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Help Saraswata Niketanam Library Celebrate 100 years

Saraswata Niketanam, located in Vetapalem, Andhra Pradesh is one of India’s foremost privately owned, research oriented libraries which has been rendering services to the cause of education and research for over a century. It was established on 15th October 1918 on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dasami by V.V. Shreshty (my great grand uncle). Its name spread far and wide,  and was graced by the the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, Chilakamarthi Lakshmi Narsimhamam and Rajendra Prasad during India’s fight for independence, more recent visitors include PV Narsimha Rao and Venkayya Naidu. Many research scholars from India and abroad visit the library to access arcane reference material, a true testament to the standing that it has achieved in the field of Telugu Culture and Literature

Since its inception, the library has become a treasured storehouse of many invaluable items such as palm leaf manuscripts, Mahatma Gandhis walking stick and newspapers dating back to the 1940s. Many literary journals like Bharathi, Krishna Pathrika, Griha Lakshmi, Sarada, Andhra Sahitya Parishad Pathrika etc (Telugu) and Triveni, Prabudha Bharatha, Modern Review, Harijan etc (English) carefully bound and preserved in the Library. The library also boasts of a collection of about 1 lakh volumes including few palm leaf manuscripts, rare and out of print books in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and other languages.

More information about the library can be found here.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saraswata_Niketanam
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/a-treasure-trove-of-knowledge-in-ap/article24663282.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/gandhijis-stick-a-cherished-collectible-here/article25108350.ece

The library is managed by a trust and relies heavily on donations and grants for funding. The President; KV Mallikarjuna Rao (nephew of the founder, VV Shreshty and my Grandfather) has received four awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for his yeoman service to the upkeep of the library.

The library is planning to celebrate its centenary with an array of cultural programs from the 1st to 5th October 2019 by inviting distinguished individuals across academia, civil society and government. In light of the same, the organizers (a few members of my family, employees of the library and members of the Trust) seek a sum of INR 1 million (10 lakh) which will be used for, but not limited to the following purposes

1. Pest prevention treatment
2. Painting of exterior
3. Mementos for the guests
4. Invitations
5. Brochures
6. Arranging transport for guests
7. Catering
8 .Lighting
9. Audio
10. Erecting Stage
11. Renting of furniture
12. Digitization
13. Ensuring Longevity of books and other artefacts through lamination

Your generous contribution will not only ensure the smooth functioning of the event but will also add to the corpus of the library, allowing it to maintain its century long legacy as a treasure trove of knowledge, erudition and public service. In this day and age, libraries world-over are losing their charm and relevance due to the internet and Saraswata Niketanam is no exception.  Your donation will help us better maintain the priceless artefacts that we have and hopefully attract more and more people to visit

Saraswata Niketanam holds a special place in the hearts of many people generations  in Vetapalem and any monetary contribution to the library is of service to the entire town and future generations who can also benefit from the enormous cultural repository that it contains 
Invitation and Itinerary for the Centenary celebration
Invitation and Itinerary for the Centenary celebration
proof of registration under the Societies act (1860)
proof of registration under the Societies act (1860)
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12th October 2019
The money withdrawn is used for the following reasons

Rs 50000- Mementos for guests
Rs 25000- paid to the postal department for the release of a special cover marking the 100th year of Saraswata Niketanam
Rs 18000- shawls for guests
Rs 17286- laying of new tiles
Rs 20415- Steel Girders for reinforcing the roof
Rs 10000- Postal Stamps for the special covers
Rs 9200- Monoblock pump set
Rs 16999- Cardboard sheets for exhibiting photos and art
The money withdrawn is used for the following reasons

Rs 50000- Mementos for guests
Rs 25000- paid to the postal department for the release of a special cover marking the 100th year of Saraswata Niketanam
Rs 18000- shawls for guests
Rs 17286- laying of new tiles
Rs 20415- Steel Girders for reinforcing the roof
Rs 10000- Postal Stamps for the special covers
Rs 9200- Monoblock pump set
Rs 16999- Cardboard sheets for exhibiting photos and art
2nd October 2019
Hello Everyone!

It has been the nine days since I launched this fundraiser and the response has been overwhelming with 2+ lakh raised so far!! I am extremely grateful to all the donors for contributing for this noble cause!

I am sharing some pictures of the first day on the event. The highlight of the day was a performance rendered by the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam's Annamacharya Keerthanalu project. Thanks to the generous contributions of the donors, the library building has been painted and a stage has been erected for the performance.

However, we still have a long way to go to refurbish and main the library's infrastructure. I appeal to all of you to donate as much as you can and share this fundraiser link with all your family and friends!







Hello Everyone!

It has been the nine days since I launched this fundraiser and the response has been overwhelming with 2+ lakh raised so far!! I am extremely grateful to all the donors for contributing for this noble cause!

I am sharing some pictures of the first day on the event. The highlight of the day was a performance rendered by the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam's Annamacharya Keerthanalu project. Thanks to the generous contributions of the donors, the library building has been painted and a stage has been erected for the performance.

However, we still have a long way to go to refurbish and main the library's infrastructure. I appeal to all of you to donate as much as you can and share this fundraiser link with all your family and friends!







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Rs.237,124 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

Beneficiary: Saraswata Niket... info_outline

Supporters (61)

DH
D donated Rs.5,000

Reasearchers Paradise !

S
Sreenivas donated Rs.2,500
NK
NAGARJUNA KALIKIVAYI donated Rs.200
A
Anuradha donated $150

Congratulations on 100th Anniversary, Wishing for many more!

PR
Phani Raghavalu Raghavalu donated Rs.1,116
NV
NUNE VENKATA SIVAREDDY donated Rs.250