Sri Sri (writer)

Srirangam Srinivasa Rao (30 April 1910 – 15 June 1983), popularly known as Sri Sri, was an Indian poet and lyricist who is known for his works in Telugu literature and films. Noted for his anthology Maha Prasthanam, Sri Sri is a recipient of a National Film Award, a Nandi Award and a Sahitya Akademi Award.

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Sri Sri
Born
Srirangam Srinivasa Rao

(1910-04-30)30 April 1910
Died15 June 1983(1983-06-15) (aged 73)[1]
Spouse(s)Venkata Ramanamma, Saroja

He was a member of Pen India, Sahitya Academy, Vice-President of the South Indian Film Writers Association, Madras and President of the revolutionary writers association of Andhra.[2][3]

LifeEdit

Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, popularly known as Sri Sri, was born on 30 April 1910 in Visakhapatnam of present-day Andhra Pradesh.[4] His parents were Pudipeddi Venkatramaniah and Atappakonda but was later adopted by Srirangam Suryanarayana. Sri Sri was schooled at Vishakhapatnam, and graduated in BA at University of Madras in 1931. He started as a demonstrator at SVS College, Vizag in 1935 and joined as sub-editor at the daily, Andhra Prabha in 1938. He later worked at Delhi Akashavani, The State of Hyderabad, and the daily Andhra Vani, in various positions.[1]

He later married Sarojini, with whom he had a son and three daughters.[citation needed]

Literary careerEdit

Srirangam Srinivasa Rao was the first true modern Telugu poet to write about contemporary issues that affected the day-to-day life of a common man in a style and metre which were not used in classical Telugu poetry. He wrote visionary poems in a style and meter not used before in Telugu classical poetry. He moved poetry forward from traditional mythological themes to reflect more contemporary issues. The essence of his personality was captured by Gudipati Venkatachalam when he compared him with the great romantic Telugu poet Devulapalli Krishnasastri: “While Krishna Sastry made his anguish known to the whole world, Sri Sri spoke in his voice about the anguish of the whole world. Krishna Sastry’s pain was the pain of the world, while the world’s pain became Sri Sri’s pain.”[5] His book Maha Prasthanam (The Great Journey), an anthology of poems, is one of his major works. In one of the poems, "Jagannathuni Ratha Chakralu", Sri Sri addressed those who were suffering due to social injustices and said, "Don't cry, don't cry. The wheels of the chariot of Jagannath are coming; they are coming! The apocalyptic chant of the chariot wheels! Come, realize your dreams Rule your new world!"[6] "Other major works include Siprali and Khadga Srushti ("Creation of the Sword").[7]

Telugu cinemaEdit

He entered into Telugu cinema with Ahuti (1950), a Telugu-dubbed version of Junnarkar's Neera aur nanda (1946). Some of the songs, such as "Hamsavale O Padava", "Oogisaladenayya", "Premaye jannana marana leela", scored by Saluri Rajeswara Rao, were major hits.[8] Sri Sri was a screenwriter for several Telugu films. He was one of the best film songwriters in India, he has penned lyrics for over 1000 soundtracks in Telugu. He was a great asset to the Telugu film industry.

Literary styleEdit

He is a major radical poet (e.g. Prabhava) and novelist (e.g. Veerasimha Vijayasimhulu). He introduced free verse into his socially concerned poetry through Maha Prasthanam. He wrote visionary poems in a style and metre not used before in Telugu classical poetry.

According to Viplava Rachayitala Sangham leader G. Kalyan Rao, Sri Sri was a scientist, a thinker and a philosopher. Naxalist writer Varavara Rao opined that Sri Sri not only wrote poetry but also practiced what he said.[9]

Work for human rightsEdit

Sri Sri was the first President of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee that was formed in 1974.[10]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

National honoursEdit

Film awardsEdit

Other honoursEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Prabhava (1928)
  • Vaaram Vaaram (1946)
  • Sampangi Thota (1947)
  • Maha Prasthanam (1950)
  • Amma ( 1952)
  • Meemee (1954)
  • Maro Prapancham (1956)
  • Three Cheers for Man (1956)
  • Charama Raathri (1957)
  • Maanavudi Paatlu (1958)
  • Sowdamini
  • Gurajada (1959)
  • Moodu Yebhailu (1964)
  • Khadga Srushti (1966)
  • Views and Reviews (1969)
  • Sri Sri Sahityam (5 volumes) (1970)
  • Sri Sri's Minnelani (1970)
  • Rekka Vippina Revolution (1971)
  • Vyasa Kreedalu (1973)
  • Maro Moodu Yabhailu (1974)
  • China Yaanam (1980)
  • Maro Prasthanam (1980)
  • Mahaa Prasthanam (1981)
  • Paadavoyi Bharateeyuda (1983)
  • New Frontiers (1983)
  • Anantam
  • Pra-Ja

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Song
1956 Ilavelupu Challani raja... O chandamama(చల్లని రాజా... ఓ చందమామా)
1958 Mangalya Balam Vadina pule vikasinchene (వాడిన పూలే వికసించెనే)
1959 Jayabheri nanduni charitamu vinuma
1959 Sabhash Ramudu jayammu nischayammura
1961 Bharya Bharthalu joruga husharuga
1961 Iddaru Mitrulu padavela radhika..
1961 Vagdanam Sri Nagaja Tanayam
1961 Velugu Needalu Padavoyi Bharateeyudaa (పాడవోయి భారతీయుడా)
Kala kaanidi viluvainadi (కలకానిది విలువైనది)
O.. rangayyo pula rangayyo
1962 Aradhana na hrudayamlo nidurinche chelee..
1963 Nartanasala evvari kosam ee mandahasam
1963 Punarjanma evarivo.. neevevarivo
1963 Paruvu Pratishta A mabbu terala lona daagundi (sad)
1964 Dr. Chakravarthi manasuna manasai
1964 Gudi Gantalu neelona nanne nilipevu nede
1964 Bobbili Yuddham muripinche andhaale
1964 Manchi Manishi rananukunnavemo
1964 Sabhash Suri devudiki emi
1965 Preminchi Chudu dorikaaru doragaaru..
1966 Atma Gouravam valapulu virisina puvvule
1969 Atmeeyulu kallalo pelli pandiri
1969 Manushulu Marali turupu sindhurapu..
1972 Kalam Marindi mara ledule ee kalam
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Devudu Chesina Manushulara
1973 Desoddharakulu madi madi.. suchi suchi
1974 Alluri Seetharama Raju Telugu veera levara (National Award Winning Song)
1974 Bhoomi Kosam evaro vastarani
1975 Balipeetam kalasi padudaam
1975 Devudu Lanti Manishi kandalu
1976 Kolleti Kapuram iddarame
1976 Paadi Pantalu pani chese raitanna
1976 Ramarajyamlo Raktapatam ivvala randi
1977 Prema Lekhalu ee roju
1977 Oorummadi Brathukulu Sramaika Jeevana Soundaryaniki Samanamainadi Lene Ledoyi
1977 Yamagola samaraniki nede prarambham
1978 Karunamayudu devudu ledani anakunda
1979 Gorintaku ilaga vachhi
1979 Kaliyuga Mahabharatam ee samaram
1980 Ammayiki Mogudu Mamaki Yamudu chudara.. Telugu sodara
1980 Sardar Paparayudu burrakatha on Alluri Seetharama Raju
1981 Aakali Rajyam Oo Mahatma
1982 Eenadu randi kadali randi
1982 Manchu Pallaki manishe manideepam
1982 Viplava Sankham Muyinchina oka veeruni kanthamm, Kontamandi Kurravallu
1983 Neti Bharatam ardha ratri swatantram
1984 Maha Prasthanam maro prapancham pilichindi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thanjavur, Kiran Kumar (15 June 2020). "మహాకవి 'శ్రీశ్రీ' వర్థంతి.. ఆయన గురించి ఈ నిజాలు తెలుసా." News18 Telugu (in Telugu). Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  2. ^ Chaso Dolls Wedding & Other Stories – Page xii introduction by Renee David Shulman, 194, Cāsō – 2012 "But Vizianagaram in the mid-twentieth century was also home to other literati including the most famous poet in modern Telugu, Sri Sri (Srirangam Srinivasa Rao); Arudra, historian of Telugu literature, literary critic and poet; and Racakonda Visvanatha Sastri, the short-story writer whose statue you can find on the Visakhapatnam beach...."
  3. ^ Dictionary of Hindu Literature Kuśa Satyendra – 2000 – Page 175 "Sriniwasaraw Srirangam (b 1910 Visakhapatnam). Telugu poet. Sri Sri, as he is popularly known, wrote his first poem at ..."
  4. ^ "The eternal fragrance of Mahakavi Sri Sri". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  5. ^ Mahaprasthanam, Telugu Book, published by Vishalandhra Publishing House, Hyderabad, June 1950 Pages 7-12
  6. ^ Pages 93 to 99 of Mahaprasthanam Telugu Book Published in 1950 by Vishalandhra Publications
  7. ^ T. Venkata Rao (16 September 2006). "Portrait of a revolutionary". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  8. ^ Mahakavi Sri Sri : Makers of Indian Literature, Budaraju Radhakrishna, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 3rd edition, 2006. (ISBN 81-260-0719-2)
  9. ^ "Sri Sri's prose reflects his sincerity: Virasam leader". The Hindu. 2 May 2010. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  10. ^ "History of Naxalism". 9 May 2003.
  11. ^ "22nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  12. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964 - 2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964 - 2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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