Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu praised him saying that he is a preserver, protector, and embodiment of the mother tongue, Indian culture, values, and the environment that is the real tribute to the Telugu literary legend Viswanatha Satyanarayana.
Kavishala is virtually inaugurating the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, organized by Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham.
“There is no greater agony than,
bearing an untold story inside you.”
~ Maya Angelou
Stating that Viswanatha Satyanarayana remains the first writer to impart a true Teluguness to the Ramayana, he recalled that Ramayana Kalpavruksham, the seminal work of Viswanatha had fetched him the Jnanpith Award.
Through his works, he had highlighted the importance of imparting learning in the mother tongue, preserving culture, and protecting nature, said the Vice-President.
His perceptions on Literacy Awareness among Children -
Keenly observing that imparting primary education in mother tongue would help in the emotional and intellectual development of children's mind, he asserted in a soft manner:
“Children can learn education in a holistic manner when culture,
language and traditions are integrated.”
How Viswanatha Satyanarayana became so popular?
Well, pointing out that the New Education Policy-2020 has prioritized integrating education, with the Vice-President that had stressed the NEP-2020, at the same time, that was designed to equip the students with skills and knowledge of international standards that meet the challenges of the 21st century.
People said Viswanatha’s literary canvas largely comprises novels, critical works, poems, epics, plays, songs, and verses, among others. Almost every leading Telugu literary personality drew their inspiration from Viswanatha Satyanarayana, he added.
He had said that Viswanatha’s works probably attracted the maximum research and studies by young writers.
Although the former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Mandali Budha Prasad and a renowned spiritual preacher Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma, the president of Viswanatha Sahitya Peetham Viswanatha Satyanarayana, and other personalities attended the webinar.
HIS AWARDS AND HONORS
- Sir Venkateswara University honored him by giving D.Lit Degree.
- In 1962 Kendra Sahitya Academy Puraskaram was given for "Viswanathan Madhyakkaralu".
- In 1970 he was honored as Andhra Pradesh Government's laureate.
- In 1970 Indian Government awarded Padma Bhushan.
- In 1971 he was awarded Jnanpith Award for his book "Ramayana Kalpavriksham". He was the first Telugu writer to receive Jnapith Award.