30 NOVEMBER GURAJADA VENKATA APPARAO (1862 to 1915)
Gurajada Venkata Apparao was an eminent playwright, dramatist, poet, and writer known for his works in Telugu theatre. Born on 21 September 1862, at Rayavaram in present-day Andhra Pradesh, Gurajada was a versatile literary genius who brought modernity to Telugu literature, both in form and content. In 1892, he wrote the play Kanyasulkam, considered the greatest play in the Telugu language. Lines from one of his poem’s Deshabhakti, “it is human beings, not lifeless things, that make a country”, were quoted by the Prime Minister while launching the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme in 2021. Mutyala Saralu, a compilation of Telugu poems written by Gurajada Apparao in 1910, is much sought after even today. Gurajada passed away on 30 November 1915, leaving behind a repertoire of work that will always be cherished by generations to come.
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