Devulapalli Krishnasastri

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Born : November 01, 1897, First Movie : Malliswari, Recent Release : Meghasandesam,

Personal Profile:

Born: November 1, 1897, R.Chandrampalem, Pithapuram, 

        East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, British India

Died: February 24, 1980 (aged 82)

        India

Pen name: Devulapalli KrishnaSastri

Nationality: Indian

Ethnicity: Hindu

Citizenship: India

Genre: Playwright, poet

Notable works: Krishna Paksham

Devulapalli Venkata Krishnasastri (November 1, 1897 – February 24, 1980) was a Telugu poet, playwright and translator. He is famously known as Andhra Shelley.

Krishnasastri was born in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was born in Ravuvari Chandrampalem and was brought up in Pitapuram in a family of court-poets.

He grew interest in English literature while he was in his high school.

Krishnasastri started writing poetry from a very young age. Krishnasastri's works changed significantly after he met Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan in 1929.

Krishnasastri joined All India Radio in 1945 and wrote a number of plays for it.

He also translated Sri Goda Devi's Tamil Tiruppavai into Telugu Keertanaas. Other translations of Tiruppavai are available - but they are all word for word. His translation is unique because he had taken the central idea of each Pasuram, made it into pallavi and wove around it the rest of the paasuram into anupallavi and charanam(s). They were set to pure carnatic music, even as they were composed, by Amruthavalli Sundaram. The publication with notation, is Orient Longman.

Dr. Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry, who established himself as Andhra-Shelly, came to the lime-light in the Telugu filmdom too - thanks to the story and lyrics he provided to the all-time Telugu classical hit "Malleeswari". He also helped in the script and screen-play writing to the veteran Director-Producer DR. B. N. Reddy. Dr. Sastry's poetry was always romantic and passionate - fit for fine arts like music and dance. Hence his lyrics caught the imagination of the Telugu people - from a lay man to the well-known critics of the day. When it comes to movies, his lyrics swang the Telugu-audiences and made them revel in the skies. He wrote about 160 good lyrics to about 70 films during the 1950s to 1970s.

Awards:

Andhra University has conferred the title Kala Prapoorna in 1975.

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Krishnashastri also won the Padma Bhushan Award in the year 1976.

Filmography:

1951 Malliswari

1953 Naa Illu

1954 Bangaru Papa

1957 Bhagya Rekha

1959 Raja Makutam

1965 Bangaru Panjaram

1967 Sukhadukhalu

1968 Undamma Bottu Pedata

1969 Ekaveera

1970 Mayani Mamatha

1971 Kalyana Mandapam

1971 Mattilo Manikyam

1972 Manchi Rojulochayi

1973 Bhakta Tukaram

1973 Neramu Siksha

1974 Amma Manasu

1975 Balipeetam

1975 Cheekati Velugulu

1976 Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club

1978 Seetamalakshmi

1978 Sri Rama Pattabhishekam

1979 Gorintaku

1979 Karthika Deepam

1980 Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari

1983 Megha Sandesham