Comedy actor Kallu Chidambaram on Sunday called for efforts to set up a separate platform for literary programmes in the city.

He was speaking at a function organised to release the book ‘Abhyudaya Sahityaniki Atoo-Itoo', a collection of essays on Mahakavi Sri Sri by noted writer Viriyala Lakshmipathi brought out on the latter's 68 {+t} {+h} birthday celebrations.

Praja Spandana president C.S. Rao who released the book said writers had a major role to play in the society. Noted writer Chandu Subba Rao who presided over the function, said whatever helped the future was progressive and literature always led one in the path of progress. He appreciated the work of Mr. Lakshmipathi with whom he was associated for the past many decades and said the book was a tribute to Sri Sri in the latter's centenary year.

The writer Mr. Lakshmipathi, who was felicitated on the occasion, said he was lucky to be associated with great leaders like M.V. Bhadram as an employee of Visakhapatnam Port Trust where he could develop as a poet, playwright and writer.

Retired professor of library science R.V. Gopala Rao received the first copy. Earlier, Uppala Appalaraju, Mangu Sivaramaprasad, A.V.R. Murthy and others spoke. General secretary of Visakha Sanskrutika Samakhya which organised the function, proposed a vote of thanks.