The movie ‘A... Aa’, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, is based on Sulochana Rani’s novel ‘Meena’.

Popular Telugu novelist Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani passes away at 78Image source: Screenshot; TV9 Telugu/YouTube
news Literature Monday, May 21, 2018 - 14:42

Popular Telugu novelist Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani passed away in California, US on Monday. She was 78 and reportedly died of a heart stroke. Born in 1940 in Kaza village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Sulochana Rani was considered among the top fiction writers of her time.

An author of over 40 novels, her works mainly centred around human relationships.

Some of her most popular works include AagamanaAathmeeyuluAbhijataSecretaryJeevana Tarangalu and Kalala Kougili. Many of her literary works have been adapted to film and TV screenplays. Director Trivikram Srinivas’ A... Aa is based on Sulochana Rani’s novel Meena.

“While it was Kousalya Devi who ushered in the trend of film adaptations of Telugu novels with Doctor Chakravarthy, it was Sulochana’s writings that captured the fascination of the average reader since the ‘60s reflecting contemporary trends, relationships with her signature nostalgic style,” Srivathsan Nadhadur wrote in The Hindu.

Some of Sulochana Rani’s novels were serialised in Telugu magazines, a trend popular a few decades ago, with readers avidly waiting for the next issue to come out.

Telangana Chief Minister KCR said that her writings have enriched Telugu literature and that she will always be remembered for her work.

Offering condolences to Sulochana Rani, Andhra Pradesh Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy said, “Sulochana Rani has contributed immensely to Telugu literature and inspired writers for decades. I hope that her soul rests in peace.”

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