Rekindling interest in Telugu poetry among school students

Literary body releases booklet on poetry for 200 State-run schools

Published - July 12, 2018 11:49 pm IST - TIRUPATI

 Igniting minds: Telugu Bhashodyama Samithi founder Sakam Nagaraja releasing Vidyarthulu Vignana Veechikalu in Tirupati on Thursday.

Igniting minds: Telugu Bhashodyama Samithi founder Sakam Nagaraja releasing Vidyarthulu Vignana Veechikalu in Tirupati on Thursday.

With the advent of social media and declining attention spans, interest in literature and poetry has been waning. To inculcate Telugu poetry among pupils, the Telugu Bhashodyama Samithi, released a booklet.

At its twelfth anniversary on Tuesday, the Tirupati-based literary body released 'Vidyarthulu - Vignana Veechikalu', for distribution among school students.

The year is being celebrated as 'Pushkarotsavam' and is also the death centenary of social reformer Kandukuri Veeresalingam, and therefore the right time for taking up such a social responsibility, said Samithi’s founder-president Sakam Nagaraja.

“We have published 10,000 booklets, to be distributed among 200 State-run schools in Chittoor district, with each school getting 50 copies. The idea is to kindle literary interest among students by circulating booklets among them during library sessions or reading hours. After they perfect the art of reading poetry, they will be encouraged to write poems”, says Mr. Nagaraja.

To encourage poetry writing among students, 'Bala Kavi Sammelanam', a poetry recitation event, would be held on State’s Language Day on August 29, the birth anniversary of Telugu writer Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy.

The book was released by President Gangavaram Sridevi, in the presence of poets Kalavakunta Ramamurthi, Peruru Balasubramanyam, Thamatam Ramachandra Reddy and Vaka Prasad and AIR former station Director A. Malleswara Rao here.

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