KALOJI NARAYANA RAO
Kaloji Narayana Rao born on 9th September 1914 at Madikonda village of Warangal district A.P. Popularly known as Kaloji or Kalanna is a well known freedom fighter of India and a political activist of Telangana. He is known for his contributions in the social and literary. He won Padma Vibhushan.
During his student days and later, was heavily influenced by the movements of the time as the Arya Samaj movement, especially the civil rights of it, the Library Movement and the Movement of Andhra Maha Sabha. The care and brotherly kindness of his elder brother Rameshwar Rao Kaloji, a prominent Urdu poet, has also played a vital role in shaping the personality of Kaloji. He participated in the activities of Andhra Mahasabha since its inception in 1934. He was also associated with the Arya Samaj. He actively participated in the liberation movement of the former state of Hyderabad and was remanded in custody under the Nizam. He has also participated in various social, political and literary of A.P.
Their active participation of the masses and their problems and their relentless struggle for emancipation, of course, have won in the same way people love and the wrath of the powers. He is one of those select fighters for freedom in our country who were imprisoned by the feudal lords and foreign rulers before achieving independence for India and Indian leaders since then.
Kaloji had the title Praja Kavi was closer to his heart, and that led him closer to the people. He began writing poetry since his early school days. He composed his first poem in 1931 while still in his teens, react emotionally to the execution of Bhagat Singh and soon became a prominent writer and voracious reader. His writings are very varied, as are numerous. These include Na Godava, a collection of his poems in eight volumes, stories and translations. Na Kaloji of Godava is unique both in style and content. The great Telugu poet Sri Dasaradhi called it "a commentary on contemporary history." This is essentially the poetry of dissent and eloquent testimony to his concern for reform and the courage to rebel. His other notable literary works are 'Kaloji Kathalu', 'Vijayam Thudi Manadi Jayam', 'Vyavam Parthiva' and 'Telangana Udyama Kavithalu', and translations, entitled "Na Bharata Desha Yatra ' and ' Jeevana Gita '. He also wrote extensively in Marathi, English, Urdu and Hindi. He also translated many literary works from other languages into Telugu.
He was a member of the AP Legislative Council during 1958-1960. A founding member of Andhra Saraswatha Parishathu and member of the Sahitya Academy Andhra Pradesh. He was president of Telangana Rachayitala Sangham and was a member of the Glossary Committee during the period 1957-1961.
Kaloji was conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the highest award given in the second place by the Government of India, for his excellent service in the literary and social. He is a recipient of Tamrapatra in 1972. He received the award for the best translation of the Government of A.P., for 'Jeevana Gita' work in 1968 and Ramakrishna Rao Burgula first posthumous tribute was congratulated by the Government of A.P., in 1981. He was honored with 'Praja Kavi' title and has welcomed several literary associations of A.P. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Kakatiya University, Warangal in 1992 for his contributions in the field of literature.
Kaloji donated his body to Kakatiya Medical College after his death that inspired thousands of people to selfless service.