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He is considered as the father of renaissance movement in Telugu. He was one of the early social reformers who encouraged women education, remarriage of widows which was not supported by the society during his time and fought against dowry system. He also started a school in Dowlaiswaram in His novel Rajasekhara Charitramu is considered to be the first novel in Telugu literature. He often considered as Raja Rammohan Roy of Andhra. He was also known by the title Gadya Tikkana, meaning ' Tikkana of Prose'.
When he was six months old, he suffered from smallpox , a dangerous disease during that time, and when aged four his father died. He was adopted by his paternal uncle, Venkataratnam. After studying in an Indian street school, he was later sent to English medium school where his talents were recognised. His good nature and studiousness earned him the best student award in his school.
He completed his matriculation in and got his first job as a teacher in Korangi village. Veeresalingam was a scholar in Telugu, Sanskrit, and Hindi. Considering literature as an instrument to fight against social evils, his writings also reflected the same. He wrote plays criticising the attitude of Brahmin priests such as Prahlada , Satya Harischandra Generally recognised as the first Telugu novel, it is inspired by The Vicar of Wakefield , a novel by the Irish writer Oliver Goldsmith.
He started his own Brahmo Mandir in Rajahmundry near bridge in One of the greatest reforms of Veeresalingam was to promote women's education, which was considered to be a taboo in those days. In , he started a journal called Viveka Vardhini and published articles about women's issues of that era. The magazine was initially printed at Chennai then Madras , but with his writings gaining popularity, he established his own press at Rajahmundry.
Remarriage of widows was not appreciated in the society during those days, and he opposed this by arguing that widows were not prohibited from remarrying by quoting verses from the Hindu Dharma Sastra to prove his point. His opponents used to organise special meetings and debates to counter his arguments, and even resorted to physical violence against him when they failed to stop him.
Undeterred, Veeresalingam started a Remarriage Association and sent his students all over Andhra Pradesh to find young men willing to marry widows. He arranged the first widow remarriage on 11 December For his reformist activities, Kandukuri gained attention all over the globe.
The Government, in appreciation of his work, conferred on him the title of Rao Bahadur in Later he established a widow home. Veeresalingam was married to Bapamma Rajyalakshmi in At the time of marriage, he was 15 years old, and his wife was 9. Veeresalingam died on 27 May at the age of His statue has been unveiled on the Beach Road in Vishakhapatnam. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Rao Bahadur. Bapamma Rajyalakshmi m. Important India. Archived from the original on 19 August Retrieved 20 June New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 18 April Vepachedu Srinivasa Rao. Mintage World. Retrieved 26 June Categories : births deaths Brahmos Hindu revivalists Indian social reformers Telugu writers Writers from Andhra Pradesh People from Rajahmundry 20th-century Indian educational theorists 19th-century Indian educational theorists Activists from Andhra Pradesh Indian women's rights activists.
Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy
Rajashekar was elected to the 9th , 10th , 11th , and 12th Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency for four terms and to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for five terms from the Pulivendula constituency. He won every election he contested. On 2 September , a helicopter carrying Reddy went missing in the Nallamala Forest area. The five people aboard were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Rajasekhara Charitramu (రాజశేఖర చరిత్రము)
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