(Last Updated on : 25/07/2020)
Telegu people are rich in culture, values and custom. They highlight the ethnicity and tradition of Andhra Pradesh where they are largely located. They also resides in neighbouring places like Karnataka, Pondicherry, Maharashtra ,Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Chattisgarh. They have also migrated to foreign countries like Fiji, South Africa, Australia, Mauritius, Réunion , Malaysia, United States and the United Kingdom. The region is home to eminent freedom fighters, philosophers, film personalities, academicians and many famous people of diversified fields like dance, sports, cinema etc.
Freedom Fighters of Andhra Pradesh
The names of few Telegu freedom fighters worth mentioning are Vuyalavada Narasimha Reddy, Alluri Sitaramaraju, Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy.
Educational and Business Personalities of Andhra Pradesh
From education the names are quite few. V. S. Krishna, Former Vice-chancellor of Andhra University. Rao Bahadur S.Govinda Rajulu Naidu, First Vice-Chancellor of S.V.University, Thirupathi. C. R. Reddy, Founder & Vice-chancellor of Andhra University, Vice-chancellor of Mysore University. The names of famous businessmen and industrialists are K. V. K. Raju, founder of the Nagarjuna GroupB. Ramalinga Raju, founder of the Satyam group Ramoji Rao, founder of the Eenadu Group Renowned Scientists are yellapragada subba rao inventor of DEC for filariasis and antibiotics R.saidaiah inventor for RSH Group.
Culture of Andhra Pradesh
The culture of Andhra Pradesh consists of several museums that include Archaeological sites featuring relics of nearby ancient sites, varied collection of paintings, sculptures and religious artifacts. The Visakha Museum in Visakhapatnam displays history of the pre independence Madras presidency in a rehabilitated Dutch bungalow. The Victoria Jubilee Museum in Vijayawada displays collection of ancient paintings, sculptures, weapons, idols, inscriptions and cutlery.
Other cultural aspects include Bapu Paintings, Songs by a washerwoman called Yenki, the mischievous Budugu, Avakaaya, Annamayya and so on. The Dorki village is known for originating stone craft and carvings of idols.
Architecture of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has two architectural traditions in Andhra Pradesh. The first trace goes back to building the Amaravathi City under Satavahanas. The architecture has an unique approach emphasizing on the usage to intricate abstract sculpture inspired from various religious themes. The second tradition is about enormous reserves of limestone and granite of the region which is also reflected at various temples.
Telugu is an ancient language which has rich and deep culture in literature. Contributions of the Charles Philip Brown, Sri Sri, Verana and Viswanatha Satyanarayana had made it an evolving and vibrant modern language. The telugu literature is influenced majorly by the Sanskrit literature and Hindu scriptures. The scriptures of Mahabharata were translated into telugu by Nannayya, Yerrapragada and Tikkana. Another great poet Bammera Potana is known for the great classic Sri Madandhra Maha Bhagavatau.
Cuisine of Andhra Pradesh
The cuisine of Andhra Pradesh includes avakaya, Bandar laddu, pulusu, gongura, pappucharu, bobbattu, jonna kudu and arisa. It utilizes spices, vegetable and fruits harvest of the region. The staple food is Rice which is available in wide varieties. It is eaten wither boiled or with curry. It is eaten usually with pappu, an ordinary curry. Persarattu is not as same as attu and dosas. Greens, vegetables and meats are prepared with different kind of masalas for strongly flavored dishes.
Dance of Andhra Pradesh
The folk dances popular with the Andhra Pradesh culture are Suddha Nartana, Rasaka, Shiva Priya, Carana Nrityam and so on. The classical dances of Andhra Pradesh are performed by both men and women. It was performed by male and female prostitutes traditionally. The men danced as women as the later were not allowed to do so in public. As times pass, women began to grasp the art as well and started dancing in the court of kings. The various forms of dance that existed throughout from the history are Kuchipudi, Bhamakapalam, Dhimsa and so on.
Music of Andhra Pradesh
From the world of music, names of famous people are Tallapaka Annamacharya (traditional), Chitti Babu , Oleti Venkateswarulu (Classical) . Besides Nagur Babu, Ramakrishna, S P Balasubrahmanyam P.B.Sreenivas, Kunche Raghu, S.B.Charan are the singers who have successfully ventured in to the Indian .film industry.
Sports Personalities of Andhra Pradesh
Sportsmen from various fields of sports have seen success and appreciation. To name a few are Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi and Pullela Gopichand. Others are cricketers like M.S.K. Prasad, Venugopal Rao, Ambati Rayudu , Shivlal Yadav, Venkatapathy Raju, V.V.S. Laxman, Mohammed Azharuddin, Abbas Ali Baig, Arshad Ayub, Ghulam Ahmed. Athletes are B.V.Sathyanarayana , Kodi Rammurthy Naidu, Kalagara Raj Mohan.
Names of Award Winners are as follows:
Gnanpith Award :
C. Narayana Reddy
Bharat Ratna :
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, 1954
Padma Vibhushan :
Padma Bhushan :
Prof. Cingireddy Narayana Reddy, Shri Vavilala Gopalakrishnaya
Padma Shree :
M. V. Rao Nerella Venumadhav Nageshwar Reddy B. Soma Raju D. V. S. Raju
Arjuna Awards :
V. V. S. Laxman (Cricket) Koneru Humpy (Chess) Achanta S. Kamal (Table Tennis)
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Pullela Gopichand, for badminton (2000-2001)
Karanam Malleswari, for weightlifting (1995-1996)
M. Shyamsundar Rao (Volleyball)
Yousuf Khan (Football) J. J. Shobha (Atletics)
Anil Krishnan (Rowing)
M. Srinivasa Rao (Physically challenged - badminton)
Sania Mirza (Tennis)
Mohammad Azharuddin (Cricket)