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‘Oggu katha' expert Ramulu is no more

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Huge loss: Oggu Katha expert Midde Ramulu performing his art in Karimnagar district . – Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh
Huge loss: Oggu Katha expert Midde Ramulu performing his art in Karimnagar district . – Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

Eminent traditional folk media exponent and AP State Cultural Council member Midde Ramulu, who brought international recognition to the Telangana folk media of Oggu Katha passed away on Thursday morning in Vemulwada. He was suffering from cancer for long.

A native of Hanmajipeta village of Vemulawada mandal in Karimnagar, Midde Ramulu was born in 1941 and was the fourth son of the family.

Accolades

Though, an illiterate, he developed his own style of script and Telangana dialect while telling stories through the traditional media of Oggu Katha and won accolades worldwide.

With the encouragement given by Dr. C. Narayan Reddy, who is also native of Hanmapita village, Ramulu strived hard to protect the traditional folk media through his style of story-telling of ancient epics and mythological stories.

Whether it's Renuka Yellamma katha, Mallamma katha, Gangagauri, Balanagamma or any other mythological story, he depicted all characters of the stories before the eyes of the spellbound audience with his style. The government had recently appointed him as member for the AP State Cultural Council.

He suffered a lot during his treatment and led a life in poverty, notwithstanding, his fame.

He succumbed to the disease after his return from the hospital on Thursday.


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