Desamante matti kaadoy…

Venkatapparao 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…

dESamunu prEmiMcu mannaa,
maMci yannadi peMcu mannaa;
vaTTi maaTalukaTTi peTTOy
gaTTi mEl tala peTTa vOy!

paaDi paMTalu poMgi porlE
daarilO nuvu paaTu paDavOy ;
tiMDi kaligitekaMDa galadOy
kaMDa gala vaaDEnu manishOy !

eesurO mani manushu luMtE
dESa mEgati baagu paDunOy ?
jaldu koni kaLa lella nErcuku
dESi sarukulu niMcavOy!

anni dESaal kramma valenOy
dESi sarukula namma valenOy ;
Dabbu tElEnaTTi narulaku
keerti saMpada labbavOy !

venaka coosinakaarya mEmOy ?
maMci gatamuna koMcemEnOy
maMda giMcaka muMdu aDugEy !
venaka paDitE venakenOy !

poonuspardhanu vidya laMdE
vairamulu vaaNijya maMdE ;
vyardha kalahaM peMca bOkOy
katti vairaM kaalcavOy !

dESaabhimaanaM naaku kaddani
vaTTi goppalu ceppu kOkOy
pooni yEdai naanu voka mEl
koorci janulakucoopavOy !

OrvalEmi piSaaci, dESaM
moolugulu peelcEsenOy
orula mEluku saMtasistoo
aikamatyaM nErcavOy !

parula kalimiki porali yEDcE
paapikekkaDa sukhaM kaddOy ?
okari mEl tana mElaneMcE
nErpariki mEl kollalOy !

svaMta laabhaM koMta maanuku
porugu vaaDiki tODu paDavOy !
dESa maMTE maTTi kaadOy,
dESa maMTE manushulOy !

ceTTa paTTaal paTTukoni
dESasthu laMtaa naDava valenOy,
anna dammula valenu jaatulu
matamu lannee melaga valenOy !

mataM vEraitEnu yEmOy ?
manasulokaTai manushuluMTE
jaati yannadi lEci perigi
lOkamuna raaNiMcunOy !

dESa maniyeDi doDDa vRkshaM
prEmalanu pooletta valenOy,
narula camaTanu taDisi moolaM
dhanaM paMTalu paMDa valenOy !

aaku laMduna aNagi maNagee
kavita kOyilapaluka valenOy
palukulanu vini dESamaM dabhi
maanamulu molaketta valenOy !!

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