Telugu writer and Poet. Telugu writer and Poet. Gurazada Appa Rao; Gurajada Apparao. edit గురజాడ వెంకట అప్పారావు (Telugu). English: Life History of Gurajada Apparao dispalyed at his house (presently used as a memorial library) in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. Sri Gurajada Apparao was a social reformer, poet, writer, philosopher, and a to know that the era of Modern Telugu Literature was born from Gurajada’s pen.

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He was a poet, writer, and a social reformist who openly talked about society and its discrimination towards women. Kanyasulkam is about the deplorable condition of widows in traditional Brahmin families in the Andhra region of India during the 19th century.

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Views Read Edit View history. The play is a highly thought-provoking social drama dealing with social issues relevant to the time.

Soon after, he was employed as a teacher in M. We salute one of the greatest writers who ever lived on the plains of Telugus, writing strong and touching literary works which shook thoughts. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Srinivasa Iyengar — also gave a lot of support and encouragement. In the mean time, he continued his studies and graduated with B. This very play marked the beginning of a new and radical era of story telling in Telugu language, as it was honest about our society instead of putting our culture on a pedestal of greatness.

Srinivasa Iyyangar, principal of Mrs. Madhu 26 December Well, we will tell you exactly why and how! Chandrasekhara Sastri who provided him free lodging and boarding.

Five Great Things About Kavishekara Gurajada Appa Rao

The English preface to the first edition of his play states: He taught the F. He was a feminist long before it became a fad. Inhis close friend Bkography.

Gurajada’s childhood friend and classmate in Chipurupalli, Gidugu Rammurty — was his school of thought. He wrote the famous play named Kanyasulkam, which might be the only Telugu play that has both its dedication and preface in English.

His style of humor is an inspiration to many writers and artists that came after him. Gurajada Apparao was deeply troubled by the double standards, hypocrisy and social inequalities in the Indian society.

Gurazada was born on 21 September at his maternal uncle’s home in Rayavaram village, near YelamanchiliVisakhapatnam district. Young Gurajada displayed his concern and calling for the society around him from his very young years. His Sarangadharapublished in “Indian Leisure Hour” was well received.

Chalapathi 1 January The play was in some ways way ahead of its time and was very bold in criticizing the popular opinions and practices during that gurwjada.

Gurajada was also involved in great social work and was a member of Voluntary Services Corps in Visakhapatnam.


Gundukurti Venkata Ramanayyaeditor of the “Indian Leisure Hour” encouraged Gurazada greatly during the same period. One of the chief aims was to introduce spoken dialects. InGurajada was appointed to the post of Epigraphist to the Maharaja of Vizianagaram. Appparao and his father before him were both employed by the princely state of Vizianagaram. The great Gurajada Appa Rao needs no new introduction to the people of Telugu origin all over the world.

College, Visakhapatnam started an association to promote curriculum reform in high schools. Emeritus Fellow, University of Madras. In fact, it was Mukherji who constantly encouraged Appa Rao to go regional and start writing in Telugu to touch the natives. His poetry collection Mutyala Saralu was a steppingstone in Telugu poetry as well.

What made his play an exponential success is the way he used satire to talk about serious issues in a light and entertaining manner. For some period duringhe worked as Head Clerk teugu the Deputy Collector’s office.

Gurajada lived most of his life in and around Vizianagaram in what was then called as Kalinga Rajyam. He was elected vice-president of the Ananda Gajapati Debating club in Gurajada later went on to publish a touching patriotic song, Desamunu Preminchumanna, that is remembered even today. In gyrajada, Gurajada spoke at a Congress Party meeting in Vizianagaram. The play is ageless in the sense that its projection of the Indian mindset and psyche is very relevant and applicable in Indian Society today.

The song inspired many people to take up their responsibility as a citizen seriously.

I am sure there is much more to this great personality than what meets the eye. It also questions the practices of witchcraftsorcery, and their popular usage in medical practice during that period in India.

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He was simultaneously involved in social work and became a member of the Voluntary Service Corps in Visakhapatnam in By speaking directly xpparao societal demons such as child marriage, he forced people into action and enlightened them in the process. His remaining schooling was done at Vizianagaram after his father died.

College with a salary of Rs.