“The ‘poor show’ at the inaugural of ‘Kakatiya Festival’ in Warangal stands testimony to the attitude of the government”

Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali has expressed concern at the ‘failure’ of the State Government in protecting the Telugu language and culture. Absence of a definite policy on Telugu culture and a separate Ministry for the same speaks volumes for the indifference of successive State governments on the issue, according to honorary president of the organisation Puli Sambasiva Rao.

Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, he expressed doubts on the statement of the Chief Minister that the Telugu Mahasabhalu, scheduled for December 27, 28 and 29 in Tirupati, would be held in a grand manner. The ‘poor show’ at the inaugural of the ‘Kakatiya Festival’ in Warangal stands testimony to the attitude of the government.

Mr. Sambasiva Rao said that the mandali had been fighting to bring out a definite policy on Telugu culture for the last 12 years. The issue was raised on the floor of the Assembly on four occasions during the tenure of the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He had written to the District Collectors to send a draft on ‘Telugu Samskrutika Vidhanam’ in 2010. The fate of the draft was not known after his death. A separate Ministry would result in the allocation of a separate budget for culture. He spoke on the need to hike the pensions being given to aged artistes. He called for compulsory teaching of Telugu in all schools in the State from the primary stage itself.

Visakhapatnam district unit treasurer G. Kasula Reddy was present at the media conference.

Praja Kala Utsavalu: The AP Praja Natya Mandali would organise ‘Praja Kala Utsavalu’ in Hyderabad from January 7 to 9. A reception committee has been formed with film producer Allu Aravind as chairman and 57 others for conducting the festival.

Over 500 delegates from all the 23 districts in the State are expected to attend the festival. The objective of the festival would be to portray the rich culture of Andhra Pradesh, apart from highlighting the ‘indifference of the State Government’ towards upholding Telugu culture.

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