Voics the concerns of the working class: S. Narayana

Speakers at the 103rd birthday celebrations of Mahakavi Sri Sri asserted that the writings of the revolutionary poet were not to the liking of the ruling and upwardly mobile classes as there was direct glorification of human labour much to the discomfort of the feudalistic mindset.

“We haven’t seen such a writer in any other Indian language at that time and even now. Sri Sri voiced the contributions and concerns of the working class without whose efforts nothing seems possible in the present day materialistic world,” said poet and writer Singamaneni Narayana. Just because Sri Sri did not subscribe to the views and vested interests of the ruling classes, his name was not considered for any major award like the Jnanpith, he said.

His birthday celebrations were held at the Town Hall by the Sri Sri Pragathi Trust, an organisation dedicated to spreading the poet’s message, inaugurated by Sri Sri’s wife Saroja in Nellore in 2011. The Trust’s president is senior advocate Vemulapati Ananta Ramaiah.

Mr. Narayana said that Sri Sri rose beyond the geographical limitations by focussing on the most sublime aspects of human labour and contribution and thereby he came to be established as a great Indian writer. Sri Sri’s followers should feel proud that his name was not considered for any major award as it was indicative of his outright sympathy and support for the working classes at the cost of the power and prestige of the rulers, he added

Ms. Sanjeevamma, who hails from Kadapa, spoke about Sri Sri’s influence on the social fabric by focussing on the ground level realities in his monumental works. “He is not a Mahakavi, but truly he is a praja kavi. This is because Sri Sri captured the feelings of the working millions in society,” she added.

Stating that Sri Sri rose above narrow limitations, Ms. Sanjeevamma said that he was a unique poet who propagated through his writings that all sections of people regardless of status and class should have equal access to culture and art.

His work highlights the concerns of working classes:

S. Narayana