Saturday, March 26, 2016

 UGADI TAM Ugadi Open House 2016

Date. 9th April 2016
Time. 2.30pm onwards
3.00 pm Cultural performance
5.00 pm Arrival of Chief Guest & Guest of Honor
7.00 pm Performance by Local artist
11.30 pm Mugimpu
Venue. Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur
Guest of Honor. YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
(Prime Minister of Malaysia)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dear Sirs/Mdm
TAM Sri Venkatesvara Swamy Sg Sumun Bagan Datoh
1) Wishing you and your family SRI DURMUKHI NAAMA UGADI SUBAKANCULU
We are pleased to invite you & yr family members to Special Ugadi Pooja 2016
Date: 8th April 2016
4.00 am Suprabaatham - Homam
8. 00 am Bhajan
9.00 am Alphaharamu (Breakfast)
6.30 pm Vishesa Pooja
7.30 pm Bhajan
9.00 pm annasantarpanam
SRI DURMUKHI UGADI TAM Ugadi Open House 2016

We are also cordially inviting you with your families members to our annual TAM Ugadi Open House celebration as below.
Date. 9th April 2016
Time. 2.30pm onwards
3.00 pm Cultural performance
5.00 pm Arrival of Chief Guest & Guest of Honor
7.00 pm Performance by Local artist
11.30 pm Mugimpu
Venue. Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur
Guest of Honor. YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
(Prime Minister of Malaysia)
TAM cordially invites you to attend our TAM programe with your beloved family members and relatives and friends
Thank you
ADR Naidu
Hon Gen Sec

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pending Telugu Issues to the PM of Malaysia


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wishes   the Telugu community in Malaysia an auspicious start to our new year every year He also  further added the  celebration will strengthen ties not only among the Telugus but also among all races as and "As a caring government, we'll continue to support efforts to improve the welfare of the Telugu community so that they, too, will be able to enjoy the prosperity. 
And it is only right and fair that we Malaysian Telugus/ 30 branches of Telugu Association branches around the country to bring to the attention of the our beloved Prime Minister of Malaysia of the Pending Telugu main issues as follows:-

Telugu language is not offered in PMR or SPM examinations?

To date, there are about 1050 students who are following POL Telugu classes at some of the government schools such as at Bagan Datoh, Sungai Sumun,Hutan Melintang,Teluk Intan, Klang, Shah Alam, Sunway, Puchong, Batu Caves, Rawang Sitiawan, Bahau, Kulim and Sungai Petani which totals to about 35 classes. But what is saddened and disappointed is, ever since 1993 Telugu language is not being offered any more as an optional subject in PMR and SPM examinations.

No Telugu channel for malaysian Telugus?The private pay channel “ASTRO” in our country has not been considerate to air enough programmes for the Telugu community. The least they could have done is to at least allocate five to eight hours Telugu programmes every day and upgrade the Telugu serials and have if they had valued us, the Telugu community, as their customers too. or we being the minority group and are not deemed to be heard. Telugu community subscribers were disappointed with the time allocated for them over ASTRO.

Or, allow the approval for the usage of satellite dishes as there are lot satellite dishes around the country especially in the Perak,Kedah,Perlis,Johor and East Malaysia.
Telugus should not be sidelined in the field of mother -tongue entertainment. 
Telugu Senator ?Government to consider appointing a senator from our community to highlight in Parliament the problems being faced by our community.

Telugu programmes over RTM?For additional time for the Telugu community on Minnal FM, the Indian based radio programme on RTM.
You like this.
 Datuk Dr Achaiah kumar Rao, Currently President of Telugu Association of Telugu nice to see your kindself sharing the above historical photo with us. It is actually great to see Malaysian Telugus were also included at the Prime Minister of India's visit to Malaysia. I was made to understand that about 1000 or more had also attending at the Mines. May I say Syabas & Keep up You and TAM's good job.

Friday, January 1, 2016

History of Telugus in Malaysia

ACCORDING to some records in the National Archives, libraries, museums and other individual sources, Telugu emigrants first arrived in Malaysia as agriculture workers for private enterprise from Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean.
The labourers were originally to be sent to Malaysia but were taken to Mauritius instead, much to their disappointment! They were sent to work in the sugar cane plantations there, and this was in the year 1835.
Original registers if immigrant labour exhibited for public information at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial hall in Mauritius have been preserved at our national Archives in Malaysia.

An article under the heading leading Telugus in Early Malaya published in the New Straits Times on Sept 24, 2001, states that the first Indian Association in Malaya was initiated by a Telugu, A.Subbiah Naidu, in Penang in 1892.

The article, written by history professor Datuk Dr.Khoo Kay Kim of the University of Malaya said that and another branch of the Indian Association was established in Taiping in 1894. This branch was headed by M.A.C. Rao.

Organized migration
However, the Indian Association was not an active movement, and so one reverend Raju Naidu stepped in and inspired the movement. He revived the one at Taiping, which had ceased functioning, in April 1906.

Two other prominent Telugu gentlemen, J, AppaRao and V.Rajagopal Naidu, joined as committee members. Rev. Raju Naidu went on to register the association in Taiping as the Indian Association of the FMS, on April 1906. He formed another branch in lpoh on June 9, 1906 with 12 members. Sengarayan Naidu, a wealthy contractor from lpoh, contributed generously towards the association which was named the Kinta Indian Association (KIA). It remains active to this day. Sengarayan contributed much to the local community, not just to the Telugus, and he was honoured for this, In fact, a road in Ipoh- Jalan Sengalrayan- has been named after him.

Under the British Administration of Malaya, representatives from the various ethnic groups were chosen to sit in the Federal and State Councils. One of them was S.H. Veerraswamy, a Telugu who also became an accredited leader of the Indians in Malaya. He was a lawyer and a graduate from the world renowned University of Oxford. Though, few in number, these gentlemen were of an elite class. They strived hard to bring unity to the Indian community, without expecting any reward or personal glory. The Telugus kept a low profile. Many of them who had come to serve in Malaysia prayed significant roles as teachers, traders and businessmen, agricultural labourers and members of various professions.

Immigration from India in an organized manner commenced around 1907, and this was largely as a system of indentured labour to serve the rubber plantations that were rapidly opening up, and as labour for the building of public amenities and the provision of services. Along with them came the more educated group, to serve as clerks, teachers and other professions. The waves of Indian labour to Malaysia for the agricultural plantations and as general labour for public works began increasing so much and there was plenty of exploitation.

The British Administration then attempted to bring some sanity to the process by implementing an organized import of labour”. This took the form of legislation, known as the labour Code of 1912. Under this Code, the Indian immigration Fund was introduced, under which the following facilities were provided to the indentured labourers from South India:
Free passage to the Federated Malay states of Johor, Kedah,Perlis and Kelantan
Expenses for the recruitment of labourers and the maintenance of homes for workers were reimbursed
Quarantine and health facilities were introduced
Depots to process the labourers were maintained at Avadi, Madras, and Nagapatnam in south India and at Penang in the Straits Settlements.

The forgotten ones
Exploitation did not end. Another attempt at organized labour import was made with a fresh Labour Code in 1923, which introduced licenses for the so called Kanganis to authorize agents to recruit labourers under a :manageable: system called the Sanji Labour System.

This method was to better organise the collection of funds and make disbursements as duly authorised under the provisions of the 1912 Labour Code. However, the exploitations never ended, and in 1938 the Government of India decided to cease to allow emigration to the Far East.

Today, many Malaysians of Indian origin as well as those of other races may not know how the early Indian settlers suffered in the developing countries. They came from a fairly good life, hoping for better times. However, it dawned on them, especially those in the plantation sector, that they were just the “slaves” of a system devised to stifle their spirit.

They were provided with poor housing, unhygienic sanitary conditions, long working hours, poor wages and the list goes on. Many untold miseries were suffered by them, and inhumane abuses were hurled at them. They toiled on, undaunted, undeterred. They put up with oppression, suppression, poverty and sickness- what immigrants through out the history of mankind have faced. It was their tenacity of spirit in the face of hardship that saw them through to making immense contributions to the growth, progress, development and prosperity of Malaysia.

Telugu Association
In 1955 the Telugu community formed an organization called as Malaya Andhra Sangamu on 17th July 1955 , changing it later on 16th December 1963 and later on from 1983 as TELUGU ASSOCATION OF MALAYSIA (TAM), which is also known as Malaysia Telugu Sangamu or as Persatuan Telugu Malaysia in the national language. The principal objective of the Telugu Association of Malaysia is to unite and merge the Telugus of the country under one roof in an effort to promote the language and culture of the community, their interests and general well being and to foster goodwill and racial harmony among the communities of Malaysia. TAM is serving about 300,000, Telugu population in this country. There are, to date 26 branches nationwide.

Among its endeavours of TAM is Saamskruthika Nilayam (TSN), a cultural centre for Telugus situated in Serendah, Hulu Selangor which is purely depending on well wishers and donors. To name a few other ownerships, TAM has one Sri Venkateswara Temple at Sungai Sumun, Perak, a five storey building(Telugu Bhavanamu) in a strategic location in Kuala Lumpur, a three storey building in Kulim, an office space in Rawang, Ipoh, Skudai,Johore and a single storey building at Klang are among some of the assets in its possession. Specifically, the TAM has become a reality in the making and we are confident that others will play an effective role in making this project a SUCCESS.

PTM operates from its own premise at No 9-1A Udarama Complex, Telugu Bhavanamu, Jalan 1/64A off Jalan Ipoh, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telugu Education in Malaysia
In 1960's there were more than 60 National Type Primary Telugu Schools in Malaysia .These schools were in Perak,Selangor,Negeri Sembian,Kedah, Johore and Pahang, as wherever there were heavy pockets of Telugu population.

Malaysian Secondary School Entrance Examination was then conducted in these schools just like in other primary schools. From 1985 till 1986, Telugu language was offered in OSC/MCE level while from 1968-1992 Telugu language was offered as an optional subject in LCE/PMR examination.In 1991 the Education Director then announced that optional papers such as Punjabi,Telugu and French would no longer be offered from 1993. because they were not in the Integrated Secondary School Curriculum but these subjects would be offered at SPM level. It was strange that Telugu language was taken away in LCE/PMR but to be offered at SPM level. But the Telugu Community was greatly disappointed when the promise to offer Telugu at the SPM level was not implemented. Till to date the Telugu language is not offered either at PMR or SPM level. Article 152(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution guarantees to teach or learn any other language.

Since 1993 no examinations were held for Telugu language. As a result, there was no incentive or motivation for the students to pursue the subject. Being already overburdened with exam oriented subjects, the students and even parents find it a burden for their children to attend the Telugu classes being a non-exam subject. Hence, the number of pupils attending Telugu Classes/Pupils own language (POL) had much dropped. But whatever case Telugu is still been taught at about 25 government schools.

TAM is encouraging POL classes by conducting voluntary classes in all 26 TAM branches nationwide, holding educational and cultural seminars/workshops and various other activities. But our efforts seem futile at times, especially among the younger generations. We only ask our mother-tongue which was here prior to independence and after independence till 1992 to be reinstated in PMR examination so that Telugu language and culture will not be decimated. Telugus have contributed significantly, to the rich cultural heritage of our nation. Loss of Telugu language and culture will be a dent to the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia. So, by including Telugu language in PMR/SPM it will facilitate our efforts immensely and it will spur us further in the promotion of Telugu language and the students too will be motivated to take the subject.

To maintain our the identity language is a must. It is the soul of our race. Your action will save the survival of Telugu community. TAM has faith and confidence in you that you’ll not let Telugu language and culture to become extinct in this lovely land. We have appealed to the Ministry of Education and the cabinet to reinstate Telugu language in PMR/SPM

The TAM’s newsletter ‘ Sanga Charyulu’ is published quarterly and carries news about the regional activities of the persatuan in both Telugu and English. Vice President Sri P S Ramunaidu compiles and edits the articles before distributing the newsletter to all branches.

Radio & Tv
About 1 ½ hour Telugu programmes daily are except on Sunday. During festive seasons especially Telugu New Year Ugadi special programmes were initiated and aired over national Radio Minnal FM and Tv Telugu songs request via SMS is on every Monday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm – MV space…..(message)…. 32770

Presently TV 2 has been screening three Telugu movies yearly. However for last two year only two Telugu films were screened. TAM has been appealed to the authorities.

Astro being a private pay R/TV station, it telecast Telugu movies and a drama serials weekly. TAM has been appealing to increase the frequency of the Telugu movies and daily serials.

MitV another second private pay channel has brought Maa TV, a Telugu channel from Andhra Pradesh and has been operational from 5/9/2005 in Klang Valley. The Telugus living away from Klang Valley are impatiently waiting to receive this Telugu channel.

SREE VENKATESWARA TEMPLEAnnually the Sree Venkateswara Temple at Sungai Sumun, Perak of TAM Lower Perak branch conducts Dasara and other festivals.
Telugus in Malaysia Politics
Among all the Telugus who are in politics, a number of them are found in number of committees and YB K R A Naidu is the only state assembly representative.

TAM also aims to encourage the use of the Telugu language in the country and to popularise Telugu literature and culture. It recognizes that attention is needed to revive, promote and expand cultural activities throughout the country.

It is now hoping to compile statistics of the Telugu populations in Malaysia, in order to use this information as bargaining power when meeting the authorities to seek opportunities for the Telugu people, which are believed to number around 300,000 in Malaysia.

The association is also initiating several activities to raise funds in order to assist needy Telugu students to pursue tertiary education, locally and abroad. Another project of the association is to encourage the active participation of Telugu in business and in national youth programmes.

It plans to begin research to write the history of Telugu immigration to Malaysia and the contributions and achievements of early Malayan Telugus.
I I wrote the  when I was the Secretary General of TAM with reference to "A historical Background of Telugu Migration to Malaysia from India" and edited by S. N Raj

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mega Price Varun Tej & Puri Jagannadh's New telugu movie "LOAFER" Releasing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on this weekend.

Screening@Federal Cinema, Jln Raja Laut, Chowkit.

Show Timings
17th Dec (Thu) - 9:00pm,
18th Dec (Fri) - 9:00pm,
19th Dec (Sat) - 6:00pm,
20th Dec (Sun) - 3:00pm.

For tickets booking contact Sirish Reddy 0102791954 / 0102673856

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'Mega Prince' Varun Tej & Puri Jagannadh’s "LOAFER" Telugu movie has cleared the censor formalities in Malaysia and Film is all set to release on Dec 17th, 2015.
Tickets advance booking has been opened, Please reserve/book your tickets and watch Mega Price Varun Tej's "LOAFER" movie in Federal Cinema, KL, Malaysia on 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th Dec.
For "LOAFER" Tickets Booking Please Contact : 
010-2791954 / 010-2673856

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lord Sri Venkateswara Brahmotsavam Festival

Lord Sri Venkateswara's Brahmotsavam festival 

Brahmotsavam is an annual Hindu festival celebrated for nine days in the months of September/ October every year at all Sri Venkateswara Temples around the world. Special abishegams are held from 1st to 30 of Puratasi Indian month. And this year, it is from 18th September till 17th October 2015. Generally the whole month only vegetarian food or at least during Brahmotsavam festival time.

In Tirupati Brahmotsavam is conducted from 17/9/2015 while Malaysian Venkateswara/Srinvasa/Varatha Perumal/ Balaji are conducting as from 13-10 -17/2015. The Brahmotsavam festival is the most important and auspicious functions in Tirupati and all Sree Venkateswara Temples. Popular stories trace the origin of this celebration to Brahma, the creator God, who first conducted this festival to Sri Balaji at Tirupati. Brahma worshiped Sri Balaji on the banks of the holy Pushkarini in Tirupati as a way to give thanks for the Lord’s protection of mankind. Hence, this utsava bears his name as “Brahmotsavam,” which means “Brahma’s Utsavam.” In Tirumala, Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of September/October.The Brahmotsava is performed over a nine-day period. During the nine days of the festival, the religious activities include daily homas and processions for the utsava murti on different vahanas, which are thechariots that can be seen in all Sree Venkateswara Temples. Every evening, the utsava vigrahas are decorated with different alankarams. The concluding day is the Janma Nakshatra (birth star) of Sri Balaji, which is celebrated in a grand way with Avabhritha Utsava (special abhishekams for the utsava murti). In Tirupati, the Sudarsana Chakra is bathed in the Pushkarini and all the devotees bathe afterwards. In Aurora, a priest takes the Sudarsana Chakra on his head and takes a holy bath near the Dhvajastambham. Afterwards, the Chakra is placed on a high platform, so the devotees can walk under it and be blessed with the water dripping down from Sudarsana. The celebration officially concludes with “Dhvajavarohanam,” the lowering of the Garuda flag. The priests pay respects to Gods and Sages with the chanting of Vedic mantras and see them off on their return to the Devaloka.The Brahmotsavam celebration provides a unique opportunity for all devotees to participate in the festivities and utsavas and experience the “Vaikuntha Anubhava” (heavenly enjoyment and feeling) and receive the blessings of Sri Venkateswara Swami. Every year, millions of devotees witness the processions,celebrations during the annual Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. Every day of Brahmotsavam will be a feast for the eyes of the devotees who gather there. On the first day the Garudadhwaja (flag with the emblem of a black garuda) is hoisted near the Srivari Alaya Dhwajasthambham. A festive procession of Lord Venkateswara on the Pedda Seshavahana proceeds around the four streets of the main temple for two hours until midnight.Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam are celebrated on the day preceding the first day of Brahmotsavam.Some interesting observations during brahmotsavas are: As incredibly as the swan which separates the water content from milk, the reigning deity of the seven hills too, on Hamsavahan, relegates the paap and blesses the bhakta based on his punya. As the powerful snake transforms itself as a vehicle for the Lord during the Seshavahan and Chota Seshavahan in the Brahmotsavam celebrations, the essence of the Sharanagati Tatva explains the moral behind this utsav. The initial prayers offered at the Dwajarohan utsav and Garudotsav is to pray for an unscathed living with high moral values, while Garuda, requested by the Lord himself to stay in the hills, guards the skies from anything untoward coming by.
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple (Telugu: తిరుమల వేంకటేశ్వర దేవాలయం), also known as Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is a famous Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateswaralocated in the hill town TirumalaAndhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Venkatachalam hill that forms part of the seven hills of Tirumala, and hence the temple is also known as the Temple of Seven Hills (Saptagiri in Sanskrit, Edukondalu in Telugu , The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara, is also known by other names - Balaji or Srinivasa or Perumal.The temple is the richest and the most visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily, while on special occasions and festivals, like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it one of the most visited holy place in the world. According to the legend, the temple has a self-manifested idol murti of Lord Vishnu, with the Lord believed to have resided here for the entire Kali Yuga. In Sri Vaishnava tradition, the temple is considered one of the 108 Divya Desam sites.
also from ; wikipedia

My personal view of the Lord Sri Venkateswara is that we Andhras/Telugus who come from Andhra Pradesh or other parts of India. We should gather for all the festivals conducted at any Sri Venkateswara Temples either in Malaysia or India or anyway. As Lord Sri Venkateswara(Tirupati) of Andhra Pradesh is most worship in the world. The materials, songs, books and etc about the Lord are found the most. This in a way could help to gather US united under 1 roof and work towards 1Telugu.
I am also in opinion that doing or following prayers/festival for 9 days as Brahmotsavam make ones devotion/ attachment nearer to God. As according to our ancestors the 9 is the absolute number which classifired everything into 9 like 9 planets 9, 9 grains, 9 basic minerals and realising that 9 denotes all important occasions. Even one chants 108 times. Hence, following Brahmotsavam festival of Sri Venkateswara make one perfect or complete commitment to God.
I frequently go to Sri Srinivasa Perumal Devasthanam, at Klang, Puchong, Batu Caves,Subang Jaya, Sri Venkates Temple at Sungai Sumun, Teluk Intan, Perak and other one is at Komali Estate, Batu 6, Gemas, Johor built by my family Guru Swami Sinamah.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baahubali still
Here are the 22 facts about SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali that will completely blow your mind!
An approximate measure states that the VFX footage in certain shots of the film cost Rs 5000/second.
Baahubali is the most expensive movie ever produced in the Indian subcontinent.
Baahubali is the first Indian film that has successfully managed to transcend regional boundaries!
Baahubali has broken all possible records at the box-office. The film collected between Rs.60 and 70 Crore on the first day worldwide!
Rajamouli’s first choice for the roles played by Prabhas and Rana were Hrithik RoshanandJohn Abraham!
In a few action sequences, stunt choreographer Peter Hein had to control more than 2000 men and elephants.
To build the 20-acre kingdom for the film, 1000 workers worked extensively for 200 days.
A 100-foot statue of the film’s antagonist, Rana Daggubati, was placed at RFC, Hyderabad.
A new language called Kiliki was exclusively created for the film by writer Madhan Karky.
A sequence of the film required a maize field. And a maize field was naturally grown in Ramoji Film City for around 7 months.
Both Prabhas and Rana Daggubatihad a target of consuming 2,000-4,000 K calories a day.
‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Baahubali’ have a common factor – both films share the same special effects team.
One of the waterfall scenes of the film, also seen in the trailer, took close to two months of overall shooting time of the film.
Since the film has aggressive war and action sequences, trainers from Vietnam were hired to train Prabhas, Anushka, Rana and Satyaraj.
Baahubali also bagged a position in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s largest poster (51,000 square feet).
Prabhas dedicated two years of his life to working on this one film.
Despite being a regional film, Baahubali became the biggest opener in Indian cinema beating the record ofAamir Khan’s movie PK!
A 20-minute battle scene from the film took four months to shoot.
Baahubali has 9.4 IMDB rating, making it the highest rated Indian film ever.
600 artists and 17 visual effects studios across India, South Korea and China were roped in to create the film’s 4,500 visual effects and computer graphics!
Baahubali is the only Indian film that managed to feature in the BBC documentary on 100 years of Bollywood. This happened even before the film was released.
The film was shot in 16:9 aspect ratio for bigger and better quality pictures!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

India's Most Expensive Film 'Bahubali' Opens Strongly, Garners Critical Acclaim


The $40 million historical epic has been likened to 'Avatar' and 'Lord of the Rings' and looks set to rewrite box office history.

Bahubali (The One With Strong Arms), touted as India's most expensive film with an estimated budget of $40 million, showed some muscle at the box office, with local reports stating that the historical epic recorded the highest opening day take for an Indian film.
The Business Standard reported that Bahubali – The Beginning, the first installment of a planned two-part epic, collected a net of $7.89 million (500 million rupees). This figure surpassed the $7.11 million (450 million rupees) opening day take of previous record holder 2014's Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year.

Directed by acclaimed south Indian director S RajamouliBahubali features superstars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia. The film revolves around two warring brothers battling for control of an ancient Indian kingdom. Bahubali was released in the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi languages and was shot in Ramoji studios in Hyderabad.

According to the Business Standard report, a majority of the film's opening day earnings  almost 440 million rupees  came from the southern Indian states. The film was released worldwide in about 4,200 screens. “According to sources, the film made $1 million in the US, making it one of the most successful theatrical exports from India,” the report added.
Given its strong opening, observers reckon Bahubali could touch the coveted 1 billion rupee mark ($15.78 million)  the local standard for a strong performer  during its opening weekend as final figures become available.
Bahubali also garnered favorable reviews with most critics in praise of the film's VFX and visual appeal.
THR's reviewer Lisa Tsering praised the cinematography, strong performances and score as well as the epic scale of Bahubali, saying it was "possible to enjoy the film as pure entertainment even without being privy to the superlatives surrounding it."
“From the tropical landscapes of Avatar and the bloody battles of The Lord of The Rings films, to the images from [Indian epics] the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that it evokes, Rajamouli’s film hat-tips to its various influences without ever stealing from any,” CNN-IBN news network critic Rajeev Masand stated in his review.

“I have to say that I dread long-drawn skirmishes between armor-clad armies (having suffered through Peter Jackson’s never-ending battles) because they turn so turgid and dull so fast, but the battle scenes in Bahubali are completely engrossing,” said the Indian Express newspaper'sShubhra Gupta.

The Hindu newspaper's Sangeetha Devi Dundoo, while impressed, still had higher expectations,Bahubali is several notches higher than a regular Telugu film. But it was meant to be a game changer, not a regular film. If a spellbinding saga is what you go looking for, some portions can leave you underwhelmed. The writing could have been better. Yet, there’s so much to root for. As for part two, bring it on!”

The film has also managed to impress international critics such as The Guardian's Mike McCahillwho gave Bahubali a four-star rating: “The eponymous hero (“The One with Strong Arms”) embodies several legends for the price of one. Plucked from a river, the infant Bahubali could be Moses; shifting a stone shrine several hundred feet, his teenage self is as hefty as Hercules; swinging from vines so as to climb the waterfall his village sits under, he’s as romantic a figure as Tarzan.”