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|Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak|
|Born||Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak
August 21, 1921
|Died||July 1, 1966|
Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak (21 August 1921 – 1 July 1966) was an influential Telugu poet, novelist and short story writer.
Initially his poetry was written in the romantic vein popular in Indian poetry of the early and mid-20th century, as in his first anthology, Prabhatamu-Sandhya (1945). There was a remarkable change in his style after attending the All India Progressive Writers' Conference in Bombay.
Tilak was born on August 21, 1921 in Mandapaka village under Tanuku Taluq and died on July 1, 1966. He was posthumously awarded the Sahitya Academy award in 1971 for his collection of poems Amrutham Kurisina ratri.
He studied Intermediate at AVN College Visakhapatnam and studied his BA course in Lyola College, Madras, yet discontinued due to health reasons. He established Vigjnana Parishad in Tanuku (later renamed as Sahiti Sarovaram) and pursued literacy activities. Tilak wrote his first story at age 11, which is said to have been published in Madhuri Magazine. He started writing poetry at the age of 16.
Tilak’s poems, divided between individual and social consciousness, brought to the fore the amalgamation of “the aesthetic sensibility” and “the proletarian sensitivity”. The underlying dualist nature in his persona can be read between the lines and dynamic imagination and intellectual realization go hand in hand in many of his poems. He has the courage to declare that his poesy is no ism. According to him, his letters are triumphant elephants and the poem has people’s power.
The Night the Nectar Rained: translated into English by Dr. Velchala Kondal Rao. The Night of Nectar’, the English translation of, ‘Amrutam Kurisina Raatri’ of Tilak (1921- 1966), by B Indira, is a befitting tribute to the poet who reigned supreme in the Telugu literary world for decades.
Literary contributions and recognition
Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak is best known for his posthumous collection of poems Amrutham Kurisina ratri, ("The Night When Nectar Rained") published in 1969. This book won the Andhra Pradesh state Sahitya Academy Award and Central Government Sahitya Academy Award in 1970. 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."
- 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
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