Telugu is not my mother tongue. I learnt it with the help of friends: awardee

Writer L.R. Swamy was on Wednesday evening presented the Puripanda Appalaswamy Sahiti Puraskaram of Abhyudaya Rachayitala Sangham, Visakhapatnam branch, and Centre for Marxist Studies. The award was presented by former MLA Manam Anjaneyulu.

Speaking on the occasion, Arasam honorary president Chandu Subba Rao said presenting the award to Mr. Swamy was all the more justified as he was also a translator besides being a writer. Prof. Velamala Simmanna gave a detailed presentation on the literary works of Puripanda.

S. M. Iqbal, who considered Puripanda a paternal figure, said though he was familiar with all the traditions he was never fussy. He wanted all writings including translations of Vedic literature to be written in people’s language.

Mr. Swamy said Telugu was not his mother tongue and he came to the city on transfer from Mumbai. He had developed a liking for Telugu and learnt it with the help of friends and began writing stories and translating them.

Narayana Guru Trust honoured Mr. Swamy.

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