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Sri Sri
Sri Sri

M.L.Melly Maitreyi

Year-long birth centenary celebrations of Sri Sri begin

HYDERABAD: He was a literary giant, a towering revolutionary who inspired generations of youth and poets with his powerful pen and poetry. He was a simple humanist.

That explains why even a century after his birth, Srirangam Srinivasarao, popular as Sri Sri is alive in the hearts and minds of Telugus who admired his command over the language and drew inspiration from dynamism in his thought.

As the curtains for the year-long birth centenary celebrations across the State under the aegis of literary organisations like Virasam, Praja Natya Mandali, Sahiti Sravanti went up on Thursday, to mark the birth anniversary of Sri Sri, his memories and literary works kindle a fresh insight into his genius.

Born in Visakhapatnam, a city close to his heart, Sri Sri wrote his first novel ‘Veerasimha Vijayasimhulu’ when he was just a 10-year-old lad and his first published work in 1928 was ‘Prabhava Khanda Kavyam’. His magnum opus ‘Maha Prasthanam’ a compilation of poetry written between 1930 and 1940- in the background of world wars, economic depression and exploitation of the oppressed- capturing his inspiring vision for a better world and imminent struggles that were to come decades later.

No exaggeration

The poetic verses from the work are memorised and quoted by thousands of youth as an anthem is no exaggeration, say his admirers. His mastery over the language coupled with the sound and rhyme of the word gave his poetry a driving force that was unmatched, they say.

Sri Sri is quoted as saying if he followed Telugu poetry for 20 years till 1930, it followed him from then onwards and many agree it is true.

He was the one who related his literary works to the socio, political and economic movements and captured the romanticism of revolution effectively. He was the link between classical Telugu literature and modern literature, say Chalasani Prasad, senior member, Virasam and U. Sudhakar, admirer of Sri Sri works.

Sri Sri is credited with introducing best international literature to Telugu readers through his translations.

His versatility is reflected in essays, dialogues, several memorable film songs, and every medium of literature. He was the founder member of Virasam, Revolutionary Writers Association, that brought out complete works of Sri Sri in 20 volumes.


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