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Dr. Biruduraju Rama Raju – Nationalist, Linguist, Scholar in Cultural Studies

Acharya Biruduraju Ramaraju

Dr. Biruduraju Rama Raju – Nationalist, Linguist, Scholar in Cultural Studies (b 1925 Warangal)

Compiled By – Sri Ramakrishna Prasad – Chennai

Acharya Biruduraju Ramaraju

Not many a scholar in contemporary culture scene could claim authority over the pan-Indian, Sanskritic tradition and the, local, folk tradition with equal felicity and competence. This is the accomplishment of Biruduraju Rama Raju who passed away at the age of 84. In days when universities stuck to hollow rhetoric and academic snobbery looked down upon every other area of study as inferior, Rama Raju dared to do a PhD in folklore studies. His proposal to do the same became a subject of mockery and was rejected outright, wasting a precious year of his active academic life. But persistence pays and Rama Raju’s study was not only Osmania University’s first ever PhD in Telugu language and literature, but he also created history by becoming the first PhD in folklore studies in the whole of South India. His doctoral dissertation ‘Janapada Geya Sahityamu’, published in 1955 continues to be the authority for all those interested in Telugu Folklore studies. Years later he served as the Dean of studies and Head of the same Telugu department, which had rejected his Ph.D proposal. But who was Rama Raju and why is it important to remember his story in the current times?

Born in 1925, in a rich Zamindari family in Devunuru, a remote village in Warangal district in the current state of Telangana, Biruduraju Rama Raju was the oldest child of the house. He completed primary education at Devanoor and Madikonda, on the outskirts of Hanamkonda. For his higher education he had to walk 14 km to and from Hanamkonda for about eight years. He used to regularly visit Rajarajanarendra Andhra Bhasha Nilayam, a library established in 1904 at Hanamkonda. As a young student of matriculation during the independence movement, he volunteered for Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Andhra Pradesh in 1946. He was jailed for participating in the Congress Satyagraha movement in 1947. With the sudden demise of his father the same year, he not only got the responsibility of the family on his shoulders, but also lost out on his dream of going to the prestigious London school of Economics. Not discouraged by this, he relentlessly pursued his academic interests in his home state.

He refused a parliamentary seat after winning the election as a Congressman in 1952, to pursue his literary and academic interests in promoting folklore studies. He interacted with the literary greats of the time and actively participated in nurturing a literary culture in the state. For the very first time he translated the works of writers like Sharat Chandra Chatterjee and Munshi Premchand into Telugu and introduced them to the literature lovers of the region. He was one of the patrons of the now non-existent Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Akademi. A scholar well versed with Urdu, Hindi, and English, Rama Raju translated Guru Gobind Singh’s History and Jataka Tales from Hindi into Telugu. He also compiled an Urdu-Telugu Dictionary. In English too he gave many lectures in different parts of the country and wrote many books, notable ones being Folk Tales of Andhra Pradesh, South Indian Folk Songs, Glimpses into Telugu Folklore.

Prof. Raju’s fascination for old palm leaf manuscripts started in 1953 when he saw a huge sack full of them lying unattended to in the house of a poor priest who could not afford their maintenance. Soon he did an M.A. and got a PhD in Sanskrit and published his dissertation as a book titled ‘Contribution of Andhras to Sanskrit Literature’. This seminal work, like none before, introduced, for the first time, over three hundred lesser known scholars and poets from Telugu speaking regions (some even born before 1900 AD) who have made an immense contribution to Sanskrit literature. Such a huge task is accomplished for the first time with a large number of quotations from the respective manuscripts. Similarly, the contribution of 34 hitherto unknown poets was recorded by him in his significant work, Charitrakekkani Charitatarthulu .

Prof. Raju collected hundreds of rare manuscripts and generously donated them to various libraries across the country. On one occasion when senior writer Dr.R.N.Dandekar, known for his pomp and rigid behaviour, traveled all the way to visit Prof. Raju, just to have a look at his manuscript collection and bow down in reverence, it created news for the day in academic and literary circles across the country.

Being a contemporary of the great A.K.Ramanujam, Javare Gowda and H.M.Nayak of Mysore, P.D.Goswami of Assam, Shankar Sengupta of Calcutta and Pushkar Chandavarkar of Gujrat, Prof. Raju was instrumental in introducing folklore studies as a discipline in the universities of these regions. He was associated with over fifty universities from Kashmir to Kanyakumari where he traveled as a visiting professor. As an Emeritus Professor with Osmania University and later the University Grants Commission, he toured Russia and many other countries on various cultural exchange programmes.

In 1995, the Government of India honored him with the distinction of a ‘National Research Professor’ for his yeoman service to literature. This award was also bestowed upon Prof. Yash pal for science, the late Bharat Ratnas Ustad Bismillah Khan for Hindustani Music and M.S.Subbulakshmi for her contribution to Carnatic Music. Prof. Raju belonged to that league of highly eminent figures.

Prof. Raju’s passion for research took on a new shade soon. On one of his research tours, he was highly bothered to see titles like ‘Saints of Maharashtra’, ‘Saints of Gujarat’ and so forth. On enquiry about the saints of Andhra region, he was snubbed by the response saying Andhra Pradesh had no saints, else someone would have surely written about them. This provoked Prof. Raju to embark on yet another phenomenal project. He utilized whatever grants he received as the National Research Professor to compile a half a dozen volumes on the ‘Saints of Andhra Pradesh’. This massive project was a pioneering effort and has helped scores of research scholars and literary enthusiasts over the decades.

Among the academic circles he was hailed as the ‘Godfather of Telugu Folklore Studies’. He passed away peacefully at his residence in Hyderabad on 8th February 2010. Having published over a hundred seminal research papers, forty books in over half a dozen languages and edited many more titles, mentored his students to become vice-chancellors of universities, Prof. Raju is now a forgotten figure. His large collection of lakhs of rare books, manuscripts and research papers has been donated to the C P Brown Memorial Library in Cuddapah in the Rayalseema region. Born in Telangana, passionate about Telugu and whose life time work lies locked up in the dusty library shelves in Rayalseema, Prof. Raju’s literary spirit belonged to the whole region.