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2ndBook Festival - 2007

2nd Book Festival

"Books are the food of youth, the delight of old age; the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity; a delight at home, and no hindrance abroad, companion by right, in travelilng in the country."

If the aim of book reading is to preserve the hoary past and still be tuned tos sthe present, then the "Book festival" was the right destination. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, known for its commitment to the traditional roots, organized a six-day book festival at Tirupati for the benefit of book lovers from 23rd to 28th December 2007.

Prof. S. Jayarami Reddy and Prof. Manmohan Singh, the Vice-Chancellors of Sri Venkateswara University and Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University respectively, the two leading centres of higher learning in Tirupati and Sri A.P.V.N. Sarma, Executive Officer, TTD, tookm part in the inaugural session and appealed to the public to make the best use of the festival.

Shri N K Raja Rao, one of the conceners of the festival welcomed the gathering and expounded the objective of the festival. Sri Subba Rao, Editor of Dimdima, expressed his pleasure and appreciated the efforts of Bhavan's for having initiated a wonderful event.Sri N Satyanarayana Raju, Hony Director, Bhavan's Kendra, thanked the gathering for their encouragement and support.

On the second day, Smt. Dr. Ratnamalika, presided over and elaborated that education has become j ust superficial and that there is a dire need to encourage book reading. Sri Alladi V. Sree Kumar, D.G.M., Operations, Telecom, Tirupati was the Chief Guest. He explained the relevance of book reading in the present day scenario and strongly felt that technology should not substitute reading. ri C. Saila Kumar, Editor, TTD, stated that book is the best guide, friend and philospher and inferred that the purpose of reading is to accomplish certain values of life for betterment of relationships, which is a urgent need of the society.

On the third day, Sri Samudrala Lakshmanaiah, Former Secretary, Dharma Prachara Parishad, TTD an eminent orator, speaking on the occasion focused on the value of book reading. He then elucidated how reading had survived a plethora of distractions. Dr Alladi Mohan, Member of the Executive Committee of Bhavan's Tirupati Kendra presided over the function.

The forth day's programme began with the speech of the chief Guest of the day Dr. G. Munirathnam, Secretary, Rashtriya Seva Samithi. He emphasized in inculcate book reading among the children so that they can imbibe positive values. He felt that reading is essential in a society wherein human values are deteriorating. Dr. Medasani Mohan, Director, Annamacharya Project, left the audience spell bound with his wonderful wordplay and urged to utilizethe available time to enhance the knowledge by reading as many books as possible.

Sri Prof. P.V. Reddy, Associate Director, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Tirupati was the on the fifth day of the festival. Sri S.A. Padmanabha Rao, Coordinator, TTD Project, speaking on the occasion explicated h ow great personalities have moulded themselves by reading books.

On the last day of the festival, Sri P.V.Krishna Reddy, Hony.Executive Vice-Chairman, Bhavan's Kendra, presided over the function. Sri Dr.P. Arunachalam, Vice-Chancellor, Dravidian University, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He, in his valedictory address, briefed out the hisory of book reading and stated that books had been a part of the human life right from ancient times and that a good book is a mirror of self.

Sri T.V. Sudhakar, Rtd. D.G.M., SBI and a voracious reader, expressed his pleasure for being associated with a wonderful event and said that enthusiasm is the driving force to read. He encouraged the organizers to continue with the same spirit in years to come.

Sri Sudarsan Raju, member of the Bhavan's Executive Committee, proposed the vote of thanks after presenting a review of the festival. Various competitions like story-telling, elocution, quiz(literary), choir singing and poster making were conducted in which students from different schools participated with great enthusiasm and won prizes. The audience was entertained with a variety of cultural programmes on each day of the festival. The programme staged by the students of Samatha Vidya-laya, a school for the hearing impaired, was the highlight of the festival and was captivating and heart-touching.