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Sitaramasastri Gollapudi (1885-1960)
Gollapudi family is a Brahmin family from Repalle in Andhra. Sitaramasastri was named after his grandfather. Sitaramasastri's father, Venkatasubbayya, was adopted, as grandfather Sitaramasastri didn't have any offspring. Sitaramasastri (jr.) was born on May 16, 1885 to Venkatasubbayya and Syamalamba.
Sitaramasastri finished his primary and secondary school education in Repalle. He completed his Matriculation and FA at Andhra Christian College. He obtained his BA from Pachaiyappa's and Christian colleges at Chennai. He finished his BL in 1910 and started a successful law practice. During his secondary education, he married Mahalakshmamma and had six children.
In 1920, he gave up his law practice to plunge himself into the civil disobedience movement and was jailed. He was again jailed in 1932 during Satyagraha movement, and again in 1942 He founded an Ayurveda college and an ashram. In 1948, he began struggle for the formation of State of Andhra. He fasted for various social causes such as temple entry for Harijans, formation of Andhra, prohibition of alcohol, etc. He fasted about 850 days for the country.
His works include published literature such as aandhra vedamulu, tyaagamahima, dakshinaafrica styagrahamu, khaditatvamu, sarvodayamu, prapamchasanti, vinayasramabhajanavali, madhyapaannishedhamu emduku, gramasamdesamu, aamdhraharijan, sarvodaya, vanyajyoti, and unpublished works such as upanishattulu, adhrvana vedamu, gandhisuktulu, thoro- tolstoy-gandhiji, kluptakhuran etc.
"naa vaangmaya mitrulu" by Kameswararao Tekumalla
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