You think you've done your bit, you could see the result, and so when you're
gone, you're happy that the world is a better place. And one day, half a century
later, you see that your tale is what they're using to spread the message of valor,
of sacrifice and love for the land. If you were Subbamma, you'd wish you could
do the freedom fight all over again.
Prabhavathi, a doctorate in literature, is a natural poet. She has written about 40 books on date, comprising poems, novels, mini-novels and stories. She has many awards to her credit, and some of them are the Uttama Rachayitri Telugu Endowment Award, the Uttama Grandham Award, the Madras Gruhalaxmi Swarnakankanam Award, the Madras Telugu Academy Puraskar, the Delhi Telugu Academy Puraskar, the All-India Bharata Bhasha Bhooshan Award and the Vamsee Gold Medal.
The heroic deeds of Duvvuri Subbamma, the first woman freedom fighter from Andhra Pradesh, inspired Prabhavati into writing a book in Telugu called "Desa Bandhavi". The book won her much acclaim. Dr B H Sita Kumari translated the book into Hindi. Today, Dr C Narayana Reddy will inaugurate the Hindi version.
Later in the evening, three women artists will present a drama based on the book, in which Subbamma's real life incidents will be enacted on stage.
Subbamma was a widow from the Kadiyam Village of the East Godavari district, and took active part in various movements like the Kakinada Mahasabha, the Sampoorna Swatantra Udyamam, the Khadi Udyomam, the Salt Satyagraha etc. She took part in various movements against the British rule and was deported to jail on couple of occasions.
The play will be for an hour or so, and entry is free. Please contact Dr Prabhavathi
at 454-9178 for further details.