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Young and aspiring writers should get inspired by them, says V-C

I never ‘read’ but ‘worshipped’ Viswanadha’s works, says professor

Everyone has an inherent capacity to be a poet, says Vice-Chancellor

VISAKHAPATNAM: Gnan Peeth awardee Viswanadha Satyanarayana’s magnum opus ‘Ramayana Kalpavruksham’ and his Sahitya Academy prize winner ‘Veyi Padagalu’ constitute the beacons of light that would continue to illuminate Telugu literature. Viswanadha Satyanarayana, with the unique distinction of being the first person to get the Gnan Peeth Award for Telugu literature, did yeoman service to Telugu literature by protecting and preserving our tradition, customs and conventions through his literary works which were unmatched in terms of quality and quantity, said speakers, who included Andhra University Vice-Chancellor, Beela Satyanarayana, retired professor and an authority on Viswanadha’s works, Salaka Raghunnadha Sarma, Head of the Telugu Department AU, K. Sudarsana Raju and others at the ‘Viswanadha Sahitee Viswarupam’ function, jointly organised by Telugu Department, AU and Viswanadha Kalapeetham, to mark the 114 birth anniversary of Telugu poet par excellence here on Thursday.

Delivering the key note address, Prof. Raghunadha Sarma said he never ‘read or recited or studied’ Viswanadha’s works, but always ‘worshipped (upaasinchanu) them. He recalled Viswanadha’s satirical work ‘Vishnu Sarma English chaduvu’ to drive home the point that his scholarship and erudition was not limited to just Telugu language. Prof. Sarma recalled ‘maareecha khandam’ from Ramayana and asserted that like sage Valmiki, it was Viswanadha who said that ‘mareecha is a mahatma (great man) and not neecha (a mean person, which is the common perception). In an interesting interpretation of abduction of Sita, Prof Raghunadha Sarma said that Ravana’s plan smacked of stupidity. The plan was conceived by Ravana, but it had to be executed by Rama, Sita and Lakshmana!

The Vice-Chancellor wanted the young to get inspiration from the works of Viswanadha. “We always talk of literary luminaries of the past, but we hardly have any at present. Everyone has an inherent capacity to be a poet. What was needed was a burning passion, Prof. Satyanarayana said. Youth should take the literary movement forward, he added.

Prof. Sudarsana Raju pointed out that the maximum number of doctorates were done on Viswanadha’s works. Perala Sitarama Prabhu of Viswanadha Sahiti Peetham and S. Vijaya Kumar, special invitee spoke.