An open air auditorium will be constructed on the premises of Raja Tank Park here for conducting literary and cultural programmes. The proposed auditorium will be on the lines of Telugu Lalita Kala Toranam in the State’s capital and will be named after the World Telugu Conference.

Announcing this at the valedictory of month-long Telugu language and literature celebrations conducted by the East Godavari district administration as a prelude to the World Telugu Conference here on Saturday,

Minister for Stamps and Registrations Tota Narasimham commended that the celebrations were held on a grand scale in the district.

“I can proudly say that nowhere in the State the Telugu celebrations have been conducted like this. I must congratulate the District Collector and her team on their continuous effort in making this event a grand success,” he said.

Mr. Narasimham said that programmes on language and literature were conducted at the village-level in which students of all the educational institutions were being involved.

“As the Raja Tank remained venue for the month-long event, it is appropriate to construct an open air auditorium here. I will bring this issue to the notice of the officials concerned and take steps complete the project at the earliest,” he said.

Collector Neetu Prasad said that Telugu was accorded top priority even in the list of languages released by the Central government and it was next only to Hindi. Thanking her team of officials for conducting month-long event very successfully, she said that the writers and poets infused life into the programmes by participating in it.

She felt that every language was being associated with its own culture and traditions, which were not separable from one another. Additional Joint Collector B. Rama Rao presided over the function. Officials, writers and poets participated in the valedictory session. Cultural performances enthralled the audience, while felicitations to writers and poets formed part of the event.

Earlier in the day, a huge rally was taken out in the city.