VIJAYAWADA: Search is on for an ideal spot for the setting up of NTR Memorial in the capital city of Amaravati. TDP national general secretary Lokesh said at least 15 acres would be required for the project.
Speaking to media persons after the inauguration of the NTR pictorial exhibition organised here along with a blood donation drive to mark the 21st NT Rama Rao’s death anniversary at PB Siddhartha College for Management grounds in Vijayawada on Wednesday, he said a two-hour biopic would fail to do justice to the greatness of NTR, who took Telugu pride to its heights in not just films but in politics as well.
“For some time my wife Brahmani and I have been working on the NTR Memorial Museum that can reflect the true contribution of the legendary leader. Our knowledge of his greatness is very short, as we were born when he was already in politics. We have started a mini museum at NTR Trust in Hyderabad, but are working to make it a big project,” he said.
The museum was first proposed to be set up at Nimmakuru in Krishna district, but it was later decided that it would be set up in Amaravati, so that it would be more accessible. Lokesh on the occasion called upon people to contribute to the venture by donating things they have that reflect memories of NTR. He also demanded that the Central government bestow the former Chief Minister with the Bharat Ratna.
Telugu Vari Gnapakam, the exhibition which has around 108 rare pictures of NT Rama Rao right from the time he started his film career with Mana Desam, will be open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm till January 25. At the centre of the exhibition is a makeshift memorial of NTR with his life-size photo and at the four corners of the set up are screening rooms playing documentaries of the life and times of the actor-turned-politico made by the NTR Trust.
Meanwhile, NTR’s family members and people at large paid floral tributes to the former CM at NTR Ghat in Hyderabad on his 21st death anniversary.