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11thBook Festival - 2017

11th Tirupati Book Festival

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan known for its culture and heritage has organized prestigious 11th Tirupati Book Festival from 11th February, 2017 to 19th February, 2017 at S.V. High School Playgrounds, Tirupati. 60 publishers from all parts of India had put up more than 82 stalls with books in Telugu, English, Hindi, Sanskrit etc.,. Renowned publications like Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams (T.T.D.), E.M.E.S.C.O., Book Wala, Scholastic, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan etc., showcased their best sellers in the book fair. Various books like Spirituality, Science and Technology, Fiction, Cooking, Interior Designing, Architecture, Comics, Puzzles etc., were available.

During the 9 day bok festival, various competitions like Just a minute, recitation, essay writing and mono action were conducted for the students of different schools and colleges . The tiny tots of Bharitya Vidya Bhavan dressed as national leaders. An essay writing competition on “Role of parents in bringing up the children” for the parents of Bharitya Vidya Bhavan annexed the tinge and tone to the fair. Budding musicians of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans allured the audience with their musical concerts. Inaugural day of the Tirupati Book Festival

On 11th February, 2017 The procession of Holy Scriptures like the Ramayana, the Mahabharatha and the Srimad Bhagavat Gita were taken in a palanquin from the Mahathi Auditorium to the venue. The festival was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr D. Sambasiva Rao, I.A.S., Executive Officer, T.T.D., and Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra.

In his Welcome Address, Dr Alladi Mohan, Executive Committee Member, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra welcomed all the dignitaries on the dais.

Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Convener of the Book Festival and Hon. Director & Treasurer, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, in his presidential address said that Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja’s 1000th Birth Anniversary was focused to bring awareness among the public as the Temple Town of Tirupati is famous today due to the contribution and devotion of the spiritual socialist, Sri Ramanujacharya. Similarly, Swami Vivekananda Virtual Library has been organized to inspire the youth to be patriotic and preserve India’s culture and tradition.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr D. Sambasiva Rao said that, Tirupati is an educational hub and such book festivals help in enriching libraries and students knowledge. He also said that T.T.D’s contribution to make spiritual books is available online and advised people to embrace the technology.

Prof. P. Murali, Former Vice-Chancellor, S.V. University, Tirupati and Executive Committee Member, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra, thanked T.T.D. for extending help every year for the growth of Book Festival.

The Day’s Guest of Honour Dr Medasani Mohan, Special Officer, Telugu Bhakthi Vangmaya Project, T.T.D., Tirupati, emphasized that man has many duties and reading good books is one among them. Relating a few experiences, he said that reading good books disciplines one’s mind and soul and also empowers a person.

The Guests were felicitated by the Executive Committee Members of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra. The programme concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Prof. P. Sudhakara Reddy, Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra. The programme was attended by Shri R.V. Jagga Rao, Retd. Engineer, T.T.D., Tirupati, Shri P.V. Krishna Reddy, Executive Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra; Shri P. Sudasarnam Raju, Prof. Ch. Govinda Raju, Executive Committee Members, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra; Prof. Srikanth Reddy and Bhavan’s S.V. Vidyalaya staff.

Bharata Ratna M S Subbalakshmi & Padmavibhushan Mangalampalli Bala Murali Krishna vedika. On 12th February Sangeetha Kalanidhi, Kalamamani Ms.A.Kanya Kumari recollected the renditions of Sri Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna and Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi one of them being “Kurai Ondrum illai”. She stressed the importance of instrumental music along with Vocal music. Dr B.Vengamma, Professor of Neurology, SVIMS emphasized about the role of Music therapy which is currently being followed in Mysore. Annamacharya Vedika

On 13th February, 2017 It was a blend of music and literature by Dr Velugoti Bhaskara Sai Krishna Yachendra. The day’s Chief Guest Shri N. Mukteswara Rao, I.A.S. (Retd.), Special Officer, All Projects, T.T.D., Tirupati, in his address he appreciated the school management for conducting such book festivals in the temple town. He also said that Dr Yachendra garu researched Tarigonda’s Vengamamba’s life and works and released the essence in the form of CDs titled “Vengamamba Jeevanaganam.” Special programme of Sangita Geyaavathanam was conducted by Dr Velugoti Bhaskara Sai Krishna Yachendra, former M.L.A., Venkatagiri. It is avadhanam conducted through lyrics set to different ragas. 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 scholars eloquently through the songs that he composed instantly. Ramanujacharya Sahasrabdi Vedika

On 14th February, 2017 It was focused on Sri Ramanujacharya and his contributions to society. A discourse on “Ramanujacharya’s contribution to Spiritual Enlightenment and Social Transformation” was delivered by Prof. K.E. Devanathan, Vice-Chancellor, S.V. Vedic University, Tirupati. In his address he said that every individual is entitled for salvation (moksh a). He showed the path of Saranagathi for getting liberation by realizing ones sins. Chief Guest Shri K.S. Srinivasa Raju, J.E.O., T.T.D., Tirumala, appreciated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the book festivals help to develop the students intellect. He also wished the book festival will cater to the need of every individual. In this programme Dr T.S. Ravi Kumar, Vice-Chancellor-cum-Director, S.V.I.M.S., took part and said that Bhagavad Gita is the scripture that helps man to lead righteous life. Book Release

On 15th February, 2017 a book was released titled Srimad Bhagavad Gita in a Historical Perspective by Prof. P. Yenadi Raju. The day’s Chief Guest Prof. V. Muralidhara Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, in his address he appreciated Bhavan’s Management for conducting such Book Festivals. He also said that a good manager should have traits like perfect work, accepting failure, team spirit, braveness, etc. The day’s Guest Speaker Prof. Madhurantakam Narendra, Professor of English, S.V. University, Tirupati, introduced the book with some incidents. He said that, except certain incidents and circumstances, the teachings of the Gita, the Bible and the Qur-raan, the three major scriptures have a common range of thought, which is pointed out occasionally in the text of this compilation. The author thanked Prof. M. Narendra garu for extensively speaking on his works. Science and Technology Vedika

On 16th February, 2017 it was mainly focused on science experiments with demonstration and role of science and technology in the development of nation. The day’s Chief Guest Prof. T.S. Natarajan, Professor of Physics, I.I.T., Tirupati mainly spoke on the state of science education. Children should observe, ask questions and find answers. The main emphasis of learning should be by doing. Learning happens when we try on our own, fail and learn from our failures. Prof. P.V. Arunachalam, former Vice-Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, said that science and technology helps in development of any nation and also help humans in getting rid of many sufferings. But science when perceived as applied science becomes technology. Many scientific experiments were demonstrated and the scientific reasoning was given behind them and the students enjoyed by taking part and asking questions. Telugu Sahitya Vedika

On 17th February, 2017 it was marked with a discussion on Telugu literature. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. G. Damodar Naidu, Special Officer, Epic Studies, Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad, T.T.D., Tirupati appreciated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s effort in preserving and flourishing the Indian culture and tradition. He started with an interesting discussion on origin of Telugu language quoting great poet Nannayya’s work. Prof. Jakkampudi Muknirathnam, Professor of Telugu (Retd.), S.V.University, Tirupati commended Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for encouraging reading by organizing book festivals. It also helps in understanding the culture and tradition of various geological areas in the world. Prof. Sarvothama Rao, Retd. Professor, Dept. of Telugu, S.V. University, Tirupati expressed that a poem should be recited by understanding its meaning and simultaneously enjoying it. Swami Vivekananda Vedika

On 18th February, 2017 dShri Tanikella Bharani, Renowned Writer and Cine Artist and Swami Anupamanandaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Matt, Tirupati brought grandeur with their presence to the eighth day of the 11th Tirupati Book Festival. Speaking on the occasion, the day’s Chief Guest Shri Tanikella Bharani in his address appreciated Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Ramakrishna Mission for extending the relentless service in upholding the values, culture and spiritualism. He expressed his grief by saying that the youth today is not focusing on literature which is eternal and appealed them to read the biographies of famous personalities and quoted some of the influential books authored by renowned writers. Guest Speaker Swami Anupamanandaji in his address highlighted some of the inspirational quotes of Swami Vivekananda and added that Swami Vivekananda is the symbol of eternal youth and his life itself is a message to the youth.


Shri P.V. Krishna Reddy, Executive Vice-Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati Kendra presided over the function. He said that it’s a great opportunity for the present youth and public of Tirupati to select good books. The day’s Chief Guest Prof. A. Damodaram, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati expressed that books play a significant role in everyday life and they are good friends packed with knowledge. He also said that Indians stand top most in reading books. The day’s Guest of Honour Vachaspathi Samudrala Lakshmanaiah, Special Officer, Purana Ithihasa Project, T.T.D., Tirupati opined that the 9-day Book Festival was Gnana Yagna to promote knowledge. He advised the people to preserve books, read them and understand. Shri J. Prabhakara Rao, I.P.S., D.I.G., Ananthapur Range, in his address he stated that the present youth to read more books along with academic books. He advised to read printed books rather than e-books. He expressed that youth need to be more determined to read book. Dr N. Satyanarayana Raju, Hon. Director & Treasurer of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tirupati in his address, he mentioned that 21st Century, our country can evolve as a great Nation only through book reading. He declared that the 12th Tirupati Book Festival will be held from 3rd February, 2018 to 11th February, 2018. Prizes were distributed for the winners of various competitions held during the book festival. Bhavan’s Tirupati Kendra committee members, Principal, Sr. Vice Principal, Staff and denizens of Tirupati, book lovers attend the function with great enthusiasm.