Biographical sketch of
Late SRI PAMULAPARTHI SADASIVA RAO
(Citation by Professor K. Stharama Rao of Kakatiya University, Warangal on the eve of 5th Endowment Lecture in memory of late Sri Pamulaparthi Sadasiva Rao held on 02-03-2013 at Seminar Hall, Kakatiya University. Justice Dr. Y. Bhaskar Rao, Lokayukta, Karnataka & Former Chief Jusice, Karnataka High Court, who was the Chief Guest gave a talk on ‘Democracy, Governance and Corruption’)
Sri Pamulaparthi Sadasiva Rao was a veteran Journalist, Thinker, Ideologue, Linguist, Art critic and Musicologist. He was a multidimensional personality and was considered as a walking encyclopedia and no subject was free from his scrutiny. He had an uncompromising sense of standards and research discipline. During his life period thousands of persons of different age groups and from various fields used to approach him for his guidance on multifarious topics and as an Encyclopedia, he used to give them a detailed analytical and independent interpretation of the subject concerned.
(1) Sri Pamulaparthi Sadasiva Rao was born on 17th of July, 1921 in Warangal to parents Durgabai and Hanumantha Rao. He had his scholastic education in the then Collegiate High School, Hanamkonda in Warangal district, which was the only college offering intermediate course at that time of Nizam rule of Hyderabad state apart from City college of Hyderbad.
(2) During the days of his schooling, he met his cousin, Sri P V Narasimha Rao, who became later the first south Indian prime minister of India. Their friendship bloomed since then into a rich garden, and in the process produced a beautiful fruit in the form of ‘Kakatiya Patrika’. It was started in 1948 and Sri Sadasiva Rao edited the weekly, with Narasimha Rao contributing very significantly to it. PV and Sadasiva Rao used to contribute articles under the pen-name of Jaya-Vijaya which were very popular during those times. These two cousins wrote many articles in Telugu assuming multiple nome de plumes.
(3) In 1945, Sri Sadasiva rao started ‘Kakatiya Kala Samithi’, an association devoted for the promotion and propagation of stage play, literature, fine arts and classical music. The Samithi used to organize every year for 3 days ‘Thyagaraja mahostavaalu’, which included the seminars on literature, art and music and conducting competitions on painting, dramas, music concerts.
(4) Sri Sadasiva Rao was one of the pioneers of journalism in Warangal. Kakatiya patrika (from 1948 to 1955) captured the hearts of many literary enthusiasts and noted local artists and politicians. It was considered as School of Journalism and many young journalists got anointed through this magazine. Later on, Sadasiva Rao wrote articles in ‘Vishva Jyothi’ monthly magazine, and ‘Dharma Bhoomi’ a telugu fortnightly between 1960–70. His knowledge spanned across a multitude of subjects like Marxism, World History, Hindu Philosophy, Classical Hindustani and Carnatic music, Theatre and playwrights among others. His essays included now and then, the details of certain nuggets of these subjects
(5) He authored the thought provoking books on philosophy and art and his books in Telugu entitled ‘Tatwasasthra pradhamika Pathalu’ (Fundamentals of Philosophy), ‘Charitra, Samskruthi and kala’ (History, Culture and Art) were quite popular among elite circles. He translated Maurice Cornforth’s Theory of Knowledge into Telugu as Gnana Siddhantam with an original exposition.
(6) He was one of the members of the editorial board of Sandesham, a magazine meant for the propogation of Dialectical Materialism. At the same time he did not hesitate to write comparing the extremes of Dialectical Materialism and Adi Sankara’s Advaita philosophy with convincing logic. His writings radiate with rare insights, robust common sense and scintillating wit. He believed Marxism should be studied in Indian context. He reviewed both classical poetry and modern poetry including Digambara Kavulu for various papers and books. Many research scholars in Telugu and English used to consult him and benefit by his refreshing insights.
(7) He was a fierce crusader in the freedom struggle and an ardent supporter of human rights. He was an authority on both Indian Philosophy and Ideology of Marxism. In spite of ideological differences Pamulaparthi and PV used to love each other and later on when he became part of Government, PV used to seek his critical and analytical views before taking any important decisions.
(8) Sri Sadasiva Rao was brain behind in the conduct of ‘Pothana Panchashati celebrations’ successfully in Warangal in 1982.. He was responsible for the establishment of Pothana Vijnaana Peetham.
(9) He was actively associated with Vidyaranya Vidwat Goshti conducted by Kakatiya University, Warangal in 1988, in which his authoritative paper on Vidyaranya’s philosophy received accolades from scholars. It was published in the book Vidyaranya Bharathi published by the University.
(10) Even during the far end of his life and inspite of ill health, from 1990 he delivered a series of lectures on Indian culture, philosophy, history, and fine arts on the lawns in the garden of Dr.Sampath Raja Ram, naming it as ‘Naimisharanya’, for about five years.
(11) Sri Rao exemplified the Gandhian dictum: “Simple living and high thinking”. He had greatly influenced the intellectual milieu of this region with his towering personality.
(12) Having lived a contented life of 76 years, he passed away on August 26,1996, succumbing to the cancer, attributed to his habit of the incessant smoking of cigarettes