Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Telugu Varsity Announces Dharmanidhi Awards

Telugu a Must in Official Correspondence

Telugu in official correspondence a ‘must’: Mittal
Tuesday August 29 2006 12:01 IST

MACHILIPATNAM: Collector Naveen Mittal has instructed the district administration to compulsorily ensure use of Telugu in official correspondence addressed to the citizens. Speaking at the first meeting of the newly constituted district-level Official Language Commission here on Monday, the collector appealed to the commission members to help implement use of Telugu as official language in all departments throughout the district. DRO S Sunder Raju, who is also the commission secretary, spoke. ZP CEO L. Subbarayudu, agriculture JD S Jagadeeswara Reddy, R & B EE K Seshukumar, Akshara Krishna DD S Baburao and in-charge DEO Venkatasubbamma participated.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Make Authentic not Dubbed Telugu Films

Scene from "Rudrudu"
Though Tollywood churns out at least 200 films in a year, the success rate has been abysmal. Some attribute it to dubbing films while the other blame the falling standards for this. Filmmaker R Narayana Murthy, an expert in almost all the crafts of filmmaking, has advised producers to make films themselves instead of dubbing the ones of other languages into Telugu.

To read more, click the link above.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

"The Telangana Turn"

When Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K. Chandrashekhara Rao walked out of the UPA and began his hunger strike at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on August 23, he was not the first Andhra leader to use this evocative tool to pursue an emotive cause. Nearly 54 years ago, on October 19, 1952, the legendary Potti Sreeramalu went on a fast — which ended with his death on December 15 the same year.

But there is a key difference. Potti Sreeramalu’s hunger strike was to press for integrating all Telugu-speaking people into a single state; Rao’s protest is aimed at overturning that achievement and carving out a separate Telangana. The tale of these two fasts — their contrasting goals and conflicting imperatives — tells us more than contemporary Congress or TRS accounts can tell us why the Telengana issue is a lot more complex than the granting of statehood to, say, Uttarakhand or Chhattisgarh. And also why it will continue to haunt the polity even if the exit of the TRS may not affect the stability of the UPA right now.

Read more of the article by Manini Chatterjee.

Telugu Superman

This was just too funny not to post.

I found a link on eBay regarding the sale (the deadline of which is on August 26, 2006) of the Telugu version of the Superman film (1980) starring Rama Rao Taraka Nandamuri. Here's a description of the film as posted by the eBay seller:
This is the South Indian version of Superman.
The hero, Babu, witnesses the murder of his parents by- get this- Cowboys. He vows revenge, and spends the rest of the 2 hours and 15 minutes of the flick getting his revenge. Throw in some dance numbers, bad hairdos, outrageous acting, and you have yourself a classic of Indian Cinema few have ever seen.

The actor, who plays Superman, Rama Rao Taraka Nandamuri, looks like a fat Elvis impersonator, complete with a Giant H on his chest (it stands for Hanuman the monkey god). In his over 50-year career in cinema, he made over 300 movies, and was a founder of his own political party!
Lucky for us there's also a clip available from YouTube. Enjoy:

Awareness Meet On Telugu

Source: Newindpress

VISAKHAPATNAM: By drafting all the documents related to district administration in Telugu language, one could assist the enhancement of usage of the language, opined Andhra Pradesh Official Language Committee chairman ABK Prasad...

It is high time that Andhraites should think about the development of their mother tongue."

Read more.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Chiranjeevi Celebrates His 51st

Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi celebrated his 51st birthday yesterday amid a throng of avid fans. Read more about the actor and his special day at IBNLive.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Matallo: VoIP Service Launched in Telugu

A low-cost voice over Internet protocol service (VoIP) called`Matallo' (meaning "in words" in Telugu) was launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on August 21st. The service will benefit those who are not computer-savvy.
Nettlinx director Manohar Loka Reddy said the company would provide VoIP services with the help of special Matallo phones that would enable customers to communicate to international destinations. The service would benefit those who are not computer savvy and the service would work on broadband Internet connectivity. It was planned to roll out various models like Matallo home, Matallo enterprise for voice as well as videophone that would offer high clarity video-stream helping callers conduct video-conferences.

Source: The

Sunday, August 20, 2006

SMS Soon to be Available in Telugu

Source: The
SMS in Telugu to be available from next month
HYDERABAD: Soon you can do the finger numbing universal exercise of SMS (Short Messaging Service) in Telugu with a joint venture private firm about to make it available from September 1 all over Andhra Pradesh.

Telugu SMS can be accessed for a price of Rs. 99 for a single download at about 400 select outlets throughout the State. Veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao formally launched the service on Saturday ...

Moreover, SMS in other languages too were being sent in English, which gave them the idea of a Telugu SMS. Using the transliteration method, SMS in Telugu can be sent using the same keyboard available on the mobile phone, he said.

Application can be downloaded on phone and even those not familiar with Telugu can send an SMS in the language. "Dynamic content including information about agriculture as also entertainment can be sent in Telugu," said Mr. Premanand (

Telugu browser
Also in the pipeline was the launch of a Telugu browser from which movies too can be transcribed into the mobile phones, he said stating that his firm had already introduced SMS in Tamil and Malayalam.

Mr. Nageswara Rao welcomed the service and said despite English being the world language the mother tongue should never be neglected. Noted poet M.S. Reddy appreciated the service and read out couplets in praise of Telugu. Supr Tradelinks Managing Director N. Umamaheswara Rao spoke.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Chennai: The Telugu Connection

In fact, there was such a large number of Telugu speaking people in Chennai that during the reorganisation of states in 1953, the Telugu speaking people wanted Madras as the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

"They said the north of Cooum belongs to Andhra. We developed it. Many people in north Madras spoke Telugu. There were Telugu medium schools," said Randor Guy, Writer.

T-nagar is an area where a majority of the Telugu population lived. When India was being divided up, they staked their claim saying "Madras Manade" or Madras is ours. Then, the Tamils responded by saying "Madras Namade" or it is for them! The leading political party, the Congress, also had a Telugu and Tamil faction just as the Justice Party of Periyar. Of course, at a conference in Ooty, it was decided that Madras would remain with what was still known as the Madras State.

Monday, August 14, 2006

A Tryst with Destiny: India's Independence Day

August 15: India's Independence Day

An exerpt from Jawaharlal Nehru's famous "Tryst with Destiny" speech as uttered on the eve of India's independence in 1947:

'Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.'

Happy Independence Day to all Indians everywhere.

Former Union Minister's Autobiography Released in Telugu

The autobiography of former Union Minister Dr. Karan Singh, also a noted nationalist, philosopher and multi-linguist, has been translated and released in Telugu.

Source: The Hindu
"HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday said the people need to learn from former Union Minister, Karan Singh, how to serve the nation and that a new India could emerge only if youth were given a vision and channelised their `tremendous' energy.

He was speaking after releasing a Telugu translation of Dr. Singh's autobiography. Former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad translated the autobiography. Dr. Reddy said that after Dr. Prasad's book on veteran CPI (M) leader P. Sundarayya, this was the second volume he was releasing."

Read more by clicking on the link above.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

More Vintage Telugu

Watch "Nannu Dochukonduvate - Nandamuri" via Telugutejalu:

Ravoi Chandamama from Missamma via Aptorrent:

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Indo-Caribbean History: The Telugu Connection

C qoi o jus'? is a weblog by Jean-Samuel Sahai which discusses Indo-Caribbean culture. There are many fascinating pieces to read and imagery to view. Note the following excerpt on Indo-Caribbean history which references Telugu culture directly:
A sizeable minority of Indian laborers came from the Tamil and Telugu speaking regions of South India and preserved a form of Caribbean Tamil, which has, along with the Bhojpuri mentioned above, faded from use over the years.

Click on the link above to read the excerpt and to browse the site in general.

Telugu Film Director Wins Award

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Vintage Telugu Video: "Vagala Raanivi Neeve"

Courtesy YouTube user "heymeonly":

Telugu Vintage Video: "Telisindile"

Courtesy of via YouTube:

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

India Together: the Andhra Pradesh Page

Monday, August 07, 2006

David Shulman: The Passionate Scholar

Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The Hindu has a wonderful article on David Shulman, professor of Indian, Iranian and Armenian Studies and Comparative Religion in Jerusalem's Hebrew University. In the article the scholar who is on a six month sabbatical in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh (or in his words: "a town of poets and scholars") describes his love for South Indian culture and his passion for peace. Language in his opinion can provide healing for alienated and disconnected groups. He states that the monolinguistic bent of modern societies is more backward than it is progressive.

The professor will soon be directing his focus onto a study of "the development of imagination in Tamil and Telugu literature". He is keeping a diary of his Sabbatical in Rajahmundry and one day hopes to publish "an account of what it is like to live in Andhra Pradesh in 2006 by someone who spends 40 per cent of his time in a classical, medieval world."


"I'M an old-fashioned 19th century philologist who stepped into the 21st century by mistake," says David Shulman. "That means I'm interested in languages — and what they tell of culture, history and people."

"Now people are largely monolingual or speak one Indian language and English. There was a lot of dialogue between languages and scholars in the 15th and 16th centuries. That has been lost now, with each language believing itself to be a unique entity."

"South India is one of the world's richest cultural areas in sculpture, music, literature, sciences — we must not lose touch with that."

"There is a powerful connectivity in Andhra Pradesh — in everyday life, art, the themes people write about, rituals — even though people may not realise it. For example, hundreds come every evening to listen to a series of public lectures on 16th century classical Telugu poetry in Rajahmundry. Could you get an audience like that in Madras for a set of lectures on, say, the Tiruvarur ulaa or the Tiruttanikaippuranam?"

"By focusing only on certain parts of the literary tradition, we are narrowing our sensibilities and limiting the boldness of our imagination."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Andhra Ravaged by Floods

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy conducted an aerial survey of flood ravaged areas of the state on August 6th. Owing to relentless rains, many coastal regions in Andhra have been marooned. Visit NDTV to read more and watch video footage.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Telugu Version of Penguins Docu-Film to be Released

"Sunil Doshi’s Alliance Media & Entertainment PVt. Ltd. has acquired the rights of Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguins and will release the Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu versions of the French docu-film later this month. Amitabh Bachchan will give the voiceover for this thought-provoking film that chronicles the flight of displaced Penguins from Antartica. Morgan Freeman had done the voiceover for the film in English earlier."

Source: Screen India

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Director Honoured by Bay Area Telugus

Director K. Raghavendra Rao was recently honoured by the Bay Area Telugu Association. Read more from

PlanetRead Video in Telugu

PlanetRead is a non-profit organization based in the United States that is devoted to reading and literacy development around the world. They have done extensive work in India, including Andhra Pradesh as you can see by the video below: