Kadapa: Noted linguist and Telugu writer Dr Janamaddi Hanumath Sastri (88), who authored several books and played a prominent role in promoting Telugu language and literature, passed at RIMS here on Friday. He had been ailing for some time. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons. Sastri had suffered a fall in a hospital at Hyderabad, where he was admitted a month back; his spinal cord was damaged. As a result, he could not walk.
With no improvement in health and his dislike for treatment there, the family had shifted him to RIMS. The body was kept at Brown Library for his admirers and friends to pay last respects. Several poets, writers and officials rushed to the institute to pay tributes. Among those who visited RIMS to pay homage were R&B SE Manohar Reddy, Kadapa DSP Rajeshwar Reddy.
YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy telephoned the bereaved family members and conveyed his heartfelt condolences. The funeral took place in the evening. Janamaddi served the Kadapa writers’ organisation for four decades and established C P Brown Memorial Library here. He also authored several books in English.
He wrote over 2,500 articles in various newspapers and publications and authored 16 books. His works included ‘Maa Seemakavulu, ‘Life History of Ballary Raghava’, ‘Kasturi Kannada Sahitya Sourabham 2’, ‘Kadapa Samskruti- Darsaniya Stalalu’, ‘Rasavadgattalu’, ‘Manadevathalu’ besides life histories of Mokshagundam Visvesaraya and C P Brown. Also known as ‘Brown Sastri’ and ‘Sastra Sekhara’, he was recipient of many awards, including Ayyanki Vekataramanayya (Guntur), Anantapur Lalita Kala Parishat Award, Dharmavaram Kalajyoti Sirisi Anjaneyulu Award, Kadapa Savera Arts Sahiti Prapurna Award, Madanapalli Bharatamuni Kalaratna Award, Telugu University Pratibha Puraskaram and Bangalore Akhila Bharata Grandhalaya Mahasabha Puraskaram. He was presented the Lok Nayak Foundation Literary Award for the year 2010- 2011.
He was born in Rayadurgam in Anantapur district in 1926. He worked as a teacher in 1946 at Government Secondary Grade School, Bellary. After moving to Kadapa, Sastri set up C P Brown Memorial Library Trust and served as its founder-secretary. He strove ceaselessly for the library, enabling to take a firm shape. He also set up C P Brown Language Research Centre and collected 15,000 books. He organised Brown’s 200th anniversary.