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AP: Recipient of the Central Literary Academy Award, eminent story writer Sri Kalipatnam Rama Rao (Kara) dies at 97

Prominent writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao, popularly known as Kara Master, has passed away. The founders of Kathanilayam, the recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Award, passed away on Friday at their home in Srikakulam.

With this, the world of Telugu literature sank into a deep crisis. Writers, poets and artists paid tribute to his services to storytelling. Many celebrities mourned that the deficit he lacked could never be filled. Kalipatnam was born in 1924 in Ponduru, Srikakulam, India.

He worked as a teacher for many years at Saint Anthony”s High School in Visakhapatnam and retired in 1979. Inspired by,Kalipatnam Rama Rao, writer Yandamuri Veerendranath began his writing career. He considers him as Guru.

Rama Rao”s stories reflect the trials, tribulations, and occasionally the triumphs of life among the middle and lower classes of people in society.

Kalipatnam is especially known for his psychological insights and his incisive analytical abilities regarding the social, economical, and political influences on daily life. His first story, “Chitragupta”, was a mini-story, written on the back of a postcard.

He was not satisfied with his writing and stopped in 1955. After 8 years, he wrote “Teerpu” in 1963.
He wrote many stories in the late 1960s following Teerpu”, including “Yagnam”, “mahadaaseervacanamu”, “veerudu-mahaveerudu”, “Adivaram”, “Himsa”, “Number room”, “Sneham”, “Arthi”, “Bhayam”, “Santhi”, “Chavu”, “Jevvana dhara”, and “Kutra”.

After writing “Kutra”, he stopped writing. He has said that in his early days he would write a lot, but would not send them for publication as he wasn”t happy with what he wrote. In later days, he wrote about one or two stories a year.

His stories have since been translated into various foreign languages including Russian and English.

In the last 15 years, Kalipatnam was active in publishing short story anthologies of other writers. He was in United States in 1993, as a guest of the 9th TANA Conference – World Telugu Convention in New York (Doctor Kalasapoodi Sreenivassa Raavu and Yerramilli Padmaavathi of the literary committee were instrumental in bringing him there).

This year, Kalipatnam”s 90th birth anniversary was celebrated by his fans around Associated Press. At that time, he hinted that he may start writing again. Kalipatnam started on 22 February 1997 as a research center and library to pass on Telugu literature to subsequent generations.

The center is located in Visakha “A” colony in Srikakulam.

Currently, the center houses more than 5000 weeklies, monthlies, and special additions, as well as a wide variety of Telgu magazines.

CM Jagan mourns
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed grief over the death of Sahitya Akademi recipient Kalipatnam Rama Rao, popularly known as Kara Master. The CM recalled that he was one of the prominent writers in Uttaranchal who impressed with his short stories and his own story style. CM YS Jagan conveyed his condolences to the family members of Kara Master.

CM KCR Condoles the death of Kalipatnam Rama Rao.

CM Shri K.Chandrasekhar Rao  Condoled the death of Central Literary Academy Award recipient and eminent story writer Shri Kalipatnam Rama Rao (Kara).

The CM recalled that Kara was a great writer who touched the personal and social aspects of the lives of ordinary people differently through his stories. He expressed his deepest sympathies to their family members.

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