Oct 20, 2015: Jnan Pith Recipientís mega-novel launched

Oct 20, 2015: Jnan Pith Recipientís mega-novel launched


In a grand function on Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 at Ravindra Bharati in Hyderabad Ė a mega-novel Thousand Hoods was launched. It is the first-ever translation into English of the Telugu magnum opus Veyi Padagalu by Jnan Pith recipient and literary colossus ĎKavi Samratí Viswanatha Satyanarayana. The programme was jointly organised by Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham, Hyderabad and the Inter-Lingual Literary & Cultural Society of Hyderabad of which Dr Velchala Kondal Rao is the Hon. President and the President respectively. The book was launched at the hands of the Guest of Honour Mandali Buddha Prasad, Deputy Speaker, AP Legislative Assembly who reminisced the close association his father Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao, a former minister in the undivided AP cabinet with Viswanatha Satyanarayana on whose behalf who had received the first copy of the Gujarati translation of Veyipadagalu from the hands of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Green-signalled by the Viswanatha Publications, Vijayawada comprising the literary legendís grandson Viswanatha Satyanarayana Junior and other heirs, the translation was undertaken under the aegis of Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham, Hyderabad.  The panel of translators are Chepuru Subba Rao, U Atreya Sarma, S Narayana Swamy, Dr Aruna Vyas and Dr Vaidehi Sasidhar.

Two more related books on Viswanatha Satyanarayana were also released. They are Veyipadagala loni Mukhyamshalu (The main features in Veyipadagalu) and Viswanatha Vrasina Naati Kinnerasani Patale Neti Kinnerasani Project ku Sphoorthi Batalu (The Kinnerasani lyrics penned by Viswanatha then alone are now the inspiring vistas for todayís Kinnerasani Project).

The book-launch was preceded by an innovative and first-ever ballet on Kinnerasani Patalu performed by famous danseuse & choreographer Swathi Somanath and team enthralling the audience for full 45 minutes. In addition to a number of scholars and resource persons, veteran movie singer Rao Bala Saraswati was felicitated on the occasion.

Those who talked on Viswanatha and his literature included Suddala Ashok Teja (renowned film lyricist), Mamidi Harikrishna (Director, TS Language & Culture Dept), LV Subrahmanyam (Special Chief Secretary to Govt of AP), P Vijay Babu (AP State Information Commissioner), K Srinivas (Editor, Andhra Jyothy daily), Vadrevu China Veerabhadrudu (Additional Director, AP Tribal Welfare Dept), Tanikella Bharani (reputed film writer & actor), and Junior Viswanatha Satyanarayana.

Telangana: A Classic Cultural Khazana

Another highlight of the event was the launch of the glossy book Telangana: A Classic Cultural Khazana which was released at the hands of Burgula Narsing Rao (freedom fighter & eminent writer). Speakers on the work included M Vedakumar (Chairman, Telangana Resource Centre), and NVS Reddy (Managing Director, Hyderabad Metro Railway).

(Report by: U Atreya Sarma, Hyderabad, Oct 20, 2015)

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