Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

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Tripuraneni Ramaswamy () (January 15, 1887–1943) was a lawyer, playwright and reformer active among the Telugu-speaking people. He was part of a growing movement in India to reassess the culture of India. This movement included such people as Ram Mohan Roy, Eswara Chandra Vidya Sagar, Ranade, Dayanand Saraswathi, Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Gurazada Appa Rao.

Childhood and early years

Tripuraneni Ramaswamy was born in the village of Angaluru in the Krishna District (present day Andhra Pradesh) into a family of farmers. At the age of 23, he passed his Matriculation Examination. In the same year he wrote two plays: "Karempudi Kadanam" based on the Palanadu battle and "Kurukshetra Sangramam" based on the Mahabharata war. In 1911, he joined the Noble College at Bandar to study for the Intermediate Course. In those years he displayed his literary skills and prodigious memory in his Avadhanam.

In 1914, he went to the Britain and studied law as well as English Literature and modern European culture in Dublin. During this time, he wrote to Krishna Patrika, a Telugu weekly appealing to Indians to support the Home Rule movement started by Annie Besant. He pleaded for India's independence. Ramaswamy wrote many patriotic songs during the independence movement.

After returning to India, he practiced law for some years, mostly in Tenali town. However, his main activity was directed towards social reforms. He launched a full-scale attack on casteism and the social...
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