WHO WE ARE
Telangana Jagruthi is a nonprofit organization working towards capacity building, preserving heritage, cultural renaissance, and sustainable development to achieve long-term socio-cultural and economic development for the people of Telangana.
Telangana Jagruthi was established in August 2006 when Smt. Kalvakuntla Kavitha, started working on the grassroot level for the socio-cultural and economic development of the people of Telangana. She along with handful of like-minded people came together to form a non-governmental organization (NGO) which was, formally registered on November 8, 2008 as “Telangana Jagruthi”.
Founder President, Telangana Jagruthi
Kalvakuntla Kavitha the Founder President of Telangana Jagruthi and the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.
She was born in Karimnagar and completed her schooling from Stanley Girls High School in Hyderabad. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, she went to the USA and attended from University of Southern Mississippi to pursue her Masters in Computer Sciences, after which she worked in the US as a software engineer.
She returned to India in 2004 to play an active role in the Telangana statehood movement and contributed immensely to the same by founding an NGO by the name of “Telangana Jagruthi” to unite people of Telangana origin around the world.
She also serves as a Member of Legislative Council from Nizamabad, Telangana. She has earlier served as a Member of Indian Parliament representing Nizamabad Lok Sabha Constituency.
In public life, Kavitha passionately espouses the cause of Telangana as well as other developmental issues. She has initiated various campaigns and mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers to work towards sustainability, gender justice, grassroots healthcare capacity building and education.
Further, she has been part of many international delegations to various countries as well as with organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank and at the same time has worked for policy implementation and national legislation for the development of her constituency, the state and the nation at large.
GENESIS OF TELANGANA JAGRUTHI
The genesis of Telangana Jagruthi intersected with the renewed trajectory gained by the movement for Telangana state formation.
Telangana Jagruthi’s founder, Smt. Kalvakuntla Kavitha having returned from the United States of America in 2003, realized that the women of Telangana did not have a suitable platform to participate in the movement. To address this concern, Telangana Jagruthi was formed to herald a cultural renaissance in Telangana for its people to regain a sense of their unique identity and their human as well as socio-cultural rights along with promoting greater involvement of women in the process.
One of the first activities that the organization undertook was the revival of the celebrations of the Bathukamma festival – a festival unique to the culture of Telangana with a universal message of environment protection and women's rights.
Kavitha started celebrating Bathukamma as a form of protest. A non-violent, culturally relevant manner to promote equity and justice for the people of Telangana, for the environment, and for womanhood. Now it has grown into a cultural festival for a large proportion of the population and is celebrated in many parts of the world including Australia, the United Kingdom, USA, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
Telangana Jagruthi thereafter ventured into other spheres such as skill development, provision of healthcare services, educational development, environment protection, and women's rights. It has offices across the world including India, the USA, UK, UAE, Australia and Oman.