Hyderabad: While everyone is busy delving into the digital world and trying to learn advanced technology, Shanmukha Sunnapuralla, an MBA graduate, quit his job with a leading MNC to take up the task of compiling a unique kit called ‘Telugu Sahitimoorthulu Mukachitraalu – Repati Tharam Kosam’.
Comprising a Telugu calendar and biographies of 111 Telugu literary personalities, his work received appreciation from different quarters including Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
“In this digital world, everything is available on fingertips, but back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, children were dependent on textbooks, and many students would not have an idea about the authors who wrote the book. When it comes to their image, they would have no clue about it, and this bothered me,” says 27-year-old Shanmukha.
The kit features works of Telugu writers from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
“It was difficult to gather the information but I should thank my parents who are part of this – we three used to travel to different places to find out about the authors; we also used to meet their relatives and friends,” says Shanmukha, who is trying to reach all the schools to give this information for the future generation.
A few of the authors covered in this book date back to the 11th Century, according to Shanmukha. Some of the Telangana writers and poets featured include Daasarathi Krishnamacharyulu, Kaloji Narayana Rao, C Narayana Reddy, Dasaradhi Rangacharya and Voddiraju Sodarulu. “It’s 10 years of hard work which made us bring out a book. We have released the first chapter of the book which features 111 authors, and we would be releasing another seven chapters which would be covering all the authors of Telugu States,” he says.
They have also printed a Telugu calendar honouring more than 200 Telugu writers and poets through their birth and death anniversaries to ensure their legacies are celebrated every year.
“Our main aim is to keep the Telugu language alive in people and give the factual and valuable information to the next generation,” concludes Shanmukha.
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