Opening doors of Telugu Culture to all through World Telugu Museum. Chief Minister, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu has just confirmed that he will be opening the World Telugu Museum atop Kailasagiri Hill on November 19.
The CM shared that Telugu is a culturally rich ancient language which has inscriptions containing Telugu words dating back to 400 BC. Being the only language in the Eastern world, Telugu has every single word ending with a vowel sound. In the West, Italian is the language that ends with a vowel sound.
The CM also shared his thoughts about this idea and the reason behind incepting the World Museum for Telugu.
Niccolò de’ Conti, a renowned merchant and explorer travelled across the world towards south-east Asia and when he chanced upon this vowel-ending language, he coined the term for Telugu as “Italian of the East”.
In the chronology of languages, Telugu is a much older language than many of the western languages of the world. Telugu has the most number of Saamethalu (idioms and proverbs), which also have a super structural construction based on prose, pattern, sound, rhythm, and rhyme.
What makes Telugu language so distinctive from others is that its literary locus upto the modern era was far wider than its geographical locus.
For instance: We had the Tulu native King Sri Krishnadevaraya choosing to write his magnum opus “Amukta Malyada” in Telugu alongwith his beautiful reasoning as to why he did so. His Bhuvana Vijayam (court) of Ashtadiggajas gathered the best and the brightest minds of Telugu literary tradition in one place.
We have had Kerala’s most illustrious and prodigious King Swathi Tirunal composing songs in Telugu.
And, we have a host of Tamil Carnatic musicians enrich the Carnatic reportoire with their Telugu compositions ranging from the Tanjore Quartet dance compositions to Syama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar to Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar to Patnam Subramania Iyer to the Umalayapuram brothers and so on.
In the Mysore kingdom court, vidwans like Mysore Vasudevachariar, Veena Seshanna gave us gems like Brochevarevarura.
Through all these examples, I’d like to point to one thing – all these highlight the richness of our mother tongue. The World Telugu Museum will bring all these facts to life.
The CM thanked prominent art director of Indian film industry, Thota Tharini who has worked on the art and design of the museum. The project has been taken up by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) in association with World Telugu Federation (WTF).
Every inch of the museum has been thematically designed to showcase heritage, historical significance and evolution of Telugu language. Paintings, Kalamkari art work by artists from Sri Kalahasti, magnificent wood works, sculptures and an audio-visual presentation of the history of Telugu will form part of the museum.
Right from the entrance of the museum, the art work of Thota Tharani is clearly visible and the entry and exit arches are of Kakatiya architecture. The portico ceiling is adorned with ‘Kalamkari’ art portraying the ‘Dasavatharam’ (10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu.
The ceiling of the entrance room will be one of the major attractions of the museum. Ten large ‘Lepakshi’ paintings adorn the ceiling. Another major attraction is the 58-minute audio-visual presentation.
For the first time in the State, people are allowed to sit on a rotating table to watch the audio-visual presentation of Telugu heritage and history.
This will be a one-of-its-kind Museum on Telugu culture, heritage and history. Mr Naidu extends his invitation to all to visit this World Telugu Museum in Vizag and learn about our culturally rich Telugu language.