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The World Telugu Conference (WTC)[1] is a conference for furtherance of the Telugu language. Literary luminaries attend and share their views on spreading and preserving the language and advocating a Telugu language policy



The first WTC was held in Hyderabad in 1975.[2] The then Minister of Education, Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao, was instrumental in starting it. The singer M. S. Ramarao made his debut at the conference. It was also attended by Sankarambadi Sundarachari, who penned the anthem "Maa Telugu Thalliki", and the actor-singer Tanguturi Suryakumari.[citation needed]

The second WTC was in April 1981 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,[citation needed] and the third in December 1990 in Mauritius.[citation needed]

The fourth Telugu conference was held in Tirupati in December 2012.[3][4][5][6] The fifth was held from 15 December 2017 at LB Stadium, Hyderabad, celebrating 40 years of World Telugu Conferences.[citation needed]

Conference Year Place
First 1975 Hyderabad, India
Second 1981 Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia
Third 1990 Mauritius
Fourth 2012 Tirupati, India
Fifth 2017 Hyderabad, India[7][8]


  1. ^ "Telugu conferences history". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ TNN (7 December 2012). "World Telugu Conference venue to be shifted". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  3. ^ B. Prabhakara Sarma (6 December 2012). "Cities / Hyderabad : World Telugu Conference: Then and now". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Campaign for world Telugu meet launched". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Cities / Vijayawada : 'Give wide publicity to World Telugu Conference'". The Hindu. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  6. ^ V. Rishi Kumar. "Business Line : News / States : Tirupathi to host World Telugu Conference". Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  7. ^ Adivi, Sridhar. "World Telugu Conference 2017: World Telugu Conference 2017 kicks off today; Telangana culture, heritage and literature to get full display". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ Vadlamudi, Swathi (19 December 2017). "Curtains down on World Telugu Conference". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 August 2019.

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