Popular Daasarathi is no more

2004112103060501Daasarathi Krishnamacharyulu, popularly known as Daasarathi, died today in Yashoda hospital. He was a Telugu Poet and writer. Daasarathi holds the titles Abhyudhaya Kavi and Kalaprapurna. He was also the recipient of Sahitya Academy Award for his book Thimiramtho Samaram in 1974. He was also chosen as Aastana Kavi of the then Andhra Pradesh Government. His book Jeevana Yanam a reflection on Telangana history,  social and political scene left an indelible mark on Telugu literature. After the fight he worked for 32 years in the Secunderabad municipal corporation and retired. Later, he worked for AIR   Vijayawada and Madras (Chennai) as a prompter and retired in 1971. Daasarathi was born on July 22, 1925 in Chinnagudur in Khammam district in a middle-class Vaishnava family. He was an erudite scholar of Indian mythology with a fine grip on Telugu, Sanskrit and Tamil languages.

He matriculated from Khammam Government High School but gave up higher education to join the movement against the Nizam rule in Hyderabad. He was arrested in the Telangana movement which began in 1945. While working as a teacher he activated people on inequality in the society.  He described the then Telangana movement in his novels Chillara Devullu and Modugupoolu in simple and common man style. As a volunteer in the left-wing Andhra Mahasabha movement, he travelled in Telangana to enlighten the public. Kandukkuri Veereshalingam influenced him. However, he joined the political Left. He began writing poetry when he was a student and took up family responsibilities at a young age. His poetry was revolutionary and was influenced by the Communist ideology of Karl Max. Poor and exploited workers were his subjects.

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