Delhi, 10 SEP 2020: The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that preserving and protecting the mother tongue, Indian culture, values and the environment will be real tribute one could pay to the Telugu literary legend, Viswanatha Satyanarayana.
Virtually inaugurating the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of the Kavi Samrat, Viswanatha Satyanarayana organized by Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham, Naidu described the literary genius as an embodiment of Indian culture and traditions.
Stating that Viswanatha Satyanarayana remains the first writer to impart a true Teluguness to the Ramayana, he recalled that Ramayana Kalpavruksham, the seminal work of Viswanatha had fetched him the prestigious Jnanpith Award.
Through his works, he had highlighted the importance of imparting learning in the mother tongue, preserving culture and protecting the nature, the Vice President said.
Naidu also called making nature’s protection a people’s movement.
Observing that imparting primary education in mother tongue would help in emotional and intellectual development of children, he asserted that children can learn education in a holistic manner when culture, language and traditions are integrated.
Pointing out that the New Education Policy-2020 has given priority to integrated education, Shri Naidu stressed that the NEP-2020, at the same time, is designed to equip the students with skills and knowledge of international standards to meet the challenges of 21st century.
The Vice President also quoted Viswanatha as saying that with the maturity one gets from education in mother tongue, one can learn any language.
Naidu said Viswanatha’s literary canvas was large comprising novels, critical works, poems, epics, plays, songs and verses, among others. Many leading Telugu literary personalities drew their inspiration from Viswanatha Satyanarayana, he added.
He said that Viswanatha’s works probably attracted the maximum research and study by young writers.
Mandali Budha Prasad, AP Assembly former Deputy Speaker, noted spiritual preacher, Samavedam Shanmukha Sharma, Viswanatha Satyanarayana, president Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham and other noted personalities attended the webinar.