Dr T Sharon Raju

Gurram Jashuva was born to Virayya and Lingamma in Vinukonda, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India to a community of leather workers. His father belonged to the Yadav caste and his mother belonged to the Madiga caste. Due to poverty and the inter caste marriage of his parents, his childhood was difficult in a society in which some castes were considered “untouchable.” His parents raised him and his brother as Christians. Jashuva graduated with Ubhaya Bhasha Praveena (as a scholar of Telugu and Sanskrit languages).

Gabbilam (1941) is Jashuva’s best known work, fashioned after Kalidasa’s Meghadūta, “The Cloud Messenger,” about an exiled lover to his beloved wife. While in Kalidasa’s poem the messenger is a yaksha in the cloud, Jashuva’s poem describes a message sent by a hunger- and poverty-stricken Dalit man to god in Benares, and the message is sent via a bat, or “gabbilam.” Jashuva’s choice of the bat is quite significant.

Andhra University political science and public administration department organized 124th birth anniversary celebrations. SC, ST, BC –C Employees Welfare Association president Dr T Sharon Raju organized the event successfully. Deputy Director of social welfare department Ramana Murthy participated in the program as guest of honor. Reputed literary person Rama Teertha has delivered key note address as chief guest.

‘Everyone should read the works of Jashuva such as Gabbilam and Firadausi and travel in the life, the path shown as in those books’ said Ramana Murthy.

‘Jashuva had taken literature to village level which is used to be in the courts of Kings in those days’ said Rama Teertha.

‘AU had conferred Gurraj Jashuva with ‘Kala Prapoorna’ in 1970’ said Sharon Raju.

Dr M Rajendra Prasad, Sirla Shyam, Dr M Prasad and Kavi Rajulu have entertained the gathering by reciting the poems from Jashuva’s great work – Harischandra.

Rama Teertha
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