VIJAYAWADA: Irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao has promised to extend support to the poets, scholars and litterateurs in the state with pensions and permanent houses.
Speaking at the two-day Telugu literature conference, organised by the World Telugu Federation (WTF) at the Siddhartha Arts and Science College here Sunday, he suggested to WTF to conduct Telugu literary conferences in Mutyalaraju Kota, Kondapalli, Nagarjuna Sagar and arrange statues of ‘Telugu talli’ in all cities.
Deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad appreciated the WTF for its efforts to create awareness among the people about the importance of Telugu literature and culture and also for developing ‘Telugu Samskruthika Niketan’, a Telugu world heritage centre at Kailasagiri in Vishakhapatnam, which is going to be inaugurated soon.
“We are requesting the Centre to accord national prominence to Telugu language by forming a special organisation on the lines of Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, for welfare and promotion of Telugu language and literature across the country,” he opined.
WTF president VL Indira Dutt said that there was need for conducting literary conferences on various themes to promote Telugu language and literature.
Former vice-chancellor of Telugu University D Manjulatha said that the theme of the conference was about the different stages in Telugu literature and informed that this was the first of three conferences the WTF was planning to organise at different educational institutions and universities on Telugu literature and history.
Many renowned litterateurs Yarlagadda Balagangadhar Rao, T Satyavathi, Kovela Suprasannacharya, S Gangappa, Mudhivedu Prabhakar Rao, KJ Krishna Murthy and others presented their research papers.
Krishna district writers association president GV Purna Chand, WTF secretary Srilakshmi Mohan Rao, WTF event organiser Paladugu Lakshmana Rao, students and litterateurs are among others who participated in the conference.