‘Telugu Thalli’ statue to come up at Poornakumbham

All arrangements to be completed by December 24 or 25

A 9-ft tall bronze statue of ‘Telugu Thalli’ will come up at the Poornakumbham circle in the heart of the temple city ahead of the 4th World Telugu Conference. The statue is currently getting a final shape at Vijayawada.

The organisers are contemplating either to launch a rally of artistes from this statue to the venue, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, or hold the closing ceremony at this spot.

The event planners, including the TTD Executive Officer L.V. Subrahmanyam, District Collector Solomon Arokiaraj and Joint Collector Vinay Chand, took a saunter around the city on Tuesday to identify spots to erect welcome arches, pandals and literature-related graffiti to create the mood ahead of the event. While beautification process is under way at various localities, the officials visited the main thoroughfares of the city and inspected the projects meant to spruce up the temple city.

Mr. Subrahmanyam announced that the arrangements would be completed by December 24 or 25. He said that the TTD would set up stalls to propagate devotional and spiritual literature, including the compositions of Annamayya and other savants. The copies of ancient manuscripts, presently housed in Egmore library in Chennai, would also be displayed to attract the audience.

Media centre

Meanwhile, the Regional Joint Director of Information and Public Relations Department Ch. Johnson visited SVVU campus on Tuesday. He had a meeting with Mr. Arokiaraj on setting up a media centre at the venue to enable journalists provide enhanced coverage for the event. The examination hall on the campus was finally chosen for housing the state-of-the-art media centre, which will have 25 computers and Wi-Fi enabled broadband internet access, apart from printers, scanners, photocopiers and a huge LCD television for the benefit of the scribes.

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