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.

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