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A scene from the play "Yagna phalam"

Telecom Kalaa Sravanthi, the cultural body of the employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, organised a variety programme at Kalabharathi recently. It started with competitions in light vocal music for the staff and their children separately. The noted connoisseur of music, M. Sarada, was the judge of the event.The variety show later was inaugurated by the District Telecom General Manager, J. Ganta, and his wife who promised all help to promote such activities, including sports. The sravanthi secretary, A. Chittibabu, read a report.Then followed a delightful Kuchipudi recital by N. Roji, a three-time winner of gold consecutively at the BSNL regional cultural meets. 'Marakata Manimaya Chela', a tarangam and Devistuthi, among other items, stood out.The senior secion supervisor of the Central Telegraph Office, Sriraj, who is a reputed short story writer (credited with about 100 of which a few by choice were translated into English, Kannada, Oriya and Hindi and published in popular journals, besides the BSNL house journals, a poet with about 25 compilations and a playwright (full plays like 'Kaaladharmam' staged at Akhila Bharata Telugu Mahasabhalu in 1990 at Bangalore, 15 playlets and 25 short plays broadcast by Akashvani and telecast on Sneha TV as multi and single episode serials), was felicitated. Sriraj is also credited with scripts for 15 feature films, 'Kalikaalam', 'Surigadu' (ranked as the best at the Indian panorama 1993 and was selected for China Film Fest in the same year), 'Preminchu' which won AP Bangaru Nandi award in 2001, 'Rajeswari Kalyanam', 'Akka Baagunnava' and the likes. Not only that, the retakes of 'Kalikaalam' in Tamil, Kannada, Maraathi, Bengali and Oriya and 'Surigadu' in Tamil and Hindi were hits at the box office.The staging of 'Yagnaphalam', a play focussing on the equality of justice and the trade union rights scripted by Beeneedi Krishnayya and directed by P.Ch. Naidu for Kalasravanthi (it stood first at the recent BSNL regional meet) marked the grand finale of the evening. Naidu, G. Kannababu, P. Muralidhar, G.N. Murthy, A. Chittibabu, R.S. Gopi Krishna and S. Simhadri Rao displayed excellent histrionic talent. Make-up by K.S. Venkata Rao and music by P. Raju were good.Compereing by Nanduri Prabhakar was a special attraction. Mr. and Ms. Ganta gave away prizes to the winners in music competitions and mementos to all the artistes.



N. Rosy presenting 'Devi sthuti"

At the recent meet of the Visakha Sahithi in the Gita Mandiram in Dwaraka Inn, a Telugu translation of Adi Sankara's 'Sivanandalahari' and a book titled 'Ananda Nandanam' were released by renowned scholars Appalla Someswara Sarma and Ganapathiraju Atchutarama Raju respectively. At the meeting with the sahiti president, K. Malayavasini, in the chair, the chief guest of the evening, Vedula Subrahmanya Sastry (former HoD of the AU department of Telugu), opined that not only the poetic imagery but also an empathetic heart for its exposition constituted the crux of success of any sort of creative writing. ''The writer-poet Nemani Ramajogi Sanyasi Rao, a fine blend of these attributes coupled with intellectual spark, no wonder brought out works of such quality,'' Prof. Someswara Sarma. The litterateurs, K.V.N. Murthy, Sasyasri, Vasantharao Ramakrishna Rao, C.S. Rao, Kondepudi, Bayya V. Suryanarayana, Kovila, Oruganti R. Prasad, M.T.S. Raju, Ponnada and M. Krishna Rao, spoke. They felicitated Nemani and his wife, Balatripura Sundari, as it incidentally happened to be his Sastipoorthi Day as well. The recital of some select compostions of Annamayya, Thyagaraja and other vaggeyakaaras by Karri Lalitha and Ramakrishnayya of Infotech provided a grand finale. The sahiti secretary, Jampana Kumara Varma, welcomed the gathering and also comepered the programme attrectively.Maatrubhaasha Dinotsavam was also celebrated with fervour by the sahiti later in the week in the premises of the State Information Centre and Telugu Bhaasha Samvardhana Samithi (founded by Duggirala Visweswaram, G.V.S.L.N. Raju and C.S. Rao) in the Builders Association Hall.The guests of honour at both the functions, including all the speakers, stressed the need for immediate renaissance of the purity of the diction of Telugu in letter and spirit. It could be achieved by the parents and other elders at home by setting an example themselves for the tiny tots and compulsory introduction of teaching the language from the kindergarten level itself in all schools, both Government and private, they emphasised.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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