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Versatile poet

ARUDHRA WAS a revolutionary poet with a difference. He was well read and well versed in India's ancient culture and heritage and a scholar of Telugu poetry from the ancient times. His mastery over grammar and prosody enabled him to write many beautiful poems of the older variety besides many modern ones, which he felt, met the needs of the age.

Film producers did not want this versatile poet's talents to go waste. He wrote thousands of songs for films — some reckon it as something like 4000 songs and a good number of them were instant hits. He was accused of introducing vulgarity in cine songs but that is debatable.

This book, compiled by Dr. Ramalakshmi, should help preserve and save these songs from being totally forgotten although they have never been accepted as being of any literary value. One wonders how, for example, the very sweet songs of "Sampoorna Ramayanam" can be excluded from the literary heritage. There are many other such songs.

G.D.

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