VIJAYAWADA: Irrigation minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad visited the house of well-known poet and Jnanpeeth Award winner Vishwanatha Satyanarayana at Maruthinagar in the city Sunday.
After speaking to his grandson Viswanatha Manohara Sri Panini, they announced that measures would be taken to develop the house of Vishwanatha Satyanarayana as a memorial.
Umamaheswara Rao said that many people in Andhra Pradesh worked hard for the welfare of Telugu culture and literature and added that Vishwanatha Satyanarayana was popularly known as ‘Kavi Samrat’ and there was a need for developing his home as a memorial. “The great works of Satyanarayana will serve as a motivation to the posterity,” the irrigation minister said. “Vishwanatha Satyanarayana was a legendary litterateur and the epic Telugu novel, ‘Veyi Padagalu’ was the most popular of all his writings and extensive researche on this novel by many scholars has fetched them doctorates.
It took seven years for former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao to translate it into Hindi as ‘Sahasra Phan’,” said Mandali Buddha Prasad.
Umamaheswara Rao also said that one of the upcoming irrigation projects in the state would be named after Raja Vasireddy Ramagopala Krishna Maheswar Prasad, popularly known as Muktyala Raja, after consulting the chief minister.