Deputy Speaker Dr Mandali Buddha Prasad and DGP Dr M Malakonadaiah and Padmasri Turlapati Kutumbarao sharing a lighter moment at the national seminar on 'Vijayawada Through the Ages' at the Cultural Centre in Vijayawada on Friday
Deputy Speaker Dr Mandali Buddha Prasad and DGP Dr M Malakonadaiah and Padmasri Turlapati Kutumbarao sharing a lighter moment at the national seminar on 'Vijayawada Through the Ages' at the Cultural Centre in Vijayawada on Friday

Vijayawada: Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad said that the people should learn from history to achieve progress. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of a two-day national seminar on ‘Vijayawada Through the Ages’ here on Friday, the Deputy Speaker said that it was sad that people of Vijayawada have forgotten the two stalwarts linked to the history of the city—Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao and Dr KL Rao. He said that both of them were instrumental in the development of the city as well as the freedom struggle.

He recalled that the Congress Working Committee with Gandhiji in the chair had met here at the instance of Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao in 1929. Likewise, visionary Dr KL Rao had developed the city with his innovative ideas.  He said that people of the city were indebted to Sir Arthur Cotton who built the anicut across the River Krishna paving for the delta formation.

He lauded the efforts of Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) and ICHR for jointly organising the national seminar on the history of emerging city of Vijayawada. Senior Journalist Turlapati Kutumba Rao presided over the meeting.Prof Aloka Parasher Sen of University of Hyderabad delivering the keynote address recited the emergence of Vijayawada as the city from humble beginning. She said that Wada is generally referred to the military centre.

Director General of Police Dr M Malakondaiah said that there were several small kingdoms on the coastal belt. Municipal Commissioner J Nivas recalled the quotes of Subrahmanya Bharati who described Telugu language as ‘Sundara Telugu’. Dr D Vizai Bhaskar, CEO of AP Government Creativity and Culture Commission, quoting Tennyson sad referring to the Krishna River, ‘Men may come, Men may go. But I keep on going’.
Dr Amareswar Galla, chief curator of Amaravathi Heritage Town, Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO of CVVA also spoke.