There might not be any Telugu person who is unaware of Sri Sri. He was not just a writer but a revolutionary who changed the lives of people with his writings. As today is the death anniversary of Sri Sri, here is a recap into his life.
Srirangam Srinivasa Rao is the full name of Sri Sri. He was born on April 30, 1910, in Vishakhapatnam. He went to Madras for his higher studies in 1928. He completed them in 1931. In 1938, he joined as a sub-editor for the news daily Andhra Prabha. This is when Sri Sri started writing socially relevant poems and tried to enlighten the people. He had written Maha Prasthanam in 1950. This anthology of poems is the most popular work of him. It is often considered one of the best works in Telugu literature. Initially, Sri Sri's works used to have mythological references. Slowly, they went on to become contemporary works, dealing with socially-relevant issues. Maro Prapancham, Charama Raathri, Khadga Shrusti and Vyasa Kreedalu are some of his popular works.
Sri Sri also penned lyrics for many movie songs. Some of his popular songs include Padavoyi Bharateeyuda (Velugu Needalu), Aradhana (Naa Hrudayamulo Nidurinche), Manasuna Manasai (Dr. Chakravarthi) and Oo Mahatma (Aakali Rajyam). He won two National Awards in his career. The first one was for the song Telugu Veera Levara from the film Alluri Seetharama Raju. The other one was for the song Andamaina Lokamani from the 1981 movie Tholikodi Koochindi. Sri Sri also won a Sahitya Academy Award in 1972.