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Syamalakamasastri Kotra (1885-1953)
Syamalakamasastri (syaamala-kaama-shaastri) was born in 1885 into a Brahmin family of litterateurs in Karava village. His birthfather Lakshminarayanasastri (lakshmi-naaraayana-shaastri) was a pundit in Sanskrit and Telugu languages. Syamalakamasastri was adopted by Jagannadhasastri Kotra. He was a student of his birthfather and Krishnamurthi Sishtu. He worked as a teacher, court clerk, cooperative society secretary, field surveyor, etc.
There were several old fashioned dictionaries such as aandhranaama samgrahamu, aandhranamaseshamu, saambanighamtuvu, sabdaratnaakaramu, sabdardhachamdrika etc., but there were no modern pure Telugu dictionaries. So, Lakshminarayansastri undertook the task of preparing one such dictionary, entitled Lakshminarayaneeyamu. Syamalakamasastri assisted his father in preparing the dictionary. Lakshminarayansastris's Lakshminarayaneeyamu is a compilation of about 4,000 Telugu words. Lakshminarayansastri bought a publishing house for this purpose and published several other works such as raamalimgeswarasatakamu, jaatakagrahasphutadarpanamu, satavarteevratakalpamu, etc.
Following his birthfather's footsteps and with the training from him, Syamalakamasastri began a long-term project in 1910 to prepare another dictionary. After 25 years of hard work and lot of expenditure, he published a 3,000-page dictionary in 3 volumes for Telugu people. He sold all of his 40 acres of fertile farmland for this purpose. Soon after, he started work on another dictionary, Andhra-Hindi-Urdu dictionary. Unfortunately, he could not complete it due to financial problems.
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