Devulapalli Krishnasastri

Devulapalli Venkata Krishnasastri (1897 –1980) was a famous Telugu poet. Krishnasastri was born in a village in Andhra Pradesh, and he was brought up in Pitapuram, and his father had served as a poet in the court of kings. He learnt English literature through his interest in that language, and became an expert in English language, and also wrote various works in English also.

Krishnasastri used to write poems from his younger age, and he met Sri Rabindranath Tagore in the year 1929 and after that, he began to write lot of poems.

Krishnasastri worked in All India Radio and wrote lot of drama scripts.He translated Tamil Tiruppavai into Telugu songs, and most of his works were published by the famous publishing company, The Orient Longman.


1. Amrutha Veena

2. Aruna Ratham

3. Badarika

4. Bahukaala Darshanam

5. Dhanurdasu

6. Gorinta

7. Mangala Kahali

8. Sri Vidyapathi

9. Krishnapaksham

He wrote story and the lyrics for the Telugu hit film, “Malleeswari”, and he wrote lyrics to lot of Telugu feature films.

He was granted the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Bhushan Award, for his great contribution in the Telugu literature.

Sastry was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, and wrote lot of songs in praise of Lord Krishna. He visited various temples of Lord Krishna at Andhra Pradesh. Though he died in the year 1980, he is still living in the form of his poems.

Let us praise the great man.


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