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Good rain, crops predicted

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HYDERABAD, MARCH 21. There will be good rains. Farmers will reap a good harvest and get remunerative prices. The spate of farmers' suicides will stop. All this may not happen instantly, but over the duration of `Taarana Naama Samvatsaram', the Telugu New Year.

The `Panchanga Sravanam' for the Telugu New Year by eminent Vedic scholar and poet, Malladi Chandrasekhara Sastry, may have started over an hour late than scheduled at the Ravindra Bharati today, but people had reason to be hopeful, thanks to his encouraging forecast.

The good forecast for farmers apart, Mr. Sastry also said that for all artists, `Taarana' would prove very good. The Telugu film industry, which saw a slump, was expected to recover the losses during the year. Tourism in the State would also receive the boost, he said.

For the first time in the recent past, the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, was not the chief guest. Official sources said Mr. Naidu did not attend the function as the election code of conduct was in force. A host of officials led by the Commissioner, Endowments, K.V. Ramana, called on Mr. Naidu while a group of Vedic scholars blessed him.

The Chief Minister's place was filled by the Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda. Other guests included Justice C.Y. Somayajulu of the A. P. High Court and the Vice-Chancellor of the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, G.V. Subramanyam.

The Departments of Culture, Endowments and Tourism jointly conducted the show that included the forecast telling, presentation of `Ugadi Puraskars' and a cultural programme.

The list of `Ugadi Gaurav Puraskar' winners for excellence in their respective fields of activity includes the teen tennis sensation, Sania Mirza, magician Samala Venu, child scientist G. Praveen Kumar and child artist Sai Vamsee Krishna, both Balasree award-winners recently. Other awardees are K. Uma Rama Rao, Kuchipudi exponent, Kota Satchidananda Shastry (Harikatha), Jandyala (writer-director), G.Y. Giri (painter/sculptor), Katta Suryanarayana and Midde Ramulu (folk arts), Pridvi Venkateswara Rao (drama). P.V.R.K. Prasad (administration). A.V.S. Raju, Chairman, Nagar Construction, Bnim (writer) and K. Koteswara Rao (publisher).

The Endowments Department also felicitated 14 Vedic scholars. They include Pandurangachari Ghanapathi, R. Venkatarama Ghanapathi, Vishnubhatla Subramanya Salakshana Ghanapathi, Gullapalli Venkatrama Suryanarayana Ghanapathi, Kapilavayi Ramaswamy Ghanapathi, Sriramulu Jayaramula Avadhani, D. Prahaladachari, D. Manohara Avadhani, Sanghambatla Narahari Sharma, Nandakishore Sharma, Gopannagari Shankaraiah, Perumalachari, Mallikarjuna Sarma and Gopalakrishnamachari.

Earlier, a group of artists presented a classical dance item as singer Lavanya sang, `Maa Telugu Talliki ... ', after which she also sang the prayer `E Reethi Mee Keerthi, Vinipinchura ... ', followed by Mr. Ramana's welcome address.

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