Monday, April 19, 2010

Bridging the language divide

Biruduraju Ramaraju has left a rich legacy

Not many a scholar in contemporary culture scene could claim authority over the pan-Indian, Sanskritic tradition and the , local, folk tradition with equal felicity and competence. This is the accomplishment of Biruduraju Rama Raju who passed away last month at the age of 84.

The Telugu Department of Kakatiya University, Warangal organised a meeting in his memory recently and the speakers paid rich tributes to the scholar-researcher-critic . Rama Rau was born at Devanoor village in Warangal. He completed primary education at Devanoor and Madikonda, on the outskirts of Hanamkonda. For his higher education he had to walk 14 km to and from Hanamkonda for about eight years.

He used to regularly Rajarajanarendra Andhra Bhasha Nilayam, a library established in 1904 at Hanamkonda. He took part in the meetings organised by youth leaders of the time like Kaloji Narayana Rao, P.V. Narasimha Rao, T. Hayagreeva Chari and M. S. Rajalingam. He came into contact with leaders of the Arya Samaj, Andhra Mahasabha in Warangal and under their influence he was actively involved in politics for a while

Full report here Hindu

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