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Governor unveils poet’s statue

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Bronze statue of Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu installed in Proddatur


Narayanacharyulu mastered fourteen Indian and foreign languages

Authored his first work at the age

of 12 years




Standing tall: Statue of Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu, unveiled by Governor N.D. Tiwari in Proddatur, on Friday.

KADAPA: Governor N.D. Tiwari unveiled a bronze statue of eminent poet Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu in Proddatur town on Friday, at a programme organised by Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu Sahithi Peetham.

Puttaparthi Narayancharyulu, who had no formal schooling mastered fourteen Indian and foreign languages and authored his first work `Penugonda Lakshmi’ at the age of 12 years, the Governor said in his address.

Tireless learner

He was a tireless learner and undaunted researcher in many fields from numismatics to archaeology, tribal rites to Vedanta, theosophy to Marxism, he said.

He was also an accomplished musicologist who could sing, dance, recite bhajans and render harikathas, the Governor said while paying rich tributes to the poet.

Patronage

Mr. Tiwari recited a Hindi poem that he wrote in praise of Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu. Installation of the poet’s statue depicted the patronage of culture and poetry in Proddatur, he said. Minister for Medical Education Galla Aruna Kumari said Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu was the only poet in the State to have been conferred the title `Saraswathi Putra’. Proddatur MLA N. Varadarajulu Reddy said the glorious history of Kadapa district should be propagated among youth and people in other places.

Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu’s daughter P. Nagapadmini, a programme executive in Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad, said her father was fluent in 14 languages and his life history was unique. Sivatandavam was born in Agasteswara temple in Proddatur, she said.

Felicitated

The MLA felicitated the Governor with a shawl and memento. Students of Ushodaya school in Proddatur presented a cultural show.

Official Language Commission chairman A.B.K. Prasad, Congress MLC Shaik Hussain, Mydukur MLA D.L. Ravindra Reddy, Collector M.T. Krishna Babu, SP Y. Nagi Reddy, Avadhana Saraswathi Peetham president Madugula Nagaphani Sarma, Sahithi Peetham president V. Veerabhadraiah, secretary Jinka Subramanyam, municipal vice-chairman V.S. Mukthiar, Proddatur mandal president N. Raghava Reddy, officials and students participated in the programme.

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