What price literary success is a wrong question to ask Raavi Sastry. Death
had to pay him everlasting fame to take him. And a generation of accomplished
writers is borrowing on that, too.
Raavi Sastry, an eminent writer in Telugu whose novels are MUCH talked about
in the literary circles for their quality, expired in 1993. And Dr Sadanand
Sharada, a fan of Sastry's writings, started, out of respect for him, a literary
trust in 1994 along with some friends called the Raavi Sastry Memorial Literary
Dr Sharada has a doctorate in arts and handicrafts. He is also a writer, and
some of his novels like 'Golusu' and 'Jaadi' have won him accolades. Ever since
the inception of this trust, Dr Sadanand Sharada has been actively organizing
literary programs, and has been giving away a memento and a cash award of Rs.
10,000 to one eminent writer every year. The writers who have received this
honor from 1994 to 1999 are Munipalle Raju, Subbaramaiah, Balivada Kanta Rao,
K Mallaiah, M Venkataram and D Visalakshi.
For the year 2000-01, the reputed novelist Naveen will receive the honor. Naveen
is said to be one of the pioneers of Telugu short stories. 'Ampasayya', a story
written by him, is quite popular among Telugu literature enthusiasts. He has
recently retired as the Principal of Pingali Women's College in Warangal, and
his writings typically represent the village atmosphere. His other credits include
'Buchibabu' and 'Jeevana Sravanti'.
Please contact Dr Sadanand Sharada at 707-3830 (R)/441-4149 (O) for further