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Loknayak Annual Award - 2016


Lok Nayak Foundation awards for Garikapati, Chalasani Gandhi

Noted scholar and “Maha Sahasravadhani” Garikapati Narasimha Rao has been chosen for the 12th Lok Nayak Foundation Award, Chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad has announced.

He will receive Rs.1.5 lakh in cash and a citation at a function here on January 23. N.R. and Malati Chandur, Boyi Bhimanna, Janamaddi Hanumat Sastry, Ravuri Bharadwaja, Subbanna Satavadhani, Olga, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao and Vanguri Chitten Raju were among those honoured with the award earlier.

The foundation’s Life Time Achievement Award comprising Rs.50,000 will be presented to trade union leader Chalasani Gandhi who worked tirelessly for the welfare of Railway employees and workers, Mr. Lakshmi Prasad said.

The awards will be presented by CVC K.V. Chowdary, Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chalameswar, Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal Chiarman Goda Raghuram and GITAM President M.V.V.S. Murthy at a function here.

While the award was presented every year on January 18, the death anniversary of NTR and Harivansh Rai Bachchan, to suit the convenience of the participants it would be given away on January 23, Mr. Lakshmi Prasad said.

Soure: http://m.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/lok-nayak-foundation-awards-for-garikapati-chalasani-gandhi/article7912330.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2015
Loknayak Foundation Award for Gollapudi

This time, stage artiste, writer, and Telugu actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao has been selected for the Loknayak Foundation Award 2015 for his contribution to the Telugu cinema and literature.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, coinciding with his birthday celebrations, Loknayak Foundation Trust president Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said that Mr. Maruti Rao would be receiving the 11th award of the trust. “Telugu people have been making significant contributions in the fields of art and literature. Unfortunately, a very few have been honoured with ‘Jnanpith award’. Loknayak Foundation Award aims at plugging this gap,” Prof. Lakshmi Prasad said.

He lamented that except a few scholars and writers like Viswanatha Satyanarayana, C. Narayana Reddy, and Ravuri Bharadwaja, most are not getting due recognition in the literary world. The annual event would be celebrated to honour achievers across the globe, he said.

The trust that launched in 2005 honoured several scholars and writers, including well-known writer Kalipatnam Ramarao (popularly known as Kaara Mastaru), human rights activist and Telugu writer P. Lalita Kumari (known as Olga) and eminent Telugu Sanskrit scholar Venkata Subbanna Satavadhani.

As part of the annual literary achievement award function, a cash award of Rs.1.25 lakh and a citation would be presented to Mr. Maruti Rao on January 18, 2015 at Kalabharathi auditorium, marking the death anniversaries of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.T. Rama Rao and poet Harivash Rai Bachchan, father of actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/loknayak-foundationaward-for-gollapudi/article6630210.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2014
Lok Nayak Foundation Award for Olga

Noted human rights activist and feminist writer in Telugu Olga (Popuri Lalita Kumari) has been chosen for the Lok Nayak Foundation Award 2014 for her contribution to the Telugu Literature, president of Lok Nayak Foundation Trust Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad has said.

Announcing the selection through email on Saturday, the trust president said Ms. Olga would be given away the award at a function here on January 18.


The award comprising Rs. 1,25,000 and a letter of appreciation would be handed over by Member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan and Chief Justice of Delhi High Court M V Ramana and Justice Sudhakar from Madras High Court would attend.

The presentation ceremony is scheduled to be held on January 18 next year to mark the death anniversary of former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao and Hindi litterateur Harivanshrai Bachchan, Professor Lakshmi Prasad said in the statement released in Toronto.

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/lok-nayak-foundation-award-for-olga/article5385698.ece

Lok Nayak Foundation award for Olga

Visakhapatnam: Well-known progressive Telugu writer Olga has been selected for the prestigious Lok Nayak Foundation Annual Award in literature for 2014, according to Prof. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, founder of the foundation.

Olga (Mrs Popuri Lalitha Kumari) has participated in various Telugu Writers’ and revolutionary movements. She has written several novels, short stories, poetry, besides taking up literary criticism, and plays, making a mark in Telugu literature. Chalam and Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao have influenced her, but the writer has developed her own style.

She has also made three feature films which won critical acclaim and awards.
Olga visited China, the USA and other countries and attended the World Women’s Conferences and Women’s Human Rights Workshops. According to Prof. Prasad, the award will be presented here on January 18.

Jaya Bachchan, Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice N V Ramana and a judge of the Madras High Court Justice Sudhakar will attend.

Soure: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2013-11-24/Lok-Nayak-Foundation-award-for-Olga-77754

Loknayak Annual Award - 2013
In Vizag foundation chairman and Rajya Sabha former member Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said that the Lok Nayak Foundation award would be presented to US-based Chitten Raju . The award would be presented at a function to be organised on January 18 to mark the death anniversary of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder NT Rama Rao and poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.The award is being given to him as he is rendering valuable services promoting Telugu literature and culture.

Soure: http://www.ap7am.com/lv-93909-lok-nayak-award-for-us-based-chitten-raju.html

Call to promote regional language - Chitten Raju honoured with Loknayak Foundation award

Communication skill and knowledge of English play an important role in today’s competitive world but not at the cost of the regional language. The younger generation should be exposed to contemporary literature by encouraging the habit of reading. These were a few points underlined by a group of experts at the ninth-edition of Loknayak Foundation’s award presentation programme at Kala Bharathi Auditorium here on Friday.

This year, it was awarded to US-based Telugu poet and multi-faceted artiste Vanguri Chitten Raju for his outstanding contributions to Telugu literature. Apart from the literary contributions he has also worked for the disadvantaged group in India by collecting funds from the US.

With an aim to promote Telugu literature and bring glory to the City of Destiny by recognising litterateurs, the award was presented for the last nine years, said chairman of AP State Hindi Academy Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad. He shared his experience in literature world during his younger days. Sharing similar experiences, Chief sub-editor of Eenadu Sankar Narayana charmed the audience with his humorous notes. A cash award of Rs.1.25 lakh was awarded to Vanguri Chitten Raju for his contribution and promotion of Telugu literature in the US by Governor of Bihar Devanand Konwar. This year, the cash prize was supported by a donor Sagar.

Classical dance

A book authored by Vanguri Chitten Raju ‘Ameri Comedy Kathalu’ was released by Justice Nooti Ramamohan Rao of the AP High Court on the occasion and a manuscript that consists of poetry written from the age of Nannaya to Narayana Reddy was given to the dignitaries and invitees. Adding to the spirit of celebrations, ‘Nrutyakshari’ a classical dance ballet was staged by a team of 17 classical artistes which was directed by cine choreographer K.V. Satyanarayana.

President of GITAM University M.V.V.S. Murthy, chairman of Official Languages Committee Mandali Buddha Prasad, film actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao, vice-president of Vignan Educational Institutions L. Rudramma Devi of, MP Sabbam Hari and others also participated.

Rs 1.25 lakh was awarded to Chitten Raju for promotion of Telugu in US

His book ‘Ameri Comedy Kathalu’ was released

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/call-to-promote-regional-language/article4322337.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2012
Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry selected for Lok Nayak Literary Award

Well known linguist and Telugu writer Mr. Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry, a retired lecturer in English in Kadapa, was selected for the Lok Nayak Foundation Literary Award for the year 2010-2011.

Mr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Chairman of the Foundation, announced this in Visakhapatnam today. Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry founded the C.P. Brown Memorial Library on the site where Brown’s bungalow existed in Kadapa.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1, 25, 000 and a letter of appreciation. The award will be presented to Mr. Sastry by Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Chalameswar at a function in Visakhapatnam on January 18, which happens to be the Vardhanti of legendary actor NTR and the poet late Harivamsha Rai Bachan, father of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Mr Sastry had authored 26 Telugu literary books, besides several books in English. The library he founded contained more than 40,000 books on various subjects in different languages, 2,000 souvenirs and 200 palm leaf manuscripts.

He handed over the library to the Vemana University on November 10 on the occasion of the 213rd birth anniversary celebrations of Charles Phillip Brown, a savant of Telugu language and literature. (JUBS).

Soure: http://www.andhrawishesh.com/home/telugu-headlines-top-stories/21664-janumaddi-hanumath-sastry-selected-for-lok-nayak-literary-award.html

Author Janamaddi Hanumath Sastry receives the Lok Nayak Foundation Award in Visakhapatnam.

Need to protect Telugu language and its culture stressed.

A galaxy of eminent personalities on Saturday, 21-January-2012 underlined the need to protect Telugu language, culture, and the love and affection associated with the rich Telugu traditions. They were felicitating octogenarian Janumaddi Hanumath Sastry, who is synonymous with the uniqueness of Telugu language and its cultural heritage at the 'Sahithya Puraskar' organised by the Lok Nayak Foundation at Kala Bharathi Auditorium here.  Supreme Court Judge Justice Jasthi Chalameshwar observed that not many Telugus got the prestigious 'Gnanapeth Award' due to lack of unity among the community. Referring to actor Manchu Mohan Babu's regret that he could not speak much in Parliament due to his inability to speak in English and Hindi, the Supreme Court Judge asked why should one feel odd at speaking in his mother tongue in Parliament when others were speaking without inhibitions in their own language.

Githam University Chairman M.V.V.S. Murthy, who was the chairman of the evening event, described Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad as the champion of Telugu literature and culture.

Parents blamed

A.P. High Court Judge Justice Goda Raghuram blamed the parents for encouraging their children to learn English language at the cost of Telugu. Mr. Mohan Babu shared touching experiences of association with NTR and the values he stood for. Later, cash awards were presented by Justice Chalameshwar to literary artist Hanumath Shastry and social worker Sunkapalle Rajyalakshmi. Former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad praised the contribution of Lok Nayak Foundation for furthering the cause of Telugu language and culture. Jaggi Reddy Troupe from Mahabubnagar enthralled the audience.

Soure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRfxv857TA0

Loknayak Annual Award - 2011
Subbanna Satavadhani to receive Loknayak Foundation award

VISAKHAPATNAM: Noted Telugu and Sanskrit scholar, ‘Avadhana Pithamaha' and ‘Swarnakireetadhari' C.V. Subbanna Satavadhani will be presented the ‘Loknayak Foundation' award at Kalabharati auditorium in the city on Tuesday evening.

The award carries Rs.1.25 lakh in cash.

According to chairman of Loknayak Foundation and former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, the annual award is given away on the death anniversary of N.T. Rama Rao and Harivansrai Bachchan. So far, eminent writers Malati Chandur, Boyi Bheemanna, Vasireddi Sitadevi, Kalipatnam Ramarao, Ravuri Bharadwaja and port Avantsa Somasunder received the awards.

Former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah will give away the award on Tuesday in the presence of GITAM University president MVVS Murthy, Press Club of India president TR Ramachandran, former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad and chairman of Dolphin Dairy M.Appa Rao. Also, prominent personalities from North America Telugu Association Mukkamala Appa rao, Nadendla Gangdhar,Kaja Rama Rao, Manthena Narasaraju and Kancharla Ramakrishna would participate in the function, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad said.

Book on Rosaiah

He also announced that on Wednesday at 11.30 a.m., the Hindi translation `Telugu Sanskritike Ujjwal Pratik Sri Konijeti Rosaiah' would be released at Hotel Daspalla in the presence of Mr. Rosaiah, Mr. Buddha Praasad, Mr. Murthy and former Vice Chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University V. Bala Mohan Das.

The original book in Telugu was penned by Chairman of Press Academy of Andhra Pradesh Tirumalagiri Surender and the Hindi translation was rendered by Mrs. Satyalatha.

Soure: http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/18/stories/2011011858900200.htm

Subbanna Satavadhani presented Loknayak Foundation award

Rosaiah recalls his association with the litterateur

Eminent Telugu and Sanskrit scholar, ‘Avadhana Pitamaha' and ‘Swarnakireetadhari' Cuddapah Venkata Subbanna Satavadhani was presented the seventh Loknayak Foundation award at a glittering function here on Tuesday.

Former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah honoured the scholar while chairman of Dolphin Dairy M. Appa Rao handed over a cheque for Rs.1.25 lakh as part of the award, described as ‘Gnanapith award in Telugu land'.

Replying to the felicitation, the 85-year-old Dr. Subbanna who was accompanied by his wife, said he rated the award higher than the over 10 kanakabhishekams to him. It was next only to the honour bestowed on him by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Mahaswami late Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi who made him ‘Aasthana Sathavadhani' of the Peetham after his scintillating show there. He had given performances for nearly half a century and had planned to quit after producing a 100 Avadhanis in the State, the scholar who continues to write a book every year even in his ripe age, said. Dr. Rosaiah recalled his association with the litterateur and said the latter was incomparable. GITAM University president and former MP MVVS Murthy presided. Earlier, Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, chairman of Loknayak Foundation, welcomed the gathering and said that the award was being given away every year to great literary personalities on the occasion of the death anniversary of N.T. Rama Rao and Harivansrai Bachchan. NRIs Kaja Rama Rao and Nadendla Gangadhar, former Minister Mandali Buddha Prasad, and Gumma Sambasiva Rao spoke.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/subbanna-satavadhani-presented-loknayak-foundation-award/article1101983.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2010
Lok Nayak award for Avantsa Somasundar

VISAKHAPATNAM: The prestigious Lok Nayak Foundation Puraskaram for outstanding contribution to literature will be conferred on noted poet and literary critic Avantsa Somasundar at a function at Kalabharathi auditorium here on Monday evening.

Announcing this to mediapersons on Sunday, chairman of Lok Nayak Foundation Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said that the Puraskaram would be conferred on January 18 of every year to mark the death anniversary of N.T. Rama Rao and Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Considered as one among the ‘five Pandavas of modern literature’ (the other four are his contemporaries Sri Sri, Puripanda, Arudra and Narayanababu), Somasundar is a committed writer and termed as spokesman of Telugu literature.

‘Vajrayudham’ was his magnum opus. Besides writing poetry, he wrote many literary essays. The Lok Nayak award carries a cash component of Rs.1.25 lakh. It would be enhanced to Rs.2 lakhs in the coming years, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad said.

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/lok-nayak-award-for-avantsa-somasundar/article685860.ece

‘Somasundar an inspiration to many writers’

Lok Nayak Foundation Award presented

VISAKHAPATNAM: “Avantsa Somasundar is a committed writer. He has fought against tyranny. He is a poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and his works enriched Telugu literature. Equality to all is the buzz word for him. His literary works crossed the boundaries of caste, creed, and religion.
A nonagenarian, he is the spokesman of modern Telugu literature,” said speakers at the Lok Nayak Foundation Award for Literature function here on Monday.
The prestigious Award, instituted by former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad in 2005, was conferred on noted poet and the author of ‘Vajrayudham’ Avantsa Somasundar this year. The award was given on January 18 of every year to mark the death anniversary of N.T. Rama Rao and Harivamsa Rai Bachchan.
The speakers included, Chairman of AP Legislative Council A. Chakrapani, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Beela Satyanarayana, former Minister M. Buddha Prasad, Gitam University chairman M.V.V.S. Murthy, literary critic and retired professor Chandu Subba Rao, senior journalist A. Krishna Rao and vice-chairperson of Vignan Educational Institutions Lavu Rudrama.

In his opening address, Dr. Lakshmi Prasad, referred to the importance of north Andhra, which had produced literary giants like Gurajada, Sri Sri, Puripanda, Ronanki and asserted that he was committed to making the ‘city of destiny’ the cultural capital of the State. January 18 should be remembered as the day of literary jamboree, he said.

Describing Somasundar as the spokesman of modern literature, Prof. Subba Rao recalled the revolt against injustice and tyranny, commitment to the down-trodden, and humanism in all his works. His works virtually declared a war on fanaticism and narrow mindedness, Prof. Subba Rao said.

Mr. Murthy said the satisfaction of honouring our own people was more than getting Jnana Peeth Award.

Mr. Buddha Prasad said the objective of literature should be universal good and Somasundar’s works did that. He was an inspiration to many a modern writer, he said.

‘Greatness of Telugu’

Recalling the greatness and sweetness of Telugu language, Mr. Chakrapani observed that a leader with love for literature and fine arts would make a better ruler and administrator and recalled the rule of Sri Krishnadevaraaya as an example. He also called upon literati to make efforts to remove misunderstanding among people of different regions. He also advocated research into Telugu language and literature. Responding to the felicitations, Mr. Somasundar, referred to the Jnana Peeth Award which was set up in 1961 and asserted “I am not pining for the Jnana Peeth Award and even if it is given to me, I will reject it.” He said the praise that was lavished by speakers was for his works and not for him personally. He said he would not use the award money, Rs.1.25 lakh, for his personal use but spend it for people’s welfare. Secretary of the foundation Babayya proposed a vote of thanks.

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/somasundar-an-inspiration-to-many-writers/article686586.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2009
Ravuri receives Loknayak award

VISAKHAPATNAM: The prestigious Loknayak Foundation Award for Literature, considered as the Telugu version of Jnanapeeth Award, was conferred on the reputed literary luminary, Ravuri Bharadwaja at a function attended by the literati and glitterati of the city, at the Andhra University Assembly hall on Sunday.

A prolific writer, Bharadwaja has more than 500 short stories, 19 novels, 33 science essays, elegies, besides a number of other works like detective novels, to his credit. Paakudu Raalu, a graphic account of people lives behind the silver screen in the film industry was his magnum opus. Jeevana Samaram, which was published in a popular Telugu Daily for 52 weeks was his other popular work. The serial depicted the hardship that that the poor and the downtrodden had to undergo in 52 professions. ‘Not being rich is not the real tragedy in life. But not being loved and not having any body to love, is’ this dialogue by Manjari, the heroine in his magnum opus, Paakudu Raalu, before committing suicide, sums up the turbulent lives of glamour world.

Speakers at the meeting who included, Gitam University president M.V.V.S. Murthy, literary critic and writer, professor Chandu Subba Rao, Judge of AP High Court G. Raghuram, Fisheries Minister M. Buddha Prasad, Image Hospitals chief Ch. Venkateswara Rao and the Loknayak Foundation chief Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad recalled the journey of Bharadwaja as a cowherd, paperboy, compositor, journalist and a celebrated writer.

Par excellence

Professor Chandu Subba Rao said that Bharadwaja belonged to the second generation of romantic poets in Telugu literature after Sri Sri and Chalam. His elegies are works par excellence, he said. Appreciating the efforts of Dr. Lakshmi Prasad in instituting such an award, Mr. Murthy wanted the amount of award which is Rs.1.25 lakhs at present, to be raised so that it would be on par with Jnanapeeth award amount. Mr .Buddha Prasad wanted literature to benefit society at large. Justice Mr. Raghuram said that after 1947, people like Bharadwaja fought for freedom for the poor from the poverty through their writings.

“Poverty, humiliations, education and necessity are my teachers,” Mr.Bharadwaj said while responding to the felicitations. He had narrated the terrible travails and tribulations that marked his early life. “I wrote to satisfy myself and my hunger,” he said. He said that he would donate this award amount to Srimathi Kanthamma and Bharadwaja Trust which gave awards of Rs.5,000 every year to selected persons for in a particular field.

Soure: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/ravuri-receives-loknayak-award/article377124.ece

Loknayak Annual Award - 2008
Lok Nayak award for writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao

VISAKHAPATNAM: Noted short-story writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao will receive the fourth annual Lok Nayak Foundation award this year.

Informing this to reporters here on Friday, president of the foundation and former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said that the award carries Rs.1 lakh which would be presented to the 83-year old writer from Srikakulam who has written a number of short-stories and books, including Yagnam which was made as a film.

The award will be presented in the city on January 18 next year.

The recipients of the award in the past were Malati Chandur, Boyi Bheemanna and Vasireddi Sita Devi.

Soure: http://www.hindu.com/2007/11/24/stories/2007112461430400.htm

‘Kara Mastaru’ to receive Lok Nayak Foundation award

Award to be conferred by Union Minister
VISAKHAPATNAM: Noted short story writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao will receive the fourth annual Lok Nayak Foundation award for litterateurs at the AU Ambedkar Assembly Hall here on Friday morning.

Informing this to media persons here on Thursday, president of LNF and former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said the award, instituted on the lines of the prestigious Gnanapeeth award carrying Rs.1 lakh in cash and a citation, was being given on the occasion of the death anniversaries of N.T. Rama Rao and Harivanshrai Bachchan on January 18. “This year, Union Minister of State for Human Resources Daggubati Purandareswari will give away the award to Kara Mastaaru, who hails from Srikakulam and penned hundreds of stories besides setting up a library in the name of Kathanilayam. The earlier recipients of the award were Malati Chandur, Boyi Bheemanna and Vasireddi Sitadevi. Chief Justice of Assam High Court J. Chalameswar will preside over the function while State Minister for Animal Husbandry Mandali Buddha Prasad, MP Mallu Ravi and former MP MVVS Murthy will attend,” he said.

He also said there were plans to increase the cash component of the award to Rs.2 lakhs next year and up to Rs.5 lakhs in the future to honour great Telugu writers.

Soure: http://www.hindu.com/2008/01/18/stories/2008011851030300.htm

Kalipatnam Ram Rao receives Lok Nayak Award

Visakhapatnam, Jan 18 (UNI) Telugu short story writer Kalipatnam Ram Rao received the Lok Nayak Foundation Award at a function here today. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari, while giving the award, appreciated the efforts of Mr Rao and said his work would go beyond the current generation and continue to guide many persons in achieving recognition for their literary work. Lok Nayak Foundation Founder President and former parliamentarian Y Lakshmi Prasad said the award instituted on the lines of the prestigious 'Gnanapeeth' Award is given away every year. The award, comprising Rs one lakh cash and a citation, is given on the death anniversaries of N T Rama Rao and Harivanshrai Bachchan falling on January 18, he added.

Source: http://news.oneindia.in/2008/01/18/kalipatnam-ram-rao-receives-lok-nayak-award-1200661531.html

Click here to read the Speech by the then Speaker of Lok Sabha on 18th January 2008
Address At the Function to Felicitate Shri Kalipatnam Rama Rao, Visakhapatnam, 18 January 2008.

Loknayak Annual Award - 2007
Loknayak Puraskar for Vasireddy Sitadevi

VISAKHAPATNAM : Noted writer Vasireddy Sitadevi has been chosen for the Loknayak Puraskar of the Loknayak Foundation. Announcing this here on Friday, the foundation Chairman and former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad said the award carrying a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh would be presented to her in Visakhapatnam on January 18, the death anniversary of former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao and poet Harivanshrai Bachhan.

The award is presented to those distinguishing themselves in the field of Telugu literature and language. Earlier recipients of the award are Malati and N.R. Chandur and Boyi Bhimanna.

Ms. Sitadevi, a prolific writer known for her incisive works reflecting societal conditions, has penned 40 novels, 10 collections of short stories, three books of essays and 11 works of translation. She is the recipient of the Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Academy award five times, the first Visishta Puraskaram of Telugu University and the Atmagourava Puraskaram of the Andhra Pradesh Government. Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad of Kolkata presented her its Rutumbhara award in 2000.

Soure: http://www.hindu.com/2006/11/25/stories/2006112506840200.htm

Vasireddy Sita Devi feted - Lok Nayak Foundation award presented to the writer

The award carries Rs.1 lakh in cash and citation.
'Gender bias inspired me to take to writing'

VISAKHAPATNAM: Journalist Kuldip Nayar has regretted that the benefits of freedom were yet to reach the common man nearly six decades after India attained Independence.

Participating as chief guest at a function organised to honour renowned Telugu writer Vasireddy Sita Devi with the Lok Nayak Foundation Award, here on Thursday, he lamented that many villages still do no have access to basic amenities like safe drinking water. The growth rate of 10 per cent to 15 per cent, which was being talked about, reflected only the development of the privileged few at the top. He suggested that a study should be made to find out who had benefited after the implementation of economic reforms 15 years ago. "If this is the state of affairs, we have not only betrayed the Mahatma but also our Independence," he said.


Referring to the clashes between Hindus and Muslims, he said that `tolerance' and `secularism' which had held Indians together for centuries and helped it in the path of progress, was slowly giving way to intolerance and hatred. He felt that intolerance of any kind be it in the name of region, religion or caste would fragment the country and hinder its progress.

Mr. Kuldip Nayar expressed concern at the media and the judiciary tilting towards the establishment and felt that it would halt the progress of the nation. He said that social justice should be achieved through peaceful means and efforts should be made to realise Gandhiji's dream of providing minimum standard of living to every citizen of the country.

Former Karnataka Governor V.S. Rama Devi described Vasireddy Sita Devi as one among the few great Telugu writers who had contributed immensely to Telugu literature in a career spanning over four decades.

Former Mayor Rajana Ramani said that in her very first novel `Adavi Malle', Vasireddy had depicted the sufferings of the poor and her second one `Samata' had won the AP Sahitya Akademi Award. Founder president of the Lok Nayak Foundation Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad briefed about the objective of the foundation. The award carries Rs.1 lakh in cash and a citation.

Replying to the felicitation, Ms. Vasireddy Sita Devi felt that a writer should contribute to the progress of society through literature. The gender discrimination she had seen as a child had inspired her to take to writing to reflect on contemporary social issues. She said that she regarded the foundation award as `Gnanapeeth Award'.

Former MP M.V.V.S. Murthy, Avanigedda MLA M. Buddha Prasad, former Mayor Sabbam Hari and Chairman of Vignan Educational Institutions L. Rathaiah were among those who spoke.


Loknayak Annual Award - 2005

Award for Chandur couple
The husband-wife duo of Malathi and Nageswara Chandur bag the first Lok Nayak Foundation award

AN EXEMPLAR of a prolific writer and a portrayer of social transformation, it didn't take long for Malathi Chandur to attain the status of a novelist in popular demand. She has also become a lovable role model of sorts for the Telugus, especially women, with her plausible solutions to some of their day-to-day problems.

Adding another feather to her cap, The Lok Nayak Foundation, founded by noted writer Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad (Associate Professor, AU Department of Hindi and former member of Rajya Sabha), recently presented a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh to Malathi and her husband Chandur Nageswara Rao. The award is given annually to an eminent Telugu writer or poet or a person credited with service for the cause of Telugu literature.

Malathi first made a name for herself with her practical solutions, which she pens down in her `Pramadaavanam' column, that have been appearing non-stop for nearly five decades now in Andhra Prabha weekly. Starting with a short story `Ravvaladdulu' published in Anandavani weekly followed by `Luz Corner', she has also published stories like `Neeraja' in Bharathi, the prestigious monthly of yore. Her novels like `Champakam', `Cheedapurugulu', `Aalochinchu', `Sadyogam' among others won her many an award (about 16) including those conferred by the AP Sahitya Academy and Kendriya Sahitya Academy besides `Kalaaprapoorna' of the Padmavathi Mahila University.

Her husband, Chandur Nageswara Rao, with his brilliant display of flair in creative writing and translation of notable works in English into Telugu and vice-versa, shot into the limelight as a potential writer with his short stories and mini-novels published in various magazines when he was hardly 20.

Soon he preferred to settle down at Chennai (Madras) and started publishing a quarterly Kathaaveedi and Mali, a monthly, which was re-designated as Jagathi. Incidentally, he edited all the journals.

He has also been a frequent broadcaster of talks on cultural and topics of social relevance from the Akashvani Studios of Madras. Today, he stands credited with about 30 volumes of original works and almost an equal number of translations.

It comes as no surprise that Yarlagadda, along with other members like Gnanapeeth awardee C. Narayana Reddy on the selection committee, chose the Chandur couple for the award, which was given away for the first time.

The award, along with a citation and shawl, was presented to them by renowned statesman Dr. Karan Sinh at a colourful function with Narayana Reddy as the chief guest.

Soure: http://www.hindu.com/fr/2005/01/28/stories/2005012801040200.htm

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