Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, popularly known as Sri Sri, was
born on 2nd January 1910 in Visakhapatnam. Sri Sri completed his
education in the same school in which his father Sri Venkata Ramaiah
was working as a mathematics teacher. He married Ms. Venkata Ramanamma
at an age of 15 and adapted a girl child. Later on he married Ms.
Sarojini and was blessed with a son and two daughters.
went to Madras for his higher studies in 1928 and completed them
by 1931. In 1938, he joined as a sub editor of 'Andhra Prabha'
daily newspaper. He later on worked for All India Radio and armed
forces. 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. He moved poetry forward from traditional
mythological themes to reflect more contemporary issues.
entered into Telugu cinema with Ahuti(1950), a Telugu dubbed
version of Junnarkar's Neera aur nanda(1946). Some of the
songs Hamsavale O Padava, Oogisaladenayya, Premaye janana marana
leela, scored by Saluri Rajeswara Rao, were major hits.
did also do some strident songs like Telugu Veera Levara
from Alluri Seetarama Raju and Padavoyi Bharateeyuda
from Velugu Needalu(1961). Films like Aakali Rajyam
were inspired on the works of Sri Sri.
people remember Sri Sri as long as Telugu poetry exists. Lets salute
this great human being for the inspirational work and service he
has provided to the Telugu community
are presenting you some of the poems of Maha Prasthanam for the
Sri Sri fans.
Maro prapancham pilichindi!
Podaam, podaam, pai paiki!
maro prapanchapu jalapaatam ?
tarpaNa chestu padanDi munduku!
podaam, podaam pai paiki!
harom harom hara!
hara! hara! hara! hara!
Harom hara" anikadalamDi!
prabhanjanam vale horettindi!
PheLa PheLa PheLa PheLa viruchuku padanDi!
kanakana manDe tretaagni ?
egiri egiri egiri paDutunnaayi,
enabhai lakshala meruvulu!
tirigi tirigi tirigi samudraala,
jalapraLaya naaTyam chestunnaayi!
sala sala kraage chamura kaadidi,
ushna rakta kaasaaram!
urakamDi! urakamDi munduku!
maro prapanchapu kamchu nagaaraa.
homajvaalala bhugabhugalu ?
by Suhasini Kambhampati