The Centenary Celebrations of Sri. N. Raghava Rao (Annayya) (April 2004 - April 2005) - Page 1

This was a very ambitious project that was undertaken by the sangham. A committee consisting of all eminent personalities was constituted to plan the event. There was a great interest generated in members not only in our state or country, but also abroad. Many NRI associations in USA have celebrated the event by organizing many cultural shows and also many other activities.

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Inauguration of frescos of Annayya and Akkayya by Sri. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Smt. Jamuna, Sri. K. Krishna Mohan Rao at Balanandam Bhavan. Also seen in the photo are also see Smt. K. Sugunamani (President of Balanandam), Smt. J.V. Kameswari (Secretary) and Sri. Malapaka Purnachandra Rao (Correspondent) and other members with guests.

Mrs. Kameswari Jandhyala and Sri. Purnachandra Rao Malapaka acted as coordinators for this event. Everyone who has attended the events or functions praised the efforts of Balanandam committee. They were unanimous in saying that they had not seen such an event in recent times.

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Sri. K. Raghavendra Rao lighting a lamp to begin the concluding event of the centenary year at Ravindra Bharathi – April 2005

The yearlong festivities were as follows in chronological order:

13TH April 2004
Launched the centenary year along with Jawahar Balbhavan at Indira Priyadarshini Hall.

2nd August  2004
A group singing competition in “Annayya’s songs” was conducted in Balanandam Hall. Nearly 75 children’s organizations have participated.

5th and 6th September 2004
Competitions in Dramas written by Annayya were conducted in NTR Kalamandiram. 25 children’s organizations took part.

30th and 31st October 2004
A two day work shop was conducted for the children of twin cities in “how to draw cartoons” in the city central library hall with the help of many well known cartoonists of Andhra Pradesh. Nearly 250 children attended the workshop.

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Annayya centenary celebrations (2004 – 2005): Children attend a workshop on drawing cartoons

From 21st November 2004 to end of January 2005
Competitions were held for children in various disciplines of Fine Arts every Sunday. Nearly 800 children competed in different events.

7th December 2004
A violin symphony concert by 30 children was held at Lalitha Kala Thoranam.

 2nd January 2005
Centenary celebrations were organized by the Book Publishers at Vijayawada in collaboration with Balanandam. Many publishers and writers of children’s literature attended. Seminars were held on how to make children’s books more attractive to children.

10th to 16th January 2005
A Theatre workshop was conducted in Balanandam Hall with the help of well known theatre personalities. Demonstrations, practical training on different aspects of Drama were the key topics. 75 selected children participated.

12th and 13th March 2005
A state level conference of writers of children’s literature was held at Balanandam Hall. Many well known writers from all over the state attended to discuss various aspects of children’s literature and the further improvement.

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State Level Conference: “Bala Sahitya Rachayitala Sadassu”



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