Need for reading habit among younger generation stressed at Gidugu's statue unveiling
The exemplary role played by noted Telugu litterateur Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy Panthulu in the propagation of simplified Telugu by replacing its tough grammatical formats of yesteryears with lucid and easily understandable colloquial phrases was highlighted at a literary meet held here on Thursday in the premises of the ‘Writers Bungalow' in the Gajalakshmi Green City enclave.
To perpetuate the memory of the late ‘Gidugu' as he is better known in the literary world, his bust-sized statue was also unveiled on the occasion in the presence of a large number of Telugu scholars and social workers.
They recalled the great contribution of Gidugu for Telugu renaissance, especially the ‘Pada Kosams' he brought out containing regional and colloquial Telugu words and phrases which are unique and distinct to each region. The speakers noted that though Gidugu's crusade for the propagation of liberal and lucid Telugu had succeeded to a great extent, there were still some obsession lingering even in the contemporary literary world for tough and orthodox Telugu phrases and grammatical usages and underscored the need for a sustained mission to neutralise the phenomenon.
Speakers also expressed concern over the dwindling interest among Telugus over their literature and culture and complemented in this connection the great role being played by ‘Telugu Bhasha Parirakshana Samiti', Tirupati to reverse the trend and motivate, especially the younger generation, to develop a love for their mother tongue and the unique Telugu heritage and culture. The vigorous campaign it is carrying out to promote book reading habit among the students and general public also has come in for appreciation.
As though to ward off the cynic view that love for their mother tongue among the Telugus was fast waning, students from 25 different colleges in the district have participated in the essay writing competition conducted on the theme ‘Imperatives of book reading habit' and received prizes at the function.
Among those who spoke at the literary function were S.V. Ramesh (Chennai), M.M. Vinodini, C.K. Lavanya, Prof. Rathnaiah (SVU-Rector), Kota Purushotham and Sakam Nagaraj (both MLC candidates), Nadendla Srimannarayana, V. Ravi, district president of the Government Junior College Lecturers Association.