<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Gurazada Venkata Apparao
(; 1862–1915) (also often transliterated as 'Gurajada') was a Telugu poet and writer of Andhra Pradesh
. He wrote the first Telugu
, which is often considered the greatest play in the Telugu language. Gurazada 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
Early life and education
Two dates of birth (according to western calendar) have been calculated based on Gurazada's horoscope, viz., Nov.30, 1861 and Sept. 21, 1862. Apparently, his descendants prefer the second date. Gurazada was born at his maternal uncle's home in Rayavaram village near Yelamanchili Visakhapatnam district
. His parents were Venkata Rama Dasu and Kausalyamma, from a Niyogi Telugu Brahmin
family. He had a younger brother by name Syamala Rao. Gurazada's ancestors seem to have moved to Kalinga region from Gurazada village in Krishna district
. (hence the family name?) Venkata Rama Dasu worked as a PeshkAr, Revenue Supervisor, and Khiledar in the Vizianagaram Samsthanam. He was well educated and had a good command in Sanskrit. He died in an accident while crossing a small river Utagedda near Vizianagaram.
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