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Issue 73

5105 Kali Era , Swabhanu Year, Magha  month
1925 Salivahana Era , Swabhanu Year,
Magha  month
2061 Vikramarka Era,
Swabhanu Year, Magha  month
 2004 AD, February

Vasudevasastry Vavilala (1851-1897)

Vasudevasastry Vavilala was born on August 1, 1851 in Karumuri village in Guntur district in a Telaganya Vaidiki Brahmin family.  His father was Appayyasastry, a business magnet, and mother was Srimahalakshmamma.  His maternal grand father, Advaitabrahmasastry Vatyam, was C. P. Brown's teacher. His paternal great-grandfather was the official poet in the court of Venkatadrinayudu Vasireddy. 

Vasudevasastry married Rukmini Somidevamma of Edavalli family at a very young age.  Unfortunately, she died in 1885 and their children died even before her.  So, he married Poornalakshmamma of Edavalli family and had two daughters and a son.

Vasudevasastry was educated in traditional Vaidiki Brahmin studies. Later, he was educated in formal English education and finished his FA in Machilipatnam.  After graduating, he went to Rajamahedravaram City (Rajamundry) to serve as jail clerk.  However, soon he quit that job and went to teach in Government College in Rajamundry.   He served for 23 years as a teacher in the Government College.  He also served as an Inspector of Schools for a short time.  He studied part-time for BA and was awarded McDonald's Medal for attaining first rank in English in the entire northern Andhra part of the British Madras Province.  

He wrote several books and ran a monthly journal, Chintaamani, founded by Subbarao Nyapathi.  He was a member of selection committee for Chintaamani Novel Awards. His works include translations such as mumukshutaarakam (Sanskrit bhajagovindam), Julius Cesar, maatruroopasmriti (William Cooper's English poetry), Bhavabhuti's uttarara raamacharitra, raghuvamsam, and mrichchakatikamu from Sanskrit.  His original works include pitraaraadhana, nandakaraajyamu, and several essays in monthly journals such as Rajayogi and Vivekavardhani.  He died on June 13, 1897.

Source: naa vaagnmaya mitrulu, Kameswararao Tekumalla

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