29 August 2017
August 28 has been observed as Telugu Bhasha Dinotsavam across the state of Andhra Pradesh. This day has been kept as a rich tribute to the great Vyavaharika Bhashodyama Saradhi, Sri Gidugu Ramamurthy Pantulu who was one of the greatest Telugu writers during the British colonial times and who put enormous efforts to lead the movement of colloquial Telugu. On August 28th, Andhra Pradesh government celebrated his 154th birth anniversary. Various celebrations are arranged in this occasion across the state.
In an event conducted in Vijayawada as a part of Telugu Language Day celebrations on Monday, Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu said that English language should not be imposed on the people at the cost of Telugu language. He added that the AP Government is committed to promote and safeguard the Telugu Language at various levels. Government has started organizing various cultural programmes every Saturday and Sunday to promote the language. During this event, Chandrababu gave away awards to few notified Telugu Writers who are contributing a great help in promoting the language.
At Visakhapatnam, rich tribute is given to Gidugu Ramamurthy and Bhasha Dinotsavam is observed in beach road. Visakha Collector, Pravin Kumar garlanded Telugu thalli statue, addressing the audience, said that, AP Government is not only insisting on the usage of Telugu language in the government and private offices but also giving an opportunity to write public service examinations in Telugu language. Students from various schools performed cultural activities enriching this event.
In another event, students paid rich tributes to Telugu Talli statue at Maddelapalem Junction. This activity was organised by Paravastu Padya Peetham of Vizag. Many other gatherings are held across the state as a part of the observation.