Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari said design for the ‘Kaloji Kalakshetra’ sought to be built in Warangal district is in its final stages, and tenders will soon be called for construction of the cultural centre.
Speaking at the ‘Telangana Language Day’ celebrations organised on poet Kaloji Narayana Rao’s birth anniversary here on Wednesday, Mr. Srihari said the programmes in the cultural centre will be designed such that the future generations will remember them. He remembered Kaloji as fearless in speaking his mind about people’s issues, and said he described Telangana as a language, and not dialect. He had respect for all dialects, and never belittled any.
Minister for Finance Eetala Rajender remembered his association with the poet, and said he moved freely among the public even during the Emergency days, spreading his message through his writings and speeches. Together, they had established ‘Movement against Oppression’, opposing State violence.
Earlier, Mr. Srihari presented the ‘Kaloji Memorial Award 2015’ to litterateur Ammangi Venugopal who, said Kaloji was among the three pillars of Telangana movement, the others being Prof. Jayashankar and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. He remembered the poet as one who wrote in a language understood by all.
Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, chairperson of the Department of Culture Rasamayi Balakishan spoke on the occasion, and lauded the poet.
Source: The Hindu