Inaugurates 21st Vijayawada Book Festival at Swaraj Maidan
Vijayawada can be called the Mecca of Telugu publications, he says
Despite technological advances, books will never go out of fashion: Collector
VIJAYAWADA: “There are any number of eminent writers and poets from Tamil Nadu who chose Telugu as their medium of expression. This is probably because for ‘bhakti’ and dedication, Telugu suits better,” said veteran actor and writer Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, on Friday. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the 21st Vijayawada Book Festival at Swaraj Maidan, Mr. Maruthi Rao delved deep into the bond between Telugu and Tamil literature.
Tamil being the theme of this year’s book festival, the actor chose to bring to light facts about the unexplored Tamil literature that has gone out of the public glare.
“There is a treasure hidden out there. It is time somebody delved into the glorious history of these great works and brought out a monograph,” he put forth a proposal before the local publishers.
“The future generations will be grateful to you because you will leave a legacy behind, a great means to enrich their lives.” The actor said the kind of patronage extended to Telugu language and its literature by the people of Tamil Nadu was remarkable.
Pointing out that the dialect used in Telugu publications was the one spoken in this part of the State, he said the Krishna region could boast of producing the best of journalism in the nation. Vijayawada could safely be called the Mecca of Telugu publications. “Early publishers of this region had a Leftist tilt that perhaps paved the way for a slice of Russian works to gain entry,” he said, adding that writers like Saratchandra Chatterjee of Bengal also had a great impact on this region. “The several adaptations of his works is ample proof of it,” he pointed out.
Tamil writer Ponneelan, who graced the function, spoke about the ‘basic link’ between Tamil and Telugu. “There is only a bar of intonation between the two. Telugu movies and songs rule Tamil Nadu. We were together till 1952 as Madras Presidency. Chennai is. in fact, more akin to Andhra Pradesh. It is only by fluke we got it,” he said, amidst applause.
Bringing to the fore strong bonding between the two languages, he cited the example of Krishnadevaraya’s Aamuktamalyada, which speaks of Andal. “Son of this soil Gurazada Appa Rao is like our Bharathi, a poet who envisaged integration of the country in Bharata Desam,” he said.
Mr. Ponneelan said works of the younger generation in Tamil Nadu could be categorised mainly in three categories -- Dalitism, feminism and literature of minorities. He also suggested that the Book Festival Society members allocate at least a shelf exclusively for Tamil books in their library. District Collector Peeyush Kumar said despite advancement of technology, books will never go out of fashion. He assured all administrative cooperation in the smooth conduct of the annual event in the days to come. Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu, Vijayawada Book Festival Society president D. Ashok Kumar and others were present.