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Hyderabad: It was a day of literary giants. Scholars, writers and poet laureates who gathered here from over 40 countries and more than half of the Indian States for the events on Day 2 of the five-day World Telugu Conference, had a dazzling tour of the vast creative landscape of Telugu literature.

Impressive recitals from their contributions to the contemporary and modern prose and poetry of Telugu language marked the occasion. “Pandugante Pandugata, Jordar Pandugata, Duniyanta Telugu Pandugata”, thus sung a poet summing up the significance of the grand event as part of the day’s protocols and proceedings at the Indira Priyadarshini Hall.

Delightful treat

It was a delightful treat to hear writers engaging themselves in dialogue as part of the Astavadhanams, Sathavadhanams and Brihat Kavi Sammelanams which marked the highlights of the literary extravaganza that unravelled the glory and rich heritage of Telangana literature in various phases in their historical, cultural and theoretical contexts.

The Indira Priyadarshini auditrorium that hosted the ‘Brihat Kavi Sammelanam’ witnessed an exclusive assemblage of 700 enthusiastic poets and writers reciting excerpts from their voluminous works for want of time, amid loud applause from the audience. Poets such as Mandali Swami, Gajjela Kanakaraju, Nuthakki Ravider, Anveshi, Prasanna Kumar, Shankaraiah, Yadaiah and a host of others were felicitated.

Major attraction

Telugu lovers turned up in large numbers at various venues of Avadhanam, Ashtavadhanam and Sathavadhanam organised across the city to enjoy the adept display of literary skills of the Avadhanis. The feats were filled with a tinge of fun and sarcasm. All the auditoria were packed to capacity and at places like Ravindra Bharathi mini hall, police had to deny entry to people to avoid a stampede.

Actor and writer Tanikella Bharani, an unexpected guest at one of the Avadhanams conducted by Maluga Anjaiah at Ravindra Bharathi, lauded Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for reviving a good tradition by prostrating at the feet of his guru in front of a huge congregation at LB Stadium on Friday. “Everyone has to do their bit to protect and preserve our language and its different forms,” he added.

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