VIJAYAWADA: Kendriya Hindi Sansthan vice-chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad has called for concerted efforts by the state government and the litterateurs for emphasis on Telugu language among the youth.
The valedictory function of the two-day Telugu literature conference was organised by the World Telugu Federation (WTF), in association with the Mummaneni Subba Rao Siddhartha Kala Peetham at the Siddhartha Arts and Science College here Monday.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, he explained the importance of conducting literary conferences, to create awareness and motivate the young generation to learn Telugu literature. He lamented that Telugu language had lost its prominence in the past few years as the youth were attracted to the English language and recalled that Krishna district was once a hub of Telugu literary activities.
Lakshmi Prasad reminded that many prominent poets hailed from this district and asked the people to come forward to restore the glory of Telugu literature. He further stressed that there should be an option for the candidates to write all competitive examinations in Telugu language.
WTF president VL Indira Dutt said that efforts were being made to publish a book with all the research papers on Telugu literature presented by renowned litterateurs to promote Telugu language.
Former vice-chancellor of Telugu University D Manjulatha said that after a long time, Telugu literature conference was conducted in the city and requested the litterateurs to conduct Telugu literary conferences to protect Telugu language and literature.
Later, Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad was felicitated by members of the World Telugu Federation.
WTF event organiser Paladugu Lakshmana Rao, students and litterateurs were present.