On Kaloji Narayana Rao’s birth anniversary, a cultural marvel, Kaloji Kalakshetram, is set to be unveiled in Warangal.

The Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA), Warangal is making preparations for the grand inauguration of Kaloji Kalakshetram, a versatile cultural convention center, scheduled for September 9, coinciding with the birth anniversary of renowned poet Kaloji Narayana Rao. The auditorium’s construction cost totals approximately Rs 75 crore, and it is a significant component of the State government’s initiative to enhance the historical and cultural heritage of Warangal city.

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Recent inspections by West MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar, Collector Sikta Patnaik, and KUDA officials revealed ongoing construction works, with an emphasis on expediting the project. The construction faced delays, primarily due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a nearly three-year pause. However, under the directives of IT Minister KT Rama Rao, the project received a substantial boost.

The Kalakshetram structure comprises an auditorium and various other facilities, with a capacity to accommodate up to 1500 attendees. It is situated on a sprawling 4.25-acre parcel within the KUDA grounds, near the bus station, Hanamkonda.

In response to the formation of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced the construction of a modern auditorium in honor of ‘Praja Kavi’ Kaloji Narayana Rao, a fervent supporter of Telangana statehood.

A senior official explained, “Renowned architect Hafeez Contractor designed this edifice with a grand vision, aiming to enhance Warangal city’s cultural appeal and establish it as a cultural hub. The four-story structure includes an auditorium with 1500 seating capacity, a mini meeting hall, dining facilities, VIP suites, an art gallery, library, offices, lobby, kitchen, and storage areas, all equipped with state-of-the-art amenities.”

The highly anticipated inauguration of the Kalakshetram is expected to be conducted by Minister Rama Rao. However, sources suggest that the completion of all pending work may necessitate an additional two months before the facility becomes fully operational.

Kaloji Narayana Rao: A Remarkable Indian Freedom Fighter and Writer

Early Life and Introduction

  • Kaloji Narayana Rao was born on September 9, 1914, in Madikonda village, Warangal district, in Andhra Pradesh (A.P.).
  • He was affectionately known as Kaloji or Kalanna.
  • Kaloji was a famous freedom fighter and a political activist from Telangana.
  • He received the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award for his exceptional contributions.

Influences and Early Activism

  • When he was a student, Kaloji was influenced by important movements like the Arya Samaj movement.
  • He was also inspired by the civil rights movement, the Library Movement, and the Andhra Maha Sabha.
  • Kaloji’s elder brother, Rameshwar Rao Kaloji, who was a well-known Urdu poet, played a significant role in shaping his personality.
  • He actively participated in the Andhra Mahasabha and the Arya Samaj.
  • Kaloji also took part in the liberation movement against the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Dedication to Social and Literary Causes

  • Kaloji was deeply connected to the people and earned the title “Praja Kavi,” which means “People’s Poet.”
  • He started writing poems when he was very young, in 1931, after being moved by the execution of Bhagat Singh.
  • His writings covered various topics and included poems, stories, and translations.
  • One of his notable works is ‘Na Godava,’ a collection of poems that Sri Dasaradhi, a great Telugu poet, called “a commentary on contemporary history.”
  • He also wrote in Marathi, English, Urdu, and Hindi and translated literary works into Telugu.

Political Engagement and Recognition

  • Kaloji served as a member of the AP Legislative Council from 1958 to 1960.
  • He was a founding member of Andhra Saraswatha Parishathu and a member of the Sahitya Academy Andhra Pradesh.
  • Kaloji also held the position of president of Telangana Rachayitala Sangham and was part of the Glossary Committee from 1957 to 1961.
  • His outstanding literary and social contributions earned him the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India, and the Tamrapatra in 1972.
  • He received the award for the best translation by the Government of A.P. for his work ‘Jeevana Gita’ in 1968.
  • Kaloji was also posthumously honored by the Government of A.P. in 1981.
  • He was given the title ‘Praja Kavi’ and received recognition from numerous literary associations in A.P.
  • In 1992, Kakatiya University, Warangal, conferred an honorary doctorate on Kaloji for his literary contributions.

Kaloji Narayana Rao Health University

  • Kaloji Narayana Rao Health University is a special place dedicated to health education and research.
  • It’s named after the great Kaloji Narayana Rao to honor his selfless service to society.
  • The university plays a crucial role in training healthcare professionals and advancing medical knowledge.

Inspiring Selfless Service

  • After his passing, Kaloji Narayana Rao donated his body to Kakatiya Medical College.
  • This selfless act inspired many people to consider donating their bodies for medical purposes.
  • Kaloji’s legacy continues to inspire acts of kindness and service to others.

Kaloji Narayana Rao was not only a freedom fighter but also a prolific writer who used his words to inspire and bring about change. His dedication to social causes and literary excellence earned him numerous awards and recognition. He will always be remembered for his contributions to India and the inspiration he provided to future generations.

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