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Event Sri Krishnadevaraya was remembered and celebrated.

V. Ramakrishna.
V. Ramakrishna.

K rishnadevaraya belonged to Tuluva dynasty. He was a famed Emperor of Vijayanagara Empire. He was coroneted on July 26, 1505, the birthday of Lord Krishna. He was an able administrator and excellent general. Amukta Malyada that Krishnadevaraya wrote reflects his style of administration with ‘justice to all' as his main slogan. He patronised many poets and artistes and for this it was called a golden age. Ashta Diggaja's (eight renowned poets) were in his court and contributed a lot to Telugu literature. His rule extended to the whole of South India. He died in 1529. .

The State Government's Department of Culture and TTD joined hands in organising a five day celebrations all over the state to mark the fifth century anniversary of the coronation of Krishnadevaraya.

Seminars were held at the Telugu University. This was inaugurated by S. Chellappa IAS, Prinicipal Secretary, Culture. Prof. Ramakrishna spoke on the first day on Krishnadevaraya's place in history. He said at the time there were 30 varieties of taxes and Krishnadevaraya removed some of them that were troublesome to the common man. The emperor patronised literature and arts during his reign.

V.V.L. Narasimha Rao spoke on the temple architecture. J. G. Chandrsekhara Reddy detailed the personality traits of the emperor. Jitendrababu spoke on the many wars that Krishnadevaraya won.

The second day of seminars was presided over by K.V. Ramanachari, IAS who spoke on the various aspects of Krishnadeva Raya's reign. An English translation of Raya's Amukta Malyada by Sishtla Srinivas was released. Rapaka Ekambaracharyulu spoke on the various businesses and industries launched during the Emperor's rule. Vedantam Rajagopala Chakravarti spoke on the pilgrimages of Rayalu. P. Chenna Reddy called Raya as ‘Andhra Bhojudu' and said he always struggled to develop agriculture. Former minister Mandali Buddha Prasad, Thummapudi Koteswara Rao, P. Joginatha Rayudu, Sesha Sastry and P. Joginayudu also spoke at the seminar.

The cultural milieu on the first two days was presented in the evenings at Lalithakala Thoranam and was a mix of music and dance. This was inaugurated by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah. Vinod Babu and party rendered a song written by C. Narayana Reddy in appreciation of Krishnadevaraya's rule and tuned by film music composers Koti and Vasu. Yamini Reddy presented Swagatha Nrityam in Kuchipudi style. Yella Venkateswara Rao and party presented a rhythm oriented Laya ragamalika. Raja and Radha Reddy's troupe presented different dance styles of India. Bhamakalapam by Padmaja Reddy, and the dance styles in the prescribed format found in Krishnadeva Raya's Amukta Malyada days was presented by Padma Subramanyam in Bharatanatyam. There was a Kathakali show by Kerala Kala Mandalam. Bhuvana Vijayam a literary theatrical feature was also presented. This was directed by Tanikella Bharani.

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