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dated April 28, 1951: Tribute to Saint Kshetragna:

The ``Vardhanti'' celebrations of Saint Kshetragna, the author of padams sung in praise of Muvva Gopalaswami took place in Muvva village, the birth place of the Saint on April 21 and 22. The celebrations attracted a large number of musicians and scholars from different parts of the country.

Welcoming the gathering, Mr. Kasturi Venkateswara Rao, Chairman of the Reception Committee, said the Composer-Saint Kshetragna's real name was Movva Varadayya. Since the saint visited a number of kshetras throughout Andhra and Tamil Nad singing songs in the name of the Lord, he came to be known as ``Kshetragna.''

The President, Pampalli Ramakrishna Pantulu, in his address said,t he Kshetragna was one of the best vaggeyakaras ever born and his padams were unique. But because they had not been adapted to musical notations like Tyagraja's kritis, people were apt to belittle their value as being merely amorous in character. A world philosophy were embedded in these songs. He appealed to the Andhragana Parishad to determine Varna mettus, Talas, and Swaras of the songs of the Kshetragna.

Tibetan peace talks:

According to a New China news agency message received in London on April 26, Panchen Lama, the traditional spiritual leader of Tibet who was in exile for many years, was on his way to see Mao Tse Tung.

The tenth Panchen Lama who was 14, was installed as spiritual head of Tibet in the temple of Kumbum, in the Chinese province of Chinghai in 1949. He had remained in exile because of the opposition to the Dalai Lama, temporal head of the remote mountain State, as his predecessor had been for 25 years.

Atomic explosion in human brain:

A tiny atomic explosion in the cancerous brain of middle- aged woman failed to save her life. Doctors had placed a radio-active substance, boron, near the cancer and bombarded it with neutrons to start a chain of reaction.

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