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For other people named Bal Gangadhar Tilak, see Bal Gangadhar Tilak (disambiguation).
Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak
Born Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak
(1921-08-21)August 21, 1921
Died July 1, 1966(1966-07-01)

Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak (21 August 1921 – 1 July 1966) was an influential Telugu poet, novelist, and short story writer.

His first anthology, Prabhatamu-Sandhya (1945), was written in the romantic style popular in Indian poetry of the early and mid-20th century. There was, however, a remarkable change in his style after attending the 'All India Progressive Writers' Conference in Bombay.[1]


Tilak was born on August 21, 1921 in the village of Mandapaka in the Tanuku Taluk district. He died on July 1 1966 at the age of 44 years old. He was awarded the "Sahitya Academy award" in 1970[2] for his collection of poems Amrutham Kurisina Ratri.

He completed his Intermediate at AVN College Visakhapatnam and joined Loyola College, Chennai (then Madras) for his graduation, but had to cease his studies due to health issues. He established the Vigjnana Parishad in Tanuku (later renamed Sahiti Sarovaram) and pursued literary activities.

Tilak wrote his first story at the age of 11, which is said to have been published in the Madhuri Magazine. At the age of 16, he started writing poetry and developed his unique style of writing, which led to him becoming famous in India.

His most famous work, Amrutham Kurisina Ratri, has been translated into English as 'The Night the Nectar Rained' by Dr. Velchala Kondal Rao[citation needed] and 'The Night of Nectar’ by B Indira. These works are a tribute to the poet's influence on the Telugu literary world.[3]

Literary contributions and recognition[edit]

Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak is best known for his posthumous collection of poems "Amrutham Kurisina ratri" ("The Night When Nectar Rained"),[1] published in 1969.[4] The book won the Andhra Pradesh state Sahitya Academy Award and Central Government Sahitya Academy Award in 1970.[2] The volume has been called a "milestone in modern Telugu" by Sisir Kumar Das, who added, "But for him, 'verse libre' or 'prose poetry' could not have gained so much of popularity."[1]

His collection of short stories include "Sundari-SubbaRavu", "Vuri Chivara Illu" and "Tilak Kadhalu". His stories were influenced by Maxim Gorky and Rabindranath Tagore.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Das, Sisir Kumar, "A Chronology of Literary Events / 1911–1956", in Das, Sisir Kumar and various, History of Indian Literature: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy, Volume 2, 1995, published by Sahitya Akademi, ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9, retrieved via Google Books on 23 December 2008
  2. ^ a b Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, C. Vijayasree. "Gold Nuggets: Selected Post-independence Telugu Short Stories". Google Books. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/article584197.ece
  4. ^ Microsoft Word - feb_2008_anaganagaOmanchikatha.doc

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