Monday, July 31, 2006

Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Generation

Over at The Hindu.com you can read a book review by N.C. Ramanujachary on "Nectar of Contemplative Thinking" by Sesham Ramanujacharyulu (Pub. by S Godadevi, LIG 27, Phase 4, Vanasthalipuram, Hyderabed. Rs. 150). The book is an anthology of 80 articles on religious themes written by the editor of a Telugu daily. The author references ancient quotes from Sanskrit and Telugu literature whilst drawing relevance to present times. Additional themes advocated in the book:
"self-discipline, right kind of living, discrimination and discerning wisdom, true spirit of patriotism, role models for humanity and sense of propriety in human action."
An important read for younger and older generations alike.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Two Years of Sodi News

We started this blog just over two years ago, on July 16, 2004: our family project tracking Telugu culture online. We're truly delighted to be continuing onwards and we are immensely grateful to all the lovely visitors who come everyday and make blogging such a wonderful experience.

We've learned so much about Telugu culture these past two years and we hope you stumble upon new discoveries too. Thanks to everyone who visits. Feel free to share your Telugu-related stories, experiences, images, memories etc. with us.

Whether you're a Telugu or not, we welcome you!

Cheers and namaste!

Images from Hyderabad

Source: Hindustantimes.com Photo Gallery

A hodgepodge of images from Hyderabad:



"Star Badminton players P Gopi Chand and Kaurunya lead a 'traffic awareness run participated by the school children, in Hyderabad." July 31, 2006.




"Poth rajas perform traditional dance in back drop of historic Charminar on the eve of the 'Bounalu Festival' in Hyderabad on Sunday." July 23, 2006.




"Devotees participate in the closing ceremony of Bonalu Festival in Hyderabad." July 26, 2006.




"Hyderabad district collector RV Chandravadan along with director, archeology department, KS Dareshwari inspect the historic Chomahalla palace of Nizam, following direction from Andhra high court." July 3, 2006.





"Students paying floral tributes to former Prime Minister PV Narsimaha Rao on his 86th birth anniversary in Hyderabad." June 28, 2006.



"A municipal worker tries to clean the drains to ensure smooth flow of rain water as the monsoon showers lash Andhra Pradesh, in Hyderabad." June 23, 2006.

Andhra Implements Cell for Gulf Area NRIs

Source: Hindustantimes

Similar to that of Kerala, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet will implement a cell to address problems of non-resident Indians (NRIs) from Andhra who are working in the Gulf area:

"As disturbing reports of the workers landing in jails, being exploited by job agents and employers and even of some committing suicides continued to pour in from the Gulf region, the state government felt the need to set up a cell devoted to the issue."

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Children's Animated Features in Telugu

YouTube user "Sweatbabe" has posted many lovely clips of animated Telugu rhymes for children. Here is one offering entitled, "Gudu Gudu Gunjam Gunde Raagam":



Click here for all the other videos posted by "Sweatbabe".

Doordarshan to Air Telugu Classics



Doordarshan's Indian Classic Series, "Katha Saritha" will air programmes based on the works of eminent Telugu authors at the end of July:
Covering a select genre of classics, children's literature, art and culture and humour, these works are part of 800 half-an-hour episodes being produced in 15 languages.

In Telugu, the series has programmes based on works of Munimanikyam Narasimha Rao (`Kantham Kathalu'), Raavi Shastri (`Kitiki'), Abburi Chaya Devi (`Tana Margam') Tangirala Subba Rao (`Katama Raju Kathalu'), Koduri Kousalya Devi (`Tiyyani Badha'), Vasireddy Sitadevi (`Maripoyina Manishi'), Gollapudi Maruti Rao (`Sexy Katha'), Avasrala Ramakrishna Rao (`Nannu Chusthe Naake Navvosthundi'), Gunturu Sheshendra Sharma (`Kiranmayi'), V.S. Ramadevi (`Devudiki Uttaram'), Arudra (`Devuni Yeduta') and Sadguru Shjivananda Murthy (`Andhrula Charitra Samskruti').
The programmes will be broadcast at 8 p.m. beginning on July 31st (to be repeated at 8 a.m. the next morning). Doordarshan is India's National Broadcaster.

Source: The Hindu

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Telugu Top Five

The Telugu top five for this past fornight:

Telugu films:

1. 'Ashok'
2. 'Pokiri'
3. 'Vikramarkudu'
4. 'Pandem Kodi'
5. 'Nandanavanam 120 kms'


Telugu albums:

1. 'Ashok'
2. 'Pokiri'
3. 'Vikramarkudu'
4. 'Amma Chepindi'
5. 'Godavari'

Source: Indo-Asian News Service Via DailyIndia.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

NBK Fans

Telugu actor NBK has many devoted fans, as evidenced from the many online shrines dedicated to the performer: NBKfans.com and Nandamurifans.com for example. YouTube user "redbull" posted a video of a rally conducted by NBK fans in Guntur city on the release of his film Veera Bhadra in April. It's a bit loud but it's a nice way to glimpse these passionate fans and the beautiful city of Guntur:

View video here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Vintage Telugu Video: Brindavanamadi

Posted by YouTube user "heymeonly":

Monday, July 24, 2006

Review of Godavari



Read a review of the Telugu film Godavari by blogger Durga Prasad. Thanks for the link Durga! Visit IndiaGlitz and at NowRunning.com for stills from the film.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Telugu Nation

We recently discovered a new Telugu-themed blog called Telugu Nation, written by a nationalist named Ambanath. The blogger invites only his fellow Telugu nationalists to comment on his write ups. In his own words, the intent of the site is as follows:
"It will seek to put our perspective of our (Telugu) nation from a fresh angle in the light of the much-evolved modern concepts of democracy, human rights and development. Thus, it will also be a running commentary on the ongoing things pertaining to Telugu language, Teluguland, Telugu people and their rights and human dignity."

"Latin of the East" Goes West

Andhra Cafe is reporting that Telugu will be offered at the University of Berkeley in California this fall:
“Latin of the East”, Telugu, is finally spreading to West. In a significant development for the language, the prestigious University of Berkeley in California, USA has come forward to establish a new department for Telugu language with an intention to start Telugu as a subject for this fall semester.
Another American university, namely the University of Wisconsin already has a Telugu department.

"Father's Love Letter": Available in Telugu

This entry will be of interest to Telugu Christians. The "Father's Love Letter" is a compilation of bible verses from both the Old & New Testaments that are presented in the form of a love letter from God to the world and is available for download in Telugu. Available in PDF and mp3 formats.

Telugu Version of Bharat Matrimony

BharatMatrimony.com the widely successful Indian matchmaking service established in 1997, has launched a Telugu version of its website (also visit the English-Telugu version). The Telugu version is part of a recent effort to offer multi-lingual services (in six different Indian languages): including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi & Gujarati. In three months even additional language portals will be offered:

The company has become the first Internet vertical (vortal) & to offer services in 6 languages. The entire interface, navigation, drops down fields & sub fields have been completely enabled in the chosen language, without just being cosmetic.

Source: PRN Wire

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Vintage Telugu Video: Dagudu Mutalu

Posted by YouTube user KiranTakies:

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mmm, Dosa!


Image by Flickr user krashkraft

"Dosa...A Love Story" is a must read for fans of Dosa and Andhra cooking alike. Who among us hasn't felt the same? For more wonderful Andhra recipes (and a whole lot more) visit Mahanandi--Amma & Authentic Andhra.

Telugu Related Dictionaries

For browsing and bookmarking:

Charles Philip Brown Telugu English Dictionary
J.P.L Gwynn Telugu-English Dictionary
English Telugu Dictionary
Hindi Telugu Dictionary
Hindi-Telugu Common Vocabulary

More links.

Random Video: Chitapata Chinukula

Recovered Ancient Telugu Manuscripts to be Digitized

Source: The Hindu



The findings of a survey conducted last February by the National Manuscripts Mission provides evidence and insight into Telugu's rich cultural heritage. The survey recovered ancient manuscripts from Rajahmundry (about 262,439 to be exact), written on palm leaves, copper plates and hand-made paper.
"A majority of them are in Telugu script and are 300 to 400 years old, indicating the rich heritage of the language. Some are in Persian, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu. The manuscripts, passed on from generation to generation, have been secured from individual families who preserved them all these years and responded to the notice issued by the Government as part of the mission."
The Andhra Pradesh government plans to administer another survey for the families who own these much valued pieces of Telugu heritage, in order to determine their willingness to part with them. The Oriental Manuscripts Library and Research Institute plans to preserve the finds through digitisation (among other means) upon confirming their antiquity.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Telugu Library Archives

Of the few medieval libraries in existence, the Thanjavur Maharaja Serfoji's Sarasvati Mahal Library located in Tamilnadu is a unique repository of knowledge and culture initiated by successive dynasties of Nayaks and the Marathas of Thanjavur. The Library contains rare and valuable collections of manuscripts, books, maps and paintings relating to the arts and culture. It is even described by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as being "the most remarkable Library in India". Of interest to readers of this blog, is the fact that the Library boasts the richest collection of Manuscripts pertaining to the history and culture of South India. The Manuscripts are written in Sanskrit, Tamil, Marathi and of course Telugu.
Telugu Manuscripts
"The Tanjore Telugu manuscripts collection is unique and it represented the home productions of royal patrons of art, their court Pandits and other scholars domiciled in the Tanjore country. It may be said that the collection represents the southern school of Telugu literature.

The Telugu Manuscript section deal with Padya Kavyas, Dvipada Kavyas, Satakas, Yakshaganas, Astrology, Medical etc., are there in this section. The works of Nannaiya, Tikkanna, Bodanna, Krishnadevaraya, and Vijayaraghava Nayak are also available. These are the most valuable collection of manuscripts particularly relating to the Southern School of Telugu Literature. These manuscripts are catalogued in two volumes.

The Bhagavata mela tradition of dramas was first written in Telugu language and lot of dramas is available in palm leaf manuscripts."

The Digital Library of India
boasts a collection of online works available in a variety of Indian languages, including Telugu that are available over the internet.

Sundarayya Vignana Kendram Library: "The Research Library is a major depository for Telugu written heritage, including the very valuable private papers of P. Sundarayya, extending to more than 100,000 pages. Today the Research Library holds approximately 75,000 rare printed material." The library is located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

From the Digital South Asia Library (Chicago) "A Primer in Telugu Characters" by Edward C. Hill (1991). You can search for others.

Yanam Library: Located in Pondicherry has a collection of Telugu books.

We will post more library info at a later date.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Aishwarya Dubbed: Telugu Style


Bollywood heroine, Aishwarya Rai will be acting in a telugu film, well sort of. She will be in a dubbed Telugu version of Maniratnam's buzz-worthy film "Guru". Read more from Andhracafe.com.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mumbai Help

A blog entitled "Mumbai Help" set up for emergencies in the Bombay/Mumbai area (in conjunction with the World Wide Help Group) has detailed information for those who were affected by the bomb blasts on July 11th. Please visit the site if you are in need of information.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Andhra on Alert



After yesterday's horrifying and tragic bomb blasts in Mumbai, there are fears and speculations that Hyderabad could be another target.

From the Deccan Chronicle:

Hyderabad may be next terror target
Hyderabad, July 11: Will Hyderabad be the next terror target? Well, the scale of preparation of the city and Cyberabad police seems to suggest so. The entire police force was put on stand by and most of them were seen patrolling the roads. Intelligence Bureau alerted that Hyderabad could be on the hit-list of terrorists.

A State intelligence official said, “The Ganesh festival is approaching and Bonalu festival is on. It is a sensitive situation. If anything happens it can lead to communal tension. It is a highly dangerous time chosen by the terrorist organisations. Missing terrorists and recent spurt of Bangladeshi militants into the State are a cause for concern. We have alerted the city police.”

Railway stations in the State were being sterilised of bombs on Tuesday night. A red alert was sounded in the city and Task Force and Counter Intelligence sleuths began checking the whereabouts of ISI suspects who were involved in earlier terror cases. Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen told this newspaper, “A high alert has been sounded throughout the State. We are controlling the access at the AP-Maharasthra border and checking every vehicle entering the State from Maharasthra.

Security is being spruced up at railway stations, airports and bus stations. We are co-ordinating with CISF, SPF and Railway Protection Force. Four extra platoons have been roped in and kept at the disposal of city police. One Rapid Action Force battalion is being stationed in the old city. There are no tensions in the city so far.”

Anti-sabotage teams and bomb disposal squad are checking lodges, railway stations and other public meeting places in the city. Police asked the public to inform the control room on 100 or 23261166 (Hyderabad) and 27852818 for Cyberabad in case they notice any suspicious objects. Meanwhile, Cyberabad police beefed up security at Hitech city and other IT establishments in Madhapur. Private security agencies guarding IT companies were asked to be on their toes. Residences of all VIPs and major Central and State government offices and police headquarters security were also beefed up.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Test Launch from Andhra Fails



Source: NDTV.com and Space.com:
HYDERABAD, India — India’s space program suffered a setback July 10 when a domestically built rocket carrying a television broadcasting satellite failed shortly after liftoff. The Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), which was making its second operational flight, was ordered destroyed when it veered out of control 40 seconds after lifting off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. The launch debris, including the $20 million Insat-4C communications satellite, fell into the Bay of Bengal.
Click on the links above to read more.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Telangana Dream Fading?


A report from IndianExpress.com states that the Telangana dream of a separate state is starting to fade with a poor showing in the panchayat elections which was swept by the Congress.
Andhra Chief Minister YS Rajashekhara Reddy said the results showed Telangana was not an issue in the region. Asked if the relatively bad performance of the Congress-TRS alliance in Telangana, compared to other regions of the state was due to the slow progress on the statehood demand, Reddy said: ‘‘The TDP, which is opposed to the statehood, gained and this shows the people are no longer demanding it.’’

Party sources said Andhra Pradesh was formed after a long struggle for a united Telugu speaking region and a division of it is not emotionally appealing. Reddy has been trying to reach out to the Telangana region by focussing on plans to alleviate underdevelopment.

Click on the link above to read more.

Image: Wiki

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Project Ghantasala


Project Ghantasala is an online memorial and tribute to the great Telugu composer. Definitely worth visiting.

Image: Wikipedia