His main seat of activity was the town Rajamahendravaram pronounced as Raja-mahendra-varam , on the banks of river Godavari. He inspired generations of reformers and purposive writers, and continues to do so. Veeresalingam awakened Andhras out of their suffocating medieval orthodox customs and superstitions. In , he established another school for girls at Innispeta in Rajamundry. The second feature of this new school was i t started admitting children from panchama SC communities too.
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Veeresalingam was born into a poor Brahmin family on 16 April at Rajamundry. His father was Subbarayudu and mother was Purnamma. He lost his father at the age of four. In spite of poverty, his mother sent him to the Government District School. He finished Matriculation in and worked as a teacher in Korangi Town. He was a reformist writer. His initial writings were in classical style of Prabandhas.
Later he became interested in erotic literature. His Abhagyopakhyanamu is a humorous satire on the Andhra society. His novel Rajasekhara Charitram was the first Telugu novel. Veeresalingam was one of the greatest personalities and earliest reformers in India to demand for radical changes in Telugu Indian society. He had a keen insight, great courage and dynamic energy. He fought against untruth and championed the cause of progress with vigor. He fought for education for women, and remarriage of widows.
He started Vivekavardhini , a monthly journal, to point out and criticize the defects in the society. He also maintained several other journals like Chintamani, Sateehitabodha, Satyasavardhani, Satyavadi etc. He established in a girls school at Dhavaleswaram to encourage women's education. In , he established another school for girls at Innispeta in Rajamundry. He ridiculed the opponents of women's education in many satires, lampoons and drama like " Brahma Vivaham. Veeresalingam developed contacts with influential British officials and other eminent citizens of Madras.
In these seminars he used to quote verses from scriptures to prove his point. The opponents of remarriage failed to prove their point and resorted to physical violence against Veeresalingam. He didn't back down and fearlessly established a Remarriage Association and sent his students nook and corner of the Andhra Nation to find young men willing to marry widows.
He arranged the first widow remarriage on December 11, Because of these reformist activities Veeresalingam became famous even abroad. The Government, in appreciation of his work, conferred on him the title of " Rao Bahadur " in Later he established a Widow Home. He also fought against the system of concubines called nauch system. Keeping concubines was regarded as a status symbol. Usually in the houses of these Davadasis, the corrupt officials made illegal deals.
So, it became a common practice to use these concubines to get favors from the officials. Veeresalingam attacked this sexual corruption in the society.
Sir Veeresalingam Kandukuri was a multifaceted personality and he reformed the society with his literature and revolutionary activities. He was a crusader and one of the greatest leaders that India ever had. History of Modern Andhra, Raghunadharao P. Sreenivasarao Vepachedu. All rights reserved. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for special medical conditions or any specific health issues or starting a new fitness regimen.
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He is considered as the father of renaissance movement in Telugu. He was one of the early social reformers who encouraged women education, remarriage of widows which was not supported by the society during his time and fought against dowry system. He also started a school in Dowlaiswaram in His novel Rajasekhara Charitramu is considered to be the first novel in Telugu literature. He often considered as Raja Rammohan Roy of Andhra. He was also known by the title Gadya Tikkana, meaning ' Tikkana of Prose'.
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