HYDERABAD: “I feel like having lost my father for the second time. I will have to live with this void for the rest of my life,” said N Gopi, eminent poet and academician, on the demise of the legendary poet C Narayana Reddy.
Gopi, former vice-chancellor of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, recalled the days of his childhood and youth when he chose to study Bachelors in Literature over engineering so that he could sit through Reddy’s lectures.
“I wrote letters to him as a child, sitting in a library in my hometown Bhongir. He would respond encouragingly to those letters. Later, he was my professor,” he recalled.While stating that there is little one can say more about the man who penned 85 books in the 85 years of his lifetime, Gopi said, “I saw him this morning and I could not believe that he was gone. At the same time, I couldn’t stop myself from believing it because the legend did not pen a poem today.”
Reddy’s time as professor remains fresh in Gopi’s memory whose poetry was highly appreciated by his mentor. “Back in those days, the class was always full. Students from other disciplines in Osmania University would stand outside the classroom and listen to him. The glamorous personality that he was, he never came unprepared to the class.
His PhD thesis on ‘Modern Poetry – Tradition and Experiment’ is still one of the most referred literary works and is relevant even today,” said Gopi who worked as the fifth vice-chancellor of Telugu varsity. Reddy served as second VC of the institution.
One of Gopi’s poems, Jala Gitam, was specifically appreciated by the veteran who called it magnum opus of Gopi’s poetry.
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The void created by his death cannot be filled as fare as the industry goes. I have learnt about his legendary contributions to the industry from veterans and litterateurs, and he was an inspiration. He took Telugu literature to a different level with his poetic work Viswambhara that won the prestigious Jnanpith award. I am deeply saddened by his death and I offer my condolences to his family