Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Telugu Printing Pioneer

News Today has a report on V Ramaswamy Sastrulu a pioneer in Telugu printing and publishing. His enduring fame rests upon his impressive work on the Ramayana, which includes Telugu commentaries.


"In the late 19th Century, when printing business was getting stabilised in Madras, it faced a quaint problem. Though there was a sizeable number of Telugus in Madras then, there were no Telugu printing presses. To fill in this vacuum, arrived an enterprising scholar in Telugu and Sanskrit hailing from one of the Andhra Districts of Madras Presidency in 1863. V Ramaswamy Sastrulu was his name. He started a publishing firm in Madras City in 1863 to publish books in Telugu and Sanskrit. Within a period of 20 years, V Ramaswamy Sastrulu & Sons became the foremost Telugu and Sanskrit printing and publishing firm in Madras Presidency.

The Government of Madras also started entrusting the printing of all their orders and circulars in Telugu to his firm. He published almost all the existing Telugu and Sanskrit works (in Telugu character), together with commentaries on numerous Telugu classics. His name became a household word in every village in the Andhra region. The masterly way in which he edited and published very many rare Telugu books, which were hitherto unknown to the world at large, made him a father figure among all classes of people in the Telugu country."
Click on the link above for the entire article.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

University Teachers' Association Pres Invited to Telugu Culture Meet

Source: Newindpress

A Sri Venkateswara (SV) University press release stated that SV University Teachers’ Association (SVUTA) president K Raja Reddy has been invited to a world conference on ‘Telugu culture’ organized by the Telugu Association of North America (TANA), in Detroit, Michigan from July 1 to 3, 2005. Raja Reddy will discuss cultural relations between the Telugu-speaking people and Americans.

Telugu Bala Mahila Pranganams to Receive Funding

Source: Newindpress

Newindpress reports that the Telugu Bala Mahila Pragathi Pranganams in Andhra Pradesh will receive "Rs 3 crore" under the ANTWA project. The aim of the project is to empower women, according to Andhra Pradesh Women’s Cooperative Finance Corporation Limited (APWCFCL) chairperson P Krishnamma. The more specific goal is to train women, especially those who fall below the poverty line, in various vocational courses, enabling them to obtain self employment. In Krishnamma's words:
“We have been giving training in tailoring, embroidery, computers and community health work and this year another seven courses have been sanctioned to the Tirupati Telugu Bala Mahila Pragathi Pranganam. An amount of Rs 7 lakh is being given for the purpose.”
The seven new courses include designing and manufacturing of garments, beautician, pre-primary schoolteacher training, DTP, food processing, vermi-compost manufacturing and nursery management. The APWCFL chairperson, promised them that "142 employees in the 23 Pragathi Pranganams will be given a pay scale" and that a proposal will be presented in the next APWCFL board meeting.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Andhra To Attract Non Resident Indian Telugus

Source: The Financial Express (Hyderabad, June 23, 2005)

The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to target Telugu speaking non-resident Indians in hopes of attracting "industrial investment" into the state. The government plans to organize such meetings during the Telugu Association of North America's (TANA) annual meeting in Detroit (July 1 to 3, 2005). The delegation will meet prospective investors including Intel, Newlight Design Center, Solectron and Cypress, companies which have shown interest in "setting up manufacturing facilities in AP". The delegation headed by AP Speaker K R Suresh Reddy reportedly stated that:
“We want to utilise the opportunity and plan to show-case the business opportunities and government incentives to the NRIs there.”

Jewel of Andhra Pradesh: Tirumala Tirupati

The stunning new art book entitled Tirumala Tirupati the Legends and Beyond, by Sarita Reddy and Birad Yagnik, was released by Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde in Hyderabad on June 6th, 2005. The book is a visual feast displaying 250 photographs, illustrations and architectural drawings woven together with historic facts and narratives. The authors trace the legends behind the popularity of the temple, often called the "jewel of Andhra Pradesh". Andhravilas has a review of the book and you can read more about its impressive launch here.



(Source: Andhravilas)

Telugu Cultural Festival 2005

The Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society has organized the Telugu Cultural Festival 2005 to be held on July 5th in Maryland. Visit their website for more info.

Great Telugu Websites

Merebhai: "Your online dost" and Ragalahari: "non-stop Telugu music" are two more fantastic sites that Telugu fans have at their disposal. Merebhai features Telugu movie news and Ragalahari discusses Telugu music.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Telugu Boxoffice

Friday, June 24, 2005

Telugu Teachers Protest Intro of English Medium

Source: Newindpress

Members of the Teachers Associations’ Joint Action Committee (TAJAC) staged a "dharna" before the Municipal Corporation office in Visakhapatnam on June 22, 2005, in order to protest the introduction of English medium in the first and second classes of Municipal elementary and upper primary schools. Fortunately, the protest did not turn violent, as only "mild tensions" surfaced, displaying the teachers agitation with the system. VIRASAM State secretary Krishnabai stated that the introduction of English medium "was a ploy to damage the tradition and culture of the State, with which Telugu was closely linked." TAJAC claimed that the Municipal Corporation’s decision to convert schools to English medium was finalized without taking into consideration the opinion of parents nor teachers. Convenor SV Ramana, stated that it "was a ‘foolish’ decision to introduce English medium when most of the children and their parents were illiterates and could not read and write even Telugu properly. Moreover, introduction of English medium was against Government’s objective of promoting Telugu."

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Air India Flight 182 Disaster: Twenty Years Later

Today is a National Day of Mourning in Canada for the victims of Air India flight 182 which exploded off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985 due to a terrorist bomb. It's been twenty years to the day since the devastation occurred. The tragedy effected Indo-Canadians profoundly, as the sorrow was felt coast to coast. It also touched a local community in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Chandrasekhar Sankurathri lost his beloved wife Manjari (who hailed from Andhra) along with their two children on flight 182. Since Manjari was passionate about the conditions of the poor in her home state, her husband decided to do something about it. In honour of her memory Dr. Chandra (as he is known) created the Manjari Sankurathri Memorial Foundation, a registered charitable organization in Canada whose objective is "to promote rural community development in India, through education and vocational training, health care and emergency relief."

Our prayers go out to all who have suffered due to this tragedy.

Telugu Museum To Be Set Atop Kailasagiri

From Newindpress:

A Telugu museum (Telugu Samskrutika Niketanam) will be established atop the Kailasagiri due to a "memorandum of understanding" between VUDA and the World Telugu Federation. Additionally, an amphitheatre will be "promoted" in order to regularly display Telugu cultural shows:
"The museum is estimated to cost Rs 5 crore and will throw light on the culture and heritage of the State from Satavahana era to the modern times. The history of Telugu people will be depicted through pictures and other forms and a light and sound show will be organised to enlighten the people. The WTF will contribute Rs 3.8 crore and VUDA Rs 1.2 crore. On the occasion, Venkatram Reddy said the light and sound show will be conducted in English also for the benefit of foreigners and non-Telugu people visiting the hill resort."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Telugu Newspaper

Prajashakti: featuring news in Telugu.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Telugu Book Review: The Life and Teachings of Basava

From The Hindu:
The Hindu online has a book review of "BASAVA PURANAM: Palkuriki Somanathudu" (Pub. by Andhra Prachurana Pvt. Ltd., 103/1(new), Luz Church Road, Mylapore,Chennai-600004. Rs. 125). This is the latest edition of a 13th century A.D. narrative of the life and teachings of Basava, the Saivaite saint. The first edition was published in 1926 under the Andhra Granthamala series. Below is an excerpt from the review, click on it for the entire article.
The value of that edition was much enhanced by an introduction written by the pioneer of Telugu newspapers and journals, Kasinathuni Nageswara Rao Pantulu, who was also an eminent scholar and nationalist. Kasinathuni's essay is an in-depth study of the poet Somanatha's times and the religious chaos prevailing then. Somanatha lived during the last phase of the Kakatiya rule...

He declared that he was using "Janu Telugu", a pure form of Telugu spoken by common people. The easy flow, spontaneity of expression, touching episodes of devotees of the lowest strata of society made the work very popular with the commoners...

Telugu Language Panel Angered at English Medium Move

Telugu Album Top Five

From The Hindustan Times via IANS:

Devisri Prasad figures twice in the top 5 list with Andharivadu and Bhadra:

1. Andharivadu
2. Anukodunda Oka Roju
3. Aparachitudu
4. Bhadra
5. Kanchanamala Cable TV

Telugu Desam Party May Lose Symbol

From NDTV:
The TDP may lose its official "cycle" symbol to the Samajwadi Party which now may gain offical party status and coincidentally also shares the same symbol. Read on.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Telugu Artist: Stanley Suresh

The Alankritha Art Gallery in Hyderabad showcases contemporary art created by India's top artists. Included in their showcase is the work of Stanley Suresh of Andhra Pradesh. To view his CV and to see samples of his artistry click here.

World Telugu Federation's Spiritual Programme

Telugu Text Transformer: Download Padma

(Source: Mozilla and Mozdev)
Padma 0.3.2 by Nagarjuna Venna is now available for download:
Padma is a Telugu Text Transformer for Mozilla based applications. Telugu belongs to the family of Dravidian languages and is the official language of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Like other Indic languages, Telugu suffers from lack of standards support in various OS and platforms. As a result, many public and proprietary schemes have been adopted over time by different groups and businesses to address this problem. Padma aims to bridge the gap between closed and open standards until the day Unicode support is widely available on all platforms. Padma can transform selected text encoded in proprietary formats to Unicode Telugu or RTS - a open transliteration scheme. It is also capable of transforming Unicode text to RTS and vice versa.
You can read more about it here.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Minister Planning To Attend North American Telugu Conference, Has Passport Stolen

From The Times of India:
"HYDERABAD: In a glaring security lapse, an unidentified person had gone abroad on a passport issued in the name of revenue minister Dharmana Prasada Rao. This came to light when the minister went to the US consulate in Chennai to get a visa for attending the convention of the Telugu Association of North America (Tana) next month. Consulate officials reportedly told Prasada Rao that someone had already 'utilised' a passport issued in his name and travelled to the US.

The stunned minister lodged a complaint with the Banjara Hills police on Thursday. Prasada Rao said he possibly lost the passport during transit after 1994. He said during his stint as a minister between 1991 and 1994, he stayed at the ministers quarters in Banjara Hills and vacated the premises after losing the elections.

'I might have lost the passport during the transit period,' he said. Police said Prasada Rao, however, did not lodge a complaint immediately after losing the passport. When Prasada Rao became an MLA again in 1999 and in 2002, he obtained a diplomatic passport to visit Asian countries along with other legislators.

He claimed that he lost the diplomat passport too and lodged a complaint with the Srikakulam police on May 11, 2005. Subsequently, he obtained a new passport in 2005. A senior police officer is being sent to the US consulate to get details about the person who procured the passport and managed to travel abroad."

Friday, June 17, 2005

Charles Philip Brown: A Telugu Master

News Today has a fantastic article on the "field marshall of Telugu language" Charles Philip Brown. If you are a fan of the Telugu language you will most definitely have heard of him. As we previously mentioned, Brown's efforts in procuring, editing and publishing Telugu literature is enormous. Here's a quote from the article:
C P Brown announced in awe inspiring words how he came into contact with the Telugu language. He said: 'I came into contact with Telugu at a time when its literature was dying out with its flame glimmering in the socket'. Telugu language became his beloved mistress and by the end of his life in 1884, he had seen to it that practically all the classics in Telugu literature were recorded, many were published, some were translated and brought to the notice of the world. He left behind enough materials for further research to be undertaken by scholars in the Telugu language in the coming generations.


Read on for more.

Telugu Entertainment on Dish TV

From Sify:
The Essel Group-promoted direct-to-home (DTH) platform, Dish TV, has signed an agreement to distribute Southern Spice Music (SS Music), a multi-lingual music channel, which plays English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi songs.
The article claims that this deal will strengthen Tamil entertainment for city viewers. In keeping with that sentiment, it seems reasonable to say that Telugu entertainment will be promoted as well.

Lanco Entertainment Ventures Deeper into Telugu Film

From Business Standard:
Basking under the success of its maiden movie – Evadigola Vadide, Larsco Entertainment Private Limited, the wholly-owned entertainment arm of the Rs 2,000-crore Lanco Group, is lining up four more Telugu movies at an estimated investment of Rs 21 crore...

Lanco Group, which is into power generation, information technology, civil construction, property development and manufacturing, ventured into the Telugu film industry with the formation of Larsco Entertainment Private Limited in 2003...

On Larsco’s plans of foraying into the development of television software, Sirisha said, “We are endeavouring to become developers of premium television software across diverse genres including sops, sitcoms and game shows. We are currently in talks with leading Telugu entertainment channels Gemini and Maa TV. Once everything is in place, we plan to take the projects to floor by this year end,” she said.

Read on.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Melody and Grace of Telugu

There's a site on Telangana which praises the Telugu language in its "culture" section. It's a good read, with many lovely quotes and historical bits on the language. Definitely worth reading.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Telugu Religious Sites

We previously posted a link to Telugu Bhakti featuring many great religious links for those of the Hindu faith. There are many religions worshipped by Telugus all over the world. In the past we've discovered and listed a few Telugu Christian sites and posted items about Telugu Catholics (with bits of Telugu history here and here) and Telugu Muslims. Accordingly, over time, we'll compile a more indepth list of sites that feature more faiths, with a Telugu slant, of course. For now, you can check out Nannayya and Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh for those interested in Buddhism. Also, we've discovered another link for Telugu Christians entitled Telugu Language Outreach.

update: Telugu Christians might also like a book entitled "History of the Telugu Christians" by Antonius Kroot (1849-1918), scroll down once you click on the link, for info. Telugu Muslims might find books written by a Telugu journalist (in Telugu) on Indian Muslims, of interest.

Vaartalu

Monday, June 13, 2005

'Kaviraju' Ramaswamy Tripuraneni

There's a lovely bio online of the great Telugu revolutionary thinker, writer and poet 'Kaviraju' Ramaswamy Tripuraneni who left "his imprint on the development of rational thought among Telugu speaking people." Be sure to take a look!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Quick Telugu Links

Here are some Telugu-related links that you may find of interest:

Sahiti Telugu Blogs
Telugu Ascii Art (really)
Telugu slang words (do forgive us)
Telugu translation services from WorldLingo
Laser Telugu (software for Mac)
Telugu keyboard overlays from Datacal Enterprises (click on image below for larger image)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Telugu Tad Murty Wins Indo Canada Award

Telugu scientist Tad Murty, originally hailing from Andhra Pradesh, is among ten "superachievers" of Indian origin to be honoured by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce at a special gala in Toronto tonight. Below is an excerpt from the Toronto Star about Mr. Murty and his achievements:
Tsunami expert Tad Murty — who has fielded more than 400 media interview requests from around the globe since the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean catastrophe — will drive from his home in Ottawa to pick up his award.

It was India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who inspired Murty's choice of career. Murty was a boy of 14 when Nehru visited his village in Andhra Pradesh in India, shortly after a cyclone hit Orissa. In a speech, Nehru challenged India's scientists to tackle real-life problems such as natural disasters rather than just write equations only they could decipher.

"It's the first time in my life that I heard the term `natural hazard.' It sort of stuck in my mind," says Murty, 67. He went on to do his PhD in oceanography and meteorology at the University of Chicago and worked for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 27 years. He was Canada's representative in the design of the International Tsunami Monitoring System. That led to the creation of a computer modelling system now in place in 185 British Columbia communities, which warns of potential tsunamis.

"I brought science into it so we know much more about the amplitude of the tsunami, how many waves there will be, what the height will be, when it will be safe to return to the shore," as well as data on ocean currents, which are responsible for much of the damage and loss of life as tsunami waves retreat.

Murty's expertise has taken him around the world. After Dec. 26, he was part of the Canadian delegation to India and Thailand to help develop a new warning system in the Indian Ocean. Most recently, he was involved in developing tsunami warning systems for the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. Retired from the federal government, he now teaches at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. In December, when he accepts an award in India for his work, "life will have come full circle, in a sense, because that's where my interest was sparked."



(Photo Source: Bill Grimshaw for the Toronto Star)

Friday, June 10, 2005

Hyderabadi Cuisine

Thursday, June 09, 2005

North American Telugu Conference Attracts Dignitaries

From The Hindustan Times:
Renuka, Jaipal and Michigan Governor to attend...
Reflecting the emergence of the people of Andhra Pradesh on its own amongst the Indian Diaspora in the United States, the 15th conference of the Telugu Association of North America will be held at the Cobo Exhibtion Conference Centre, Detroit in Michigan. In recognition of the contribution of this community in the US and India, several leading politicians including cabinet ministers would be attending the three day gala event - held once in two years - beginning July 1.

Prominent among those who have given consent to attend the event include the Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Jaipal S. Reddy, the Union Tourism Minister, Renuka Chowdhury, Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, KR Suresh Reddy. Presence of Gadde Sindhura, the Femina Miss India - World 2005; Laya, film actress and Srikanth, film actor would add glamour to the three day event, being held on the banks of the majestic Detroit river, on the other side of which is Canada.

"We are expecting a strong attendance of about 7,000 to 8,000 Telugu people at the gala event," claimed KC Prasad, a retired nuclear scientist, and the conference chairman. As per an estimate there are about 250,000 Andhraiites in the US alone. As majority of them come from the rural areas of the Andhra Pradesh, Prasad said the conference theme appropriately been put "Rural Origin and Global Horizons", Prasad said. The budget of the conference alone, he said, is $1.3 million (Rs. 5.72 crores), which has been collected through donations, sponsorships and personal contributions. Besides a series of lectures, presentations and cultural events, the Telugu Association of North America on the occasion would present awards to a number of dignitaries for their contribution in various fields.

The Life Time Achievement Award would be presented to eminent statistician C. R. Rao, he said. A large number of businessmen, industrialists and entrepreneurs too are coming from Andhra Pradesh to exhibit their products at the convention centre. Prasad said it has been a long journey for the Association, which was formed way back in 1977 and held its first convention at Detroit. "It is again at Detroit, but this time would be making a global impact," he said. Detroit along with New York and Silicon Valley area has a concentration of people from Andhra Pradesh, he said.

Prasad claimed that TANA during all these years have been successful in preserving and propagating the Telugu cultural heritage and maintain identity of people of Telugu origin and to provide a forum for Telugu literary, cultural, educational, social, and charitable interactions among its members. Having more than 10,000 members, TANA today claims to be one of the largest Indo-American organizations. Besides the biannual national conference, TANA also holds a national youth conference, once in two years.

APPSC Secretary Lodges Complaint Against Two Telugu Dailies

From Newindpress:
HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) secretary Harpreet Singh on Tuesday lodged a complaint against reporters of two Telugu dailies for publishing some questions from Public Administration subject of Group-I paper, which was allegedly said to have been leaked. However, the secretary said the question paper was not leaked and the questions published in the papers have not tallied with the questions given in the original paper. Following a complaint, the Abids police registered cases under Sections 420 and 182 of IPC.

Tollywood Bits and Bites

From FilmChamber.com:
Quotes and Facts from Tollywood (the Telugu film industry).

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

WTF Sponsors Telugu Literary Quiz

From News Today:
World Telugu Federation (WTF) has organised a quiz programme on Telugu literature for its members on 18 June at 5 pm. The quiz, based on the culture and tradition of Andhra Pradesh, will be held at Ramakrishna Building near Egmore (near Ethiraj College). P Omkar, an eminent writer, journalist and artist will conduct the quiz. WTF members interested to participate in the quiz programme should register their names with the office on or before 10 June between 11 am and 5.30 pm by phone (28152191), fax (28153737) or in person. There will be no entry fee for the contest and affiliated associations may nominate two members from each association, a WTF press release said.

Telugu Top Five

Monday, June 06, 2005

Telugu Literature

We've been finding some wonderful Telugu links of late. Here are a few more that specifically discuss Telugu literature. One is from the High Commission of India in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the other is from the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS), Department of Telugu Studies in Chennai, India. The first link provides a lovely summary of key Telugu writers from the eleventh century onwards. The second link gives a brief account of the Telugu literary efforts of the IAS. The third link is entitled Eminent Telugu Personalities and it is truly a find. It provides links not only about Telugu writers but goes beyond and discusses leaders in politics, social sciences, philosophy, religion, physical sciences, arts & humanities, etc. One of the links that ETP provides is to a webpage devoted to Charles Phillip Brown whose efforts in procuring, editing and publishing Telugu literature is enormous. These are definitely links to bookmark.

World Telugu Federation

Telugu Fine Arts Society

There's one in New Jersey.

Telugu Cassettes

Telugu Drill and Practice

Telugu Drill and Practice is a site where you can do just that: practice Telugu letters and words online.

Haasyam: Telugu Humour

Haasyam is a site devoted to Telugu humour, jokes and cartoons.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Download New Testament Audio in Telugu

This is for the Telugu Christians out there. AudioTreasure.com offers the Bible in mp3 audio format. Included is a Telugu version of the New Testament.

Update: Telugu Christian Media offers the entire Telugu Bible as an audio download.

Telugu Books (part 2)

Indiavarta.com is another place from where you can discover and purchase Telugu books. Previously we posted a link to AVKF Book Link which is a site devoted to Telugu books. Telupu is a good place to search for books as well. Of course, you can always go to Amazon for more.

Telugu Top Five Films

According to Newindpress.com this week's tops five Telugu films are:

5. Narsimhudu
4. Athanokkade
3. Bunny
2. Bhadra
1. Chandramukhi

Visit Newindpress to read the entire article.

Photos: Saris, Temples and Weavers in Andhra

CBM Photo has a stunning photo collection of women and saris from Andhra Pradesh. Below is a glimpse of how a woman in Vijayawada wears a sari:



Additionally they have a beautiful photo collection of Hindu temples in Andhra:



And Andhra weavers going about their work day:



Telugu and Andhra fans, be sure to check out the links above for the entire collection!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Links: Telugu Fonts and Scripts

I found a webpage by Luc Devroye, (a McGill University scholar) devoted to Telugu fonts and scripts. It contains a lengthy list of links (happy browsing). One that was especially insightful was a site describing the Origins of Telugu Script. A good read indeed!

TDP Bans Vijayashanti Films

More on the conflict between the TDP and Telugu film star Vijayashanti. Read more at Newindpress:
KURNOOL: Telugu Desam leader Somisetti Venkateswarlu issued a threat to film actress Vijayashanti, saying that his party activists would not allow her films to be screened in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. ‘‘We will destroy the reel boxes if anyone wants to screen her films,’’ he said. Addressing a press conference here, the Telugu Desam leader said, ‘‘who will watch her movies in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra at a time when she is demanding separate State for Telangana?’’

Zee And the Telugus' Appetite for Entertainment

Compiled from Financial Express and Screen India:
Zee enters Rs 320 crore telugu advertising market
HYDERABAD, MAY 31: If you thought the real battle for eyeballs is fought in Mumbai and Delhi, consider this. Andhra Pradesh is the single biggest market in the country with 10 million cable and satellite (C&S) connections. Put differently, 88% of the state is connected to C&S. Moreover, Telugu accounts for 14% of all Indian viewership. That’s not all. The market size in revenue terms is an eye-popping Rs 400 crore per annum. Of this, about Rs 320 crore is from ad revenue and Rs 70 crore from subscriptions. “And this is growing at 15-17% per annum. If addressability issues are sorted out, this could touch Rs 800 crore,” points out R Ajay Kumar, Business Head, Zee South Channels, Telefilms. No wonder then that there are already 11 channels clamouring for viewer attention. And the ad pie also is too alluring to ignore. That’s precisely the reason for Zee to launch Zee Telugu (it was launched a few weeks ago) by none other than Telugu film icon Chiranjeevi.

“There is a demand we see and are trying to catering to it. Moreover, it is a tremendous pride to be in this market,” says Mr Kumar. With nearly a dozen channels, how does one stand out? The key is content differentiation. While the Telugus’ appetite for entertainment is well known, its quite a challenge for any channel to get the content mix right. While most other channels are dishing out routine song and dance fare how does Zee Telugu intend to attract viewers and retain them? “Other channels can be broadly classified into news and general entertainment channels with no specific positioning. Zee Telugu clearly segments itself in the crowd, he says. It is very clearly a very youngist, trendy and modern and for the upwardly mobile. It’s a channel for classes than masses,” explains Mr Kumar. “In short, an aspirational channel,” he adds. His logic: A third of the Telugus are under 30 and they are as good or as bad everyone else in the country. SATYA NAAGESH AYYAGARY

Reviewing Telugu Vocabulary on a Chicago Bus

I surprisingly spotted a reference to the Telugu language on a post at the Chicagoist. Someone had posed a question to "Ask Chicagoist" about what to do when a fellow bus passenger endlessly converses with you, on your daily commute. An excerpt of their response is as follows:
"What to do? Of course, the surefire approach is straight-up: "Hey, Steve, I know you consider the bus to be a massive Happy Hour on Wheels, but I've set aside this time to write haiku/practice rolling my tongue/review Telugu vocabulary. Please don't be offended that I'm not interested in chatting with you."
You can read the entire post on their website.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Antique Telugu Painting

GoAntiques.com has a vintage 1930's Telugu landscape painting for sale on its website. Visit the site for full details.

Krishnamurti



What can one say about Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) that hasn't already been said? This Telugu spiritualist, poet, writer, thinker, teacher, philosopher (and so much more) was born in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh. He rejected spiritual and psychological authority and was fascinated with how social structures condition individuals. He established schools and foundations teaching and sharing his philosophy all over the world. You can read more about this great man online, as there are plenty of wonderful websites devoted to his life, passions, and teachings: kfa, kinfonet, kfionline, quotes and stories.
"I feel that no one can lead another to truth, because truth is infinite; it is a pathless land, and no one can tell you how to find it. No one can teach you to be an artist; another can only give you the brushes and canvas and show you the colours to use."

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Bahrain: Indian School Fair Features Telugu Dancers

From The Gulf Daily News:

In Bahrain, the Indian School Fair 2005 begins on June 2nd in Isa Town. Performances by Indian stars and local artistes, including the Telugu Kala Samithi, will be featured at the two-day fair. Read more here.

Sindura Gadde: A Telugu Miss World India

This article from TeluguCinema.com was originally posted on
April 7, 2005
but is still worth reading:
Wooing Sindhura Gadde
Telugu film industry always suffers from dearth of good heroines. The industry filmmakers went joyous mood when the news arrived that a Telugu Sindhura Gadde won the title of Miss India World 2005. She was inundated by our filmmakers’ calls. Many of the prominent producers approached her and asked for her dates. Her dusky looks and height make her better heroine in Telugu, a producer commented. “More than that she is our Telugu girl, so we approached her,” a producer who met her said. Read more.