| Updated Dec 10, 2011 at 11:00am IST
Telugu chair at Mauritius university
Express News Service , The New Indian Expres

HYDERABAD:Minister for Tourism and Culture Vatti Vasantha Kumar assured a Telugu chair would be set up in at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius as a platform for all Telugus in the world.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the threeday World Telugu Conference at Phoenix in Mauritius, Vasantha Kumar said the state government would allocate Rs 10 lakh every year for the Telugu chair. The funds could be utilised for protecting Telugu culture and for research in Telugu, he added. The minister said the government was spending Rs 40 crore for digitisation of Telugu folk arts, music and dance and other art forms.
Primary education minister S Sailajanath called upon Telugus to protect the language from threat of globalisation. He said the state government had decided to supply textbooks free of cost to Telugu students in different states. The state would also bear transportation charges, he added. Sailajanath conveyed best wishes to the conference organisers on behalf of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Representatives from India, USA, Malaysia, South Africa, Fiji, UK and Mauritius attended the meeting. Mauritius minister Deva Veera Swamy, who has his roots in Andhra Pradesh, said Telugus in Mauritius were heirs of labourers who migrated to the country some 150 years ago.

Mauritius cultural minister Mukeswar Chuni described Mauritius as miniIndia. Chuni said his country would respect people of all countries, tribes and languages. He released a special postal cover on this occasion. At a seminar on Telugu language, Muniratnam Naidu, Reddy Syamala, J Chennaiah, Samudrala Baburao, P Apparao, P Chenna Reddy, Ramaswamy and Dodla Bheemaiah presented papers on various Telugu topics.

Published: December 7, 2011 00:00 IST | HYDERABAD,

Rajanarasimha to lead team to World Telugu meet

The World Telugu Conference, being organised under the aegis of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University and Mauritius Telugu Cultural Centre Trust, will be inaugurated by Mauritius Prime Minister on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarasimha, Legislative Council Chairman A. Chakrapani and Ministers Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Vatti Vasantha Kumar, Ponnala Laxmaiah, S. Sailajanath, Telugu University Vice-Chancellor K. Yadagiri, Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad and others will participate in the three-day conference at Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, Mauritius.

Several Telugu literature experts including C. Mrinalini, P. Apparao, Chennaiah and others would submit papers in various seminars on Telugu language, literature, history, culture and arts, according to a press release issued here on Tuesday.

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