Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

2006
నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు
-- సోదిన్యూస్

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Mobile Games Launched in Telugu

Remembering

Source: Hindustan Times and Reuters



Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the tragic tsunami that devastated several countries along the Indian Ocean coastline. Click here for a recap of the commemorations.

Image Source: 26 Dec 2005 REUTERS/Parth Sanyal

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Veteran Telugu Actress Dies

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! There are Telugu Christmas ecards available at TeluguPeople.com should you need to send Telugu greetings to your loved ones! Cheers!

Monday, December 19, 2005

'Kaviraju' Ramaswamy Tripuraneni Blog

There's a passionate blog entry about Telugu revolutionary thinker, writer, and poet 'Kaviraju' Ramaswamy Tripuraneni. Back in June we found and posted a link to an online bio of KRT (I wonder if it's the same blogger who created the site). Worth checking out.

Telugu Singer P. Susheela Receives Honours

Source: Manoramaonline.com

Albeit delayed, famous Telugu singer P. Susheela received the Padmasree (the Ghantasala award) by the Dilip Kumar Cultural Academy during the Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Aradhana Festival in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. P. Susheela has more than 1000 songs to her credit.
"Senior journalist and Padmasri awardee Turlapati Kutumba Rao deplored the delay by the Centre in announcing the Padmasree award to noted playback singer P Suseela...Later, she enthralled the audience with old songs in Telugu films. She also gave away prizes to winners in the Telugu film song contest conducted by the academy." Click here to read more.

Telugu Podcasting Site

Blog Andhra is the "World's First Telugu Podcasting Site". Check them out!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Current Top Five Telugu Audio Tracks

Source: IANS via New Kerala

1. "Jai Chiranjeeva".
2. "Mahanandi".
3. "Devadasu".
4. "Vennela".
5. "Sambhavami Yuge Yuge".

Telugu Christmas Songs

Friday, December 16, 2005

Zee Telugu: New Game Plan for 2006

Source: Indian Television

Excerpts from the article:
The re-launch had initiated a shift in positioning, from the mass based general entertainment mode to an upwardly mobile and young milieu...

Topping Zee Telugu's strategy as the channel driver is the interactive gameshow Gold Rush...Anchored by popular Telugu television personality Udayabhanu, the show is targeted at housewives...

Spokesperson Jyoti Gosala states, "We are planning a lot of things for the coming year. To begin with, we are launching the Friday telefilm band Friday Releases starting January 6. Under this band, every Friday we will telecast original telefilms produced by independent filmmakers exclusively for the channel. We have roped in popular production houses such as Digi Films, Dream Visuals, Houseful Entertainer and Devi Art Productions for this."...

Another property that is presently in the production stage is a music-based show Zee Sound Party.

Telugu Film News

New Method of Teaching Telugu

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Censorship Imposed on Two Telugu Newspapers

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Andhra Helpline

Andhra Pradesh's Yellow Pages online.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Telugu Phrases for Vegetarians

Heads up vegetarian types! In case you've ventured into Andhra Pradesh and are not too familiar with the Telugu language, the International Vegetarian Union has a webpage where you can learn key phrases in Telugu (and other languages) that are essential for all veggie eaters to know when travelling:
  • Nenu maamsamu chepalu thinanu - I don't eat meat or fish
  • Nenu shudda shaakaahaarini - I am a pure vegetarian
  • Nenu gudlu, paalu, venna tinanu. - I do not consume eggs, milk or butter
  • pAlu, majjigA paravA lEdu - Milk and buttermilk are OK
  • There is no equivalent for Cheese in Telugu!

A New Telugu Channel in the Works

Source: Televisionpoint.com

Jaganmohan Reddy, the son of Andhra's Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, is planning on launching a 24-hour Telugu television "infotainment" channel. His efforts are not merely for cultural reasons however, as he for the most part plans to counter "the biased media coverage that his father gets".

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Old Telugu Songs

Found a lovely site for fans of vintage Telugu music. Aptly named oldtelugusongs.com the site features Telugu songs that are over 50 years old. A screencap can be found below:

Andhra Herald

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Laya: The Telugu Ammayi

Source: Newindpress.com, Indiaglitz, Webindia123

There's actually a Telugu actress who acts in Telugu films.

I'm only kidding. Recent articles would suggest that actual Telugu actresses (in Tollywood) do not in fact exist. They're quite wrong. Case in point, Telugu actress Laya is featured in Newindpress today. She's young, talented, intelligent and Telugu. Congrats Laya!

Oh and by the way in other Tollywood news, Jackey Shroff (the Bollywood actor) is set to act in a Telugu film.

Indian TV Entertainment on the Net

MyTV.in displays Telugu entertainment footage that may be of interest to readers of this blog:
"MyTV.in has been set up in an effort to bring the Indian entertainment closer to people who do not have easy access to such programming and is absolutely FREE."
Thanks to Naresh K. for sending us the link!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Andhra Cafe

Open-Source Software in Telugu

Entertainment: Telugu Style

Friday, December 02, 2005

Submissions: Share Your Telugu Stories

Telugu is a beautiful language; it's people and culture are unique and not widely known (from our experience in North America anyway). That was the precise reason for starting Sodi News: to act upon our interest to explore and share Telugu culture with both Telugus and non-Telugus alike.

Thus, it is in that vein that we ask if you have any unique Telugu stories, memories, experiences or pics...that you'd like to share on this blog? We're welcoming submissions by Telugu fans and will post them on Sodi News. We're looking for submissions that communicate what Telugu culture is about and to a further extent, what makes it unique. It can be a mere observation, a memory from childhood, travel notes, photos (on flickr etc.), clothing, food, music and so on. We welcome submissions from everyone: you don't have to be a Telugu person but rather have some connection to the culture.

Please send your entries to sodinews (at) gmail (dot) com. Remember to include your name, email and location. We'll edit/review the entries for purposes of space (and to weed out spam). Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers!

Animal Farm: The Telugu Translation

Here's a quick Telugu related fact. George Orwell's famous novel "Animal Farm" (a socio-political satire of a revolution that went wrong) was published in 1945 and later translated into many languages, including Telugu. The original title of the novel was "Animal Farm: A Fairy Story" due to the author's fascination with fairy stories in childhood. The Americans however, dropped the "A Fairy Story" bit and simply left the title as the infamous "Animal Farm". Now here's the Telugu connection:
"Only in Telugu, of all the translations made in Orwell’s lifetime, was A Fairy Story retained. In other translations the subtitle was dropped or became A Satire, A Contemporary Satire, or was described as an adventure or tale."

Some Links for You

Hello Telugu fans! Thanks to "Bhale Budugu" (nice name by the way) for letting us know of a Telugu website created by the Maganti family. Also, I've finally added some new Telugu related blogs to the side bar. Thanks to Kufr, Naresh and Bhale for visiting!