"navayuga kavi cakravarti" gurram jaashuvaa
There is no literate in Andhra dESa who does not at least know the name
of Gurram Jashuva, the navayuga kavicakravarti. This year is marked as
the centenary celebration year of Jashuva. There was a special session
Navayugakavicakravarti Gurram Jashuva was born in 1895 in Katragaddapadu.
Poverty was born before he emerged out into this world and was tightly
embrassed by that ferocious devil throughout his entire life.
Jashuvaas father's name was Virayya and mother's name was Lingamma.
Jashuvaas parents' marriage was an intercaste alliance. As a result of his
parents' intercaste marital life, Jashuvaas relatives on either sides were
not close to his family. In spite of the social injustice enclothed by the
prevalent caste distinctions and alienation from the close relatives,
Jashuvaas parents did a fantastic job in the upbringing of the children.
Jashuva had a brother whose name was Israil. Jashuva had to fight with
poverty and social cruelties in order to go to school. Ultimately he
graduated with Ubhayabhasha Praveena (Pundit in both Telugu and Sanskrit
Jashuva was inspired by Hinduism eventhough his religion was Christianity
(as Virayya, Jashuvaas father accepted Christianity as his religion).
Jashuva was writing poetry taking Hindu epics as basis and as as a
consequence of this his Christian society was very furious (as Jashuva was
a Christian, he should not go near Hinduism). Finally Virayya and his
family were dismissed from their Christian society.
Upon listening to Jashuva reading his poetry, listeners used to praise him
and his poetry. On the other side of the coin when they came to know to
which caste did he belong, the listeners used to get disguested. Jashuva
Jashuva was a school teacher. Initially he lost his first job. While
suffering from unemployment, he still was writing wonderful poetry.
During those times he was recognized by the literary and poetry lovers.
He was employed again. Publishers came forward to publish his works.
He received donations to publish his books.. He was honored all over
India. As I mentioned in my previous article, Pamdita Cellapilla
Venkatasaasty felicitated Jashuva and decorated his foot with
gamDapemDEram. Reacting to these honors and felicitations, Jashuva wrote
the following poem:
Jashuva followed strict meter in his poems. But, his poetry is
revolutionary (aByudaya) and reminds us of the poetry of Sri Sri on one
side and Gurajada Apparao on the other.