Monday, January 08, 2007

Varavara Rao

సముద్రం స్వేచ్ఛలో స్వేచ్ఛను వెతుక్కొంటున్న నీటిచుక్కను నేను...

Varavara Rao, popularly known as V.V was born on 3rd November 1940 in a small village (Chinna Pendyala) in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He started writing poetry and literary criticism from college days. He was a lecturer by profession.

Varavara Rao is a renowned poet, journalist, literary critic, public speaker and essentially the voice of millions of voiceless masses in struggle in Andhra Pradesh, India.

He is reputed as a great orator and had addressed hundreds of public gatherings. He founded Srjana (creation), a forum for modern literature in Telugu in 1966. He was associated with many a progressive and revolutionary journal in Telugu.

Varavara Rao has published nine poetry collections of his own besides editing a number of poetry anthologies. His poetry collections are: Chali Negallu (Camp Fires, 1968), Jeevanaadi (Pulse, 1970), Ooregimpu (Procession, 1973), Swechcha (Freedom, 1978), Samudram (Ocean, 1983), Bhavishyathu Chitrapatam (Portrait of the Future, 1986), Muktakantam (Free Throat, 1990), Aa Rojulu (Those Days, 1998), and Unnadedo Unnattu (As it is, 2000).

His poetry has been translated into almost all Indian languages. Besides a number of articles on particular occasions, his thesis on ‘Telangana Liberation Struggle and Telugu Novel – A Study into Interconnection between Society and Literature’ (1983) is considered to be landmark in Marxist literary criticism in Telugu. He also translated Ngugi wa Thiongo’s prison diary and novel Devil on the Cross into Telugu, besides writing his own diary Sahacharulu (1990).

These writings of Varavara Rao speak volumes of his strong bond with the people and his dedicated belief in people’s struggle for better life.

mithrulu somaiah gariki,

meeru saddam pai pampinchina basith poem chadivaanu..baagundhi...ivaala andhra jyothi lo chusaara? 13,14 jan na virasam sahitya paatashaala kurnool lo undhi..bahusha basith ni akkada kalusthaamu..ippadike ikkada telugu lo saddam pai oka pustakanni minchina kavithalu vacchai...nenu naalugu raasanu...

aparna,ajay,anupama baagunnara?
mee sahachari baagunnara?

prematho V V

Dear Sir, Good Morning.

I am following the News at our Home-land. I am in regular touch with a few teachers from Warangal, who are my friends. Mr. Basith is one among them. He writes good poems occasionally. He wrote one on 1st January on Saddam. I am forwarding it to you now.

With love, Somayya Kasani