Friday, February 24, 2006

Ancient Manuscripts Collected in Andhra Pradesh

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Resolution for Telugu as a Classical Language Adopted

Source: The Hindu
"Hyderabad, Feb. 22 (UNI): The Andhra Pradesh Assembly today adopted an unanimous resolution demanding that the Centre recognise Telugu with more than 2000 years of history and most widely spoken language in the country after Hindi, as a classical languauge." Read more here.
The Hindu posted a similar article here yesterday.

Monday, February 20, 2006

"Samakhya demands priority to Telugu as official language"

Source: Newindpress

Telugu Bashodyama Samakhya general secretary Samala Ramesh Babu stated that there should be more of an effort to make Telugu Andhra Pradesh's "official language" rather than a push towards granting it "classical language" status (a movement of which has been in full force over the past few weeks). In his opinion, Samala Ramesh Babu deemed the latter to be of secondary importance. He told Newindpress that the Samakhya would launch a hunger strike at the Indira Park in Hyderabad on Feb 21, the International Mother Tongue Day, "against the Government’s apathy in the implementation of Telugu as an official language".
Since it was a matter of identity for the Telugu people, the Samakhya would seek an annual action plan from the Government, starting from the next Ugadi, he indicated. The action plan should be aimed at making Telugu a compulsory medium of instruction at primary school level, Ramesh Babu said. He clarified that the Samakhya, which insisted on learning through mother tongue for the proper development of intelligence was not opposed to English altogether. Even to learn good English, one should have clear understanding of the mother tongue, he added.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Hope in Andhra for Endangered Birds

Rupee Magic Row

Book Review: Telugu Poets

From: The Hindu

Sarojini Premchand reviews "Andhra Kavula Charithramu" by Kandukuru Veeresalingam (Visalandhra Publishing House, 4-1-435, Bank Street, Hyderabad-500001. Rs. 400). The author (1848-1919) compiled the `Lives of Telugu poets' between 1887-97 and was first published in 1917 as two volumes.

Read the review here.

Telugu Actress in Critical Condition Following Head Injury



Tollywood star Aarti Agarwal sustained critical injuries to her head when she slipped and fell in her home. Read more from IBNLive.com.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Telugu as Movement: The Debate Begins

Source: Newindpress

The arguments for and against the "Telugu as a Movement" issue have begun. To hear the many voices raising their concerns visit this link from Newindpress. I'll post the details later.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Competition in use of regional languages

Exciting times for Telugu fans. It increasingly seems that the Telugu language along with it's practical, symbolic and official importance in daily life has taken centre stage in Andhra. And by extension, it's importance in the lives of Non Resident Indian Telugus has also been ignited. The dialogue and attention being placed upon the language, is a good thing for those of us who have always tried to promote Telugu culture.

Here's another Telugu-centric story from Newindpress:

Dr ABK Prasad, the Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman stated that there should be a competition among Indian states in "effective implementation of regional languages". The Chairman who was participating in Telugu Vikasam, a programme to promote the usage of Telugu in communication, stated that individuals could learn all available languages but should give due importance to their mother tongue. In his speech, he thanked Chief Minister Y S Rajashekara Reddy for "planning to adopt a resolution in Assembly urging the Central Government to give priority to Telugu as the oldest language". The Chairman also requested district officials to "strictly" implement Telugu as the official language. Additionally, an awareness programme was organized for administrators and officials providing guidance on the usage of Telugu in official communication.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Poets Demand Telugu be Declared an Ancient Language

Source: Newindpress

Andhra seems ignited with the movement to grant Telugu "ancient language status". Telugu poets were no exception:
KAKINADA: Noted poets of Kakinada demanded that the Government declare Telugu as an ancient language. They called upon the literary organisations to promote the usage of Telugu in daily official transactions...Addepalli Ramamohana Rao, Addepalli Literary Foundation secretary VSRS Somayajulu and all other poets unanimously stressed the need for using Telugu extensively.

Stirring Things Up: Telugu Style

Source: Newindpress
VIJAYAWADA: Several speakers at a meeting organised by Potti Sriramulu Telugu University and Siddhartha Kalapeetham here on Tuesday, called upon Telugu people to launch an agitation to achieve classical status to Telugu. They deplored the Centre ignoring the demand of the Telugus.

Telugu University Vice-Chancellor Avula Manjulata said. Telugu people in the USA were also coming forward to join in such an agitation. She said a meeting of Telugu writers would be conducted in Hyderabad on February 20.

South African Telugus Celebrate Thanksgiving

Source: IANS via WebIndia123

South Africa's Telugu community hosted their 10th annual Ram Bhajan thanksgiving function recently. The celebration was organised by the Transvaal Andhra Sabha, the representative body for Telugu-speaking people, in the mainly Indian area of Lenasia. The Telugu community is a minority in South Africa, settling mostly around Durban, where the first Indians arrived in 1860 as indentured sugarcane labourers.
Sam Naidoo, president of the Sabha, said the event was in essence a thanksgiving prayer similar to those held in Andhra Pradesh at harvest time. "It's essentially about identity - ensuring that we continue to observe the universal tradition of thanksgiving no matter where you are in the world or what your religious affiliation is, which is why we get people from all walks of life attending," Naidoo added. "We have a lot of people who have moved to this region from Durban, which is why we have attendance by so many people not just from the Telugu community but many other communities as well," said Naidoo.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Telugu Ancient Language Proceedings Start Tomorrow

Source: Andhra Cafe

On February 7, 2006, a division bench of the A.P. High Court will begin proceedings for the public interest litigation that seeks ancient language status for the Telugu language.
"The Editor of telugu daily Andhra Jyothi, K. Ramakrishna Murthy, moved the High Court for declaring Telugu as ancient language. He contended that the Union Governmentdeclared Tamil and there was no reason why the same should not be extended to Telugu Language."

Sunday, February 05, 2006

More on the Telugu Language Issue

Thanks to Andhra Herald for these links!

Telugus, Kanndigas take cue from Tamils for Classical language status
The absence of concrete political response from political parties is bothering the language promoters, though the demand is voiced long ago. The status of classical language will facilitate the States Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to get an annual grant of Rs.100 crore from the centre for devising programmes, to popularize the language.
Telugus demand to banish English
The Official Language Commission (OLG) and its chairman nowadays are leaving no opportunity to raise their arms against English language. According to
Chairman of the commission A.B.K.Prasad, the English language and its growing prominence is downplaying Telugu and pushed our Mother tongue to take a back seat. Thus the Commission even went to an extent of urging Andhra Pradesh government to stop giving permissions to English medium schools in Andhra Pradesh.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Scholars see Mesopotamia, Telugu link

Source: The Asian Age (P. Sridhar)

Telugu is thought to have had its origins date back to the 11th century AD. However, scholars now say that there is ample evidence to prove it is at least four thousand years old and argue in favor of a link between the language and ancient Mesopotamia. The article from The Asian Age is definitely worth reading. A few excerpts:
  • Hurt by the Centre’s refusal to grant ancient language status to Telugu, renowned scholars and historians have presented new evidence in an attempt to prove that the language is at least 4,000 years old. The evidence includes Mesopotamian clay tablets from 700 BC with traces of the primitive form of Telugu words.

  • Excavations at Ur in Mesopotamia and the discovery of primitive Telugu words such as Abba, Ser and Aqqu on cuneiform tablets further corroborated this theory, he said.

  • The similarity of megalithic graveyards unearthed during excavations at Markuk of Manjeera valley, with burial sites discovered at Kirkuk in Iraq, further substantiated the fact that Sumerians hailed from "Telugu land" and the language spread overseas thousands of years ago, he contended.

Singapore To Host Telugu Cultural Festival

Source: Newindpress

Singapore will host a three-day Telugu Cultural Festival to be held from April 29.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy will inaugurate the festival which (organised on the lines of TANA in America) is being held by the Singapore Telugu Samajam. The festival will pay tribute to the rich tradition and culture of Telugu.
Veteran personalities Mangalampalli Balamuraliskrishna, Bapu-Ramana art exhibition, eminent writers Jonnavithula, Garikipati Narasimharao, Gajal Srinivas, Dharmavarapu Subramaniyam and others are expected to take part in the festivities. A day before the event commences, Telugu Samajam in association with Singapore Chamber of Commerce will conduct a business meet, Andhra Pradesh- Singapore business meet, which will also be inaugurated by the Chief Minister.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Kaviraju Sites Updated

The two Kaviraju sites mentioned in this post (from last December), have been updated.

Telugu Desam Party Acts Against Child Marriage

AP: Telugu to be Recognized as Classical Language

Source: NewKerala
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Finance and Health Minister K Rosaiah today said the Government would take steps to gain classical language status to Telugu.

The Hindu has a feature on this story as well. Click here:
  • Unanimous resolution to be passed in Assembly seeking the status for Telugu
  • Official Languages Commission has collected material to prove Telugu's antiquity
  • A joint action committee to fight for the cause
"Telugu scholars are sore over the Committee's decision, coming it did after according classical language status to Tamil. Veturi Sunda Ramaramuthy, noted lyricist, said he would surrender his national award for best lyricist as a protest.

They have formed a joint action committee to fight for the cause, recalling how Telugu was described as the best of languages by Krishnadevaraya, and as "Sundara Telugu" even by the illustrious Tamil poet Subrahmanya Bharatiyar and as Italian of the East by medieval European travellers."