Kondaveeti Satyavathi and Madhurantakam Narendra are duly recognised for their work.
Nandaluru Katha Nilayam, a literary association, has announced ‘Uthama Sahitya Sampadaka Puraskar 2008’ to Kondaveeti Satyavathi, editor of a women’s monthly Bhumika. Madhurantakam Narendra, a professor of English at S.V. University and a Telugu short story writer, was selected for the ‘Dr. Kethu Viswanatha Reddy Katha Puraskar 2008’.
The awards were presented to them at a function organised in Tirupati last Monday. Speakers appreciated Satyavathi for the helpline counselling she runs for the benefit of women.
Dr. Narendra, son of renowned litterateur Madhurantakam Rajaram, recalled how his writing career started off with no great ambition that progressed to reach the higher plane of social consciousness.
The compendium of short stories Kondaphalam, authored by Vadrevu Veeralakshmi Devi, was released by Abbigari Vanajakshi on the occasion. Kethu Viswanatha Reddy, a member of the Telugu advisory board, sought feminist writing to break new ground to reach out to all sections of the society.
Noted playback singer of yesteryear Ravu Bala Saraswathi sang a mellifluous number Ee challani reyi… to conclude the event.
Katha Nilayam’s honorary president Gajjela Ramprasad, president Abbigari Rajendra Prasad and secretary Allam Ashok Kumar, ARASAM state president Penugonda Lakshminarayana, writers Singamaneni Narayana, Kota Purushotham and Kotakadi Chandrasekhar were present.