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Biographical sketches of writers

WARANGALLU SAHITI THARANGAALU: Dr. T. Srirangaswami — Chief Editor; Srilekha Sahithi, H. NO. 5-11-481, Vidyaranyapuri, Hanumakonda, Warangal-506009. Rs. 40.

THIS SMALL book purports to give brief biographical sketches of writers from Warangal, but actually it serves many other useful purposes. There is a general impression among those who have never visited Telengana, that having been subjected to a long Muslim rule, there must be little of Telugu literary activity left there. The truth is otherwise.

Even though the rulers and their fanatical aides tried their best to impose their own culture including making Urdu the medium of instruction, they could not wipe out either Telugu or literary activity in that language.

This activity is now even more vigorous and meaningful than ever before. One happy feature is that many Muslim gentlemen are active participants in this activity. A second feature is that there are any numbers of Dalit and backward class people who have risen to be front class poets and writers.

Another feature is that contrary to the impression sought to be created by some interested parties, modern forms of poetry and colloquial usages in prose writings have not been able to supplant the classical poetry forms and the simple, dignified Telugu prose style that Guruzada, Gidugu and others have developed. In fact, classical forms of poetry form the major part of the poetical output in this region.

Most of the sketches, about 50 in number, have been written in simple Telugu that will ensure that the book is read in all parts of Andhra Pradesh.

G.D.

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