The centenary of the first conference of the Kapu community and the silver Jubilee of a movement for Kapu unity will be celebrated at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram here on July 10.
Kapunadu president Galla Subramanyam, addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, said the first conference of the Kapu community was held in Nellore in 1913. An editorial was written in ‘Krishna Patrika’ by Muttnuri Krishna Rao about the conference. In the editorial, he said thousands of Kapus came to the conference on bullock carts and bicycles.
It was like a festival because they decorated the bullock carts with “prabhalu”. Krishna Rao wrote that Kapus, including Balijas, and Telagas came to attend the conference, Mr. Subramanyam said.
The Kapunadu conference organised by former MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga Rao on July 10, 1988, created history. The print media reported that over 10 lakh people attended the conference organised to unite the different sub-castes that came under the Kapu community.
The meeting also became the venue for an outpouring of discontent against the ruling Telugu Desam government, which was reportedly harassing people of the community, he said. Though 25 years had passed, the ideals and aspirations of the community were yet to be realised. Vijayawada was the political capital of the State, he said.
The Telaga Mahajana Sangham conference held at the PWD grounds in 1982 was an inspiration to several other communities that held such conferences to articulate the aspirations of their own, Mr. Subramanyam said.
Kapunadu leaders Marimudi Kothaiah Naidu, Baditha Padma, M. Dhanalakshmi, Gundapu Chandrasekhar, and Potharaju Srinivas were present.