Staff Reporter

Rich heritage of Telugu art forms highlighted

Organisation is conducting free Telugu classes

CHENNAI: It is the duty of Telugu speaking people spread across the world to preserve their language and culture, Member of Parliament D.K. Audikesavulu Naidu said here on Sunday.

Participating in the 15th anniversary celebrations of the World Telugu Federation (WTF), he commended the organisation’s commitment towards the propagation of Telugu culture and fine arts through various projects.

He highlighted the rich heritage of Telugu art forms and history of Telugu language.

The function served as a platform to reminiscence about the achievements of the World Telugu Federation and discuss future ventures to promote the language and culture.

WTF president V.L. Indira Dutt said the organisation was involved in promoting the Telugu language, literature and fine arts through various programmes.

She highlighted the joint venture of the WTF and the Andhra Pradesh government in setting up the ‘Telugu Samskrutika Niketan,’ a Telugu cultural museum at Visakhapatnam.

The organisation also extended financial support to artisans involved in traditional crafts work, she said.

WTF secretary general S. Jaysree Rao said the organisation was conducting free Telugu classes in Chennai for five years now.

About 600 candidates have completed the 12-week course. The venture has had significant response from the non-Telugu speaking people, she said.

Similar courses were held in Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem.

There are plans to launch the course in Dubai, Ms. Rao added. Other projects, including those on women’s health and contests for children on Telugu culture, were highlighted.

A dance drama, ‘Tirupati Vaibhavam’ by Sangeetha Nrithya Kalasala, Tirupati, was organised.