Published: 20th May 2019
Former teacher keeps Telugu Literature alive
Shankaraiah's latest book Telugu Prahelikalu, seventh in the Shankarabharanam series, was launched on Sunday in Hyderabad
Kandi Shankaraiah, a former teacher from Warangal has not taken a single day’s break in the last ten years. He took onto himself, the responsibility of keeping padyams (metered poetry) alive and teaching this poetic form, that is unique to Telugu literature, to as many people as possible. His students include engineers, honorary doctors, retired income tax officers and other professionals -- not just from India, but from across the globe.
Post-retirement, Shankaraiah read an article in a Telugu daily in 2008 on how to start a blog and became a blogger. He chose his favourite subject --- Telugu and started writing about Samasya Puranam, a kind of problem-solving using metered poetry.
Shankaraiah started his own blog Shankarabharanam in 2010. Till now, he has posted more than 3 thousand Samasyalu, including Datta Padi. His blog has attracted over 21 lakh page visits thus far.
"I started it as a way to pass time. I correct the answers and give suggestions to the participants. The participants are from US, UK, Australia, Singapore and other countries," Shankaraiah said. This blog has been attracting people from all sections of the society. "Several retired engineers and economic professors are now interested in Telugu Padyam. The younger generation have increasingly become more keen to learn Chandassu and write Telugu Padyam," he added.
Shankaraiah admitted that he never thought he will become so popular among Telugu people across the globe. "Now, I cannot sleep without posting Samasyalu and correcting them," he said.
Besides the blog, Shankaraiah also attends Avadhanams as a Prucchaka (questioner). Previously, Shankaraiah worked as a Telugu teacher in Duttons High School in Warangal, and also worked as a Grade-1 Telugu Pandit in Mahabubia Panjetan High School. Shankaraiah's latest book Telugu Prahelikalu (Telugu riddles), seventh in the Shankarabharanam series, was launched on Sunday in Hyderabad.