Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Will Nagesh Kukunoor Direct a Telugu Film?

Source: Rediff
Rediff has a transcript of an online chat that director Nagesh Kukunoor participated in with fans. His new film "Iqbal" has received rave reviews. One fan asked if he would ever direct a Telugu film. An excerpt of his response to the question is below:
Rahaman: Hello nagesh.Why don't you direct a telugu movie. Telugu indutstry needs director like you. Are you from AP
Nagesh Kukunoor: I will make a Telugu movie someday. Right now, I'm finishing my slate of Hindi films and I'm from Hyderabad.
Read the full transcript here.

Creating Aids Awareness in Andhra

Andhra Bank Plans for 50 Extra Branches

Located in Hyderabad, "Andhra Bank" will set up 50 additional branches. Ten of them will be in Orissa which has a large Telugu population. Another one is planned for Dubai. The bank also hopes to eventually set one up in the United States to accomodate the country's large Telugu population. Read more about it at The Economic Times.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

IA Helpline Available in Telugu

A multilingual helpline is offered by Indian Airlines: Telugu included.

Sify: Actor Suresh To Speak Telugu


Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi's latest flick will be yet another in a long list of non-Telugu films to be dubbed into Telugu. His previous Telugu-dubbed films were successful in Andhra, so Sify predicts that this one will follow suit.

Zee Telugu Unveils Telugu-Dubbed Hindi Films

Monday, August 22, 2005

Microsoft Launches MS Office in Telugu

Prime Minister Speaks at Seminar Organized by Telugu Daily

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Language Resource

Yet another entry on linguistic matters; after all Telugu is a language, so it makes sense, no? This time, the info comes from

Telugu Cartoons offers a variety of amusing cartoons, funny pics, stories and jokes. All in Telugu, of course. Enjoy!

Agfa Monotype: Telugu Scripts and Fonts

Agfa Monotype Corporation, is a leader in fonts and font technology. Their website has a section devoted to the Telugu language. Click on the link below to read about "Glyph Repertoire", "Font Samples" and "Info on Scripts" (see the excerpt below):
"Belonging to the group of Southern Indic scripts, Telugu script is used in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for writing the Telugu language, a member of the Dravidian group of languages. Because of their common ancestry in Old Kannada script, Telugu script resembles and is closely related to, Kannada script. By the 16th century AD, Old Kannada script had split into two branches, Kannada and Telugu. The arrival of the printing press in the 19th century further sealed the differences between the two. Telugu is spoken by more people than any of the other Dravidian languages."

Ramaneeya: Telugu Songs

Ramaneeya offers Telugu music fans the chance to listen to Telugu songs with clarity.

" B.A.G. marks Cinema Entry with Dubbed Telugu Film"

Monday, August 15, 2005

Independence Day Celebrations Marred by Violence: Including Andhra

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Telugu TV Market

Tollywood News

At The All India Telugu Federation Celebrations

Source: News Today and Chennai Online

Speaking at the All India Telugu Federation celebrations, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekara Reddy seemed confident that the "DPA" in the state of Tamilnadu will soon hold power. The effect of who holds power in Tamilnadu, as it pertains to Telugu speaking individuals was clearly on the Chief Minister's mind. From News Today:
"Addressing the 16th anniversary celebrations of the All India Telugu Federation here yesterday, Reddy said the DMK-Congress alliance in Tamilnadu was very strong and would address the issues of Telugu community in the State...The All India Telugu Federation has submitted a memorandum to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister seeking establishment of a Telugu Academy and a cultural centre for Telugus in the State."
From Chennai Online:
"The academy would, among other things, promote culture and heritage, besides supplying Telugu textbooks and set up a welfare board for Telugu speaking conservancy workers...."We hope that the strong alliance of the Congress and DMK would soon come to power in Tamil Nadu. I am sure they will be able to address the issues of the Telugu community in the state", he said."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Andhra Bank Considers Branching Out in the U.S

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hutch Voice Response Service Now in Telugu

Source: Business Standard

Cellular service provider Hutch announced the availability of content (including caller tunes, ringtones, jokes and more) on their voice response platform, in regional languages including: Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil (in addition to English and Hindi) for subscribers in Karnataka.
Commenting on the offering, Samuel Selvakumar said,"This innovative voice enabled service will enable customers, to access a range of offerings in the language of their choice. This service is in line with the hutch philosophy of facilitating communication in a manner that is convenient and enhances user experience."

Trisha Discusses Stylish "Athadu"

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kanneganti: Telugu Writings

Hyderabad Teen Breaks into Tennis Top 50

I don't think Sania Mirza is Telugu but she's from Hyderabad and doing fantastic things representing India in the world of women's tennis; and that's enough for a shout out from this blog.
"It's official - Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza has broken into the top 50 in the latest rankings of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) released Monday."
You can read more here and here.

Monday, August 08, 2005

News from Hyderabad

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Local Telugu Congregation Plans to Spread Gospel in the Bay Area

Source: Inside Bay Area: The Argus (Johnathan Jones)

Sam Babu Byrapogu, pastor of the new Christian Telugu Church in Fremont, plans to share the gospel with the local Telugu population living in California. Uli Chettipally, a member of the local Telugu community is hopeful that the new 50-member church will serve as a gathering place for Telugu Christians.
"I felt no one was catering to that segment of the population," Chettipally said. "There is a difference between an American church and a typical Indian church. People want to go to a church with a pastor that speaks their language." After working as a pastor of a 2,000-member church in the south-central Indian city of Hyderabad, Chettipally said he is confident that Byrapogu has the vision and experience to help the new church grow. "We wanted someone with experience and someone who could communicate clearly in the (Telugu) language," Chettipally said. "Of course, we also needed someone who was willing to come here."
The church hopes to be financially self-sufficient in three years. For more info, contact Pastor Sam Babu Byrapogu at (510) 894-4060 or visit

Top Five Telugu Films

Source: IANS
The past week's top five Telugu films in Andhra Pradesh:

1. "Super"
2. "Aparachitudu"
3. "Anukokunda Oka Roju"
4. "A Film by Arvind"
5. "Bhadra"

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Ancient Scripts: Telugu has a page devoted to the Telugu language. Check it out!

Telugu Outreach

This post is for Telugu followers of the Christian faith. World Missionary Press has a web page in Telugu entitled "How to Know God". And Truth for Today Outreach Projects have books and published material in Telugu. You can find info about them below:

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Their slogan: "Mana Vallu, Mana Bhasha" (Our people, our language) says it all. Their own words, simply state that the Telugu-Times is: "The First Global Fortnightly Telugu Newspaper" for "Telugus abroad on Telugus in AP and Telugus abroad."

Telugu Picchi

Telugu Picchi is a site for Telugu-Japan Friendship Groups.

PETA Advert in Telugu

PetaIndia (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, India) has adverts in various Indian languages, available for download, including one in Telugu. The ad stars actress Amisha Patel. Please visit this link or go here directly for a full copy of the Telugu ad (it's huge).

update: There's also a poster of Ravi Shankar and his daughter (no, not Ms. Jones) in Telugu, that you can download.

"Tata Tele's Telugu portal"

Monday, August 01, 2005

"Telugu Music, on the Move Thru WorldSpace"


What is WorldSpace and what does it have to do with the Telugu language?

WorldSpace is a radio technology (that was launched in India a couple of years ago), through which music can be listened to with a satellite receiver. They are now re-launching the service, as the inital run was not as successful as planned. Accordingly, a "massive" campaign was held across Hyderabad promoting the service.

Now for the Telugu bit:
"WorldSpace has a dedicated telugu channel “Spandana” which plays telugu film music 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Though, the company claims the sound is near CD-quality, it just betters FM. The catch is the receiver is not mobile and has to be fixed in such a way, facing the skies so that it can receive the signal."
Further improvements to the system, have made it similar to Sirius and XM Radio in the U.S. The service will be launched in the beginning of 2006.

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