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Sahitya Akademi Award presented to Samala Sadasiva

Sahitya Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyaya presenting the Sahitya Akademi Award-2011 to Telugu poet Samala Sadasiva, in New Delhi on Tuesday.-Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
Sahitya Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyaya presenting the Sahitya Akademi Award-2011 to Telugu poet Samala Sadasiva, in New Delhi on Tuesday.-Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

A retired teacher from Adilabad district, Samala Sadasiva is one among 22 who were awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards in New Delhi on Tuesday. He is considered a pioneer in literature, music and philosophy. Interestingly, this scholar admittedly thinks in Urdu and writes in Telugu and is known for his translations of Urdu and Persian literature.

Mr. Samala Sadasiva got the award for his book ‘Swaralayalu' on Hindustani music. Essentially, it is about his experiences with classical musicians including vocalists, the late Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Parveen Sultana who had visited him and spent time during the 1960s and 70s. The book has interesting anecdotes of his interaction with the musicians.

The writer had taken it upon him as a mission to convey the finer aspect of Telugu literature to Urdu-lovers and introduce the nuances of Urdu to Telugu-reading people.


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