World Telugu Writers' Second Conference concluded on Monday making a fervent appeal to State Government to make Telugu compulsory medium of instruction, while making it the default language in administrative correspondence.
Bengali writer Indranath Chowdhary and AP High Court Judge Grandhi Bhavani Prasad share views during the valedictory of World Telugu Writers’ Second Conference in Vijayawada on Monday. Also seen is A.P. Hindi Academy Chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad. Photo: V. Raju
Reading out the more than a dozen decisions taken at the three-day world meet of writers, the former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad wanted the A.P. Sahitya Academy revived so that it could receive funds from the Central Academy too to promote the language, initiate translation of several classics from other languages into Telugu and also from Telugu to other languages, and create a separate a ministry for Telugu Language.
Study of Andhra culture and scriptures on several old and heritage buildings could promote the language further, the meet opined and wanted a 5 per cent job reservation advantage given to all those who study in Telugu medium or begin the earlier practice of providing 5 per cent additional marks. Creating a software that could adapt itself to the Internet on all platforms and software applications could improve the use of language and also Unicode typeface with an ease to convert one type into another to bring down all barriers to popularise on the web.
State Government should take upon itself to regularly organise Telugu language festivals in other States and abroad with the help of Telugu-speaking people there to promote the language. Ratified decisions included special emphasis on reviving the old libraries that house Telugu books and promoting printing of text books in Telugu and congratulated Indians in the US for making efforts to organise a meet in September.
Lok Satta founder Jayaprakash Narayan also wanted Telugu language promoted as a medium of instruction instead of promoting it as a cultural event and wanted orthodoxy in the language shunned to absorb and coin new words to make it contemporary or usable by people speaking other languages. “English absorbs thousands of words every year,” he pointed out.
Referring to Gurajada Appa Rao's play Kanyasulkam, he said that Telugu language underwent tremendous change before and after it as the lucidity of the words took it closer to the people. The A.P. Hindi Academy Chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad made his presidential address, while the A.P. High Court Judge Grandhi Bhavani Prasad and Bengali writer Indranath Chowdhary also attended the meet on the concluding day.
Cultural programmes were orgnaised at the Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram at which several known and budding artists participated during the three days.
Culture call:Students take part in the fancy dress competition conducted by ‘Prerana', a forum for women, in connection with the ‘World Mother Tongue Day' in Tirupati on Monday.
TIRUPATI: ‘World Mother Tongue Day' was observed here with due seriousness and fervour on Monday.
At the programme organised by ‘Prerana', a forum for women, a ‘Nrutya Roopakam' (dance ballet) on the glory of Telugu was performed by the students of Bharatha Nrutya Kalanikethan. The ballet focused both on the classical and folk aspects of Telugu language and attracted the audience.
Fancy dress contest
Later, fancy dress competitions were conducted for the tiny tots, in which Vamsi Krishna, a student of Kapileswara High School (Thatithopu) as ‘primitive man' and K. Navya of Ravindra Bharathi School as ‘Manipuri' dancer came first in the respective categories, bagging BSA cycles as prizes.
Similarly, Sravani Chowdary of Sri Chaitanya Techno School and R. Jayant Sai of Sri Saraswati Vidyanikethan won prizes in the essay writing competitions conducted last fortnight.
Speakers at a programme organised by Telugu Bhashodyama Samithi gave a clarion call to the parents to let the words ‘Amma' and ‘Naana' sink in the minds of their wards in place of mummy and daddy.
Writer J. Muniratnam asked the students not to fall for alien languages and to show love for their mother tongue.
An academician M. Lalitha Kumari rued the westernisation of even women's costumes in the country, while ‘Telugu Sathakams', skits, puzzles and riddles (podupu kathalu) were on the verge of extinction.
Jillella Balaji, a Sahitya Academy award winner in the translation category, said his thorough knowledge of Telugu helped him master and translate the Tamil works.
Samithi president Nadendla Srimannarayana blamed the rulers for the tardy implementation of Telugu all over, while general secretary P.Balasubramanyam predicted Telugu could become a ‘museum language' soon, if corrective measures were not taken immediately.
Speakers stress importance of Telugu
Friday, December 29, 2006, 17:08 [IST]
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Hyderabad, Dec 29 (UNI) Speakers at the 'Telugu language awareness' conference have stressed on the need for promoting Telugu as a mother tongue in a big way for the benefit of future generations.
International language scientist Prof B Krishna Murthy, in his address, underlined the importance of the Telugu language, which is around 3000 years old.
He said because of the present education policy, the importance of Telugu has declined. In developed countries, the medium of education is only in the mother tongue he said, adding, the language of instruction should be the mother tongue upto the primary level and from standard six, one or two subjects should be taught in English.
Vice-Chancellor of the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University Dr A Manjulatha said the University has taken up several programmes to promote Telugu in association with the Telugu Associaton of North America (TANA). She said the University prepares Telugu lessons to help children settled in America.
The University had sent a proposal to the Government to recognise Telugu as an ancient language and had collected 60,000 signatures from various people in this regard.
TANA President B Ramayya said with a view to promote Telugu, they had been conducting several programmes in America for Telugu-speaking families. Several universities in America have introduced subjects in Telugu for the benefit of these people.
The conference was organised by TANA in association with Potti Sriramulu University and the AP Official Language Commission.