For the people, by the people: Revisiting Andhra's glorious library movement, and its largely disappearing remnants
If the library movement set up libraries as centres of a cultural awakening, its remnants are largely disappearing in our landscape
From Moscow to Vijayawada: How generations of Telugu readers grew up on Soviet children’s literature
It is hard to overstate the impact of Soviet children’s literature on its Telugu readers.
How Varavara Rao and Telugu revolutionary poetry influenced each other over six decades: A historical overview
Varavara Rao's poetry, which evolved over six decades, reflects and critiques modern social history, balancing it with a consistent and hopeful quest for freedom.
Forgotten by time, 20th century Andhra Art Renaissance nurtured local styles and produced prolific female artists
The Andhra Art Renaissance, led by Damerla Rama Rao and taken forward by his wife Satyavani and sister Digumarthy Butchikrishnamma, was unusually bold for Rajahmundry, which was the centre of this movement
Among India's first feminist historians, Bhandaru Acchamamba challenged misogyny with stories about women
In writing Abala Satcharitra Ratnamala, Bhandaru Acchamamba intended to present a book which was both pleasurable to read and could act as guide to Andhra women. She wanted to establish that women who are courageous, who possess scholarship, who are patriotic, who are capable of being administrators and leaders, existed in the past and in her age
Telugu Dalit literature's evolution is a living movement for an egalitarian society, nurturing dignity in resistance
The evolution of Telugu Dalit literature, along with the Dalit movement, led an ideological narrative against caste discrimination, and for a just and equal society with focus on self-respect and dignity.
In writer Raavi Sastry's portrayal of Prohibition-era Andhra Pradesh, an enduring critique of an anti-poor State
In Aaru Sara Kathalu, Raavi Sastry, who was then a practising lawyer himself, portrays the relationship between the lives of the poor people who were forced to turn to crime, and the apathy and indifference of the system, which was at the disposal of the powerful and rich
'Inquilab Inquilab Inquilab Zindabad': Revisiting the legacy of beloved revolutionary Telugu poet Sri Sri
Srirangam Srinivasarao, popularly known as Sri Sri, needed no introduction in Telugu households until a generation ago. Famously called Mahakavi (The Great Poet), he enjoys a reputation like no other Telugu poet.
An early 20th century tale of censorship: How Bangalore Nagarathnamma fought social norms to revive the legacy of Muddupalani
In 1910, Bangalore Nagarathnamma resurrected the Telugu classic Radhika Santawanam written by a prominent 18th centuey devadasi, Muddupalani. Nagarathnamma, an established musician, scholar and affluent devadasi, was drawn to Muddupalani's story, her legacy and scholarship — which was distinctly similar to her own.