Vinoda Vallari enthrals people

Comedy skits by members of Creative Comedy Club at the Vinoda Vallari programme enthralled the audience with unlimited laughter on Sunday evening.

Club members K.S. Prakash, B. Vivek, Madhavi Latha, A. Savitri, P. Lalitha, B. Prabhakara Reddy and others presented the skits.

Telugu and Hindi songs by V. Ramkumar, Swathi, Sekhar and folk songs by B. Suri Babu, humour poetry by V.V. Kurma Rao and patriotic dances by girls of VBV High School impressed the audience. Special dances by the mentally challenged children from Hidden Sprouts received good applause. Annamacharya keertanas by Bharati Venugopal, mimicry by T. Venkatesh of Vizianagaram and mime show by Potnuru Venkata Ramana entertained the gathering.

Noble gesture

Conservator of Forests A. Bharath Kumar, who was the chief guest, appreciated the efforts of Creative Comedy Club for organising the programme. General secretary of Creative Comedy Club Meda Mastan Reddy was present.

As part of its service activities, Vinoda Vallari extended helping hand to the mentally challenged by way of instruments worth of Rs.20,000. NRI Motukuri Janardhana Rao donated sound system and computer related material to Hidden Sprouts Special School for Mentally Challenged. Vinoda Vallari programme was conducted jointly by VUDA and Creative Comedy Club.



AIR Kavi Sammelan

All India Radio, Hyderabad, is conducting a ‘Sarva Bhasha Kavi Sammelan’ on January

9 at APSRTC Kala Bhavan from 4 p.m. onwards. Sixty-six poets, including those from Telugu, Hindi and Sanskrit Nepali, Santali, Bodo, Dogri languages will be participating in the event, a release stated.


Translator to be honoured

The Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachara Sabha, Madras is felicitating city translator P. Nirmala during its 76th Convocation to be held in Chennai on January 5, 2014.

Ms. Nirmala, who has translated some dozens of books from Telugu to Hindi and English for reputed institutions like the Central Sahitya Akademi, will be honoured for her contribution made by her towards progress of Hindi language.


Software for Telugu SMS service to be launched tomorrow

The Information Technology (IT) Department will launch software for availing SMS service in Telugu on December 30.

The software, designed by A.P. Society for Knowledge Networks, a wing of the IT Department, will be compatible with mobile handsets and tabs including I-Pad enabled with Android and I-Phone operating systems, IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said here on Saturday.

He claimed it was for the first time in the country an SMS service would be available in a regional language. Mr. Lakshmaiah added that the software was designed for compatibility with Unicode font, so that there were no issues with services being offered by mobile network operators.

The software has already been made available on . On downloading the software, ‘TelugumAta’ virtual keyboard will be installed on the devices.

It will allow the user to type in Telugu on the phone or other device, wherein Telugu letters will be realised by single key strokes (instead of multi-taps). All characters will be accommodated in two layers unlike other apps, Mr. Lakshmaiah added.


Almanac by software engineer!

Urban police district Superintendent of Police. T. Ravikumar Murthy on Saturday said it was a wonder that a software engineer had authored an almanac in English and Telugu.

Releasing copies of Sri Chilakamarti Prabhakara Chakravarti Sarma’s bilingual Panchangams, the SP said some software engineers even won’t believe in astrology, but Mr. Sarma being an M.Tech graduate and a Senior Engineer in UK-based HMC Oil and Gas Company, had contributed a great work for the benefit of all sections of society.

Sannidhanam Narasimha Sarma and his brother S. Sastry, founders of “Brown Mandir”, where the Panchangam release function was held, said Chilakamarti had prepared the bilingual panchangam with minute details.

Garikapati Subrahmanyam, a popular astrologer, said Prabhakar Sarma wrote this panchangam with south Indian months, weeks etc. A. Babu Rajendra Prasad, Chairman, Kotilingala Devasthanam, participated.


Essay writing competition

The Forum of Legal Professionals is conducting an essay writing competition on consumer rights for degree and PG students (in English and Telugu) on the eve of National Consumer Rights day to be observed on December 24. The essay, not to cross 750 words, has to be mailed to kuppili2007 by Dec. 22. Prizes to the winners will be distributed at a function to be held at the NSS conference hall near AU Academic Staff College on Dec. 24.

Other details can be had from president of the forum K. Muralidhar (mobile 98493 92477).


Chekumuki science talent test winners felicitated

Students should appear in various competitions frequently as it would instil self-confidence among children, Rajiv Vidya Mission Project Officer A. Suryanarayana Reddy said while giving away prizes, mementos and certificates to the winners of the District-level Chekumuki Science Talent Test at the municipal high school at Gandhinagar here Sunday.

Yogi Vemana University assistant professor Thummalakunta Sivapratap said that students should not believe in superstitions. Jana Vignana Vedika district general secretary A. Raghunatha Reddy said that as many as 20,000 students participated in the talent test held in 46 mandals, with the cooperation of many government and private schools. Among English medium category, G.V. Nitish, N. Lekhana and K. Bharat were adjudged winners while S. Venkata Saicharan, T. Subbarayudu and V. Subbalakshmi were chosen toppers in Telugu medium category. They will take part in the State-level talent test.

In English medium, the team of Aditya High School, Proddatur stood second and the Narayana Olympiad School, Kadapa, came third. In Telugu medium, students of Viswabharathi High School, Lakkireddipalli, stood second and Viswajyothi High School, Rayachoti secured the third position.