Who: First Telangana Language Day
Where: In Telangana
When: 9 September 2015
Why: To commemorate birth anniversary of Kaloji Narayana Rao
First Telangana Language Day (Telangana Bhasha Dinosthavam) was observed on 9 September 2015. The day was observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of noted poet Kaloji Narayana Rao, who was called people’s poet.
The day was observed to popularise Telangana Language which has influence of Deccani Urdu, Marathi and Kannada. On the occasion, several programmes, like literary programmes and workshops, were held across the state.
Besides, the state Government also awarded its first ever Kaloji Award on renowned litterateur Dr Ammangi Venugopal for his contribution to the literary world of Telangana.
Kaloji was honoured with Padma Vibhushan award for his contribution for the upliftment of the downtrodden and other social causes. He was a prolific writer and poet in Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, and Urdu. He is credited for his activist writing and vocal support for the cause of Telangana. He is also respected as a political activist who staunchly opposed the feudal attitude of Nizams.
Telangana Government on 7 September 2015 decided to observe poet Kaloji Narayana Rao’s 100th birth anniversary as Telangana language Day.
The government also decided to institute Kaloji Memorial Award in honour of the poet to honour those who have contributed significantly to Telangana language and literature.