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Fisherman turns scholar in Telugu at Osmania University

Mancherial: Ellela Tirupathi went against all odds to serve his mother tongue. He was once forced to take up occupation of fisherman and job of a vidya volunteer. However, he is now trying to protect vanishing folk arts of Telugu in erstwhile Adilabad district by researching on them. He is now researching folk art forms of Telugu and their background at Osmania University.

Son of a fisherman belonging to Vemanapalli mandal centre, Thirupathi had quit studies and took up his traditional profession, fishing for five years after finishing Class X. Despite hurdles, he managed to earn graduation through distance mode and post-graduation at Osmania University, by topping in an entrance held for admissions. Abject poverty deterred serving his mother tongue. Thanks to his veritable passion for the language. Outstandingly, Thirupathi, got admission into Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) at Department of Telugu, by securing Junior Research Fellowship and cracking National Eligibility Test.

“My research focuses on bringing various folk art forms of Telugu Vangmayam, which were once popular in erstwhile Adilabad. The art forms include songs belted out during indigenous festival Kamuni Panduga, Jajiri, Rela, Kolatam, etc. I am gathering basis of tribal art forms and ancient arts, lifestyle,” the avid lover of Telugu told Telangana Today. Tirupati’s research would help revival of different art forms to lime light and thus bring past glory to artistes of this region, remarked one of the faculty members of the department of Telugu belonging to the varsity.


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