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Gurazada Apparao


Gurazada Venkata Apparao was a Telugu poet and writer of Andhra Pradesh, India. He wrote the first Telugu play, Kanyasulkam, which is often considered the greatest play in the Telugu language. Gurajada Apparao was an influential social reformer of his age and was lauded as Mahakavi, meaning "the great poet".

He frequently dabbled in poetry, and is credited with creating a new style of poetry in the Telugu Language. He also holds the titles Kavishekara and Abyudaya kavitha pithamahudu.

Gurazada Appa Rao penned the famous poem - "Desamante Matti Kadoi... Desamante Manushuloi"

The Andhra Pradesh Government has marked 2012-13 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Gurajada Apparao.

Kanyasulkam

Gurajada Apparao has written the famous social play 'Kanyasulkam'. The play is considered one of the greatest in the country. It is often said that Gurajada Apparao was born ahead of his time.

Residences in Vizianagaram

Gurajada Apparao had two properties in Vizianagaram. His ancestral home and another one adjacent to his ancestral home which was built in 1915. Due to ill health, Gurajada Apparao passed away in his ancestral home in the same year.

The ancestral home of Gurajada Apparao has been converted into a library by the government. The library is run by the Government's Information and Public Relations Department. A few of the articles used by Appa Rao were kept on display on the first floor.

As of 2012, Gurajada Apparao's three great grandchildren are still living in his house. Media reports say that they are keen on selling the property which could fetch between 80 lakhs to a crore. The prime reason is said to be the lack of regular source of income for their families.

On the other hand, several writers in the state feel that the house of Gurajada Apparao should not be sold to a realtor who would destroy the house to build a building.

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