December 7, 2023

Demise of a renowned poetess

Chakravarthula Lakshmi narsamma (84), a renowned poetess belonged to the temple town of Bhadrachalam  passed away today. She is known for her poetic prowess and got laurels from most acclaimed literary giants. She excelled both in metrical and free verse forms of poetry writing. She taught Telugu some decades and inspired many students in terms of Telugu literature. After retirement, she settled down here at Bhadrachalam and keep attending literary meetings whenever she has been invited. Lakshmi narsamma has a unique place in the matter of devotional and spiritual poetry.

She penned her first poem in memory of Gandhi ji's demise at the age of seven. In 1964, she wrote a collection of poems titled Bhadragiri wherein the greatness of temple town portrayed in a lucid way. Legendary poet Dasarathi prefaced the book. In 1981, she brought out one more devotional master piece titled Ramadasu. For which, she was bestowed with a title "Abhinava Molla". It has been given by well known poet Karuna sri.

She authored almost 22 books. State government honored her with a title of VisishTa mahila puraskaram. She received innumerable honors from many organizations. Definitely, she is the most acclaimed poetess from the district of Bhadradri kothagudem. Her death came as a shock to all the poetry admirers. However, a shining star vanished physically but her spirit left a great legacy in terms of Telugu literature.

--- Murthy

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