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HONOURED: TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy and MLA M. Venkaaramana in Tirupati on Wednesday. SVETA director Bhuman is also seen.
HONOURED: TTD Chairman B. Karunakar Reddy and MLA M. Venkaaramana in Tirupati on Wednesday. SVETA director Bhuman is also seen.

Staff Reporter

Tarigonda Vengamamba hailed as a revolutionary

TIRUPATI: As part of the efforts of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to bring to light the glory of the unsung saint-poetess, Tarigonda Vengamamba, her life-size statue was unveiled at the busy Maruti Nagar circle in the city on Wednesday.

Champion

The revolutionary poetess is known for raising voice –several centuries back –against maladies such as social isolation of widows and discrimination against women.

Though she was forced into marriage which was followed by widowhood, Vengamamba considered only Lord Venkateswara as her husband and led a chaste life chanting his glory. Interestingly, the statue of the champion of women’s emancipation is so strategically located that one has to cross it to reach Sri Padmavathi Women’s University, besides the TTD’s Women’s degree/junior colleges.

Tributes paid

TTD trust board chairman B. Karunakar Reddy, who declared open the statue, paid rich tributes to her by explaining the significance of her.

Observing that the modern society owed a lot to her for taking the first step towards bridging the gender gap amidst all odds, he said that the statue would prove to be a matter of inspiration for the scores of women.

TTD’s Executive Officer K. V. Ramanachary, Trust board member C. Bhaskar Reddy and local MLA M. Venkataramana hinted at steps to popularize her compositions by bringing them out in the form of compact discs.

M. R. Palle Sarpanch B. Mamata, TTD’s Joint Executive Officers G. Balaramaiah (Tirumala) and N. Srikant (Tirupati) were present, while SVETA director Bhuman proposed a vote of thanks.

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