1 July 2013: Literary meet, book launch, award ceremony at Kadapa


A glittering and well-attended daylong literary meet was organised by prominent writer cum leading surgeon Dr Mallemala Venugopala Reddy and his family in the APTDC auditorium at Kadapa city on 30th June 2013. There were three sessions – launch of four books, presentation of a literary award, and a literary discussion.

The centre of attraction at the book launch was the presence of the renowned cine writer-playwright-actor duo - Gollapudi Maruti Rao and Tanikella Bharani – as chief guests. It was presided over by ‘Satyagni’ Sk Hussain, MLC & writer. The following four books, penned by Dr Mallemala Venugopala Reddy, were released:

1. Exploitation: Mallemala Stories, Volume 5 (in Telugu)

2. Chintana, a collection of short spiritual essays in Telugu.

3. Salt of the Earth, a collection of 15 stories translated into English by U Atreya Sarma, who is Editor (Fiction & Reviews) of Muse India, with the Foreword written by Ambika Ananth, Chief Editor of Muse India.

4. Chameli kaa haar, an anthology of 16 stories translated into Hindi by Dr Kommisetti Mohan.

GN Rao, IAS (R), Special Officer, Shilparamam was the Guest of Honour, and writer-cum-patron Paladi Lakshmikantam Sreshti and Nayuni Krishnamurthy of VNR Book World were the distinguished guests.

The second session was dedicated to presentation of the Mallemala Sahitya Puraskaram-2013 to Sahitya Akademi Awardee Dr Kethu Viswanatha Reddy, prominent Telugu writer in the erudite presence of savant-writer-speakers – Prof Rachapalem Chandrasekhara Reddy, Prof Madhurantakam Narendra and Singamaneni Narayana.

The final session was a literary discussion on “How to carry Telugu literature to the readers?” and it was initiated and moderated by Katuru Ravindra Trivikram, senior writer in which several writers actively participated.

Besides Dr Mallemala Venugopala Reddy and his better half Dr Varalakshmi, the list of other writers/dignitaries who attended, included – S Ramamuni Reddy, ex-Minister, Sadlapalli Chidambara Reddy, veteran academic and writer Dr Janamaddi Hanumat-Sastri, Katta Narasimhulu, Abbigari Rajendra Prasad, G Narasimha Murthy, Raghava Master, Rachaputi Ramesh, Sowbhagya, V Pratima, and Palagiri Viswaprasad. The Mallemala family duly felicitated every participant.

(Reported by U Atreya Sarma on July 1, 2013)

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