A group of members from Arunodhaya Samskrutika Samakhya spoke about the struggles of Subbarao Panigrahy, his timeless rendition of folk tunes and his contribution to tribal welfare.

On the occasion of his 43 death anniversary, an energetic cultural event ‘Maata-Aata-Paata’ was organised here on Monday where a team of six singers and folk dancers along with Subbarao Panigrahy’s niece Niranjan enthralled the audience with their performance.

Subbarao Panigrahy was a multifaceted personality who had sacrificed his life for the people in Agency areas. Born in Sompeta in the year 1937, he led a tough life supporting and battling for the welfare of the people.

He is basically a priest in a temple and later joined the naxalite movement and composed many folk songs for Jamukula Katha, a traditional art form. He started tutorial classes and used to teach tribal people and inspiring the youth.

He was killed in an encounter on December 22,1969. To mark the sacrifice of the great personality who had lost his life along with other members of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Panchadi Nirmala, Ankamma, Sarawathi and Tamada Chinna Babu, among others, the Arunodaya organisation is organising programmes every year in the month of December, by conducting meetings at different places of the State, said president of the Samakhya Naganna.

Close to 20 sabhas were organised in various places like East Godavari, Srikakulam, Khammam, Warangal, Hyderabad, Nalgonda and Karimnagar, among others.

Secretary of the organisation K. Nirmala, singer and poet S. Rajashekar, State vice-president of Progressive Organisation for Women M. Lakshmi, and others also participated.

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