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Remembering Acharya Athreya on his 99th birth anniversary

Acharya Athreya is one of the greatest lyricists in Telugu cinema whose works are even popular today as all his writings are still relevant to the current times.
by Anoop Sai Bandi | May 07, 2020 13:12 IST
Remembering Acharya Athreya on his 99th birth anniversary

If you list out the names of iconic lyricists in Telugu cinema, Acharya Athreya will definitely get a place in it. He is not only a legendary lyricist but also a great playwright. Today is the 99th birth anniversary of Athreya. On this occasion, let us have a look into the life of this legend.

 
Acharya Athreya's original name is Kilambi Venkata Narasimhacharyulu. He was born on 7th May 1921 in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He started writing plays right from his college days in Chittoor and Nellore. He left his studies to participate in the Quit India movement. Later, Athreya also worked as an assistant editor for the Nellore based magazine Zameen Raithu.
 
Most of Athreya's plays deal with social issues and social reforms. Eventually, Athreya ventured into films and became a star lyricist in no time. He wrote the lyrics for Telugu songs for more than four decades. He received the Best Lyricist Nandi Award for the song 'Andamaina Lokamani' from the 1981 film 'Tholi Kodi Koochindi.'
 
Some of his notable works include Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda (Akka Chellellu), Manasu Gathi Inthe (Prem Nagar), Amma Choodali (Papam Pasivadu), Sirimalle Poovalle Navvu (Jyoti), Kurraloyi Kurralu (Andamaina Anubhavam), Sapatu Etu Ledu (Aakali Rajyam), Chinnari Ponnari Kittaya (Swathi Muthyam) and Priyatama Naa Hrudayama (Prema).
 
Athreya breathed his last in Hyderabad on 13th September 1989. He was 68 at that time. Even he is not among us, his songs remained as classics and made him immortal in the hearts of Telugu audiences. Such was the impact created by him and his songs.
 


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