Singing Telugu song mandatory in convent schools of AP
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 23:01
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government today asked English medium convent schools in the state to have a song hailing Telugu culture sung in the assemblies in addition to the national anthem without fail.

"Private convents should make children sing 'Maa Telugu Talliki Malle Poodanda' song from henceforth," School Education Minister D Manikya Vara Prasad told reporters.

The government took the decision in the wake of a convent school in Kadapa district punishing two children for speaking in Telugu. Placards, with the words "I will never speak in Telugu" written on them were hung around their necks as punishment.

The action of the school evoked strong protests from outfits working for promotion of Telugu.

The government's decision, however, was sharply criticised by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which alleged the song "Maa Telugu Talliki" was against Telangana culture.

The song, written by late poet Sankarambadi Sundaracharya, hails Telugu culture and heritage.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 23:01

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