‘Katha Nilayam' to go hi-tech

Treasure trove: A view of 'Katha Nilayam' at Srikakulam. — Photo: Basheer

Treasure trove: A view of 'Katha Nilayam' at Srikakulam. — Photo: Basheer  

A three-member team working round the clock to complete digitalisation

A novel and innovative idea of famous writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao has become a treasure of Telugu literature and all the ‘Telugu Kathalu' will be available on the internet very soon, thanks to beginning of digitalisation process at ‘Katha Nilayam' here. The readers, who missed famous stories, can happily read them on the internet as the digitalisation is expected to be completed in a couple of years.

Research centre

Mr. Rama Rao, winner of Kendra Sahitya Academy Award, established Katha Nilayam in Visakha-A Colony in 1997 to preserve Telugu stories. Now the academy has turned into a research centre for many students of Telugu literature as it houses more than 12,000 books. Many books which were published in 1900-1910 could also be found in Katha Nilayam. As many as 20,000 old newspapers and photos of famous writers are also kept in Katha Nilayam.

Telugu Academy published ‘Katha Kosam' in 2005, providing the details of 2,110 writers with the support of Katha Nilayam.

Eighty-eight-year-old Rama Rao, who is known as Kara Mastaru, and members of the trust friends, including Yagalla Ramakrishna, Dasari Ramachandra Rao, and BV Rama Rao Naidu, felt that digitalisation would enable lovers of Telugu literature, settled across the globe, to read all the stories of legendary writers. Mr. Ramakrishna and Mr. Ramachandra Rao told The Hindu that ‘Katha Nilayam' was certainly a great gift for the next generations. After the digitalisation of all 3.5 lakh pages, it will be kept available on the internet. “Currently, three members are working round the clock under the guidance of writer V.V.N. Murthy to complete the process as early as possible,” they said. The Katha Nilayam Trust, which was established with Rs.19 lakh fund, has not yet got any financial support either from the government or universities. Telugu writers have become the backbone of the digitalisation process. A library will also be constructed very soon after overcoming the fund crunch.

Mr. Ramachandra Rao said writers could contact Katha Nilayam to preserve their own books (mobile No:99598-85707).

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