Acclaimed Telugu writer and recipient of Sahitya Akademi award, Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah, passed away at a private hospital in Vijayawada on Friday. He was 79.
Subbaramaiah was reportedly suffering from a liver disease and was admitted to a private hospital recently.
He has written more than 350 stories and penned eight novels, and several of them were translated in English and other languages too.
Born in Guntur in December 1938, he had worked as a Telugu lecturer in Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada for nearly four decades, before becoming an author.
Some of his famous works include Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah Kadhalu-1, Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah Kadhalu-2 and Shishiravela.
Subbaramaiah moved to Vijayawada in the early 1950s for college education after his schooling in Ongole. He had studied at SRR and CVR Government Degree College in Vijayawada and was a student of the legendary writer Viswanatha Satyanarayana. His first story was published in 1959, according to The New Indian Express.
The late writer shot to fame with his compilation of stories Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah Kadhalu-1 for which he won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award in 2012.
Besides the Sahitya Akademi award, he won several other awards like Ravi Sastry Memorial Sahitya Puraskar, Gopichand Memorial Award and Appajyosyula Puraskar.
Several took to social media and mourned the death of the writer.
Ramanujam Parthasarathy, a colleague of Subbaramiah, who also co-edited his books shared on Facebook, â€śSubbaramaiah last spoke to me on the 11th of this month â€“ at 5 oâ€™clock in the morning. Over two decades ago, when Shri Subbaramaiah and I were colleagues at Andhra Loyola College, I had the privilege of co-editing with Paladugu Nageswari an English translation of some of his short stories, titled, 'A Rainy Day and Other Stories.' He insisted on my writing a foreword to the book, and I did so. So much for now. I'll write more about him and his works on my blog.â€ť
Expressing his condolences, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, â€śHis demise is an irreparable loss to Telugu literature.â€ť
Even Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy said, â€śPeddibhotla Subbaramaiah has a special place in Telugu literature.â€ť