A State level literary academy has been launched after Mahakavi Jashua named Jashua Sahitya Academy to undertake various literary activities to perpetuate his memory.
Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha inaugurated the academy by unveiling a logo at a conference organised here on Tuesday by admirers of the great poet and several Dalit organisations on social aspects of his literature.
Mr. Rajanarsimha described Jashua as a giant of Telugu literature who enriched it by his myriad poetic works, treading altogether new paths and ethos, and highlighting the suffering of Dalits due to discrimination. Jashua, recipient of Padmabushan award and the title Navayuga Kavichakravarthi, focussed on the ignored and other rasas like compassion in almost all his works, particularly masterpieces such as Gabbilam and Firdousi which have been prescribed for degree students in some universities.
There was no subject on which he did not write, and these include Bapuji to Netaji and the mythological characters Karna who too suffered discrimination to Bhisma, who remained bachelor throughout his life to keep a word.
The Deputy Chief Minister announced the government would make efforts to institute literary puraskarams in Jashua's name and advised Dalits to inculcate a spirit of self-respect as that was the only sure road to achieve their goals in social life. The lesson that people could learn from Jashua's poetry was that unrest in society would continue as long as some sections in society faced discrimination and injustice based on caste, creed and colour.
Ravindra Bharati, the venue the two-day conference, regaled with the poems of Jashua as participants invariably recited one or two lines from the works of the great poet before addressing the gathering.