Naveen lauds Telugu meet

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By SUNIL PATNAIK
  • Published 5.02.11
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Berhampur, Feb. 4: An initiative to make the Telugu-speaking people, who are residing outside Andhra Pradesh, to interact and know about their language, literature and culture has brought the community’s annual meet to Orissa.

The sixth all-India Telugu conference was inaugurated here today. It is being organised jointly by Poti Sriramulu Telugu University, Mandali Venkat Krishna Rao (MVKR) International Telugu Centre of Andhra Pradesh in coordination with Andhra Bhashabivardhini Samajam Berhampur and other Telugu organisations of Orissa.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who inaugurated the conference, hoped that the conference would strengthen the cultural ties between the two states.

“Orissa, the land of Lord Jagannath, advocates equality for all. The Telugu community in Orissa, especially in the southern and western regions, have contributed significantly to the economic and cultural growth of our state. Today there are many households in Orissa who celebrate both Oriya and Telugu festivals with equal enthusiasm. Berhampur being in the forefront and contributed significantly in developing the blend of culture,” he said.

Former President of India V.V. Giri, Dr. Opala Laxman Rao, who translated many pieces of Russian literature into Telugu, eminent scientist and Director of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project Dr Kota Hari Narayan are among the Telugus of Berhampur who have left an indelible mark in the national scene and made Berhampur and Orissa proud, he noted.

The total number of Telugu speaking people in the world was around 16-crores, of which 50 per cent live in Andhra Pradesh and rest in other states, he said.

Naveen lauded the organisers for holding the conference outside AP and trying to bring all Telugu-speaking on one platform.

Elaborate security arrangements were made as several VVIPs, including the chief minister and a former Andhra Pradesh minister Mandali Buddhaprasad, were present.

Though N Kirankumar Reddy Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas S Jaipal Reddy, two Ministers of Andhra Pradesh including Vatti Vasanth Kumar and D K Aruna were scheduled to attend the conference they did not turn up.

Potti Srireeramulu Telugu University which is organizing the conference has also organised a photo exhibition. More than 150 photographs of eminent Telugu personalities are being exhibited there.