By Our Special Correspondent
Bangalore March 22. The Telugu Vignana Samithi, here, celebrated
its golden jubilee on Saturday by honouring five eminent persons
for their achievements in different fields of activity.
K.J. Yesudas, who has distinguished himself in both classical
and film music, described the award as one of the greatest moments
in his life.
P. Susheela, whose hit songs in Telugu and Kannada are still
hot favourites, felt that musicians should be honoured in their
lifetime and not after they were dead. "I belong to the
entire South, not just Andhra Pradesh, and want to live on in
the hearts of listeners, like the late Ghantasala.''
Kota Harinarayana, scientist and Vice-Chancellor of the Central
University of Hyderabad, felt the honour was for the entire
team which worked with him on the Light Combat Aircraft project. "Air
power makes a nation supreme in any war as the ongoing events
in Iraq show; the LCA we designed is the lightest supersonic
fighter, and some of the technology developed for it is being
used in the new-generation Airbus and other passenger aircraft,''
Dr. Harinarayana said.
Turlapati Kutumba Rao, veteran journalist and author, referred
to the absence of the Karnataka and the Andhra Pradesh Chief
Ministers, who were expected to attend the programme, and remarked: "I
can perhaps take the time allotted to them.'' Telugus and Kannadigas
had more in common with each other than any other linguistic
group, and one reason was that they once had common rulers and
a common literature, he said.
Film-maker G. Nandakumar, three of whose movies have won national
awards, was so moved that he could only express his thanks for
The Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare, A. Krishnappa, said
the concept of a common script for Kannada and Telugu should
come true soon, and it would further strengthen the bond between
the people speaking the two languages.
The Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister, Y. Ramakrishnudu, said
the peace and prosperity of Telugus living in Karnataka showed
the affection between the people of the two neighbouring States.
The samithi president, A. Radhakrishna Raju, recalled how the
organisation was founded in 1952 with the blessings of eminent
persons such as Tenneti Viswanatham, and how it had grown to
represent the cultural identity of the Telugus living in Bangalore
and other parts of Karnataka.