Eminent Telugu poet and writer Dasaradhi Rangacharya, who championed the cause for a liberated Hyderabad against the Nizam’s autocratic rule, breathed his last at a corporate hospital in Somajiguda,Hyderabad earlier this morning. He was 86. Being unwell for the last seven days, he was declared dead while undergoing treatment, his family sources reported. His last rites are expected to be performed on Tuesday.
Born in Khammam on August 24, 1928, the writer was rusticated from school for participation in anti-state activities against the Nizams. The legendary author, who through his career condemned generalist views and dogmatic practices in his immediate society, later resumed higher education in Vijayawada.
He had worked as a teacher in addition to his stint at the Muncipal Corporation, Secunderabad Division. Winner of the coveted Sahitya Akademi award for his ‘Modugu Poolu’ and prominent for his translations of the four vedas in Telugu, Dasaradhi’s best was undoubtedly reserved for Chillara Devullu, Modugupulu and Janapadam.