November 17, 2023

Eminent Bilingual Writer Upadrasta Anuradha

 Dr. Sridhara Murthy said that the entire house is now empty. Anuradha passed away last Sunday, but her memories haunt everyone. She was born on 31.10.1943 in Bhima varam at her grandfather's house. After getting married she has a son and no one knew the reasons, came away from her husband. From her maternal home she started her higher education with passing B.A. and M. A. (English literature) Passed in the first rank of University. B. Ed. also done.  later on worked as a teacher in a girls high school and soon after became a college lecturer. She delved herself as a great lecturer in teaching English. Apart from Telugu and English she learned Hindi, Bengali and Sanskrit as well. 

Since 1976, she has penned creative works in Telugu, Oriya and English languages. She also wrote works under the pen name of Amrita. Sometimes one of her translations is written under her name and one under Amrita's name, especially in Vipula monthly. She translated stories from Oriya, Hindi, Sindhi, Dogri, Kashmiri, Marathi, Indo English and American English into Telugu. K. B. Lakshmi, who worked in Eenadu, was surprised by her unrelenting efforts in terms of her translation. 

No one expected that a writer from Barampuram (Berhampur) would rise to such heights. She has written many articles in Telugu magazines like Vipula, Andhra Jyoti, Andhra Prabha, Bharati, Navabharti and in Odiya magazines like Sucharita, Jhankar, Satabhisha, Amritayana, Dagara, Baisi Pavucho, Adhuna and many of her Odiya articles placed in Daink Asha, Anupama Bharat . Many of English stories have appeared in popular magazines like Indian Literature, Heritage, Saptagiri.

She also translated many renowned Telugu writings into Odiya like Nagna muni's Magnum opus Koyya gurram (long poem) apart from Siva Reddy and Vijay Chandra's poetry. Last Sunday, she left the world. 



(Poet Vijay Chandra  reminisced the sad demise of Eminent bilingual writer and translator Upadrasta Anuradha based at Berhampur by reproducing his thoughts on the occasion of her 5th death anniversary)


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