People from Telugu land had reason to cheer on Sunday evening for seven Telugu-speaking people figured in the list of Padma Awards, chosen for Padmasri.
They include Dr. Manjula Anagani, a laparoscopic surgeon (Medicine-Telangana), Mithali Raj (Sports-Telangana) actor Kota Srinivasa Rao (Art-Andhra Pradesh), Dr. Nori Dattatreyudu and Dr. Pillarisetti Raghuram both Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin (Medicine-United States of America), ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu (Sports-Telangana) and Kanyakumari Avasarala (Art).
Dr. Manjula Anagani expressed satisfaction that her work as a gynaecologist, especially as a laparoscopic surgeon, had been recognised by the Government of India. Asked about her speciality, she told The Hindu that on the professional front, she had leveraged the strengths of innovation in minimally-invasive surgery.
“I have done 23 cases of ‘neo-vagina formation’ with a newer technique and another method for primary ‘amenorrhoea’, apart from a stem cell procedure for endometrial regeneration.
A visibly-excited Dr. Pillarisetti Raghuram expressed his gratefulness to the government and dedicated the award to his 83 year-old mother Dr. Ushalakshmi. “My mission is to serve my country. I also dedicate it to many other women who bravely fought cancer,” he told The Hindu .
Veteran actor Kota Srinivasa Rao, who has done over 750 films, starting withPranam Khareedu way back in 1978, expressed happiness at the recognition of Padmasri. “I thank the government, producers, directors and technicians I have worked with and of course, I am grateful to all my fans,” he said, when contacted by The Hindu . Interestingly, Pranam Khareedu also marked actor K. Chiranjeevi’s career.
Kanyakumari Avasarala is a native of Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh and has been living in Chennai for over 4 decades. Dr. Nori Dattatreyudu is a noted Indian Radiation Oncologist, who was once named one of the top doctors in the U.S. for treating cancers in women. A native of Krishna district, he did his medicine from Kurnool Medical College and PG from Osmania Medical College.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at a news conference recently. -
A team of officials from Malaysia will visit Andhra Pradesh shortly to explore investment opportunities. This assurance was given by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during their interaction at Davos on Thursday.
The Chief Minister recalled his association with the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir and the cooperation extended by him for development of Andhra Pradesh.
He briefed Mr. Najib on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the problems being faced by the residuary State post-bifurcation. He also outlined the development opportunities along the east coast and sought help in building tourism and infrastructure sectors.
The Chief Minister explained to the Malaysian Prime Minister the plan prepared for development of Buddhist and temple tourism. Mr. Najib informed Mr. Naidu that a special team from Malaysia would be sent to Andhra Pradesh after receiving proposals on investments.
Mr. Naidu recalled that the Soft Bank Chairman had earlier stated that India would be the leading country in the world by 2050. He stressed on the need for proper utilisation of human resources
Musical tributes to Telugu Saint Composer Tyagaraja
Music Director vocalist Modumudi Sudhakar assisted by vilonist P. Charumathi Pallavi and Mruthangam exponent K. Aravind during a music concert in Ongole. Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Seasoned musicians and budding artistes alike have paid musical tribute to saint composer Tyagaraja, a native of remote Kakarla village in Prakasam district.
The Chennakesava Swamy temple provided the right ambiance for the singers to sing the famous ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ late on Sunday after paying floral tributes, by among others, Ongole MLA D.Janardhana Rao.
AIR,Vijayawada Music Director Modumudi Sudhakar and Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt Asthana Vidwan P.Gowrinath enthralled the audience with some scintillating music. So did Tunturti sisters Revathi and Subbalakshmi. The music festival provided the much needed exposure to 40 odd disciples of veteran musician T. Srinivasamurthy, secretary of the Swararaga Sudha to prove their talent.
Noted vocalist Malladi Narayana Sarma was honoured on the occasion.
2006 - Organizing Secretary -Golden Jubilee Celebration / Telugu International Conference,Telugu Association Malaysia, World Telugu Federation(WTF) 5th Biennial Conference - as one of the Conveners Host Committee, Singapore
2000- WTF conference at Vishkapatam,AP presented paper on Telugus are shown in Tamil films as "conman and no morals"
2004-2006 - Vice President,
2000-2004 - Secretary General,
1996-2000 - Asst.Gen.Secretary,
1996-2000 - Chairman of Sabak Bernam Branch,
1991-1996 - Founder & Chairman of Alor Star/Kangar Branch,
1982-1986 - Founder & chairman Telugu Association Malaysia(TAM)- Klang Branch