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Issue 124
5110 Kali Era , Sarvadhari Year, Visakha month
1930 Salivahana Era,
Sarvadhari Year,Visakha month
2066 Vikramarka Era,
Sarvadhari Year,Visakha month
2008 AD, May/June




Seshagirirao Burra (1884-1941)

Seshagirirao Burra was born in 1884 in Thatithurru. His father Lacchanna Burra was a revenue inspector in Kodada village the employ of King of Vijayanagara Kingdom, who died unexpectedly when Seshagirirao was ten years old. His uncle Parvateesham Burra, who was a teacher in the employ of the King of Parlakimidi Kingdom, provided shelter to Seshagirirao and his mother.

He completed his FA in Parlakimidi, where he developed oratorial skills as a disciple of Ramammurthi Gidugu at a young age. Later, he went to Vijayanagaram to obtain his BA and was awarded McDonald Medal for his scholastic achievement in BA. He finished MA at Rajamahendravaram Government Arts College, and was a favored disciple of the principal Mark Hunter. After graduating, he joined the King's College of Vijayanagaram as associate teacher and worked for thirty years. He retired as Head of the English Division at the college. He was also appointed as a Reader in Dravidian Philosophy at the University of Madras (Chennai).

He established Andhrabharathi teertha to protect and support dying indigenous knolwedge and art. This institution was supported by King Alakanarayana Gajapathi of Vijayanagara Kingdom who presided over the institution as Vice Chancelor, and later by the King Vikramadevara Varma of Jayapura Kingdom, who presided over the institution as Vice Chancelor.

Research in Literature was one of his favorite occupations. Along with Ramamurthi Gidugu and Apparao Gurajada, he worked in support of formal Telugu language. He wrote several invaluable articles on history of Andhras, history of Kalingas, Andhra literature, Jain religion in Andhra, etc. Some of his essays include jaina darshanamu- mukti tatvamu, samudragupta sasanamu - kalinga charitra, etc. He also wrote a historical drama entitled bobbili muttadi. His English writings include, Studies in South Indian Jainism. For his contributions to science, The American International Academy honored him with the award of Doctor of Letters.



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"naa vaangmaya mitrulu" by Kameswararao Tekumalla



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