Born: 15 January 1887
Died: 16 January 1943
- He also known as Tripuraneni Ramaswamy, was a lawyer, poet, playwright and reformer active among the Telugu-speaking people.
- Popularly known as Kaviraju (the “king of poets”), he is considered the first poet to introduce rationalism and humanism into Telugu poetry and literature.
- He was part of a growing movement in India to reassess the culture of India.
- This movement included such people as Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Ranade, Dayananda Saraswati, Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Gurazada Apparao.
- He was against the traditional Hindu marriage ceremony which resulted in burdensome expenditure, especially among the poor.
- He prepared a simple procedure in Telugu called Vivaha Vidhi.
- He officiated at many marriages. When he was the Chairman of Tenali Municipality, he did not permit animal sacrifice to appease Devatas.
- He was a patriot even when he was a student.
- He wrote a patriotic play Rana Pratap, which was proscribed by the British government.
- He was an ardent lover of the Telugu language and culture and was proud of their history.
- He was an educationist and was a member of the senate of the Andhra University for three terms.
- He was awarded many honors and was popularly known as ‘Kaviraju’, a title conferred on him.
- He died in 1943, but left his imprint on the development of the Telugu-speaking people.
- The Indian government honored his legacy by issuing a commemorative postage stamp with his picture in 1987, his centenary year.
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