swagatham! The entrance to the 8th World Telugu Federation conference venue wears an ethnic look on the eve of three-day meet at V R Siddhartha Engineering College in Vijayawada on Thursday.
The three-day event is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from five countries
VIJAYAWADA: The 8th biennial meet of the World Telugu Federation (WTF) will begin on Friday amid impressive preparations being made at VR Siddhartha Engineering College (VR SEC) to make it a grand success. The three-day event is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from across five countries.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is not attending the meet in view of his busy schedule. WTF representatives say that efforts are being made to seek the Chief Minister’s participation just like he attended an alumni meeting in Andhra Loyola College. Now, finance Minister K. Rosaiah will participate in the inaugural function of the WTF meet.
WTF president V.L. Indira Dutt, industrialists Gokaraju Ganga Raju and Malineni Rajaiah and VR SEC convener P. Lakshmana Rao said that various events were being organised to attract participation of people in cultural, literary, entertainment and business sessions. Addressing a press conference held at VR SEC, they said that this was the first time that the WTF meet was being organised in Vijayawada in its 16 years of existence.
Earlier, such meets were organised in Hyderabad, Chennai, Singapore and many other cities.
“Now we are happy that this meet is being held here though it is delayed. From industry side, we are giving all support possible.
We are ready to seize this opportunity after four years again,” said Mr. Rajaiah, who is president of Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Culture and tourism minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy will inaugurate the cultural programmes on the first day.
On January 10, the WTF women wing meet will be held when Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Daggubati Purandeswari will be chief guest. Ms. Indira Dutt will preside over the programme. Throughout the day, there will be cultural programmes.
There will be a literary meet on January 11 morning when animal husbandry minister Mandali Buddha Prasad will be chief guest. The valedictory meeting will be held at 4 p.m. when transport minister Kanna Laxminarayana will be chief guest. A youth meet will be held at 5.30 p.m. in which many Tollywood artists are expected to participate.
CHENNAI : The 5th All India Telugu Conference will be held in at Kamarajar Arangam in Chennai for three days from June 1.
Hosted jointly by the International Telugu Centre of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, and the All India Telugu Federation, the meet will discuss propagation of Telugu language and culture.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is expected to inaugurate the conference organised under the aegis of the Andhra Pradesh Department of Culture.
Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, the organising chairman of the conference C.M.K. Reddy said it would discuss several issues such as the relationship between Telugu and other languages such as Marathi, Tamil and Oriya and the contribution of Telugus to the national integration movement.
Representatives of the Telugu community in other states, including Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, would speak about the culture and status of Telugu in their regions, Mr. Reddy said. The problems of Telugus, especially those related to education and culture, voiced in the conference would be represented to the Andhra Pradesh government, he added.
The members of the federation plan to submit a memorandum asking for a cultural centre to promote Telugu fine arts in Chennai and setting up of a Telugu academy during the conference.
Some of the problems faced in Tamil Nadu, especially in the field of education, including poor quality of Telugu textbooks and shortage of Telugu teachers in government schools, would also be discussed at the meeting.
Several union ministers, including E.V.K.S. Elangovan and Subbirami Reddy and Andhra Pradesh state ministers, including Law Minister R. Chenga Reddy, are expected to participate.