Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Telugu Bhasha Chaitanya Samithi observed the Telugu Bhasha Dinotsavam coinciding with the birth anniversary of renowned Telugu scholar and linguist Gidugu Rammurthy, here on Saturday.

The meeting paid glowing tributes to him, and recalled his services to Telugu and Savara languages.

The speakers, on the occasion, recalled the services of Rammurthy Panthulu and vowed to use Telugu in day-to-day activities and strengthen it. They said, Rammurthy was one of the few people with great vision who saw the importance of spoken language of common people and devoted his life to bring radical changes in the use of language.

He was one of the earliest modern Telugu linguists and social visionaries during the British rule.

He championed the cause of using a language comprehensible to the common man (‘Vyavaharika Bhasha’) as opposed to the scholastic language (‘Grandhika Bhasha’).

Recalling how Gidugu gave a social base to Telugu literature and the social service rendered to the tribals, especially the Savaras, in Parlakimidi area of Srikakulam agency area, the speakers said that Rammurthy tirelessly worked for the development of tribal languages.

He gave Savara language a script and prepared lexicons. During his research for Savara language, he had to travel in the forests resulting in excessive use of quinine due to which he became deaf.

Samithi president Malineni Narayana Prasad, vice-presidents G. Sambasiva Rao, Regina, Samagra Pedda Balasiksha author Gajula Satyanarayana, general secretary Koka Vimala Kumari, Basha and senior citizen Katragadda Narsayya and others spoke.