Sa Vem Ramesh …. thats how this man writes his name in Telugu. I was shocked amused and delighted to meet this one person who has given his life for the cause of reviving Telugu language among the 170 million Telugu speaking people, ofcourse hardly 50 million can read and write the language. Even now while I write this Its amazing to think that there are people like Mr Ramesh who stand upto issues n causes working deep in the interiors with no liking n interest for publicity or acknowledgement of his work.
He says”Telugu is numerically the biggest linguistic unit in India. Telugu is found to be recorded in the 7th Century AD. However, it is only in the 11th Century that it broke out into a literary language, but historical n archeological findings show a different truth. the origin of which is traced back to literally 1500-1000 BC. The language that has spread the fragnance of culture.
Mr Ramesh further ponders” If ever a language or dialect disappears or lets call it dead it means he treasure of knowledge and wisdom that has been carried through that language has also been dead forever”.
Mr Ramesh says Telugu is dying.
The first phase of his work is rolling in Tamil nadu, where most of them can speak but cant read and write the language. To propagate and bring the language in to practice among those that at least have an interest in the language Mr Ramesh started an organisation Telugu Talli. The organization has designed a 2 month course curriculum. Mr Ramesh selected committed volunteers like him for the task. The trained volunteers in each village or locality would teach the language 2 hours a day for 2 months and at the end of the course would be a test and certificate issued.
A contingent of 40 trained volunteers dedicated and commited to the cause of Telugu language are carrying the noble cause forward. In just the Veloor district more than 3,000 people have learnt the language. Soon the next batch of classes in other areas would be conducted for spreading the language movement.
To spearhead the language and better inform people of the importance, origin, culture and literature treasure of the language we have been running a Bilingual bimonthly magazine in Telugu and Tamil. The Publication Talli Bhasha also teaches the basics of learning alphabets and gives the fragnance and joy of reading and writing Telugu.
Mr Ramesh says he and his group of friends are working for…….
Ø Reach the various parts of the country where Telugu speaking people are struggling to keep the language and culture alive.
Mr Ramesh is a prolific writer with a natural style ….
His views in the website Telugupeople.com
Author:Sa. Vem. Ramesh
Publisher:Navodaya Book House
Here is a review on the Book
Here is another of his books సజీవ సంప్రదాయంగా వేమన – రచయిత – స.వెం.రమేష్ ) (Sajeeva Sampradayamgaa vemana – Sa.vem.ramesh) Click here for a telugu review
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- Call for concerted effort to nurture Telugu language (thehindu.com)