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10thBook Festival - 2016

10th Tirupati Book Festival

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, known for its culture and heritage has organized the prestigious X Tirupati Book Festival from 30-01-2016 to 07-02-2016 at S.V. High School Grounds, Tirupati to inculcate the reading habit among the public, especially, the youth.

Nearly 60 publishers from all parts of India had put up more than 86 stalls at the venue. Some of the publications were Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Publications, Praja Sakthi, Visalandhra, EMESCO, Supreme Law House, Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Publications, A.C.E. Engineering, etc. A wide range of books on spirituality, philosophy, science, engineering, medical, law and a varied number of books in Telugu, Hindi and English. For all age groups were available in different book stalls arranged at the same venue.

Holy scriptures such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharatha, the Bhagavad Gita, etc., were brought to the venue in a procession from Mahathi Auditorium in a richly decorated palanquin by Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Convenor of the Book Festival and Honorary Director and Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati, Prof. P. Sudhakar Reddy, Secretary; Dr Alladi Mohan, Associate Secretary and other Executive Committee Members of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra and staff of Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya.

The festival was inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the day, Prof. V. Durga Bhavani, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visva Vidyalaya, Tirupati and Saraswathiputra, Avadhana Samrat Dr Medasani Mohan at 5.30 p.m. on 30-01-2016 at S.V. High School Grounds, Tirupati.

The Convenor of the festival Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, stressed on the significance of organising such festivals as the book reading habit helps in changing the mindset of people. Books like the Bhagavad Gita helps in developing one’s personality. The Chief Guest, Prof. V. Durga Bhavani said that, school teachers play an important role in making children inculcate the habit of book reading. Saraswathiputra Dr Meadasni Mohan quoted verses which mean that by reading good books, we can get rid of bad thoughts.

The guests were later felicitated and Vote of Thanks was proposed by Shri P. Sudarshanam Raju, Executive Committee, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra.

On 31-01-2016, i.e., 2nd day of the Book Festival, Swami Anupamananandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Tirupati was the Chief Guest. The day, incidentally also marked the 128th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, according to Indian Almanac Swamiji gave an inspiring speech on the life of Swami Vivekananda. He said that if we want to know about India, we should study the life of Swami Vivekananda as every thing about him is positive and only positive aspects are reflected in him. He also said that if we read the works of Swami Vivekananda every day, there will be tremendous change in the thought process of every individual. Secret of education is concentration of mind. Concentration comes from self-effort - by practicing Yoga, Meditation, etc. Immense power of man’s mind can be harnessed by meditation. Swamiji also congratulated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for organising the Book Festival.

On the 3rd day of the Book Festival i.e., 01-02-2016, Shri Madhavapeddi Suresh, renowned Cine Music Director was the Chief Guest. The Chief Guest called the Book Festival as Saraswathi Nilayam. He was extremely delighted to visit the Book Festival. He said that books make us more imaginative and book reading enhances the knowledge of a person. The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Convenor of the Book Festival.

On 05-02-2016, special programme of ‘Geyavadhanam’ was conducted by Dr Velugoti Bhaskar Sai Krishna Yachendra, former M.L.A., Venkatagiri. The programme was called ‘Sangeetha Geyadhara’. It is Avadhanam conducted through songs. It was unique of its kind wherein the ‘Avadhani’s spontaneity in rendering verses captivated the audience. His expertise was proved in the way he answered the different questions posed by other scholar eloquently through the songs that he composed instantly. He was supported by Sri Natarajan on Violin and Sri Reddy Shankar on Tabla. The participants were - Dr K.J. Krishnamurthy - Ishtapadaprayogam; Shri V. Giridhar Kumar - Pada Nishedham; Dr P.C. Venkateswarlu - Vasthu Nirdesam; Shri Amudala Murali - Pallavi Purana; Dr K. Bala Subramanyam - Manchi Muchatlu; and Shri Somasekhar - Ragathala Nirdesam. Saraswathiputra Avadhana Samrat Dr Medasani Mohan coordinated the programme. Chief Guest was Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Convenor of the Book Festival.

During the Book Festival, every evening special cultural programmes were organised for the visitors. Many competitions like Quiz, Elocution, Collage Making, Mime and Fancy Dress were conducted for students of schools and colleges to encourage the youth in developing various skills.

Valedictory Function was organised on the last day of the Book Festival i.e., 07-02-2016. In his presidential address, the Convenor of the Book Festival expressed his happiness on the successful completion of the festival. He thanked Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for their help in organising the festival and print and electronic media for their extensive coverage. Shri P.V. Krishna Reddy, Executive Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra congratulated the Convenor for organising the Book Festival on a large scale. He also requested the parents to inculcate the reading habit in their children. Prof. P. Murali, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University and Executive Committee Member, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, wished the Book Festival to be conducted for many more years to come and he also advised the students to read different kinds of books to imbibe knowledge. Chief Guest of the day Mahamahopadhyaya Dr Samudrala Lakshmanaiah, Special Officer, Purana Ithihasa Project, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati compared the book festival to ‘Yagna’, ‘Yagnam’, ‘Jnana’ ultimately helps us to attain ‘Moksha’. He also stressed on the importance of preserving the books that are bought. After reading a book, knowledge has to be imbibed into the mind. He concluded by quoting ‘Shanthi Mantra’. The guests were felicitated by the Director and other Committee Members. Prizes were distributed to the winners of various competitions held during the festival.

The dates for the next Book Festival were announced, which would be held from 4th February to 12th February, 2017. The programme concluded with proposal of Vote of Thanks by Smt. S. Indira, Principal, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, Tirupati.