Says Boyi Bheemanna, the Telugu poet extraordinaire!
I knew this person only a little.
I can remember his quivering voice reciting poetry saying “The huts are afire!”
Somehow, such people are forgotten very easily!
That is the weakness of human memory.
Yes, he was a poet who wrote on the hut people.
As usual in the beginning he also was a poet of romantic genre.
Even when writing about the lowly flowers, he chose the meter fit to describe the best of the flowers!
Why, even Marigold can be the best flower if you can see its beauty!
Can anyone dare translate these thoughts and lines into another language without losing the essence? Impossible, according to me!
This is an example of poetry when Bheemanna was yet to come into grips with his own style. Later he came to be known as a champion of the oppressed!
Says the heroine when the hero asks her to talk to him!
That is the essence of Bheemanna and his poetry!
There is some material available on net about him.
He died on 16th December 2005.
The obit note in The Hindu has the following details about him.
Born in Mamidikuduru in East Godavari district, he was a former Member of the Legislative Council from 1978 to 1984, journalist and teacher before embarking on his literary feats. He was awarded Padma Bhushan. His work `Gudiselu Kalipothunnayi' bagged the Sahitya Akademi award in 1975.
Let us enjoy good poetic works.