The Telangana Rashtra Samithi will strive for renaissance of Telangana culture after formation of new state, party president K Chandrasekhara Rao has said.
Addressing Telangana Jagruthi workers after releasing posters and CDs on the ensuing Batukamma festival here on Saturday, Rao said that a systematic attack had been made on the Telangana dialect, language and culture in the last several years. Even a renowned poet like Jandhyala Papayya Sastry called the Telangana language a “mixed language or impure dialect” as the Telangana Telugu contained a lot of Urdu words. “The origin of Urdu language is Telangana and some words joined Telugu here. Because of English rulers, Seemandhra Telugu absorbed several English words.”
Rao said that even Telugus did not utter the word ‘challa’ for buttermilk but used ‘majjiga’, which was adopted from Tamil. Several Telugu dailies were using words like khaidi (prisoner), jail and paraari (escape). All these words were not originally Telugu, Rao pointed out.
The dialect may vary within the same district, TRS chief said while pointing out that the words used for the same meaning were different in western Medak and eastern Medak. He said there were several dialects and one should respect all. But, the Telangana dialect was described as low and Telangana people were considered inferior, Rao alleged.
He lauded the efforts of Telangana Jagruthi for keeping the Telangana culture alive. Even after the formation of Telangana state, Jagruthi should work for renaissance, he said and added that there was a demand for establishment of a cultural university in Telangana and it would be considered by the government of the new state. The process was in progress and a separate state would be a reality soon, Rao said.
Telangana Jagruthi president K Kavitha said that this year they were celebrating Bangaru Batukamma from October 4 in all the ten districts of Telangana. Mahmood Ali released the Batukamma CD which contained 14 songs. The TRS president released the Batukamma poster.