Born: November 1, 1897, R.Chandrampalem, Pithapuram,
East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, British India
Died: February 24, 1980 (aged 82)
Pen name: Devulapalli KrishnaSastri
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.
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.
1953 Naa Illu
1954 Bangaru Papa
1957 Bhagya Rekha
1959 Raja Makutam
1965 Bangaru Panjaram
1968 Undamma Bottu Pedata
1970 Mayani Mamatha
1971 Kalyana Mandapam
1971 Mattilo Manikyam
1972 Manchi Rojulochayi
1973 Bhakta Tukaram
1973 Neramu Siksha
1974 Amma Manasu
1975 Cheekati Velugulu
1976 Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club
1978 Sri Rama Pattabhishekam
1979 Karthika Deepam
1980 Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari
1983 Megha Sandesham