'Preserving Telugu is of Utmost Importance'
Telugu has been around in its purest form for centuries, but taking it to the next generation is in the hands of parents, said renowned singer SP Balasubramaniam, who was recently presented the Prabavathi Sambuprasad Memorial Award on Sunday by the World Telugu Federation.
The singer who was awarded for his musical contribution to the language, further said that every person with Telugu as their mother tongue should not only speak, but also learn to read and write Telugu. He said “When kids address parents in English, they should not respond, then they will automatically learn to address them as Amma and Nana.”
Along with the singer, veteran journalist, G S Varadachary was also presented the BSR Krishna Memorial Award by the Federation for his contribution to the language. Presenting the award, Minister for Revenue, Government of Tamil Nadu, B V Ramana lauded the Federation for keeping the spirit of the language alive.
In his address, the Minister outlined the various welfare schemes planned by the Chief Minister for the welfare of the Telugu community.
He said, “The government has taken many steps including allotment of land for the federation to contruct a complex for Telugu language development.”
Both awardees pushed for the propagation of the Telugu language and stressed that the preservation of the language was of utmost importance. Speaking at the function, Varadachary said, “Take for example the Urdu-speaking community, even their higher studies are in their mother tongue, why shouldn’t that be the case with the Telugu community,” he asked.