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Uphold values, says Gollapudi

B. Prabhakkar Sharma

‘There is no harm in following established practices'

— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Actor and writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao addressing delegates at the 6th National Telugu Conference in Berhampur on Saturday.

BERHAMPUR: Noted Telugu film actor and writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao on Saturday called for upholding traditions and values while accepting the changes of time.

Delivering the inaugural address at the seminar session during the 6th All India Telugu Conference being organised by the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, in association with the century-old Andhra Bhashabhivardhani Samajam and other Telugu organisations of Orissa here, he noted that truth and dharma remained the same and only the lifestyle had changed.

“You should not give up your ideals and there is no harm following established practices and faiths, for, when you destroy, you don't learn. When you deify, you refuse to learn and when you define, you begin to learn,” he remarked.

Mr. Maruthi Rao also observed that there was no need to destroy institutions and, if possible, new ones could be set up and values encouraged. Institution should not be judged as it was only a symbol of time.

The established practices provided protection through insulation while the present trends exposed us to perils, he opined.

‘Beautiful language'

Vice-Chancellor of PSTU A. Bhoomaiah, in his address, dwelt on the richness of Telugu works and Satakams, which made Telugu the most beautiful language.

Noted local writer Turlapati Rajeswari, who presided, said Berhampur was the place where the first detective novel in Telugu was penned by Devaraju Venkata Krishna Rao over a century ago and Mamidamma Subhadramba wrote the work ‘Dwipada Ramayanam'.

PSTU Registrar Bhattu Ramesh and other faculty members spoke. Former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad, social worker Uppuluri Mallikarjuna Sarma and others were present.

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