Tappeta Gullu

The chime of the anklets, rhythmic drums tied to the chests, vocals in the Uttarandhra dialect, synchronised dance moves, acrobatics, colourful clothing; in short its Tappeta gullu one of the folk performing arts. Tappeta gullu tradition initially started in the shepherd communities of North Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. Regarded as a ritualistic tradition as it is performed to appease the goddess of … Continue reading Tappeta Gullu

Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu

Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu popularly known as Yerranna among the general public is a shining jewel in the crown of Srikakulam. The name Yerranna is synonymous to a mass leader who has contributed to the cause of Srikakulam until he breathed his last. Yerran Naidu was born on 23rd February 1957, in the remote village of Nimmada in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh to Kinjarapu Dali … Continue reading Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu

Garimella Satyanarayana

“Maakoddee tella doratanamu”(We do not want this white man’s rule) are the first lines of a song that sent shivers down the spines of the British officers and were sung by every Telugu patriot during India’s independence struggle. The author of the song was arrested twice for his acts against the government which led to further outrage of the masses. The man himself was undeterred … Continue reading Garimella Satyanarayana

Sardar Gouthu Latchanna

Sardar Gouthu Latchanna (16 August 1909 – 19 April 2006) was one of Andhra’s greatest freedom fighters and the pride of Telugu people. Dr Gouthu Latchanna was born in the coastal village of Baruva  in the Sompeta mandal of the Srikakulam district Childhood for Latchanna was not easy as he was the eighth child of toddy tapper Chittaiah and his wife Rajamma. He was married to Yashodha Devi, who … Continue reading Sardar Gouthu Latchanna

Karnam Malleswari

Karnam Malleswari is widely known in India as “Iron girl of Andhra Pradesh” is the first and the only women Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal. She was born on June 1st, 1975 in Amadalavalasa, Srikakulam. Her family is just like the contemporary Phogat family from Haryana who are very famous for Wrestling. In a similar fashion, Malleswari had four sisters who were all … Continue reading Karnam Malleswari

Telugu Pidugu-Gidugu Ramamurthy

Gidugu Venkata Ramamurthy’s (1863-1940) contribution to Telugu language specifically Vaaduka Bhasha (Colloquial language) is immense. He was instrumental in deciphering the Granthika Bhasha (classical Telugu infused heavily with Sanskrit) used in text books and literature and simplifying it, such that it could be made available to the masses. In the process he managed to bring to the forefront the beauty and lucidity of the colloquial … Continue reading Telugu Pidugu-Gidugu Ramamurthy

Telineelapuram Bird Sanctuary

Telineelapuram is a little village of just 500 people in the Tekkali Mandal of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. Every year from the month of August until April the village gets transformed due to visitors from distant lands. These visitors make it all the way from Siberia, traversing the vast Siberian wilderness, over central Asia, the mighty Himalayas making their way into the warmer climes … Continue reading Telineelapuram Bird Sanctuary