Contact Us Literary and Cultural Programmes The programmes arranged from time to time have been very popular among the literary and cultural circles. They include discourses, seminars, symposia, workshops, book realease functions, memorial lectures, endowment speeches, special lectures and the like. Most of the luminaries of the Telugu literary horizon participated in the literary programmes. The Vedika serves as a forum for poets, writers and critics to meet and deliberate on subjects of literary interest in an amiable atmosphere. In addition to arranging literary programmes, books have been published as compilations of the lectures.

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Contact Us Telangana Saraswatha Parishath The dawn of Telangana as the 29th State of the Republic of India on is a matter of ecstasy to the entire people of the region. The formation is the fruition of decades of struggle, comprising multiple mode for separate identity and existence, involving all sections of the society in Telangana. Though Telugu is the major language of the land, it is equally a cordial home for several tongues. History narrates how the protagonists of Telugu had to endeavour in every conceivable method to ensure survival of the language.

Many organizations worked in this direction. Erstwhile Andhra Saraswatha Parishath was the pioneering body dedicated to the cause. Today, the Parishath is reckoned as one of the principal instruments for the prosperity of Telugu language, literature, arts and culture in Telangana. A Brief review of its origin and growth does serve as a source of inspiration to the present and future generations and prompt them to continue the legacy with fervour.

Origin There was a period in the past when Telugu, the second largest spoken language in India, enjoyed royal patronage in the areas coming under the erstwhile Hyderabad State. Special mention shall be made of the magnificence fillip given to Telugu by Qutubshahi Rulers. Several classics were produced and the Telugu literature was enriched.

But change of successive dynasties brought misfortune to Telugu. The Rulers of Asafjahi dynasty were not benefactors of Telugu. Urdu was the court language and other languages lost their significance.

The administrative authorities of Nizam were not favourably disposed towards the Telugu language. They resorted to muffle the language. It was indeed a paradox that on one occasion some individuals from a sister language, probably under the influence of the bureacracy, chose to humiliate Telugus and their language.

This ignited the sparks of dignity and honour among Telugu people of Telangana and paved the way for a series of endeavours and movements to restablish the glory of Telugu language. A movement was launched then. Institutions were founded. Research centres were set up. And there were other similar measures in the direction, unmindful of the risks involved. Some ardent protagonists of Telugu were not contented with these steps.

They were keen on the formation of a special organization for the propagation and preservation of Telugu language, literature, arts and culture. A meeting of prominent persons interested in the subject was convened.

Sri Lokanandi Sankaranarayana Rao presided over the meeting. The participants deliberated on various aspects of the issue. It will be an exciting experience to recollect the names of eleven members of the sub-committee elected to draft rules and regulations for the Parishath. Later, it was shifted to Hanumantekdi area. In due course of time, horizons of its activities were expanded to other States and even other countries.

Many stalwarts were responsible for the rapid progress of the parishath in terms of ramification of its activities and areas of its operation. Their list is long and their contribution will ever be remembered with gratitude.

The association of Dr. Devulapalli Ramanuja Rao with the Parishath was indeed a period of speedy strides. He worked with unparalleled devotion and dedication. He thoughtfully chose eminent poet, educationist and administrator Jnanpith Awardee Dr. Narayana Reddy to wield the reins of the Parishath as its next President. The institution witnessed tremendous developments in all aspects under the guidance of Dr. Narayana Reddy. He devised a variety of literary and cultural programmes to project the glory of Telangana with all the spendour of its language, literature, arts and culture.

The Parishath on its very formation laid down its ideals in specific terms. They are : Aims and Objectives : In keeping with the ambience of its origin, the Aims and Objectives are broad-based and far-fetching. They may be summarised as follows : To spread literacy and Telugu language among the masses; To conduct examinations in Telugu; To publish standard books To hold periodical conferences, meetings, literary gatherings and so on; To create literary taste and interest among the people; and To promote Telugu language, literature, arts and culture in all aspects.

It is relevant to recollect the enormous efforts of the earlier organisers in the past in moulding the Parishath into a paradigm body. Though now a part of the history, it deserves due recognition. Branches The commitment of the Parishath for the propagation of literacy and development of Telugu language, literature, arts and culture caught the imagination of Telugus in different parts.

They readily responded to partake in its endeavours. This fact was testified by the establishment of numerous branches all over the State and outside places like Mumbai, Sholapur, Bidar, Gulbarga, Selam, Bangalore, Hosur etc. Sri Rama Murty Appanna and others did remarkable service for the active functioning of the Branch in Mauritius. In fact, all the branches of the Parishath turned out marvellous work. The organisers of the branches functioned as a team with dedication.

They motivated many enthusiasts to work for the cause of effective implementation of the objectives of the Parishath. The public response was spontaneous and their involvement was voluntary. This gesture accelerated the strides of the Parishath. Mahasabhas The concept of Mahasabhas constituted a potential one in fortifying the organization. Right from its inception, the working of the Parishath had the dimension of a movement for the rejuvenation of Telugu language, literature, arts and culture.

Mahasabhas of the Parishath were organised at different places. They gave a tremendous impetus and enthused people of all sections, and activised their determination to revive the glory of Telugu.

The Mahasabhas were in the nature of Annual General Body meetings, and they always evoked popular support and participation. They would explain the spirit and magnitude of the endeavours put in for ensuring firm foundations to the institution: First Mahasabha.


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