Venkata Apparao Gurajada (1862-1915) through his writings paved the way not only for the development of modern Telugu literature, but also for social reform of the Telugu society that was troubled by the dark social practices such as child marriages, Kanyasulkamu (price of bride), etc.  Kanyasulkamu was his famous drama in which his aim was the reformation of the society and literature.

MY Favorite poem from his desk…

desamante-matti-kadoi-gurajada-apparao

Desamante matti kaadoy Song lyrics with English Translation

Desamunu premincchumanna
Mancchi annadi pencchumanna
Vatti maatalu kattipettoyi
Gattimel talapettavoyi

Love your country
Widen good things
Stop shallow talk
Think of strong help

Paadi pantalu pongi porle
Daarilo nuvu paatu padavoyi
Thindi kaligithe kanda kaladoyi
Kanda kalavadenu manishoyi

Work hard in the land
Where the fruits  of irigation
feeds all,  You will have
the muscle  only if
you eat,  People with
muscle only  can lead the  country.

Eesuromani manushulunte
Desamegati paatupadunoyi
Jaldukoni kalalella nercchuku
Desisarukula nimpavoyi

When people are malnourished
How can the country make progress?
Learn skills and  Fill the country with
indigenous goods.

Annidesaal krammavalenoyi
Desisarukula nipmpavalenoyi
Dabbutelenatti narulaku
Keerthi sampadalabbavoyi

Fill all the nations of the world,
With the finished goods of our country,
Prosperity will not dawn On those who cannot
make money.

Venuka cchucchina karyamemoyi
Mancchi gatamuna koncchamenoyi
Mandagincchanka munduadugeyi
Venukapadithe venukenoyi

Why look back?  The past has not
many good things to boast of,
Do not relax, walk with confidence,
You will be left  behined  if you walk slow.

Poonu spardhanu vidylande
Vairamulu vaanijyamande
Vyardha kalaham pencchabookooyi
Kathi vairam kaalcchavoyi

Compete in studies, Compete in business,
Do not encourage wastefull enimity,
Burn the communal clashes.

DESABHIMANAMU NAAKU KADDANI
VOTTI GOPPALU CCHEPPUKOKOYI
POONI YEDAINAANU VOKAMEL
KOORCCHI JANULAKU CCHOOPAVOYI

Do not boast of patriotism
Make effort to do good to
the people.

Oorvalemi pisaacchi, desam
Muulugulu peelcchesenoyi
Vorula meluku santhasisthu
Aikamathyam nercchavoyi

Jelousy is eatingaway the country at the
roots, Beleive in unity,
Enjoy the happyness of the others.

Parula kalimiki porli yedcche
Paapikekkada sukham kaddoyi
Okarimel thana melanecche
Nerpariki mel kollaloyi

Where is the peace to the
man who is jelous of the progress of
the others. Winner is the man, who
beleives in helping others.

SWANTHA LAABHAMU KONTHA MAANUKU
PORUGUVAANIKI THODUPADAVOYI
DESAMANTE MATTI KAADOYI
DESAMANTE MANUSHULOYI

Be useful to the other man,
With a bit more of selflessness,
Country is not just the mud and soil,
Country means people.

Cchetta pattaal pattukuni
Desasthulantha naduvavalenoyi
Annadammulavalenu jaathulu
Mathamulanni melugavalenoyi

All countrymen-walk hand in hand with
unity, All religions-live in hormony.

Mathamveraithenu yemoyi
Manasulokatai manushulunte
Jaathamannadi lecchi perigi
Lokamuna raanincchunoyi

How does it matter What religion one
belongs? It can matter the country
If all people can unite with their hearts.

Desa maniyedi dodda vrukshamu
Premalanu poolethavalenoyi
Narula cchematanu thadisi moolam
Dhanam pantalu pandavalenoyi

The great tree, namely our country should
sprout more fruit of love, The country should reap
a rich harvest with the sweat of the people.

Aakulanduna anigi manigi
Kavitha koila paluka valenoyi
Palukulanu vini, desamandabhi-
Maanamulu molakethavalenoyi.

The literary bird Hiding in the branches
of  the tree,should hum beautiful songs,
Hearing these songs, Patriotism should
flourish in the country.

 

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