Telugu Sahithi Samskruthi Mahotsavam concludes
Grand finale to weeklong festivities
TIRUPATI: The weeklong సాహితి సంస్కృతి మహోత్సవాలు (Saahithi Samskruthi Mahothsavalu) in Tirupati came to a grand finale on Wednesday with noted thespian అక్కినేని నాగేశ్వర రావు (Akkineni Nageswara Rao) giving the valediction loaded with messages both to public and those in the tinsel world as well. He did not agree with the views of some cynics who blamed cinemas as a `vicious culture' poisoning the society and said that when movies projected Ramas, Krishnas, Thukarams and such other noble souls, it was the bad mindset of those who deliberately shunned them and imbibed only the demonish qualities of Ravana, Khamsa, Dussasana and Duryodana.
He said mythological films were the unique and distinct achievement of Telugu movies and said that the credit for spreading its fame both on and off the shores of the country must go to late N.T. Rama Rao, who left an indelible impressions in the hearts of people with the immortal roles he donned as Ram and Krishna.
Terming those who lack Telugu spirit as betrayers of their own mothers, he said that it was the strong spirit in him which made him migrate to Hyderabad from Chennai, unmindful of the travails it involved.
Noted lyricist Veturi Sundaramamurthy likened the grandeur of the just concluded literary fete to that of the glittering `Brahmotsavam' of Lord Venkateswara. It is Telugu's Brahmotsavam, he said and complemented TTD Board Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy for organising it. Reddy said the meet adopted resolutions aimed at restoring Telugu literature and culture its prime place and wanted making the language compulsory up to SSC. The Government must also ensure that the language was effectively made the official language in administration and in the lower courts as well, he said.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Thursday December 7 2006 13:47 IST
TIRUPATI: The seven-day-long Telugu Sahithi Samskruthi Mahotsavam here concluded on Wednesday with dignitaries and scholars calling on the government to use Telugu language in all its departments from Secretariat to MRO office and in the judiciary and in the government education system.
Addressing a gathering at the valedictory, TTD chairman and president of Telugu Samskruthi Vikasa Vedika B Karunakar Reddy announced that the Vedika would play a pro-active role in galvanising the efforts of scholars and prominent persons to press the government for implementing the official language in letter and spirit.
He said that Vedika and other like-minded individuals and associations would stand behind the government to execute the relevant laws in this regard.
The dignitaries on the dais as well as in the audience expressed solidarity with the Vedika in this regard.
Veteran film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao said if the onslaught of alien culture continued at the current pace the day was not for off for the young generation to become completely ignorant of even the existence of saree and other cultural aspects.
“If this trend is allowed to go on it will prove fatal to our culture,” he warned. Calling a united war against the present cultural degradation, he said if our children were not able even to speak properly in their own mother tongue, in the long run it would adversely affect social bonds, human values and relations.
Senior writer and lyricist Veturi Sundara Ramamurthy also spoke.
Karunakar Reddy felicitated Nageswara Rao and Sundararama Murthy and presented mementos to them.
In the evening Sri Kalakrishna troupe performed Andhra Natyam followed by Janaswaram by Jadhir Tirumala Rao, Goreti Venkanna, Andesri, Renuka and Bharathi.