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Asavadi Prakasarao
Asavadi Prakasa Rao releasing a book in 2017
Aasadi Prakasam

(1944-08-02) August 2, 1944 (age 77)
OccupationPoet, Writer, Sanskrit scholar
Spouse(s)Vaduguru Lakshmidevi
  • Teacher Pakkiirappa (father)
  • Kullaayamma (mother)
AwardsPadma Shri, (2021)
Kala Ratna

Asavadi Prakasarao (born 1944) is an Indian poet, critic, translator and scholar, who is known for his poetry and prose works. He is noted for his significant contribution to Telugu and Sanskrit literature. In January 2021, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri in the Arts and Literature category.[1][2][3] As Ashtavadhani, he has given 170 performances and has written and published 50 books across various genres.[4] His most notable literary contribution is his performance of Avadhanam – a literary performance.[1] He has received an honorary D Litt from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University and a Distinguished Teacher award from the Department of Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh.[5]

Early life

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Asavadi Prakasarao is born in 1944 in Korivipalli, Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. His teacher Nanduri Ramakrishnamacharya changed his name to the optimist Prakash Rao. Born into a Dalit family, he spent his childhood in the villages of Beluguppa and Sirpi. He did his primary education in the social welfare schools in those villages. He was educated at Potti Sriramulu Municipal Boys' School and Rajendra Municipal High School in Anantapuram between 1953-1959. He completed PUC at Government Arts College, Anantapur between 1960-61. He also completed B. A. in 1962-65 from the same college. Special Telugu reader.

He later worked for a few days in Eluru as a Lower Divisional Clerk after passing in the APPSC Group-4 examination. He left that job as an obstacle to his progress and worked as a Telugu scholar in Venkatadripalle, Y. Rampuram, Kanekal, Kurli Zilla Parishad schools between 1965-68. He did M. A.Telugu Linguistics from Anantapur PG Center (affiliated to Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati) between 1968-70. Since 1970 he has worked as an Andhra lecturer in Government Junior College, Rayadurgam, Government Degree Colleges in Anantapur, Guntakallu, Nagari, Punganur and Penukonda. He served as the Principal of Penukonda Government Degree College and retired in 2002.


Prakasarao was accepted as a teacher in Avadhanam Education. He made his first Avadhanam in 1963 at the age of 19. Since then he has stamped as the only Dalit Avadhāni in Andhra literature and mesmerized the listeners with his extraordinary perceptiveness and indescribable majestic energy. He performed 171 Avadhanams, a double octave, not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in other parts of India such as Taruttani, Arakkonam, Pallipattu, Hosur, Bengaluru, Bellary, Donimalai, Delhi etc. His observations were also broadcast on television and radio. He also gave some Impromptu performances.[citation needed]

Literary works

Awards and honours

He was honored by Babu Jagjivan Ram, Bejwada Gopalareddy, Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy, N. T. Rama Rao, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Konijeti Rosaiah, Nedurumalli Janardhanareddy, Mandali Buddhaprasad, PVRK Prasad, Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Gollapudi Maruti Rao etc.


See also


  1. ^ a b c "Three from Andhra Pradesh get Padma Shri". The Times of India. January 26, 2021.
  2. ^ "Andhra CM YS Jagan congratulates four Telugu Padma Shri award recipients". Telugu Bulletin. January 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Sarma, U Atreya (November 6, 2016). "Dr. Asavadi Prakasa Rao - A Literary Luminary with a Fund of Goodwill". Boloji.
  4. ^ "Four artistes from Telugu states honoured with Padma Shri". The News Minute. January 26, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Asavadi Prakasa Rao".