Mauritius ready to develop world Telugu institute: ex-minister
The island nation of Mauritius is ready to develop an international Telugu institute and has sought the help of Andhra Pradesh Government to do so. Former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad who attended the 4th World Telugu Conference hosted by the island nation talking to The Hindu on Wednesday said that the efforts being made by Telugus, who left their homeland 175 years ago in search of a livelihood to Mauritius, to preserve their language and heritage were laudable.
The Mauritius Government supported people of Telugu origin by making budgetary allocations to two institutes that promote Telugu culture and heritage. The government gave funds for the Mauritius Telugu Cultural Trust and the Mauritius Telugu Speaking Union through the arts and culture department. Mauritius was one of a kind as the Government promoted the language spoken by different ethnic groups, he said.
It was compulsory for people of Telugu origin in Mauritius to learn it as a second language in schools and Ugadi was celebrated as a national festival. The Government recognised the Simhadri Appanna Puja and released funds for it, Mr Buddha Prasad said. Mauritius Minister for Energy Dev Veeraswamy, inaugurated the Telugu Conference. Minister for Art and Culture Mookeswar Choonee and Indian High Commissioner to the island T.P.Sitaram were present.
Mr Buddha Prasad said the Telugus who went to Mauritius took with them the ‘peddabalasiksha', Ramadas keerthanalu and ‘Prahalada natakam' and they have been drawing inspiration from these three classics.
Though language was taught in classes, the people were unable to speak the language. The Telugus of Mauritius were more comfortable speaking in the local language Creole, he said. The Maha Rama Bhajan that had long since gone out or vogue in Andhra Pradesh was still being sung in Mauritius, he said.
Minister for Tourism Vatti Vasantha Kumar announced that Andhra Pradesh Government would give Rs 10 lakh every year to the Telugus of Mauritius for celebrating Ugadi and School Education Minister S.Sailajanath said that the A.P. government would give text books to schools in the country for teaching Telugu. Andhra Pradesh Hindi Academy chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad and Silicon Andhra founder president Kuchibotla Anand also attended the conference, he said.
Mandali Buddha Prasad attends 4th World Telugu conference in Mauritius Ugadi is celebrated as a national festival in the island nation, he say
Hyderabad | Posted on Dec 04, 2011 at 10:56am IST
Focus on Telugu Literature at World Conference
HYDERABAD: The 4th World Telugu Conference to be held from December 8 at Phoenix in Mauritius will hold extensive discussions on Telugu literature and culture. Papers will be presented on classical and modern literature, non-resident Telugus' contribution to literature, methods to teach Telugu, culture of Telugu diaspora in Mauritius, innovations in Kuchipudi and Carnatic music, painting techniques of Andhra Pradesh among others.
The special feature of the conference is that it will not be just another confluence of glitterati but will be attended by litterateurs who have had adequate acquaintance with Telugu literature and culture, said Dr C Mrunalini, director of comparative studies at the Telugu University.
Speaking to Express, Dr D Munirathnam Naidu, director of Mandali Vental Krishnarao International Telugu Centre said a large number of teachers at the Mauritian University's Mahatma Gandhi Institute have been trained at the Potti Sreeramulu University.
During the conference training and demonstrations on how to teach Telugu will be given to teachers abroad.
About 400 delegates from all over the globe are expected to attend the three-day conference jointly organised by the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (Mandali Vental Krishnarao International Telugu Centre) and the Mauritius Telugu Cultural Trust. The last conference the varsity organised in Mauritius was in 1990. Delegates from Kuwait, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, South Africa, US, UK and Malaysia will be present.
There are about one lakh Telugu-speaking people in Mauritius. Professors at the Telugu varsity say the Telugu population in Mauritius are keen on preserving and promoting Telugu culture and have started an Andhra Mahasabha. The government of Mauritius has also been very supportive by promoting Telugu medium schools. "Telugu is being taught till graduate level and soon the language will be introduced at PG level as well," according to professors.
Deputy chief minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha, minister for tourism and culture Vatti Vasanth Kumar, minister Sailajanath, Dr A Chakrapani, chairman of legislative council, will accompany the Potti Sreeramulu team to Mauritius.
II Biennial Telugu Conferences organized by World Telugu Federation (WTF)
World Telugu Federation (WTF), a non-profit, non-political organisation dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the society, culture and arts of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. will hold its seventh biennial conference in Dubai.
1994 December 28th
Ist Inaugural Conference at Chennai
1996 December 28th
2nd Conference at Hyderabad
1998 December 28th
3rd Conference at New Delhi
Inauguration of WTF Headquarters (Moved into WTF Building)
4th WTF Conference at Vishakhapatnam on December 28th 2002
A Message from DVS Raju ( Chairman, Conference Organizing Committee & President, World Telugu Federation ) 4thConference at Visakhapatnam on December 28th 2000
VISAKHAPATNAM - Visakapatnam claims its orgin to a temple built in honour of a Vaisaka (or Kartikeya) the son of Shiva & Parvathi who is the ruler of planet Mars and the God of War. It therefore acquired the name Visakhapatnarn after Vaisakheshwara the ruling deity of the Temple. Visakhapatnam developed into a major Port City and a Naval base with a huge Shipyard and several major industries and educational institutions. Our Chief Minister is now developing it as an IT Center. The Dolphin nose is a 174 meter high and 338 meter wide rocky promontory and is a natural wonder, which breaks the coastline into two is Visakhapatnarn's best known landmark which we adopted in our Conference LOGO. RishIkonda is a lovely beach ideal for swimmers, water skiers and windsurfers. Bheemunipatnam , about 25 Kms north east of Vizag, is east coast's oldest Dutch settlement and one of the safest beaches for swimmers. Borra Caves, 90 Kms North of Visakhapatnam which are the million year old limestone caves, are filled with fascinating estalagmite and stalactite formations. 30 Km from Borra caves is AraKu Valley with wooded forests and home of number of tribal communities, famous for the Dhimsa Dance. Simhachalam — the Hill of Lord Narasimhaswamy. The Deity is always covered with Sandalwood, giving the appearance of a Sandalwood Sivalinga.
5th WTF Conference at Singapore on December 28th 2002
The 5th World Telugu Federation (WTF) conference was held in Singapore in December 2002. Singapore Telugu Samajam (STS) hosted the event. It was held at the Singapore conference hall, Shenton Way. While the earlier four WTF conferences were held at Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Vishakapatnam, this ws the first time such conference will be held outside India.
This event is held once in every two years with the intent of promoting the art, literature and other cultural aspects of Telugu people and also to focus on promoting Trade & Industry opportunities, business investments and tourism in Andhra Pradesh.
About 1200 delegates from all continents participated in the conference. All Telugu associations worldwide and trade bodies of Singapore and India were actively participated. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh,
Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu and host of dignitaries from India, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries graced the occasion. Leading movie- and cultural-artists from Andhra Pradesh will participated in the conference.
Promotion of the cultural heritage of Telugu people.
Provide an opportunity to all denizens to experience the Andhra culture & cuisine
Creation of brand image of Telugu community and the Andhra Pradesh State
Promotion of Andhra Pradesh as destination for Business Opportunities, Investments and Tourism
Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Southern States - Andhra Pradesh
Singapore to host WTF meet
By Our Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD MAY 20. Singapore is to host the 5th World Telugu Federation (WTF) conference in December. This was announced by B.V.R. Chowdari, chairman of the host committee and vice-president of the Singapore Telugu Samajam, which will organise the 3-day meet (December 27-29) in association with Telugu Associations of Malaysia and America.
Earlier, the WTF meets were held in Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Visakhapatnam. The Telugus in Singapore, it is stated, number about 3,000 but are determined to stage the prestigious meet where people speaking `Italian of East' from all over the world are expected to participate.
Chowdari and T. Prakasa Rao, president of the Samajam and co-chairman of the committee respectively, told a dinner meeting of MLAs and the media from Andhra Pradesh in Singapore last week that the conference would not only promote and showcase the cultural heritage of the Telugus, but also strive to create a `brand image' for the community and Andhra Pradesh.
Another objective was to promote Andhra Pradesh as a destination for business opportunities, investment and tourism. They said the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu and the Singapore President, S.R. Nathan, agreed to consider their invitation to participate. Mr. Chowdari sought the help of the visiting legislators for the success of the conference. Concessions are offered to early birds registering for the conference.
5th World Telugu Federation Conference : Views of a Delegate
Let me share some of the experiences at the 5th World Telugu Federation Conference, held at Singapore, between 27th - 29th Dec 2002. It was a great experience to participate at such a nice conference among so many Telugu people (around 2000 - 2300) from different countries, not only from India, but also from USA, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
It started grandly with the Inauguration of the conference by our Honourable Chief Minister Shri. N. Chandra Babu Naidu, by lightening the jyothi, which followed by speeches by him, and other industrialists like, Pratap C Reddy (Apollo Hospitals), Ramalinga Raju (Satyam Computers), and many Bigwigs.
The main point which was stressed by all was to promote Telugu, and NRI's who have settled abroad, to come to India (AP) and invest there in different ways and help our Country/State to progress further in all ways, because, "Janani Janma Bhoomischa Swargadapi Gariyasi". Later followed by the cultural programs, by various artists who came from AP (India) & some singaporeans also performed our folk dances.
2nd day's program started with the Women & Youth forum, in which our upcoming Actress "Laya", who won Nandi Awards consecutively, has also participated, for the topic of "Mother in India & Abroad". She presented her message by singing a song and got good response from Audience. The programs, which followed later part are the cultural programs by various artists, that ended with the Live Music program by Usha, Mallikarjun & RP Patnaik. The response from Audience was marvelous for the songs "Bham Bham Bole..", "Ayyayo Ayyayo.." songs from INDRA which are repeated twice because of audience's response by dancing everywhere, in the auditorium. These songs are sung by Mallikharjun. RP Patnaik sung few songs, out of which 2 songs got good response from audience, the songs are.. "Ranu Ranu.." from Jayam , & "Gajuwaka pilla.." from Nuvvu Nenu. Usha has also given some nice numbers like.. "tooniga tooniga.." from Manasantha nuvve.. and duet by Mallikharjun & Usha was... "Ronduvela Rondu varaku" from "Allari Ramudu".
3rd day's programs started with the Kavi Sammelanam/Art & Literature, which was headed by famous writer M. S. Reddy (Mallemaala), participants include famous film writers Paruchuri Brothers also, which went on with very few crowd initially and picked up later. 2nd half of the day was important function for which the whole crowd was eagerly waiting, that is the Valedictory function, but before that there were few cultural programs, by the end of which , the whole auditorium was fully packed. Chief guests for the valedictory function are Shri. Venkaiah Naidu whom we all know for his excellent speeches, and the person for whom all audience's are eagerly waiting for, is none other than our MEGASTAR Chiranjeevi. Immediately after the arrival of Chiranjeevi, the valedictory function started with the nice dance performance by the kid "Vamsee Krishna" who had given wonderful dance and mono-acting performances, in the earlier 2 days. Then the distribution of momentos to various artists, organizers of WTFC by both Chiranjeevi & Venkaiah Naidu was done.
Later followed by speech of Shri. Venkaiah Naidu which was wonderful and his speech included praises to Late Shri. N. T. RamaRao for his hardwork for the upliftment of Telugu's & Telugu Language. He was also praising NRI's who have been investing in the motherland AP and helping for the improvement of Telugu people. Now its time for Chiru's Speech for which all are waiting, his speech also was very nice, which he started with his usual smile, saying "matter antha akkada ayipoyindi" showing Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, he told that he know that when he(venkaiah naidu) was here , he will not have anything else to speak ( in a humorous way).
Then he was telling about the importance of Telugu language, by describing some of the incidents, which happened at abroad (various countries, which he traveled). Also he told that accent (yasa) should be there pertaining to the particular regions, which brings beauty to our language like.. AAi (east godavari yaasa) . He also stressed the point that wherever we are, we all should speak only in Telugu at house, and also make our children also speak Telugu and that is the way to improve the knowledge of Telugu in all. The valedictory function was over after few minutes and few cultural programs were continued, which includes dance performance by Actor Ali & Actress Ragini, followed by comedy skit by Mallikharjuna Rao, Gowtham Raju, etc. Ghazal Srinivas performed some nice Ghazals and entertained audience with his outstanding performance.