The Vanguri Foundation of America Program Endowment in Telugu Studies
The Vanguri Foundation of America, Inc. was established as a Texas non-profit corporation in 1994 to promote the Indian language of Telugu as well as creative writing, music, and performing arts using Telugu. This language is spoken by more than 100 million people, primarily in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Since 1994, as a part of its efforts to preserve and promote Telugu language and literature, the Vanguri Foundation of America, Inc. has conducted the following activities:
- Annual worldwide creative writing contests. As of 2016, VFA conducted 21 writing contests and awarded prizes in short story, poetry, novel and literary essay categories.
- Bi-annual Telugu Literary Symposiums of North America since 1998 in various parts of the United States including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, Houston, California, and Indianapolis.
- Bi-annual International Telugu Literary Symposiums in various countries since 2006. Conventions have been held in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Conducts International Women Writer’s Conferences and National Young Writer’s Literary Conventions on a regular basis.
- Published 61 Telugu books, most of which are written by U.S.-based Telugu writers.
- Conducts monthly literary meetings to offer a forum for Telugu writers to meet, exchange ideas, and present their work.
The Vanguri Foundation of America, Inc. has a deep commitment to support Telugu Studies at UT Austin to teach Telugu to successive generations. The endowment fund was set up to meet this immediate objective, and VFA plans to enhance the support to expand the activities to research in Telugu language studies and degree programs at UT Austin.