Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Telugu Association Malaysia with cooperation of Kulim Branch is organizing the annual Telugu Education Moral Camp 2009 (KEM Budaya Cemerlang) at Kulim Kedah for the 6th year. There about 100 students, age from 9 to 17 years are participating in above.

This annual Telugu Education Moral Camp is during school holidays. Students gathered under one roof for 21 days and to learn better written and reading Telugu, Telugu Culture, Religious and other moral activities. The Telugu text book 1, 2 and 3 written by Malaysian Telugu teachers are been used to master Telugu language within 20 days, and as proven in the past years of Moral Camp.

About 30 Telugu POL teachers, school teachers, volunteers and academics are organising this camp in full time, with 24 hours security and medical assistance.

The Education camp will be from 21st Nov to 13th Dec 2009. at SJK(T) Lunas Kedah. This school is newly renovated 3 storey building
For any details contact: Mr Ganesh Rao 012-49811146, Mr Sreeni 012-5804150, Mr KrishnaApparao 012-42939251.

The expertise from Andhra Pradesh also teaching and share the new teaching Methodology in easy way of learning to master in reading and writing Telugu.

Please join them with 1 Malaysia concept.
Reference: TAM

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Malaysian Telugus

Who are the Malaysian Telugu?

The Telugu of Malaysia have ancestral origins in Andhra Pradesh and neighboring states of South India. The Telugu who migrated to Malaysia were mostly farmers from the lower caste (pattern of social classes in Hinduism). In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Telugu willingly signed on as indentured laborers with the estate supervisors from Malaysia and left their farms in Andhra Pradesh with hopes of gaining wealth and returning back toIndian one day. Though work was hard on the rubber plantations, they found time to plant vegetables and raised animals to supplement their income. They lived simply and saved their money. As years passed many opted to stay in Malaysia and only traveled back to Andhra Pradesh to visit family members or find brides whom they brought back. They used their savings to set up small businesses that eventually brought them out of estate work. In the 1940s, many Telugu ventured back into the estates selling textiles, household items, and food from India.

What are their lives like?

Telugu have now shifted from rural areas to the urban centers. Due to their emphasis on education, a large number of Telugu have moved up the social ladder from their modest beginnings in plantation work. Today, most Telugu are literate and educated. Many Telugu are professionals and have middle level occupations in commerce, the government service, and other professions. Very few families fall below the poverty level. A few men still wear dhotis (simple white garments wrapped between the legs loosely like a skirt); and the women sometimes wear saris (straight pieces of cloth draped around the body like a dress), especially on formal occasions. On the other hand, western clothes are the norm for most Telugu. The caste system is dying out with each new generation of Malaysian Telugu, partly due to intermarriage with other Indian and Malaysian groups. Some of the old Telugu customs seem to have been lost with time and assimilation into Malaysian society, though they still have a distinct culture and language. Most marriages are still arranged by Telugu parents.

What do they believe?

The Telugu are mainly followers of Hinduism. For the Hindu majority, their “Hinduism” is as much a lifestyle as it is a religion. Telugu are mainly Vaishnavites (followers of the deity Vishna).Telugu participate in festivals celebrated by most Indian Hindus in Malaysia such as Thaipusam (a ritual of human endurance, self-sacrifice, and the power of mind over matter) and Deepavali (known as the Festival of Lights). There are festivals distinct to Telugu such as Boghi, Sakranthri ,Ugadi (beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon’s orbit) celebrated during the month of March or April with Ugadi patchadi (special vegetarian meals) and Cherathalu (a joyful folk dance).

Reference: Indian Cluster

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gentle Telugu movie reminder 21/22/11/09 -Sentul

Telugu Movie Ek Niranjan being screened on 21-22/11/09(Saturday & Sunday) at Sentul Cinema, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

Showing timings : 11.30am, 2.30pm, 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm. For inquiries/bookings, contact Bhanu - 0173023078, Sri-0162525309, Prem -0132271732, Prasad-0169487621.

Lets go and support this Telugu Movie so that more Telugu Movies would be screened in Malaysia which in one way or rather promotes Telugu language and let the Telugu presence felt more widely in Malaysia.

It recalls to me, as in the 60's Perak film Distributer from Sg Nibong, Teluk Intan(Anson) followed by Laxmi Films, Bagan Pasir, Bagan Datoh and laterly Sri Venkatesh of TAM who is also known as tape uncle played important role in screening Telugu films in Malaysia.

I hope and pray Telugus movies/DVDs/ CD would be screened and circulated, widely and to continue for away.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Telugu Sister Motherly touch

Shanti Muthukumaran Velu pours her love to those in need of support and understanding
Maternal affection: Shanti Muthukumaraan Velu, better known as Mathaji, reaches out to others via motivational talks
Instead of becoming bitter because of a painful past, Shanti has opted to shake off the shackles of resentment and help others who are experiencing the mental anguish of lif's harship. Today, they call Shanti "Mathaji" - the divine light who touches the soul.
Her story began 11 years aga when Shanti and her husband Muthukumaran Velu were on the verge of suicide.
By all standards, Shanti had all makings of a bright future. The third child of six siblings, Shanti grew up at 18th mile, Kuala Bernam Estate, Bagan Datoh where her father Kunchaloo Enkannah, now 78 worked as a taxi driver
A former student of SMK Johari, and her primary education from Kuala Bernam Telugu School whose Telugu teachers were Sri Appalanarisah and Sri B. K Simanchalam.
By the age of 17, she garnered the place second runner-up in a beauty contest held at the Petaling Jaya Civic Centre and had no less than five marriage proposals to consider.
But Shanti felt that she was too young for marriage and instead, opted to stay with her sister and her husband in Sabah where she taught at an elementary school and gave tutoring with whom she married in 1989.
To find out more about the above call: 016-6517629 or visit her website at
Reference: The Sunday Star : April 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

First & Second World Telugu Conferance

First Conference World Telugu Conference

The idea of World Telugu Conference was first mooted during the period of P. V. Narasimha Rao as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The conference was held from 12 to 18 April 1975. It began on the Ugadi festival day with 'Ugadi Pachadi' and flag hoisting. A Commemorative stamp was issued by the Government of India in this connection. The stamp containing the 12th Century idol of Goddess Saraswati, besides the following three sayings in Telugu script, "Desa Bhashalandu Telugu Lessa, "Endaro Mahanubhavulu", "Panchadara kanna, Panasatonala kanna, Kamma tena kanna Telugu minna".

The Exhibition on the cultural heritage of the Telugus was inaugurated at Exhibition grounds, Nampally. The exhibition was an epitome of 2,500 years long history of Telugu people. In all, 53 oil paintings, 247 photographs of prominent Telugu persons, 29 charts, 40 pictures from Nagarjuna Konda, 10 maps, 6 drawings, 8 ancient royal seals, replica of Amaravathi pillar and a number of ancient palm-leaf manuscripts were exhibited in the pavilion.

Various cultural programmes in about 100 items were presented. About 1500 artists participated and daily more than 2 lakh people enjoyed the programmes. Two hundred and thirty nine persons, who were known for their eminence at the State, National or International level were honored during the conference.

About 80 monographs on the Telugu language, literature, history and culture were published on this occasion. Majority of them were issued by the Sahitya Akademi Souvenirs in Telugu, English, Hindi and Urdu were published.

Ninety two delegated and observers from 16 countries attended this maiden conference. One representative each from Mauritius and UNESCO and two from Russia attended the conference as governmental nominees. 921 delegated from the other states and 4489 delegates from all the districts of Andhra Pradesh participated in the conference.There were also a number malaysian delegates participated.The grandly held and well appreciated conference was concluded with Valedictory address by the President of India Sri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

Second World Telugu Conference in Malaysia

Second World Telugu Conference was held at Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia from 11th to 14th of April, 1981. The conference was organized by the Telugu Association of Malaysia (TAM). Dr. A. C. Apparao was then the President of TAM.

It was launched by the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and was attended by more than 2000 Telugu political figures, academicians, artists, poets and Telugu enthusiasts from Malaysia, India, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA. Amongst the prominent foreign Telugus who graced the function were: the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, T. Anjayya, Education Minister M. V. Krishna Rao, Cultural Minister, Battam Sree Rama Murthy, Bejawada Gopala Reddy, Vavilala Gopala Krishnayya, Vempati Chinna Satyam, poets Dr.Dasarathi, Dr.C.Narayana reddy, Dr.Bapu Reddy, Ambassodor N.V.Rao, movie ace producer U.Visweswara Rao, cine artists Satyanarayana, Prabakar Reddy, Sharath Babu, Jamuna, Kanchana, Jayachitra and others.

The four day function had a number of activities such as the Malaysian Night, a Telugu exhibition, Academic sessions, cultural activities and a Telugu Film Festival. A 10 day exhibition of Andhra culture, arts and crafts and history was held at the National Museum. All art effects and material for the exhibition was brought in to Malyasia with the help of Government of Andhra Pradesh. The exhibition was organized under the chairmanship of Mr.V.N.Ramachandran with help obtained from the then National Museum Director Mr. Sharom Yeop and Prof. Khoo Kay Kim of University Malaya.

The Malaysian night which exhibited Malay cultural performances, Boria in Telugu by Koathala Ramunaidu and group, ‘Burra Katha’ on the history of Malaysian Telugus written by Beesetty Nokiah and performed by Apparao, Gangaraju and Maniam, Chiratalu by some youths from Kuala Bernam Estate, Bagan Datoh headed by Sri Adduri Juval and other cultural performances. Numerous academic sessions were held to discuss on the various aspects of Telugu language, culture, arts, history and future.

The evenings were filled with cultural activities mainly brought under the Ministry of Culture and Minister Bhattam Sri Rama Murthy. Amongst the prominent cultural performances were the Dr.Bala Muralikrishna’s melodious Keerthanas, Dr.Chitti Babu’s Veena recital, Vempati Chinna Satyams's Disciples Kuchipudi dance performances, Raja Reddy Kuchipudi Dance performances and Drama and Comedy performances by movie artist. The Telugu Film Festival has screened some award winning Telugu movies such as Alluri Seetharama Raju, Shankarabharanam, Muthyala Muggu and Bhaktha Kannappa.

World Telugu Conference Committee Meeting 10-11/9/2005

Dr Paul Naidu, President and myself (Enkatesulu Juvalu) represented at above meeting held 10 -11/ 9/2005 at the Jubilee Hall, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Of the matters discussed were on unity and better ties of the World Telugu Assocations and Telugu culture.
Dr Paul naidu and me (Vice President, then) of TAM went on to appeal and update our timely needs of Telugu of Malaysia at this meeting. And on the subjects we touched base were to grant five medical seat annual at any medical colleges which are recongnised by the malaysian goverment at nominal fee or RM100,000/, annually Telugu cultural troupe such Kuchipudi, burrakatha, sivathandam, ghazal,tholubommalata, minicry artists, eminent poets and writers and student exchange programme to intercultural communication.
We also requested if Goverment order(G.O. Ms No 34 dated 27/03/2003) could be granted as promised "Sanction of an amount of Rs. 25.00 Lakhs for the completion of Telugu Cultural Centre at Rawang, Malaysia" as the order issued and as announced by Hon'ble Chief Minister, then on his visit to Malaysia on 11//08/2002 at the meeting at Indian High Commission office at Kuala Lumpur.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Telugu Movie in Malaysia on 21-22/11/09

New Telugu Movie Ek Niranjan being screened on 21-22/11/09 at Sentul Cinema, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur. Showing timings : 11.30am, 2.30pm, 6.30pm and 9.30pm. For inquiries/bookings, contact Bhanu - 0173023078, Sri-0162525309, Prem -0132271732, Prasad-0169487621.

Lets support this Telugu Movie so that more Telugu Movies would be screened in Malaysia which in one way or rather promotes Telugu language and let the Telugu presence felt more widely in Malaysia.

Ek Niranjan is a 2009 Telugu film starring Prabhas Raju Uppalapati and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. The film is directed by Puri Jagannadh and is the second film with the combination of this director and Prabhas, as they had worked together earlier for Bujjigadu. Produced by Aditya Ram, the film has been shot on a specially erected set in Hyderabad and shot in Bangkok and the songs have been shot in Switzerland.
The film revolves around Chotu (Prabhas), who is a bounty hunter getting criminals to the police in exchange for money and how he reunites with his parents he never got to meet due to the fact he was kidnapped.
The movie began shooting in April and ended in September. The movie released on October 29 2009.[1]

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Telugu Deepavali Samarpana in Malaysia 11/11/2009

Telugu Association of Malaysia - Selangor/Wilayah Persekutuan branch and the Vice President Sri Venkatesh organised Deepavali Samarpana on 11/11/2009 @8.01 pm till midnight at the Civic Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

About 1000 gathered to enjoy the Deepavali Samarpana which was filled with diverse number of songs, mimicry,drama and comedy. To note, about 40 Telugu members came from Bagan Datoh, Telok Intan, Perak to attend the above.

The guest of honour was YB Dato' S K Devamany, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister office cum MIC Vice President and Sri B N Reddy,the Acting Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia also graced this occasion.

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