Friday, 8 April 2005

Chandrababu Naidu becomes a "poet", pens Ugadi Kavita

By Syed Akbar
Hyderabad, April 8: Telugu Desam supremo N Chandrababu Naidu might have decided to distance his party from the BJP, but he has drawn enough inspiration from veteran BJP leader AB Vajpayee to express the poet in his heart.
Chandrababu Naidu has penned a "Ugadi Kavita" on the eve of the Telugu New Year to express his heartiest greetings to Telugus residing all over the globe. In a 12-verse Ugadi greetings personally signed by him, the former chief minister wishes people good health, peace and prosperity. Chandrababu Naidu adopted the freesytle Telugu poetry with free verse. The poetry is sent as a greeting to select group of people on Babu's letterhead.
Ten months after losing power, Chandrababu Naidu is slowly acclamatising himself to arts, culture and poetry, leaving aside his favourite information technology. Only last week, the TD chief almost swayed to the lilting Telugu film songs at an informal get-together he hosted at NTR Bhavan.
"Telugu Biddalu Ye Seema Mettina (In whichever region the Telugus are)/Ee Ugadi (Let this Ugadi)/Vari Tejanni Dinadina pravardhamanam cheyalani (Spread their glory everyday, everywhere)/Desa Videsalaloni Teluguvarandariki (To every Telugu in and outside the country)/Na manah poorvaka subhakanshalu (My heartiest greetings reach them)", Babu says in the last stanza of his Sri Parthiva Nama Samvatsara Ugadi greetings.
Accustomed to presiding over official "Panchanga Sravanam" for almost a decade, Chandrababu Naidu has now decided to celebrate Ugadi on a massive scale at the State party office. "We are now out of power. As chief minister I used to participate in the official programme. We will celebrate it as a party programme this time", he observed.
The TD supremo has invited party leaders and journalists along with their family members to the Ugadi celebrations at NTR Bhavan. There will be a recital of the Panchangam, followed by a serving of the traditional Ugadi Patchadi. Babu is likely to honour some eminent personalities on the occasion.

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