Telangana State government here on Wednesday celebrated well-known “People’s Poet” Kaloji Narayan Rao’s 101st birth anniversary as Telangana Language Day on a grand scale.
Paying tributes to Kaloji Narayan Rao at the official function held at Ravindra Bharathi here, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said the “Praja Kavi’s” speeches and poetry awakened the people of Telangana region towards launching separate State movement. Profusely thanking Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for announcing Telangana Language Day on the birth anniversary of Kaloji, Srihari recalled that Narayan Rao was a courageous person and relentlessly fought for the welfare of the people. He considered people’s problems as his own
and fought with the governments for a lasting solution. Srihari also recalled Kaloji’s assertion that Telangana was not a slang buy a language to the society. Kaloji’s book ‘Naa Godava” (My Fight) was the reflection of people’s problems, he said and exhorted the youth to emulate ideals of the people’s peot. The State Government has released funds for construction a Kaloji Bhavan at Warangal, he said.
On the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister conferred Kaloji Award to well-known writer Ammangi Venugopal in the presence of ministers Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Eatala Rajender, Sanskrithika Sarathi chairman Rasamayi Balkishan, Telangana Government advisor KV Ramana Chary and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy said Kaloji was a great person who ignited people’s movements by participating in them actively. Kaloji’s name will be remembered for ever, he added.
Finance Minister Eatala Rajender said Kaloji Narayan Rao tried his best to inculcate Telangana struggle through his works. It is great to celebrate his birth anniversary as Telangana Language Day, he added. (NSS)