The World Telugu Federation (WTF), an organization that promotes the Telugu language, culture, art,heritage, tradition, and business, recently conducted its 11th Biennial International conference.
The conference is organized once in every two years, since 1993.The federation celebrated its silver jubilee this year.
The president of World Telugu Federation VL Indira Dutt said, “Over 2,000 members from across the globe With a federation, the conference is conducted in Indian cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Vijayawada, Vizag, and in Singapore and Malaysia also. It has been an exciting journey so far,”
She said that, we need to revive traditional arts and create awareness among the younger generation.
The president of WTF VL Indira Dutt explained that “We are particular about propagating our traditional arts and crafts. We believe the youth should also preserve our culture instead of just grow in their fields and make use of advancements. So, we bring in artists from all over, and this year, over 97 traditional artists from Andhra alone performed.”
The event featured folk songs and dances, sand art, shadow show, a nose flute performance and a Kuchipudi dance performance. Artisans and entrepreneurs from different parts of the country participated.
“We have about 36 different stalls featuring handlooms and handicrafts. We have tried to bring in the traditional essence and also promote entrepreneurs.” said by one of the coordinators.
The Indira said that, “We host delegates from Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya, and every other nook and corner. About 80 organizations are affiliated with us,” “We always look forward to this conference as it is a good place to network. We also find Telugu people from around the world using different methods to protect and spread our culture. Plus, there is also a lot of knowledge sharing that happens here,” said one of the delegates.
In 2015, WTF collaborated with Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority to establish a museum ‘Telugu Samskrutika Niketanam’. “It has been one of our greatest contributions and we expect to grow bigger and better over the years,” said Indira.