EPITAPH : SRIRANGAM SRINIVASARAO

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Indian poet Srirangam Srinivasarao.

Life & Career : Srirangam Srinivasarao

Srinivasarao was born in 1910, in Visakhapatnam. He was a great poet, and was popularly known as Sri Sri.

After graduating from high school in Vizag, Sri Sri subsequently attended the University of Madras. Here he earned his BA. In the late 30s, Sri Sri became sub-editor of a daily newspaper, Andhra Prabha. Following this, he also worked for All India Radio, and briefly joined the armed forces.

Sri Sri is considered to be one of the foremost Modern poets to write in Telugu. He moved away from traditional poetic structures. And instead adopted modernist meters in his writings. His anthology of poems, Maha Prasthanam, is one of his most important works. He also wrote Siprali and Khadga Srushti.

Srirangam Srinivasarao became extremely famous. In 1950, he took his talent to Tollywood. Tollywood, of course, refers to world of Telugu cinema. Ahuti was his first project. The film was directed by Junnarkar. And Sri Sri wrote the songs of it. The film’s songs became extremely popular. And therefore, Sri Sri became one of the biggest names in the song writing industry. He is believed to have written over a 1000 songs for Telugu films alone, during the course of his very successful career. In 1972, he was honoured with the Sahitya Academy Award.

In addition to his writing, Srirangam Srinivasarao was also an activist for human rights. When the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee was set up in 1974, he was appointed its first president.

Sri Sri died in 1983. Leaving behind an unmatched legacy of music and poetry.


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