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Date of Birth:
1910, Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date of Death:
1983 more
Sri Sri
Birth name Srirangam Srinivasa Rao
Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, popularly known as Sri Sri, was born on 2nd January 1910 in Visakhapatnam. Sri Sri completed his education in the same school in which his father Sri Venkata Ramaiah was working as a mathematics teacher. He married Ms. Venkata Ramanamma at an age of 15 and adapted a girl child. Later on he married Ms. Sarojini and was blessed with a son and two daughters.

He went to Madras for his higher studies in 1928 and completed them by 1931. In 1938, he joined as a sub editor of 'Andhra Prabha' daily newspaper. He later on worked for All India Radio and armed forces. He is a major radical poet (e.g. prabhava) and novelist (e.g. Veerasimha Vijayasimhulu). He introduced free verse into his socially concerned poetry through Maha Prasthanam. He wrote visionary poems in a style and metre not used before in Telugu classical poetry. He moved poetry forward from traditional mythological themes to reflect more contemporary issues.

He entered into Telugu cinema with Ahuti(1950), a Telugu dubbed version of Junnarkar's Neera aur nanda(1946). Some of the songs Hamsavale O Padava, Oogisaladenayya, Premaye janana marana leela, scored by Saluri Rajeswara Rao, were major hits.

He did also do some strident songs like Telugu Veera Levara from Alluri Seetarama Raju and Padavoyi Bharateeyuda from Velugu Needalu(1961). Films like Aakali Rajyam were inspired on the works of Sri Sri.

Telugu people remember Sri Sri as long as Telugu poetry exists. Lets salute this great human being for the inspirational work and service he has provided to the Telugu community
Srirangam Srinivasarao or Sri Sri (1910-1983) was a popular Modern Telugu Poet and Lyricist. He was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Sri Sri was the first true modern Telugu poet to write about contemporary issues which afftected day-to-day life of a common man in a style and metre which were not used in classical telugu poetry.
Sri Sri was famous as Mahakavi (literally - great poet).
He rocked the telugu literature world with his Maha Prasthanam (literally - a long journey), an anthology of poems -- one of his major works. Some other major works of Sri Sri include Maro Prasthanam, Siprali, Khadga Srushti.
Sri Sri had written songs to about 42 Telugu films between 1952 - 1982. His Padavoyi Bharatheeyuda (literally - Start singing O! Indian) of Velugu Needalu (1961), Telugu veera levara (literally - O brave Telugu born, wake up!!) of Alluri Seetha Rama Raju (the song won National Award for best lyric), Nenu saitham(literally - I too have been the fuel for this great activity of building up the world..) of Mahaprastanam were quite popular.The song is used in the movie Rudraveena.
He was the first person to be conferred with the prestigious Raja-Lakshmi Award in 1979 by Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.
Some Telugu Movies like Akali Rajyam ("The Empire of Hunger") have been produced based on his inspirational works.
Srirangam Venkata Ramana, son of Sri Sri, came up with a website http://www.mahakavisrisri.com - which gives complete details about Sri Sri. visit http://www.freewebs.com/shanmukhan/mahapra.pdf to see maha prasthanam in telugu. http://www.freewebs.com/shanmukhan/hetu2.pdf to see hetuvadam by sri sri in telugu.

Sri Sri is quite famous for his extreme bold nature. He used to comment on Andhra people like:

* Telugu vadi jathiya gunam orvaleni thanam
* asalu sisalaina telugu vadiki poriginti pulla koore nachchuthundi.
Prabhava (1928)
* Vaaram Vaaram (1946)
* Sampangi Thota (1947)
* Maha Prasthanam (1950)
* Amma ( 1952)
* Meemee (1954)
* Maro Prapancham (1956)
* Three Cheers for Man (1956)
* Charama Raathri (1957)
* Maanavudi Paatlu (1958)
* Sowdamini (1958)
* Gurajada (1959)
* Moodu Yebhailu (1964)
* Khadga Srushti (1966)
* Views and Reviews (1969)
* Sri Sri Sahityam (5 volumes) (1970)
* Sri Sri's Minnelani (1970)
* Rekka Vippina Revolution (1971)
* Vyasa Kreedalu (1973)
* Maro Moodu Yabhailu (1974)
* China Yaanam (1980)
* Maro Prasthanam (1980)
* Mahaa Prasthanam (1981)
* Paadavoyi Bharateeyuda (1983)
* New Frontiers (1983)
* Anantham (1986)
* Pra-Ja (1990)

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