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-- Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam.

Noted scholar, Appalla Someswara Sarma, being feliicitated by Sadguru Sivananda Murthy of Anandavanam.

Telecom Kalaa Sravanthi, the cultural body of Telecom employees organised a variety programme of music dance and drama 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.The variety show later was inaugurated by the GM (Telecom), J. Ganta, and his wife who promised all help promoting such activity 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.

Sriraj, 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 weeklies and monthlies besides BSNL House Journals), a poet with about 25 compilations, and playwright (full plays like 'Kaaladharmam' staged at Akhila Bharatha Telugu Mahasabhalu in 1990 at Bangalore, 15 playlets and 25 short plays broadcast by Akashvani and telecast on Sneha TV as 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 equality of justice and rights of the workers' unions scripted by Beeneedi Krishnayya and directed by P.Ch. Naidu for Kalasravanthi (stood first at the recent BSNL regional meet) marked a grand finale of the evening. Naidu, G. Kannababu, P. Muralidhar, G.N. Murthy, A. Chittibabu, R.S. Gopi Krishna and S. Simhadri Rao stood out displaying 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. Ganta and his wife gave away prizes to the winners in music competitions and mementos to all the artistes.

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At the recent meet of the Visakha Sahithi in the Gita Mandiram in Dwaraka Inn, a Telugu translation of Adi Sankara's 'Sivananda Lahari' and a book titled, 'Ananda Nandanam', were released by the renowned scholar, Appalla Someswara Sarma, and Ganapathiraju Atchutarama Raju. At the meeting with the Sahiti's president, K. Malayavasini, in the chair, 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 constitute 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,'' said Dr. Someswara Sarma. The noted 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 felicitated Nemani and his wife, Balatripura Sundari, as it incidentally happened to be his Shastipoorthi as well. The recital of some select compostions of Annamayya, Thyagaraja and other such Vaggeyakaaras by Karri Lalitha and Ramakrishnayya of Infotech provided a grand finale. The sahiti secretary, Jampana Kumara Varma, comepered the programme attrectively.Maatrubhaasha Dinotsavam was also celebrated with fervour by the Sahithi 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.R.S

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