District Collector S. Suresh Kumar has called upon the parents and teachers to encourage children to communicate in Telugu which rightly finds its place among the classical languages.

Participating in the ‘Telugu Bhasha Mahotsavam’ held at Sri Venkateswara Vignana Mandiram here on Tuesday in the run-up to the World Telugu Conference, Mr. Suresh Kumar said the Telugu language would flourish when teachers play their due role and the learners shed inhibitions in practising it.

“It is unfortunate that there are still many people who consider it inferior to speak in Telugu when the languages of other States are widely followed in writing and oral communication. Everyone should take pride in the fact that Telugu has not only been recognised as a classical language but also known as ‘Italian of the East’. Few languages have this kind of distinction,” he said.

Zilla Parishad CEO R. Jayaprakash Narayan said a photo exhibition of those who rendered yeomen service to the Telugu language would be organised on December 13, 14 and 15.

Well-known exponents of Telugu literature would be felicitated on the last day. Additional Joint Collector K. Sarada Devi and others were present.