Hyderabad: With just one more day left for the World Telugu Conference to begin, the city is sporting a festive look.
Last minute preparations for the mega conference that will showcase Telangana’s literature and language are on.
The city, which has been decked up with around 100 hoardings and several arches near flyovers, main roads and the entry points to the city, is ready to give a warm reception to nearly 8,000 delegates and others participating in the conference.
At the same time, undeterred by the winter chill, workers are sweating it out at the Lal Bahadur Stadium to make sure everything is ready on time. The entire venue is ready to sport a swanky look with multicolour lights, balloons, chairs and the representation of Telangana pride on one platform.
As part of beautification works, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is also busy giving final touches to the city and particularly, around the LB Stadium, the main venue for the programme. Major junctions, parks, roads, buildings and across the city have been illuminated, with trees in and around the main venue and Ravindra Bharathi, dazzling with colourful lights.
Nandini Sidda Reddy, Chairman, Telangana Sahitya Academy said 90 per cent of the works were completed and that arrangements were going on round the clock in LB Stadium. “Everything will be ready by December 15,” he said.
LB Stadium under strict vigil for World Telugu Conference
Hyderabad: The towering floodlights at the L.B. Stadium will be under the control of police round-the-clock from December 15 to 19 to ensure the smooth conduct of World Telugu Conference.
Considering previous incidents during which some persons climbed floodlights and caused confusion, officials have decided to post police pickets near the four floodlights.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) D. Joel Davis said the police would be posted at each floodlight round the clock till the completion of the event.
Surveillance cameras would be installed at the entry and exit points apart from covering the entire stadium to keep a constant tab on those moving suspiciously. These cameras would be connected to a separate control room that would be set up at the stadium on account of the conference, he explained.
While She Teams would be keep a vigil on eve-teasers, crime parties would track the movements of snatchers and thieves. Police help desks at Basheerbagh, A.R. Petrol Pump and BJR statue would help delegates on entering premises easily, Davis said.
As many as 3,000 police personnel drawn from various wings in the department and districts would be deployed for the bandobust duty. The traffic police would focus on regulating traffic at the venue while the bomb disposal squad would check the premises regularly.
As cultural programmes would be conducted at Ravindra Bharathi, Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Indira Priyadarshini auditorium and Potti Sriramulu Telugu University among other places, additional police would be deployed at these places, he added.
Rally organised in Mahabubnagar ahead of WTC
Mahabubnagar: As part of the preparatory celebrations for World Telugu Conference to be held in Hyderabad from December 15, Mahabubnagar district administration here conducted a rally on the final day of the five-day event organised to celebrate Telugu literature.
A huge rally was organised on Wednesday from ZP office to Telangana Chowrasta via DEO office. It was flagged-off by District Collector Ronald Rose.
Students from various schools and colleges on Mahabubnagar actively participated in the rally. Civil society organisations also participated.
DRO K Venkateswarlu, DEO Somi Reddy, DFO Gangi Reddy, DPRO and DTO Panduranga Rao and others participated in the event.
450 delegates from 42 countries to grace WTC
Hyderabad: Mahesh Begala, NRI Coordinator for World Telugu Conference said 450 delegates from 42 countries would be attending the conference.
On the instruction of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Begala had travelled around and held 13 meetings to extend invites for the conference.
Begala in a statement said that hotels such as Marigold, Park and Haritha Plaza have been arranged for delegates from overseas. Already some of them have reached the city, while other would arrive by the inaugural day.
Vemuganti Narasimhacharyulu: The doyen of Telugu literature
Siddipet: Vemuganti Narsimhacharyulu, a teacher by profession, was famously called ‘Nadiche Kavyam’ (walking poem) by his friends, writers and literary enthusiasts in erstwhile Medak district since he could write a poem on any given subject within a short time.
Narasimhacharyulu, who was born to Ramamma and Rangacharyulu in Siddipet in 1930, had a great impact on the younger generation of writers in Medak district. Apart from poetry, he also fought against social evils like ban on widow marriages and had dared to perform a widow marriage in Siddipet in 1950s.
Narasimhacharyulu’s poems were made part of Osmania University curriculum, Andhra University and Gulbarga University and his poem ‘Nelathalli’ was published in Kendra Sahitya Academy book.
He also founded ‘Sahithi Vikasa Mandali’ in Siddipet in 1960 and ‘Medak Zilla Rachayitaa Sangam’ at Andole in 1964, two literary organisations that acted as a platform for the budding writers and poets of that period. Not only did he personally bring out 50 books during the 50 years of his literary career, but also helped young writers publish their works by establishing these two literary organisations.
He had written extensively on the beauty of Telugu language, Manjira river, Razakars-Nizam rule, Telangana armed struggle apart from several poems highlighting the unity of India.
Narasimhacharyulu was awarded a honorary doctorate by Telugu University in recognition of his contribution to Telugu literature. Apart from that, he was honoured with titles such as Kavi Kokila, Vidvatkavi, Kavitha Kala Chatura and Sukavi Bhusana by several organisations.
The poet’s son, Vemuganti Muralirkrishna, a well-known historian, died in 2005. Former president of Manjira Rachayita Sangham Thota Ashok said that Narasimhacharyulu was a source of inspiration to many writers like him.
In honour of Narasimhacharyulu, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has decided to install his statue on Erracheruvu bund, which is being developed into a mini-tank bund.
—T Karnakar Reddy
Telugu is one of the most popular languages in the US
Hyderabad: Ahead of the World Telugu Conference that will begin in Hyderabad on December 15, here is some good news for those who love the language. The latest American Community Survey, released by the United States Census Bureau, has revealed that Telugu is one of the most popular spoken languages in the US.
According to the survey, there were currently 321,695 people, aged five and older, who spoke Telugu at home, thus making it the 20th most spoken language in the U.S.
Katherine Hadda, US Consul General in Hyderabad, tweeted on Wednesday, quoting the survey and saying ‘Did you know Telugu is one of the most popular spoken languages in the US? There are over 300,000 people who speak Telugu at home and it is the 20th most spoken language in the US.”
As per the survey, between 2012 and 2016, 21.1 percent (63,172,059) of the population in the US, aged five and older, spoke a language other than English at home, an increase from 20.3 percent in the 2007-2011 American Community Survey five-year estimates data.
Of those who spoke a language other than English at home, 59.7 percent (37,731,103) also spoke English “very well”. This proportion too had increased from 57.1 percent in 2007-2011.
The survey, which quotes new data available for the five languages of Haitian, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil, says 321,695 people aged 5 and older, spoke Telugu at home while there were 238,699 people speaking Tamil at home. Both were evenly distributed across many parts of the nation. For both languages, the highest concentration of speakers lived in California, followed by Texas and New Jersey, it said.
Of the 280,867 people aged five and older who spoke Punjabi at home, 48 percent lived in California. Of the 259,204 people aged five and older who spoke Bengali at home, 38.6 percent lived in New York.
The American Community Survey is the only source of small area statistics for social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision-makers who count on these annual results, the Census Bureau’s website said.