Sunday, January 30, 2011

Telugus play pivotal role in Chennai progress

Famous Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathi and Kappalottiya Tamilan V.O. Chidambaram Pillai are two big names in the large canvas of Tamil Nadu freedom struggle. Both found Good Samaritans in Telugus when they were at a critical juncture in their lives after being virtually abandoned by Tamils.

Bharathi, under grinding poverty during the final phase of his life, was provided financial assistance by Vavilla Samasthanam and VOC’s (who launched the first indigenous Indian shipping service) commentary on Tolkappiyam (Tamil grammar), which Tamil publishers declined to publish, was printed by Vavilla Publications, the 156-year-old publishing house started by Vavilla Ramaswamy Sastrulu, a Telugu.

These are not isolated instances. For, over three-and-a-half centuries and more the Telugus’ indomitable spirit has contributed to the overall growth of Chennai. Name any field from education, entertainment, politics, philanthropy, medicine to hospitality, the Telugus have always been in the forefront.

“Telugu is flourishing here, no doubt, in spite of the apathy of the government,” says Mr B.S.R. Krishna (85), former cultural affairs specialist of USIS. Telugus are responsible for the birth and growth of the city, he says, and adds that originally Madras was a Telugu city, then known as Chennapatnam.

Mr Krishna, who was secretary general of World Telugu Federation and a senior journalist, says the Victoria Public Hall was raised with funds provided by the Vijayanagara emperors from Andhra Pradesh. The Chennapuri Andhra Maha Sabha was established by stalwarts like Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, former President, and Chennai’s first mayor Sir Pitti Thiyagaraja Chetty.

Call it Chennai or Madras or Chennapatnam, the city accounts for over 43.43 lakh population and Telugus are the predominant linguistic community after Tamils. Savera hotel and Taj Coromandel, landmarks of the city, are owned by Telugus. So are Apollo hospitals, Vijaya hospitals, Prasad studios and Vijaya studios.

The city was founded on a patch of land gifted to the British by Damarla Venkatapathy Nayak, a chieftain under the Vijayanagara rulers, between the Cooum river and Egmore river in 1639. It was named after Chennappa Nayak, father of Venkatapathy.

Source: Internet

All India Telugu Conference in Orissa 4-6/2/2011

All-India Telugu meet in Orissa

Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, in association with ‘Andhra Bhashabhivardhani Samajam' and other Telugu Associations of Orissa, is organising Sixth All-India Telugu Conference at Brahmapur (formerly Berhampur) from February 4 to 6.

Chief Minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy will inaugurate the conference being held under the aegis of Mandali Venkatakrishna Rao International Telugu Centre in the university. Well-known personalities in literature, music, art, cultural and film fields will take part in the meet.

Vice-Chancellor Anumandla Bhoomaiah told newspersons here on Saturday that the university was organising these conferences since the International Telugu Centre was merged with it in 1985. Workshops would be held on Telugu history and culture, performing arts, history and journalism, language literature, ancient and modern literature, trends in modern literature and stalwarts of Telugu literature and culture.

N T Rama Rao 10th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh with Telugu var Atma Gauravam

Rama Rao in "Bobbili Puli" in 1982

NT Rama Rao was the founder of Telugu Desam Party in 1982 and served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. His reason for founding the Telugu Desam Party was based on a historic need to rid the state of the corrupt and inept Congress rule. When he started his political career he was already a very popular actor in the 320 Telugu films Rama Rao was unanimously elected leader of Telugu Dasam Legislature Party on January 8, 1983 with 10 cabinet ministers and five ministers of State. He became the 10th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and was reelected three times between 1983 and 1994.

To promote the Telugu Desam Party, Rama Rao travelled across the state of Andhra Pradesh, crisscrossing all the districts, in his van dubbed "Chaitanya Ratham" (Chaitanyam literally means bringing to life or movement). With his son Hari Krishna , NT Rama Rao notched up over 75,000 kilometres during his 1982 campaign, a distinctive sight with the van's yellow party flags and banners and Rao sitting on top of the vehicle hailing the crowds.

Rama Rao campaigned for restoring the dignity of the Telugu people and advocated the forming a closer bond between the government and the common people, going into the elections with the slogan, Telugu vari Atma Gauravam, meaning "Telugu people's self-respect He reflected socialist views in several of his policies in that he believed that state must take care of the people that are below poverty line and everyone must have their basic necessities fulfilled. He campaigned to secure basic necessities such as home, clothes and food for the people and to provide subsidies on clothes and houses to the needy.

He was also an advocate of women's rightsand worked on a bill to amend inheritance law to provide equal rights for women to inherit ancestral property, enacted later, in 1986.

Even in 1984, when Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister in her place. In the ensuing national elections to the Lok Sabha, the Congress party won convincingly all over the country except in Andhra Pradesh where Rama Rao's Telugu Desam party secured a landslide victory.

Source: Internet

Celebration of Telugu Culture

Festival to celebrate Telugu culture

North America Telugu Society (NATS) is organising a festival to celebrate Telugu culture onJanuary 29 from 2 p.m., a press release said. The programme will provide a platform to celebrate the uniqueness of Telugu language and its culture, the members of NATS said.

To honour great achievers, the NATS members said that well-known personalities from a host of fields would be felicitated.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Andhra Pradesh should be named Telugu Pradesh?

Why Telugu Land is Called Andhra Pradesh?

Why our state was not named Telangana or Telugunadu?

Separate state proponents often gripe about the name of our state as some sort of a conspiracy. So, let us peek into our history to understand how our state got its name- Andhra Pradesh.

Our tribe was originally called the Andhras and the term Telugu came much later. Some of the early mentions of Andhras were found in the Aitareya Brahmana of 600 BC. Whereas, the early references to Telugus were found many centuries later in the Puri inscription of the Indra Verma of Gangas.

Andhra and Telangana interchangeably represent the same region and sect of people i.e., those living in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

In the Kakatiya Empire, Telangana represented the current geography of Andhra Pradesh and bordering areas.

Nizam for some time ruled the entire geography of the current Andhra Pradesh, as well as parts of today’s Karnataka and Maharashtra. Under Nizam, Telugu region was called Telangana.

In 1800’s, French and British had their eyes set on Telangana’s coastline for defense and maritime reasons. When Nizam Asaf Jah died, his sons got into a bitter fight for the Hyderabad throne. By taking sides with the feuding princes, French got hold of Coastal Telangana i.e., today’s Kosta or Coastal Andhra. Later on, the British wrestled Coastal Telangana out of French hands.

Ironically, as recently as 60 years ago, Telugus living in Nizam Telangana used to passionately identify themselves as the Andhras. When Telugus living under Nizam established libraries in their region, they called them Andhra Bhaasha Nilayamulu.

One of the oldest non-government libraries in Nizam Telangana was established in 1901, in Ramkoti, Hyderabad and was named Sri Krishnadevaraya Andhra Bhasha Nilayam. This library later became a hub for cultural and political activity for Telugus suffering under Nizam rule. Similarly, when Telugus living in the Telangana heartland Warangal wanted to establish a library in the early 1900s, they named it Raja Raja Narendra Andhra Bhasha Nilayam. Again, in 1923, another library established in Hyderabad was called Vemana Andhra Bhasha Nilayam.

Telugus living under Nizam faced atrocious discrimination. Urdu and Maratha were the dominant languages while Telugu language was often ridiculed as “Telangi Bedhanghi”.

In 1921, in the Hyderabad’s Vivekavardhani Theater, a public meeting was held. All the speakers spoke in Urdu or Maratha. When it was the turn of high court lawyer Allampalli Venkatarama Rao, he got up and spoke in Telugu. Participants in the meeting protested to him speaking in his mother tongue and shouted down his speech.

This incident was the starting point for Telugus rising up against Nizam. Telugu men left this meeting in frustration and formed an organization called Andhra Jana Sangham- yes, not Telugu Jana Sangham not Telangana Jana Sangham, but Andhra Jana Sangham.

Andhra Jana Sangham later changed its name to Andhra Mahasabha. To differentiate itself from the Kosta organization carrying the same name, it was called the Nizam Andhra Mahasabha or NAMS.

Nizam was troubled with the use of Andhra in all the organizations and institutions that Telugus in Nizam Telangana were forming. He suspected Hyderabad state Telugus of having an ulterior motive to merge with their Kosta and Seema brethren in the neighboring Madras Presidency.

Once, Nizam’s emissary and close confidant, Nawab Aliyar Zang, approached Andhra Pitamaha Madapati Hanumanth Rao and said: “…it came to our government’s notice that the purpose of your Andhra movement is to merge the Andhra districts of Madras and the Andhra districts of Nizam’s dominion.”

Despite Nizam’s overt concerns about the use of the term Andhra, Telugus refused to rename their organization to Telangana Mahasabha or Telugu Mahasabha.

I go into a greater detail about Nizam Andhra Mahasabha’s heroic fight against Nizam in my book. But, here’s the gist- Nizam Andhra Mahasabha went on to become a formidable organization that became Nizam’s worst nightmare. It shook up the foundation of the Hyderabad state. In the violent struggle against the Razakars, thousands of Nizam Andhra Mahasabha leaders gave up their lives.

So, where did this current antagonism for the term “Andhra” came from?

In 1953, Nehru described Telugus desire to merge into one state as “expansionist imperialism”. Taking advantage of Nehru’s disinclination for a unified state, leaders like Dr. Marri Chenna Reddy, who till then were in favor of an integrated state, demanded a separate Telangana state. However, there was an overwhelming desire across all the Telugu regions for Vishalandhra. As a result, Nehru held extensive negotiations with the leaders of all the regions and conceded to the formation of a united Telugu state.

Telugu’s dream for Vishalandhra became a reality with the signing of the Gentlemen’s Agreement. One of the sticking points during the negotiations was the name of the state. Leaders from Kosta and Rayalaseema wanted to name the state Andhra Pradesh, while some of the leaders from Nizam Telangana wanted to name it Andhra-Telangana. In the end agreement was reached to name the state Andhra Pradesh.

So, that is the origin for today’s claims about Kosta conspiracy to name the state Andhra Pradesh. However, the undeniable fact is that Telugu people scattered across Tamil, Kannada, Maratha, and Oriya regions have always identified themselves as Andhras.

There is no conspiracy behind calling ourselves Andhras. We all are Andhras, we all are Telingis, and we all are Telugus. The new definition of Andhra to represent Kosta and the new definition of Telangana to represent nine districts of Nizam Telangana is a fabrication of politicians intending to create a wedge between the Telugu tribe.

The same breed of separatist politicians is continuing to harvest hatred among Telugus after more than five decades since our state came into existence. Sadly, my Telugu brethren are continuing to fall for the separatists’ antics.

Save Andhra Pradesh!

This article by Nalamotu Chakravarthy

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  3. Meeting with the Srikrishna Committee & the Governor of Andhra Pradesh
  4. Nizam Telangana State Demand is NOT Over 50 Years Old
  5. Chakravarthy Garu Responds to Comments (Restored)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Telugu Movie at Teluk Intan Perak 28/1/2011

Super Hit Telugu Movie " MIRAPAKAYA " is releasing in Teluk Intan, Perak.

Movie Title : " MIRAPAKAYA "

STARING : Mass Maharaj " RAVI TEJA", Richa Gangopadhyay (chandramukhi 2 fame ), Deeksha Seth, Prakash Raj.

Screening Theater : Sri Intan, Teluk Intan, Perak.

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Everyday 2 shows from Jan 28th Onwards - 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

World Telugu Maha Sabha

Tirupati to host World Telugu Mahasabha

The temple city of Tirupati would host the World Telugu Conference for three days from April 4, synchronising with the Telugu New Year's day Ugadi.

With the agenda to discuss the modalities to go ahead with the fete being held in the state for the second time after the week long celebrations conducted at Hyderabad in 1975, the Principal Secretary, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. S. Chellappa was closetted here on Thursday with all the officials concerned for a preliminary round.

The prestigious festival being conducted under the joint auspices of the departments of Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Endowments .

Sarada Saradala Sankranti

'Sarada Saradala Sankranthi'

Celebration with Telugu Community Songs,Dances & Sketches

Date : 22/1/2011 (Saturday)

Time : 3.30pm

Venue : Auditorium Tan Sri Soma, Wisma Tun Sambanthan, Kuala Lumpur

*Free seating and Free Enterance*

Malaysia, 1Indian, 1Community

Popular Artist :

Nirmala Reddy
Gavara Demudu Bagan Datoh
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Performers / Dance group

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Telugus promoting Hindi

Hindi book on Rosaiah released

Sadguru K. Sivanandamurthy (third from left) releasing the Hindi version of the book written on the former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Speakers at a function held to release the Hindi translation of the Telugu book on the former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah underscored the importance of learning Hindi to succeed at the national level.

The original work in Telugu by Press Academy of Andhra Pradesh chairman Tirumalagiri Surender was translated into Hindi-Telugu Sanskritikee Ujwal Prateek Sri Konijeti Rosaiah – by D. Satyalatha of the city.

Founder of Loknayak Foundation Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, who brought out the book, said though Andhra Pradesh produced several great leaders like Tanguturi Prakasam Panthulu and Acharya N.G. Ranga, they were not known up-country. Sadguru K. Sivanandamurthy, who released the book as well as Mr. Rosaiah, who was present, and other speakers agreed with the view. GITAM University president and former MP M.V.V.S. Murthy presided. Former ministers Bhattam Sriramamuthy and Mandali Buddha Prasad, former Vice-Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University V. Balamohan Das, Mr. Surender and Dr. Satyalatha spoke.

Telugu Sankranti celebrated in House of Commons

Sankranti celebrated in House of Commons

UK celebrated its first-ever Sankranti in the House of Commons with Tory MP from North Warwickshire and Bedworth Dan Byles and Minister in the Indian High Commission C. Rajasekhar attending as chief guests. The festivities were organised by the United Kingdom Telugu Association (UKTA), according to information reaching here.

Addressing the gathering, Byles introduced himself as the ‘son-in-law of Andhra Pradesh', having married a Telugu. He described the Telugus' hospitality as unforgettable and promised to support the community. “As the bilateral relations between India and the UK are strengthening up, events like this help to further strengthen the fusion,” said C. Rajasekhar. He praised UKTA president Prabhakar Kaza and his team for organising such novel events.

We hope to bring the Telugu culture to life in this country and introduce our customs and traditions to the English citizen too. This is the right opportunity in the New Year and it is well received,” said Mr. Prabhakar.

Source: The Hindu

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Telugu Super Star Krishna

Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna (ఘట్టమనేని శివరామ కృష్ణ) (born on the 31 May 1943), commonly referred to as Super Star krishna, is one of Tollywood's most prolific actors. He is one of his kind of actor. A prolific risk taker, his derring-dos have played an instrumental role in enabling the Telugu film industry take a giant leap forward.

Having acted in more than 350 movies

He is credited with introducing many firsts in Telugu film Industry like
First Colour movie (Tene Manasulu (1965)),

First Telugu Cinemascope movie(Alluri Seetharama Raju )

First Telugu 70mm movie (Simhasanam),

First Telugu DTS Movie (Telugu Veera Levara)

First ever hero to introduce cowboy and James bond style to Telugu screen.(Gudasari(CID) 116)

He was also elected as a Member of Parliament from Eluru under Congress Party. In 2009, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan for his contributions towards Indian Cinema

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Telugu Movie "MIRAPAKAYA" 14 - 16/ 1/ 11

Sankranthi Festival Special in Malaysia :

Watch SpicyTelugu Movie "Mirapakay" in Big Screen @ Federal Theater Jalan Raja Laut, Chowkit, K.L

This Coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday For Malaysia Telugu People.
Show Time:
14th Jan 2011 ( Friday ) Premier show 9.00pm.,9.30pm., 11.45pm
15th Jan 2011 (Saturday) 12.00pm., 2.30pm., 6.00pm., 9.00pm.
16th Jan 2011 (Sunday) 12.00pm., 2.30pm., 6.00pm., 9.00pm.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Telugu Movie "RAGADA" , Sentul Cinema, K. Lumpur, Malaysia

New Telugu Movie “Ragada” is screening on 7,8 & 9/1/2011 @ Sentul Cinema.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Starring: ‘Yuva Samrat’ Nagarjuna, Anushka, Priyamani

Screening At: Sentul Cinema, Tel: 03 4042 2525.

Show Timings:

7th Jan (Frdiay): 9:00 PM (Premier Show) & 11:45 PM.

8th Jan (Saturday): 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 11:45 PM.

9th Jan (Sunday): 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Best Prime Minister of India - A Telugu

Was the 10th Prime Minister of India, serving from 1991 to 1996. First south Indian or Telugu from Andhra Pradesh who had served as Chief of Andhra
India was a poor country before PV NARASIMHA RAO Came to power ....he transformed the Indian economy and when he left office , India had foreign reserves worth 25 billion US DOLLARS .He enriched India Manmohan singh was the finance minister in PVNarasimha RAO cabinet . He led one of the most important administrations in India's modern history, overseeing a major economic transformation and several incidents affecting national security. Rao accelerated the dismantling of the Licence Raj. Rao, also called the "Father of Indian Economic Reforms," is best remembered for launching India's free market reforms that rescued the almost bankrupt nation from economic collapse. He was also commonly referred to as the Chanakya of modern India for his ability to steer tough economic and political legislation through the parliament at a time when he headed a minority government His mother tongue was Telugu. In addition to eight Indian languages, he spoke English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Greek, Latin and Persian.

P V Narasimha Rao served brief stints in the Andhra Pradesh cabinet (1962–1971) and as Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh (1971–1973). His tenure as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

N.T.Rama Rao (then leader of the Chief Opposition party of Telugu Desam) did not want to put a contestant against Rao, because he was the First Prime Minister of India from Andhra Pradesh, and NTR did not want to create an obstacle on his path. By that, Rao won from Nandyal with a victory margin of a record 5 lakh (500,000) votes and his win was recorded in the Guinness Book Of World Records His cabinet included Sharad Pawar, himself a strong contender for the Prime Minister's post, as defence minister. He also broke convention by appointing a non-political economist and future prime minister, Manmohan Singh as his finance minister.

Major reforms in India's capital markets led to an influx of foreign portfolio investment. The major economic policies adopted by Rao include:Abolishing in 1992 the Controller of Capital Issues which decided the prices and number of shares that firms could issue. Introducing the SEBI Act of 1992 and the Security Laws (Amendment) which gave SEBI the legal authority to register and regulate all security market intermediaries

Encouraging foreign direct investment by increasing the maximum limit on share of foreign capital in joint ventures from 40 to 51 percent with 100 percent foreign equity permitted in priority sectors. Streamlining procedures for FDI approvals, and in at least 35 industries, automatically approving projects within the limits for foreign participation

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Telugus Pride showcased

Pride of Telugu s showcased

Poets dressed as ‘Ashtadiggajas’ take part in a procession organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Sri Krishnadevaraya’s coronation in Tirupati on Friday. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar.
The Telugu Poets dressed as ‘Ashtadiggajas’ take part in a procession organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Sri Krishnadevaraya’s coronation in Tirupati on Friday. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar.

As part of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Sri Krishnasevaraya's coronation ceremony, the literary programme organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Tirupati Kendra began on a colourful note here on Friday. The seven days of the week-long event will synchronise with the emperor's seven visits to Tirumala after expanding his kingdom in various directions.

The programme formally began with an impressive procession from Alipiri, the foot of Tirumala hills, to Thyagaraja Mandapam, where the event was held. Dressed as ‘Ashtadiggajas', the legendary eightsome in Sri Krishnadevaraya's court, eight renowned poets namely Kompella Rama Suryanarayana (Allasani Peddana), R.A. Padmanabha Rao (Tenali Ramakrishna), Amudala Murali (Dhoorjati), Mannava Bhaskara Naidu (Nandi Thimmana), K.J. Krishnamurthi (Madayyagari Mallanna), Samudrala Lakshmanaiah (Ayyalaraju Ramabhadrudu), Mudhivarthi Kondamacharyulu (Pingali Surana) and G.S.R. Krishnamurthy (Ramarajabhushanudu), took part in the procession and later enacted the magnum opus ‘Bhuvana Vijayam'. Noted “Sahasravadhani” and Annamacharya Project Director Medasani Mohan adorned the throne as Srikrishna Devaraya.

Stepping into the shoes of the poets and donning their robes and traditional headgear, the participants regaled the audience with their flowery quotes drawn from their respective literary works like ‘Parijathapaharanam', ‘Rajasekhara Charithamu', ‘Manu Charitramu', ‘Kalahasti Mahatmyam' etc. Former Attorney General of India K. Parasaran, who took part as the chief guest, expressed his liking for the Telugu language for its mellifluous note and rhythm. Recalling Subramanya Bharati's reference to Telugu as “Sundara Telungu”, he noted that drawing laurels from a neighbouring linguist was a pointer to the greatness of Telugu.

Bhavan's vice-president P.V. Krishna Reddy, Honorary Director N. Satyanarayana Raju and member P. Sudarsanam Raju were among the participants.

Source: The Hindu