Chellapilla Venkata Sastry

(8 August 1870 - 1950 / Kadiyam, Rajahmundry, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh / India)

Biography of Chellapilla Venkata Sastry

Chellapilla Venkata Sastry poet

Chellapilla Venkata Sastry was a Telugu language poet laureate and scholar. He was one of the two poets known as Tirupati Venkata Kavulu and other being Divakarla Tirupati Sastry.

Early Life

Chellapilla Venkata Sastry was born at Kadiyam village near Rajahmundry, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India. His great grandfather's younger brother was the author of two Telugu works, Venkateswara Vilasa and Yaminipoornatilaka Vilasa.


There was a priceless library of palm leaf books at home collected by this poet. They were shifted to Yanam where he studied Telugu, English and Sanskrit. He studied under Kanukurthi Bhujanga Rao and Allamraju Subrahmanya Kaviraju. At the age of eighteen, he composed a sataka on Venkateswara of Yanam, which the local connoisseurs criticised for grammatical errors. Insulted by the episode, he was determined to go to Benaras to learn Sanskrit grammar. But finance was the problem. He also had a chronic eye problem on one side. He joined as disciple at Sripada Krishnamurthi Sastry, wherein he encountered Tirupati Sastry.

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