Hyderabad: Observing that Telugu literature in Telangana region faced discrimination in undivided Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao felt that it was time to revive the past glory and showcase grand history of Telugu literature in Telangana to the world using the forthcoming World Telugu Conference as a platform. He urged all the legislators to focus on Telugu literature that emanated from their constituencies and bring its uniqueness to the fore during the World Telugu Conference scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from December 15 to 19.
In a statement in the Assembly on Friday, the Chief Minister said Telangana Sahitya Akademi chaired by Nandini Sidha Reddy was compiling the lost works of Telugu literature and folklore to showcase it to the world and urged everyone to help the Akademi bring unique features of Telangana literature and art into light. He urged the legislators and officials to treat the conference as a prestigious issue and ensure its success. He also gave a call to all the literary personalities and admirers of literature to participate in the conference and make it a huge success.
While Lal Bahadur Stadium will be the central stage, numerous events are scheduled to be held at other stadia and auditoriums including Ravindra Bharathi, Indira Priyadarshini auditorium and Telugu University auditorium. “Seminars will be held to discuss all Telugu literary genres where we will recall past glory, analyse present and throw light on futuristic goals,” the Chief Minister said. He wished that the event introduce Telangana literary tradition to younger generation and spark a new interest among them to embrace the same.
Hyderabad would be decked up with arches, gates, hoardings named after the famous poets who enriched Telugu language and lives of Telugu people. Cultural programmes will be organised to reflect greatness of Telangana culture. “The State government has already sanctioned an amount of Rs 50 crore for the event. With each district getting Rs 5 lakh for preparatory meetings alone, literary competitions to students in essay writing, debate, poetry recitation and writing have already begun in all educational institutions. In addition, preparatory meetings were held in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. More such meetings would be conducted in other States and even 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,” Chandrashekhar Rao explained.
The Chief Minister assured that all delegates will get a glimpse of Telangana culture, food and literature besides best of accommodation and local transport facilities, reflecting the Telangana uniqueness. He suggested enthusiastic people to enroll their names at office of World Telugu Conference at Ravindra Bharathi or on the official website. He recalled great literary works of Telangana poets and writers besides rich culture and tradition of Telangana region.