Telugu language and literature has a legacy dating back to thousands of years, Congress MLC and poet Shaik Hussain said on Thursday.

Addressing ‘Mana Zilla Sahityam’ literary meeting at Kalakshetram, Mr. Hussain, known by the pen name of ‘Satyagni’ in literary circles, said progressive and revolutionary literature belonged to the modern era. Mythological, epic, historical and ancient literature was prevalent from the days of Nannayya to the present era. World Telugu Conference was being held to rejuvenate Telugu language, he said and called for dedicated efforts to promote Telugu language and literature.

Yogi Vemana University Vice-Chancellor A. Ramachandra Reddy wanted Central University status to Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. He wanted eminent national literary works translated into Telugu to rejuvenate the language. Poet Sasisri called for steps to safeguard the local dialect of Kadapa. Kadapa is a land of Telugu language, historic works, literary critics and stories. Former MLA M.V. Ramana Reddy said Kadapa dialect sounds a bit rude and words used are different to those used widely elsewhere, but a collection of the dialect and local proverbs would reflect the culture over the generations.

Kavitha Educational, Cultural Society president A. Pitchaiah Chowdary said Kadapa was a land of love and affection. C.P. Brown Language Research Centre in charge R. Chandrasekhar Reddy recalled that works like Rana Pratap Singh history and Sivaparvatham during the independent struggle originated from Kadapa district. Former INTACH President S. Sitaramaiah explained about the beauty of Manu Charitra. Retired Principal Sanjeevamma, YVU Assistant professors M.M. Vinodini and writers B. Gopalakrishna Sastry and K. Sridevi participated.