Mahakavi, Kalaa Prapoorna, Padmabhooshan Dr. Boyi Bhimanna (1911-2005)
“Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the Pen is mightier than the Sword”. More than the swords, it is the Pens that have brought about revolutions; brought about change, be it social or political. These Pens have also made a difference to us with words, enriching our lives and creating new worlds. Dr. Boyi Bhimanna possessed such a pen. His literature, especially works like “Paaleru”, “Dharmam kosam poratam” etc. have brought in a social revolution, especially among a generation of Dalits leading them towards upliftment and empowerment.
“Hinduism says there are four varnas,
Communism says there are two classes,
I say there are only three classes-
Mine is Tiger-Jackal-Sheep-ism !
How is the psyche of today’s man different from Vedic Man?
Here are the same tiger, the same jackal and the same sheep !”
|1911||Born in a poor HARIJAN family on 09-09-1911, at Mamidikuduru, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.|
|1922||Sang his first poem.|
|1935||Graduated from P.R. College, Kakinada.|
|1936||Sub-Editor, Jana Vaani, a Telugu Daily.|
|1937||Edited Kusuma Dharmanna’s Jaya Bhesri, a Telugu Fortnightly, Rajahmundry (while Studying B.Ed.)|
|1938||Sub – Editor, Prajaa Mithra, a telugu weekly, Madras.|
|1940-45||1. Worked as Teacher, East Godavari District.
2. Member, Senate, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
3. Activist, Quit India Movement.
|1946||1. Provincial Congress Organiser (Harijan Wing).
2. Joint Secretary, State Harijan Sevak Sangh, Madras.
3. Edited Vyavasayakooli of Vemula, Kurmaiah, the then Minister, Madras.
|1950-55||1. Sub- Editor, Andhra Prabha, a Telugu Daily, Madras.
2. Contested to the State Legislative Assembly as Congress Candidate from Razole Double Member Constituency, 1952
3. Honoured by the People with a Gold Anklet (Ganda Penderam) at Cherukupally, Guntur under the president ship of Sri Sanjeevaiah, the then Minister, Madras in 1953.
|1955||Appointed as Director, Department of Translation and as Registrar of Books, Government of Andhra Pradesh.|
|1959||Organised the First All India Telugu Writers Conference as President of Navya Saahiti Samithi.|
|1960||Continued as a Member, Executive Committee and Fellow of State Sahitya Academy.|
|1968||Public felicitation at Kakinada with the title of MAHA KAVI.|
|1971||Award of Honourary Doctorate of KALAA PRAPOORNA by the Andhra University ,|
|1973||Award of PADMA SRI by the President of India.|
|1975||NATIONAL AWARD by the Central Sahitya Academy for the poetry Volume GUDISELU KAALI POTHUNNAI (the Huts are on Fire).|
|1975||1. Honoured by the First Telugu Conferene for outstanding contribution to Telugu Literature.
2. Represented Telugu Language in the Republic Day Poets Symposium, New Delhi.
|1975-76||Member, A.P. Film Awards Committee (for two terms).|
|1976||Award of Honourary Doctorate of D.Litt by the KASI VIDYA PEETH. Varanasi.|
|1978||1. Nominated by the Governor of Andhra Pradesh to the A.P Legislative Council (1978-84).
2. Nominated by the Govt. of A.P to the Governing Board of International Telugu Institute.
|1983||Member, Syndicate, Sri Krishna Deva Raya University, Ananthapur.|
|1985||Chairman, Reception Committee, All India Dalit Writers Conference.|
|1988||KANAKAABHISHEKAM (Felicitation with Gold Flowers) at Vijayawada.|
|1989||PUSHPAABHISHEKAM at Hyderabad.|
|1990||KANAK PUSHPAABHISHEKAM at Visakhapatrnam.|
|1991||1. Tikkavarapu Rami Reddy Centenary Award by Dr.Bejawada.Gopal Reddy at Nellore.
2. Felicitation by Dalit Open University of India, Guntur.
3. Raja- Lakshmi Literary Award.
|1991-92||Member, State Committee, Ambedkar Centenary Celebration.|
|1992||Telugu University Prathama Visishta Puraskaaram.|
|1993||Honourary Doctorate by Nagarjuna University, Guntur.|
|1995||Member, Programme Committee, South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur.|
|1996||TELUGU AATMA GOURAVA PURASKAARAM BY THE Govt. of A.P|
|1997||1. Member, State Committee on Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Indian Independence.
2. Member, State Cultural Council, Govt. of A.P
|2000||NAVAYUGA KAVI SARVABHOUMA Title Conferred by Vijaya Bhavana, Vizianagaram on Ugaadi Day Celebrations.|
|2001||PADMA BHOOSHAN by the President of India.|
|2002||HAMSA AWARD by AP.Govt.|
|2002||MAHATMA GANDHI Harmony award by JayBharath|
|2003||JASHUVA PURSKAR by Jashuva foundation.|
|2004||NTR Life Time Achievement Award|
|2005||Ramineni Foundation Award|
|2005||Sanatana Dharma Trust Eminent citizen Award|
|2005||Lok Nayak Foundation Award.|