Mini-Olympiad postponed

The 10th Mini-Olympiad, scheduled to be held in the city for two days from February 8, has been postponed. East Godavari District Olympic Association secretary K. Padmanabham, in a statement here on Thursday, said that keeping in view of the ongoing Samaikyandhra agitation, the event was postponed and the new schedule would be announced later.



Early Telugu inscription found

The stone image of Chandrarasi of the 7th Century A.D. at Sri Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple at Samarlakota.The stone image of Chandrarasi of the 7th Century A.D. at Sri Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple at Samarlakota. 

Stone image of Chalukya king discovered in Samarlakota.

Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad, has come across an interesting discovery of unique inscribed image of a king on the premises of Sri Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple at Samarlakota in East Godavari District.

Describing the discovery as an astounding one, Superintending Archaeologist R. Krishnaiah, told The Hindu that in a remote corner outside the ‘Pancharama’ temple, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist D. Kanna Babu recently identified the inscribed (in Telugu) royal image.

From the archaeological research point of view it was a curious discovery, said Mr. Kanna Babu. “This find is vital for reconstructing the cultural life of ancient Andhra, the role of kings in promoting the spiritual spheres,” he said.

The ASI team led by Mr.Kanna Babu was conducting scientific exploration in order to ascertain origin, antiquity and architectural ascendancy of the temple.

This was one of the earliest inscribed images of a king discovered so far in the State and a unique one, he said. The highly eroded sand stone sculpture was 108 cm high, 42 cm wide and 22 cm thick life-size form of a standing imperial personality on a broad pedestal with characteristic gesticulations of ardent Siva gana, he said.

“The King’s sculpture had roundish face, soft cheeks, wide open eyes, a broad heavy nose and closed tender pair of lips. Ear rings, a stringed necklace around the neck and sacred thread can be seen on the King’s sculpture,” he pointed out.

On the eroded broad pedestal there is an inscription. Basing on palaeographical grounds, Mr. Kanna Babu described this as one among the very few early Telugu inscriptions belonging to the 7th Century A.D. (early Eastern Chalukya times) and stands as a testimony to antiquity of language.

When deciphered it reads: ‘This is the stone image of Chandrarasi, who is in ascetic attire, brought the intellectual Kedararasi after convincing him on the event of his victory’.

Chandrarasi probably a royal personality of this region, seems to be a patron of God Sri Kumara Bhimeswara of Samarlakota, said Mr. Kanna Babu.

The exploration team comprised K. Veeranjeneyulu, Sr. Conservation Assistant, and P. Bhima Sankaram from the ASI.


Inscribed image of Chalukya king found in a temple at Samarlakota in East Godavari District

Elected to carroms association

Korpu Appa Rao of the city has been elected working president of the Andhra Carroms Association in the recent elections held to the body. He will be in the position till December, 2017.

Congratulating Mr. Appa Rao on being elected to the prestigious post, East Godavari District Olympic Association honorary president Y.D. Rama Rao, at a press conference here on Thursday, wanted the carroms body to spread its services to the rural pockets.

Mr. Appa Rao said that the association was proposing to raise a huge corpus of Rs. 1 crore for its financial stability and conduct carroms championship on the lines of the chess championship.


GSIB to organise business quiz

GITAM School of International Business is organising a business quiz for college students of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, and Guntur districts, between January 6 and 31.

The quiz is meant to promote awareness among undergraduate students about business in general and international business in particular, according to a press release from the GISB.

The quiz will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will be held at various colleges and institutions to select five winners. The second round is the grand finale to be held on GITAM campus on February 7.

The first, second, and third prize winners of the final will be presented with cash awards, merit certificates, and citations. The first round winners will receive participation certificates.

The quiz programmes at the college level and the grand finale level will be organised by personality trainer and business consultant Winny Patro.

Students of engineering, pharmacy, business, and degree colleges in the seven districts are eligible to participate.



Unity in Diversity @ decorated New Year 2014.

Palla Venkanna Nursery arranged display of plants for New Year 2014 with a message-Unity in Diversity - on Tuesday in Kadiyam. —PHOTO.S.RAMBABU

Palla Venkanna Nursery arranged display of plants for New Year 2014 with a message-Unity in Diversity – on Tuesday in Kadiyam. —PHOTO.S.RAMBABU

The world famous Kadiyam Nurseries of East Godavari district were spruced up with activities of welcoming New Year with different varieties of plants including bonsai, ornamental, traditional flower plants, herbal, exotica and latest hybrid varieties. In Palla Venkanna Nursery, one of the oldest Nurseries in Kadiyam decorated New Year with 75, 289 plants with a message of “Unity in Diversity”. According to Palla Venkatesh, young Bio-tech Scientist, it took six days for 46 nursery agriculture labour to design his concept. He also claimed that this is the first time in the World that arranging plants in a design with highest number is a record.

The New Year design reflected rich floriculture of the State as well as it represented heritage of Kadiyam nurseries.


Beach Festival: officials looking for event managers

The East Godavari district administration is looking for event managers who can organise cultural programmes on the sidelines of the three-day Beach Festival to be held at Vakalapudi Beach from January 11. The event managers will have to arrange sound and lighting system and coordinate with the artistes who were participating in the event. Further details can be had from the Additional Joint Collector. The district administration is also inviting logos and designs for mementoes to be distributed to the participants and sponsors of the beach festival. Prizes will be presented to the best designs and the last date for sending the entries to the Assistant Tourism Officer in the Collectorate (phone: 94408-16073) on or before December 31.

Reviewing the arrangements here on Saturday, Collector Neetu Prasad said that plans were afoot to invite noted artistes like drummer Sivamani to the event and due preference would be given to the local artistes and the students of different educational institutions. She exuded confidence that the festival would reflect the cultural heritage of the district.