21 SEPTEMBER GURAJADA VENKATA APPARAO (1862 to 1915)
Gurajada Venkata Apparao was an eminent playwright, dramatist, poet, and writer known for his works in Telugu theatre. He was born on 21 September 1862 in Rayavaram, in present-day Andhra Pradesh. Gurajada was a versatile literary genius who brought modernity to Telugu literature in form and content. In 1892, he wrote the play Kanyasulkam, considered a magnum opus in Telugu literature. Lines from his poem Deshabhakti, which stated, “It is human beings, not lifeless things, that make a country,” were quoted by the Prime Minister during the launch of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme in 2021. Mutyala Saralu, a compilation of Telugu poems by Gurajada Apparao in 1910, is highly sought after even today. Gurajada and his works will remain fresh and cherished for generations to come. He passed away on 30 November 1915.
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