Madugula Narayana Murthy, a 50-year-old teacher of Asifabad town, has passionately been playing a vital role in protecting poetry of Telugu, which is losing its sheen. He authored many Telugu poetry books and won awards for his contribution to the field. He is now working with Integrated Tribal Development Agency of Utnoor as a school assistant.
Narayana Murthy has been regarded as the ‘guru’ of budding writers and poets of modern generation from this region and elsewhere of the State. He is approached by many students who carry out research programmes in various branches of Telugu. He is hailed as saviour of Telugu poetry.
Hailing from the temple town Kaleshwaram of Prof Jayashankar-Bhoopalapalli district, Murthy settled here after he was posted as a Telugu teacher, many decades ago. He has MA and M. Phil Degrees under his belt from Osmania University. At present, he is pursuing Ph. D from the same institution on ‘Origin of Telugu literature in Adilabad district’.
Significantly, the pundit was conferred with an award by the Government of Telangana on the State Formation Day for his relentless efforts to save Telugu poetry. Earlier, he was chosen thrice for best teacher award by ITDA and district educational officer in 2007, 2010 and 2015.
He had bagged Prathibhamurthi by Chelimi, a literary organisaiton in 2010.
The teacher-cum-poet penned Kaleshwara Charitam in 2003 and Telugu Talli Shathakamala (2008), Pranahita Nadi prastatym-Pushkaralu (2010), Telanganalo Kshetralu-Sahityam (2012) and Puskhara Darshini (2015), handbook of shrines situated on shores of Godavari river. He submitted eight articles on Telangana literature to the University Grants Commission (UGC).
“Besides these works, eight books, including Godari Tarangalu, which depicts plight of cows, and Murthimathva Vikasa Shatakamu, anthology of poems on personality development, yet to be published. My poems were published on 100 vernacular newspapers. I am fascinated with poetry works rendered by many Telugu poets. Poetry is my passion,” he told Telangana Today.