Renowned Writer Dr Chandrasekhara Rao Breaths His Last
Gunturu: Renowned novelist and story writer Dr V. Chandrasekhara Rao breathed his last on Saturday at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He was admitted to Banjara Hills Care Hospitals following a cardiac problem three weeks ago. He passed away while being treated for his illness. He is survived by his wife Dr Prasuna, son Ritwik and daughter Dr Pranavi.
Born in Mainampadu in Prakasam district on 14 April 1959, Dr Chandrasekhara Rao pursued MBBS in Guntur Medical College. Later he joined Indian Railways after finishing IRS and continued till he opted for voluntary retirement in May 2017.
Dr Chandrasekhara Rao had carved out a niche for himself as a story writer by skillfully and widely employing magic realism in many of his writings. A style unique to him, he left an indelible impression on Telugu story.
His compilations of stories include Mayalantaru, Drohavriksham, Lenin Place , Jeevani, Echatiki Potaveeraatri and Aidu Hamsalu. In his novels, Nalla Miriyam Chettu was well-liked by many readers. His Jeevani which was rendered into a radio play had won the first prize in the national competitions. Renowned poet K Sivareddy likened Chandrasekhar’s another novel Aakupachchani Desam to an epic song.
Several stories penned by him were translated into other languages. Besides honour from Telugu University, he received Nutalapati Gangadharam literary award, Ismail literary award, ATA award, Katha-Delhi literary honour and Kondepudi Srinivasa Rao literary award.
Literary persons Vasireddy Naveen, K Sivareddy, K Sadasiva Rao, Sikhamani, and Attada Appalanaidu were among many who paid tributes to him. Telugu University Vice-Chancellor SV Satyanarayana, IPS officer and story writer P.Sunil Kumar, Papineni Sivasankar and Ketu Viswanadha Reddy expressed grief over the sudden demise of Dr Chandrasekhara Rao.