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Story telling and reciting of slokas is a cultural heritage

Story telling and reciting of slokas is a cultural heritage
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It was a welcoming news that National Book Trust opened its branch recently in the city and is functioning to cater to the needs of literarrati. On Thursday, former DGP Dr K Aravinda Rao released ‘Sookthi Sudha Kalasam’, written jointly by Yallapragada Prabhakara Rao and Panguluri Hanumantha Rao.

It was a welcoming news that National Book Trust opened its branch recently in the city and is functioning to cater to the needs of literarrati. On Thursday, former DGP Dr K Aravinda Rao released ‘Sookthi Sudha Kalasam’, written jointly by Yallapragada Prabhakara Rao and Panguluri Hanumantha Rao.

“Story-telling and reciting slokas is an age old custom and it is the process of keeping cultural heritage intact. In the present way of life, reciting Sanskrit slokas gives strength to children. In earlier days, children used to learn slokas by-heart but that practice is waning away. We have to revive this custom,” Dr Aravinda Rao said.

Dr K Aravinda Rao releasing the book at NBT conference hall on Thursday

“Time and again we have to imbibe in our children the need to know our religious sayings, which is the need of the hour. It leads to a valuable, healthy and peaceful life,” he added. Dr Aravinda Rao quoted slokas and impressed the gathering.

Osmania University Professor Acharya Veludanda Nityananda Rao, reviewing the book, said that both Prabhakara Rao and Hanumantha Rao accomplished a herculean task in translating 378 Sanskrit slokas collected from Bhartruhari Subhashitalu and Mahabharatham. He also applauded the writers for doing a religious and literary service to the nation, by bringing Sanskrit slokas in to the limelight for the younger generation.

By:Chivukula Rama Mohan

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