Kuala Lumpur will host 10th biennialWTF Conference

Kuala Lumpur, the federal capital and most populous city of Malaysia, will shimmer with ‘Telugu tejam’ in April, as the place has been finalised as the venue for the 10th biennial World Telugu Federation (WTF) Conference.

Telugu people from every nook and cranny of the world will assemble at Sunway Convention Centre to be part of the three-day international meet which will commence on April 12.

“The WTF was inaugurated in 1992 with the main objective of promoting Telugu language, culture, art, heritage and its rich and glorious traditions. It also provides ample scope for Telugu people across the world to interact and explore expansion of their business,” said federation chairperson V.L. Indira Dutt at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Besides protecting the language from erosion, it would help the present generation connect with its roots, she said.

The federation has held its earlier meetings at different places.

In 1994 it was organised in Chennai, in 1996 at Hyderabad, in 1998 at Delhi, in 2000 at Visakhapatnam, in 2002 at Singapore, in 2004 at Bangalore, in 2006 at Dubai, in 2008 at Vijayawada and in 2010 at Chennai.

These international meets have served as a platform to disseminate and absorb information and knowledge for the participants.

Explaining about the activities of the WTF, Ms. Dutt said it organised classes imparting Telugu language, revival of diminishing arts and felicitating artists who have contributed to the richness of the language and its several enchanting facets.

She said WTC’s regional meetings held at Salem, Coimbatore and Madurai in Tamil Nadu, at Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Viasakhapatnam, Tirupati, Nellore, Muktyala, Warangal, Tanuku, Eluru and Jaggayyapet in Andhra Pradesh and constant interaction with nations like the USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and Mauritius had helped a great deal in improving participation and enhancing the quality of the meetings.

Speaking about the world-class Cultural Centre christened as Telugu Saamskritika Nikethanam in Visakhapatnam, Ms. Dutt said it was nearing completion and the place was a must-visit for Telugu-lovers.

The conference will be inaugurated on April 12.

The concluding day will mark a delegate session attended by representatives of various Telugu associations from India and abroad. Those interested to register their names with WTF office at Chennai can contact 044 28152191.

–Special Correspondent