“Kakatiya Heritage Continues to Guide the Present Telangana Government”– Sri B Vinod Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board
- Two books entitled “Kakatiya Heritage”and “Janaganamana Telangana” Released at Dr. MR HRD Institute
A book entitled “Kakatiya Heritage”, based on papers presented at two national seminars on “Cultural Heritage of Kakatiyas” and “Irrigation Structures and Technological Marvels during the Kakatiya Period”, was released by Sri B Vinod Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board at Dr. MCR HRD Institute.
Sri B Vinod Kumar, in his Keynote Address, said that the Kakatiya Kings constructed a network of tanks for irrigation purposes and supply of drinking water and thereby gave a big boost to the overall development trajectory. “Our Hon’ble Chief Minister drew inspiration from this initiative and his focus, after the formation of Government, was on the restoration of 46000 water bodies and conceptualization and execution of mega irrigation and drinking water projects. “These initiatives were greatly instrumental in irrigating lakhs of acres of land and supply drinking water”, he stated and added that the resources of MGNREGA will be utilized for the restoration of water channels for better irrigation facilities in villages across the length and breadth of the State.
Continuing his address, Sri B Vinod Kumar said that the monuments developed by Kakatiya Kings are the masterpieces of human creative genius and underlined the need to restore them to their past glory. “While restoration of the monuments is important in its own right, there should not be any deviation from the original technology and the construction style so as to ensure that their uniqueness is kept intact”, he added.
Sri M Gopalakrishna, IAS (Retd), Chairman, INTACH Chapters for TS & AP, who spoke on the occasion, said that the common thread across the four large empires of South India, namely, Shatavahanas, Chalukyas, Kakatiyas, and Vijayaagaram was their deep commitment to developing and utilizing a sound system of irrigation as a key to all-round development. “They were ahead of their times and made extensive use of technology for providing better irrigation facilities”, he added.
Sri B V Papa Rao, IAS (Retd), Trustee, Kakatiya Heritage Trust said thata team of the UNESCO visited the historic Ramappa temple to assess its claim for inclusion in the World Heritage site. “The temple, which is known for its unique features like floating bricks, sand box foundation, and exquisite carvings, is likely to earn the coveted World Heritage label”, he said with a sense of pride. The Kakatiya monuments, especially small ones, are under the threat of degeneration due to vagaries of nature and underlined the need for their restoration.
Prof. M Pandu Raga Rao said that the Kakatiya Kings followed the model of creating a network of tanks, construction of emples, and creating townships around them.
Sri B P Acharya, IAS, DG of the Institute & Spl Chief Secretary, in his Presidential Address, recalled the proceedings of the Seminars held during the first and second Kakatiya Festivals held in 1991and 1993, respectively and pointed out that the significant feature of welfarism that guided the ruling elite during the Kakatiya period. He further said that Sage Vidyaranya, who belonged to Ekasilanagaram, provided the organic link between the Kakatiyas and Vijayanagaram empires duly inculcating the same ethos of welfare administration from 1000-1646 AD in the Decca Plateau. “This is the true guiding principle of the new State of Telangana”, he added.
On this occasion, a Booklet, entitled “Janaganamana Telangana”, authored by Sri Shyammohan, was also released. Dr Gautam Pingle, Dean of Studies of the Institute welcomed and Ms Auratdha Reddy of INTACH proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Usha Rani of Centre for Telangana Studies of the Institute conducted the proceedings of the function.