Thursday, July 31, 2008

Telugu-News is another Telugu news portal featuring mainly cinema and current events links.

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Two great links to peruse:

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Telugu Widgets for Your Blog

Widgetbox offers free (and customizable) Telugu widgets that can be placed on MySpace, Blogger, Facebook, WordPress, TypePad, iGoogle or on your own website. Many of the widgets are entertainment themed (music, videos, news and so on). You can also make your own, catered to the information you want to share.

TechRepublic similarly, offers a Telugu "movie news" widget (with free registration).

It's basically trial and error to see which widget suits your site/interests (or not).

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"The Dark Knight" to be Released in Telugu

The new Batman flick, The Dark Knight (sequel to Batman Begins 2005) will hit theaters in Telugu on July 18. The film will be released simultaneously in Telugu, Hindi and English across the world.

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The Push for Telugu's Classical Status Continues

On July 19, 2008, Delhi Karnataka Sangha (a national forum which promotes Karnataka Cultural Heritage whilst interacting with the culture & tradition of India's other states) is holding a seminar on the Classical Status for Kannada and Telugu languages in Delhi.

The event was planned upon noting that the linguistic identity in India was undergoing a period of crisis and that speech communities were drifting apart over the nation's language politics. The seminar will last one day and is being organized in association with the Kannada University Hampi, Dravidian University Kupppam, Potti Sriramula Telugu University Hyderabad and Kannada Development Authority Bangalore.

Languages, which are not included in the eighth schedule of the constitution of India, are putting forward their case for inclusion in the list. Languages like Kannada and Telugu have stood the test of time. They were languages of the people in the first millennium and continued to be the media of expression in the new world.

The Government of India for political reasons, could not declare certain ancient languages as classical ones. The criteria for such a determination is:

  • a language should be of great antiquity
  • early texts must date back at least 1,000 years
  • the language must have a body of ancient literature and texts considered a "valuable heritage"
  • literary tradition should be original and not borrowed

For a list of the distinguished participants scheduled to attend the seminar please visit Newstrack India.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Telugu's Endangered Literary Species

Newindpress recently featured an article by writer and translator, C. Mrunalini about how the “psychological novel” is becoming an "endangered literary species" in Telugu literature. Mrunalini's explanation for why writers have drifted away from the genre:

The immediate reason for this drift is the emergence of extremely strong, idealistic and absolutely essential literary movements, which stemmed out of inequalities and marginalisation in all spheres of life. The feminist, dalit and regional movements in Telugu literature brought about a social realism that left no scope for the writer to dwell on the mind of an individual.

Click on the link above to read more.

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Scanning the Headlines

A hodgepodge of Telugu news items from the past two weeks:

Telugu pride Vs Telangana demand gives headache to TDP (via

The TDP, which has stood for undivided Andhra Pradesh, is now seeing senior leaders openly expressing their support for a separate Telangana, citing recent election wins in the region.

Telugu Actor Krishna to Campaign for Congress (via

Veteran Telugu actor and former MP G. Krishna Sunday said that he will campaign for the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh in the ensuing elections to the state assembly and the Lok Sabha. The actor Sunday called on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and assured him that he would work for the victory of the party in the elections scheduled to be held in March next year.

"Satya in Love" in Telugu (via

Shivarajkumar-Genelia starrer Satya in Love will be dubbed into Telugu. The movie will be released in Telugu theatres with the same name by R. Shankar under Sri Choudeswari Prasanna Movies banner.

(New Jersey) Governor Corzine Welcomes Telugus at ATA meet (via

"It is a tremendous contribution that Telugu Americans and Indian Americans in general are making to America, and are making to New Jersey," he continued. "Indian Americans are the most rapidly growing community in the state making great contributions."

Governor Corzine proudly pointed out that one of his senior ranking members of his cabinet Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri, who had served as governor of the state for a day when Corzine was on a visit to China, is of Telugu origin. Corzine also praised Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula - another Telugu American -- as one "taking a very important leadership position in the state assembly and doing a terrific job of it."

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Sakshi Apologizes for Photo

Sakshi, a Telugu daily owned by YS Jaganmohan Reddy (the son of Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajaskehara Reddy) has apologized for the publication of a photo of Christ brandishing both a cigarette and beer can in each hand. The image sparked protests from Christian organizations within the state who have demanded the arrest of those responsible.

Jaganmohan Reddy, Chairman of Jagati Publishers, which publishes the daily, tendered an unconditional apology for hurting the sentiments of Christians. In a statement, he said, “Sakshi will publish front page apology on Monday.” He sought forgiveness of the Christian community for inadvertently publishing the picture and clarified that the photograph was downloaded from the Internet by a sub-editor, who failed to notice its quality. Stating that the news paper was started with the blessings of the Christ and his family was a true Christian family, he appealed the people not to bring politics into this issue.

Read Sakshi's front page apology (in Telugu).

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Osmania Hospital

A lovely nighttime pic of Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad (via AP Tourism, see our previous post). My mother worked there as a nurse in the early 1970s. It's quite nice to be able to put a picture to the place that's come up often in her stories over the years.

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AP Tourism

AP Tourism or the official website of Andhra Pradesh's Department of Tourism is definitely one to revisit. I had the link buried in my bookmarks and was blown away by how many wonderful features the site has to offer:

The image of Vizag Beach above is from the gallery. Definitely a site for Andhra fans!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Telugu Blogs

There are so many Telugu themed blogs and websites now. Here are a couple of movie related ones:

Telugu Video
Telugu Cinemass

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Koumudi July 2008

Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad

I discovered Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad by Karen Isaksen Leonard via Hyderabad on the Net. The hardcover, published in January 2007 by Stanford University Press, is a 416 page comparative study of Hyderabadi emigrants living abroad.

Amazon's product description reads as follows:

This book is a comparative study of Hyderabadi emigrants settling in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Canada, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates at the end of the twentieth century. Based on ten years of fieldwork and extensive interviews, it traces Hyderabadi culture and institutions in these places of settlement, looking at the different versions of Hyderabadi history transmitted and the personal networks and collective bodies formed abroad. Hyderabad, Islamic, and Urdu associations, in addition to other groups are surveyed, as are the marriages of the migrants and the subsequent generations.

The author shows how memories of old Hyderabad are retained, redefined, or discarded depending on generation, gender, class, and connections to the Nizam's former state of Hyderabad and the national narratives of the new sites of settlement. Throughout the book, she emphasizes the role of the state in identity formation, the importance of language and religion for retention and reformulation of identities, and the instability of diasporic communities both within and across national boundaries.

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Sakuntala - Naa Kanti Paapavayya

Vjdnld is a YouTube user who wants "to serve the Telugu community all over the world with the golden era of Telugu film music."

Thanks so much Vjdnld! Be sure to check out his channel on Youtube.

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"Telugu May Get Classical Status Soon"

Best Hyderabadi Blog 2008 Nominations

Hooray! Sodi News has been nominated for Best Hyderabadi Blog 2008 by Hyderabadiz 2.0. which is a lovely blog dedicated to all things Hyderabadi. Many thanks to them for the nomination. Cheers!

To place your vote, click here.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Gadde's Film Debut

Source: Times of India

The Times of India reports that former Miss India, Sindura Gadde's film debut in Sangamam awaits movie goers this Friday.

"The film is a beautiful story that deals with the importance of tradition in a rapidly changing world. The role is tailor made for actress Sindura who herself comes from a conservative Telugu family and also has travelled around the world quite a bit," says the producer, Ramesh Varma.

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