and the development of the State.

Some of the personalities portrayed by the children were freedom fighter Duggirala Gopalakrishnaiah, Prakasam Panthulu, Durgabai Deshmukh and Potti Sreeramulu.

Courtesy: The Hindu


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1 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Trivikrama Pendyala గారు చెప్పినారు...

correction needed "sumdara Telungil" means beautiful telugu and not sweet, I understand your passion, but is it wrong to accent or propagate false or an incorrect statement.

I were born and bred up in Rajamundry. I am well proficient enough in four south indian language, Telugu,Tamil,Kannada N Malayalam.

Subramania Bharathiyar who were a Tamil Iyer has also wrote the following poem:

'Of all the languages I know, I have not heard a sweeter language than Tamil' (Yaam arintha moligaliley tamilmoly pohl Inithaavathu engumkaanum))

meanhwhile ["suMdara teluMgiL paaTisaitu" - SrI subrahmaNya bhArati
Let us sing in Sweet Telugu - Tamil poet Sri Subrahmanya Bharati, 20th Century
were derived from his song title called: Bharata Desam (composed in Punnagavaralli Raaga)
the song were constructed to hail the unity and glory of Bharata (india)

Let me quote the 5th stanza of the song :

SINDHU nathiyin isai nilavilley, CHERA naattu illam pengaludanney,
SUNDARA TELUNGUnir paatisaittu,
thonikal ootti vilayadivaruvhom.

translation: music of SIINDHI(hindustani) in a moonlight, gathered with young CHERA(kerala)damsels, composing a song in a beautiful TELUGU, we would roam around with a open vessel(boat)

meaning: Beautiful Telugu lyrics composed in a Hindustani music, sang and choreographed with Kerala young girls while enjoy sailing around in the Sindhu river.

Only Sanskrit n Tamil are the two fully independent language in India, all the rest of the Indian language has a major influence of sanskrit, particularly, Telugu. Thus Telugu is struggling to met the criteria of being fully independent to qualify for the Classical language status.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_language

Eventhough Telugu is Dravidian language it is largely Sanskritized, that is, it has a wide variety of words of Sanskrit/Prakrit origin

Soon or later all the southern Indian Language will attain the Classical language Status.

It is great to see more Dravidan language listed as a Classical Language, so far it is only Tamil Language under the Dravidian Group

Unlike the Indo-Eropean and Afro-Asiatic language groups.

 

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