Digitalization of rare books from 1920s onwards are available in ‘Kathanilayam’
Eminent writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao and his literary friends are keen to complete digitalization of Telugu stories and other magazines very soon so that those valuable stories will be available in the internet very soon. Collection of rare books starting from 1920s and 1930s has already been competed and kept in ‘Kathanilayam’, an exclusive reference library located in Visakha-A Colony of Srikakulam.
Around 15,000 books and 25,000 newspapers are kept in Kathanilayam. The digitalization process which began a few years ago is going briskly in Bangalore apart from Srikakulam. A website will be designed to make available old books after completion of digitalization. Kathanilayam’s 16th anniversary will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday. Ninety-year-old Rama Rao said that the technology had become a boon for literary lovers because they can read old stories on the Internet itself.
He said that Kathanilayam Trust members Dasari Ramachandra Rao, B.V. Ramarao Naidu, Vivana Murthy and others were striving hard to complete the process with their own funds without depending on the government. “Initially, it started with 720 books. But now thousands of old stories were collected as many writers wanted to preserve their writings for the next generation. I am very happy with the digitization process since it would help every one to read old stories in a hassle-free manner. They don’t search for the old books,” he added.