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Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

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Tripuraneni Ramaswamy

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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