LITERATURE

According to Mr. Lakshmi Prasad, the seeds of literature, especially of Hindi and Telugu, were sown in his mind in childhood itself. "Both my parents were teachers in the village school. And my father being a nationalist, Hindi literature was part of the culture at home. Moreover, the grooming at home was nourished at the village temple, where in the evenings the regular discourse of puranas and performace of harikathas used to take place. The rhythmic chanting of slokas in the temple and the recitation of verses from the books of Hindi poets like Harivanshrai Bachchan and Premchand by my father at home inspired me to take up Hindi literature later in my academic career. At every point of my academic career I was motivated by my professors to write something worthwhile and from my PG days I started to write and since then had never looked back."

So far Mr. Lakshmi Prasad has written over 32 books in Telugu and Hindi and over 100 articles in various newspapers. In Hindi his books comprise biographies of noted poets like Bhairagi, C.Narayana Reddy and Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Chowdary and translation of works of Bezwada Gopala Reddy and C.Narasimha Rao. In Telugu he penned the biography of Jayaprakash Narayan and translated the biography of Harivanshrai Bachchan and works of many other authors. But the highlight was the Telugu translation of Bisham Sahani's novel 'Tamas' - and he did it in 22 days!

A recipient of Padmasri and Central Sahitya Akademi award, Mr. Lakshmi Prasad says that the appreciation he got from people like Amitabh Bachchan and P.V. Narasimha Rao is much more than the awards. "I could see tears welling up the eyes of Mr. Bachchan when I presented him a copy of his father's biography, and Narasimha Rao wrote a preface comprising 29 pages appreciating my Telugu book on Hindi Sahitya Charitra. What else could one ask for?"
 

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