30 NOVEMBER GURAJADA VENKATA APPARAO (1862 to 1915)
Gurajada Venkata Apparao, an eminent playwright, dramatist, poet, and writer known for his works in Telugu theatre, was born on 21 September 1862 at Rayavaram in present-day Andhra Pradesh. He was a versatile literary genius who brought modernity to Telugu literature in form and content. In 1892, he wrote the play Kanyasulkam, considered a magnum opus in Telugu. His lines from the poem Deshabhakti, stating, “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 composed by Gurajada Apparao in 1910, is much sought after even today. Gurajada and his literary legacy will always remain fresh and cherished by future generations. He passed away on 30 November 1915.
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