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Ganganna Jayanthi (1884-1962)
Ganganna Jayanthi was born in Srikurmam town in 1884. His parents were Suryanarayana and Suramma. After finishisng his matriculation in Srikurmam, he continued his education in Rajamahendravaram to obtain LT training. He was interested in obtaining MA, but the college principal Mark Hunter denied him the opportunity due to his nationalistic views. He was married at a very young age - 11 years. His wife, Satyanarayanamma, was only 5 years old.
He joined as a teacher at a high school run by Veeresalingam Kandukuri. Later, he became the headmaster of the school. He declined an offer from the king of Bobbili kingdom to run a high school as headmaster. He also declined British Indian government offers.
He was a poet and writer. His works include sumabaala, kantamaala, neeti suchanalu and various texts. He was interested in country music and wrote several lyrics such as ayyo koyyoada, vilaapamu etc. He was a regular speaker at various linguistic functions and gave lectures on Andhra language and literature.
"naa vaangmaya mitrulu" by Kameswararao Tekumalla
Srikurmam is a famous temple situated at a distance of about 18 kms to the southeast of Srikakulam town. The village Srikurmam derive of its name from the temple, which is dedicated to Srikurmam, an avatar of Lord Vishnu in the form of a tortoise. The temple is of very great importance, being the only important temple to Lord Vishnu in the Kurmavathara in the whole of India. Lord Sri Kurmanatha Swamy Temple located on the way of Arasavalli Sun God Temple in Srikakulam (http://srikurmanadhatemple.org/index2.htm). See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Kurmam
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