Special Correspondent

KADAPA: A museum of Telugu inscriptions will be set up in Kadapa, besides establishing C.P. Brown Memorial Centre on Yogi Vemana University campus, its Vice-Chancellor A. Ramachandra Reddy said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the eve of C.P. Brown’s 210th birth anniversary at the C.P. Brown Language Research Centre (formerly Brown Memorial Library) here, he said the Brown memorial centre would function as an ancient language research centre in the wake of Telugu being declared as classical language. The varsity would modernise and digitize all the works of Brown. The centre would be expanded by acquiring land adjoining it at Yerrmukkapalle, Prof. Ramachandra Reddy said. Brown, second assistant to the then British Collector of Cuddapah, spent Rs. 2,714 from his salary in 1826 to cleanse the palm leaves containing the epic Mahabharatham, he recalled. He learnt Telugu to interact with local people in order to ensure an effective administration, propagated Yogi Vemana’s poems and compiled an English-Telugu dictionary.

Manuscripts

Efforts are on to procure copies of Brown’s letters and diaries from Chennai museum and all his works would be digitized, the Vice-Chancellor stated. Palm manuscripts that are more than 250 years old and a copper inscription dating back to 1030 AD have been received from donors, he said.

He thanked Osmania University professor B. Ramaraju for donating 2,000 invaluable books to the Brown Research Centre and other such donors.

Thorough study of rare manuscripts and research in Vemana’s works would be promoted Brown Language Research Centre was made self-sufficient by acquiring digitalisation equipment he said. Brown Jayanti would be celebrated on Wednesday evening by Yogi Vemana University, for the first time after it took over the centre. YVU research assistant K. Narasimhulu and PRO K. Mallikarjun Reddy participated.