Monday, May 29, 2006

Telugu Short Story Winners

Source: The Hindu
The R.S. Krishna Moorthy Memorial Telugu Short Stories Competition 2006 was won by Durga Prasad Sarkar from Vizag, for "Musugu." S. Kanta Rao, Paloncha, Khammam, came second with "Poru Vanam" and M. Sundaram, Chennai, third with "Chinnodu Kadu Peddodu." The prizes were Rs. 3,000, Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 respectively.

Karnataka Telugu Mahasabhas Face Troubles

Source: Newindpress.com
BELLARY: Trouble seems to be brewing for the state-level Karnataka Telugu Mahasabhas, organised by the Karnataka Telugu federation for two days from may 27 here, with the Kannada Rakshana Vedike raising a banner of revolt.

The harmony prevailing for decades between the two Dravidian languages is being threatened now as the vedike had categorically stated that it would not tolerate any programme that would be a threat to Kannada language and culture and would stage a protest on Saturday. It had also cautioned elected representatives against attending the mahasabhas.

A Taste of East Godavari for Telugu Desam Delegates

Source: Newindpress.com

On May 27 a three-day Telugu Desam Mahanadu began in Rajahmundry. The TDP's menu was comprised of delicacies hailing from the East Godavari district for their over 45,000 delegates who were expected to attend:
The lunch and dinner will have three curries, two fries, dal curry, two chutnies, pickle, papads, gun powder, coconut powder, sambar, rasam and curd. Special sweets and fruits produced in the district will be served to the delegates along with the food. About 15,000 pootarekulu, 15,000 Kakinada gottam kajalu, 15,000 Mandapeta Madata-kajalu, 20,000 jack-fruit pods, 20,000 bananas and 20,000 mangoes have been ordered. Breakfast will have three items besides chutnies, ghee, sambar, coffee and tea. Moreover, several mouth-watering snacks and tea have been planned for the evening. Waterproof kitchen and dining halls with all facilities have been furnished on the college grounds...Non-vegetarian items would also be served to the delegates on Sunday...

Vested Interests May Disrupt Language Harmony

Source: Newindpress.com
BELLARY: Kannada Kranti Dal activists led by its working president T M Suresh, vice-president Chanalu Veera Reddy, general secretary Sidmal Manjunatha submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Arvind Srivastava to take necessary steps to avoid any possible insult to Kannada language at the proposed ‘Karnataka Telugu Sammelan’ scheduled for May 27 and 28.

They said in Bellary both Kannada and Telugu speaking people living with harmony and brotherhood. But some vested interests are trying to glorify Telugu and to create differences among people.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Andhra Scholar Honoured in New Jersey

A noted Hindi scholar, Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmiprasad who authored "Draupadi" both in Hindi and Telugu, was honoured in New Jersey by the Indian-American community. Dr. Lakshmiprasad is the chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Hindi Academy and also won the Padmasree award earlier this year. Srinivas Polavarapu, a former student of Dr. Lakshmiprasad organized the three hour celebration. About 500 members of the community, mostly Telugus attended.

Read more at the Hindustan Times.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Godavari

Sekar Kammula's film 'Godavari' takes place during a ferry ride from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh. The story is told via the travellers on board, including a dog.

A review of the film by New Kerala's B. Anuradha expresses a bit of disappointment:
"After the success of "Anand", Telugu director Sekar Kammula's latest venture "Godavari" is a wee bit disappointing. The disjointed screenplay and ambience has not gone down well with the audiences and therefore the film has failed to become an instant hit.
Telugu Cinema on the other hand states:
"Despite few flaws, Godavari is good film. Especially it goes well with the family audiences and A center patrons. Shekar reaches his target audiences with this film."
Read more about the film via Telugu Cinema and from Idle Brain. Read more about the actual Godavari River here.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Top Telugu Album: Pokiri

According to IANS the "Pokiri" album is selling like hot cakes. Visit NowRunning for links to wallpapers, reviews, trailers etc.

The top five Telugu albums are:
1. "Pokiri": "Noppi Noppi" and "Dole Dole' are the catchiest tunes of the chartbusting album.

2. "Bangaram": Composer Vidyasagar displays his capacity to produce mass-oriented tunes, but the film's declining collections could affect the audio's market. Still, "Ra Ra Bangaram" and "Egire Chilakamma" are aired on every countdown show.

3. "Godavari": After the hugely successful "Anand", director Sekar and composer Radhakrishna team up to deliver another classical-based album. It is like a breath of fresh air if you overlook the similarities with "Anand". "Manasa Gelupu" and "Manasavacha" stand out.

4. "Pandem Kodi": After "Happy", the Tamil composer's "Pandem Kodi" (remake of Tamil "Sandai Kozhi") album sounds interesting. "Gumthalakadi Gabba" and "Ooni Vesina Deepavali" stand apart. The film's success could enhance the audio's sales.

5. "Mayajalam": After a long gap, director-composer S.V. Krishna Reddy comes up with an album of hummable tunes. Its success will depend on the film. "Hot Summer" and "Teeyaga" are peppy numbers.
Source: IANS via Now Running

Telugu Delegation Meets with PM


An "all-party" delegation consisting of 43 MPs from Andhra Pradesh, met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on May 17, 2006, urging him to confer classical language status to Telugu. The delegation was led by State Minister for Culture, M. Satyanarayana Rao.

Minister Rao submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Singh outlining various "historical-epigraphic, numismatic, literary-- evidence to prove the historicity" of Telugu. References to various research papers published by celebrated linguists and historians were also used to substantiate the demand.
Singh gave a patient hearing and assured to get the issue examined at the earliest, Rao said....So far only Sanskrit and Tamil have been granted the status of classical language. In the wake of strong demands from Telugu scholars, state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy appointed the task force. The panel painstakingly collated information from various sources to prove that Telugu is as older than 1500 years, the criterion fixed by the Centre to grant the status, Rao added.
Source: NewKerala

Telugu meet at Bellary

Film stars and political leaders will participate in a two-day Telugu meet organised by the Karnataka Telugu Association at Bellary on May 27 and 28. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Maharashtra Governer S M Krishna, Andhra ministers M Satyanarayana Rao, J Geeta Reddy will be attending the event. Also:
"Film stars K Satyanarayana, Suhasini, Kanta Rao, Sirkant and others would be presented the `Bellary Raghava' award for their contribution to the film industry. Raghava, who was born in Bellary, was the doyen of Telugu theatre in 1940s and 50s until films became a popular medium especially in the rural areas."
Source: NewKerala

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Telugu News Links

"Learn Urdu through Hindi or Telugu" via Deepika Global

"Sekhar plans Telugu blockbuster against Godavari backdrop" via NewIndPress

Telugu Portal

Another cool site for Telugu fans: Telugu Portal.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Telugu News Links

Bomb blast in Hyderabad movie theatre (via Zee News)

Zee Telugu aired the Chiranjeevi tribute on May 7th, 2006 (via IndianTelevision.com)

Acclaimed filmmaker Rama Reddy passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2006 (via NDTV.com)

Government to prosecute Telugu daily for defamatory reports (via Newindpress.com)

Pokiri the cream of the crop in current Telugu films (via TeluguPortal.net)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

40 Day Telugu Film Fest

Source: The Hindu
HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Film Television and Theatre Development Corporation is organising a 40-day Telugu Film Festival at Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam. The festival, for which entry is free, starts on May 2 with the screening of `Maya Bazar' and concludes on June 15. Films to be screened include `Prathighatana', `Anthasthulu', `Suryavansham', `Varsham', `Dr.Chakravarthi', `Swati Muthyam', `Pandanti Kapuram', `Veerabhimanyu', `Swayam Krushi', `Sruthi Layalau' and `Tholi Prema'. There will be no screenings from May 11- 14 and May 28.

Venkaiah: Promote Telugudanam

Source: The Hindu
HYDERABAD: Former BJP president M.Venkaiah Naidu has called for steps to promote Telugu and ensure that the future generations did not give a goby to the rich cultural practices.

Addressing the concluding session of the Singapore Telugu Conference on Monday, he expressed displeasure at the current trend of Telugus giving up "Telugudanam" in the matter of dressing and usage of the language, a party press release said.
Read more here.

Will Jayaprada Star in Telugu Films Again?



Well we're not sure about the answer to that question but there's an interesting piece on Andhra Cafe that will interest her fans:
"She's been away for quite some time and is coming back in a special role in P Vasu directed Balakrishna starrer. Jayaprada was busy with politics and bollywood films but now this role might be taken as an re entry to telugu films."