Ramachandrasastri Marepalli (1874-1951)
Ramachandrasastri Marepalli was a poet and a pundit in
English, Sanskrit and Telugu languages. He was able to perform "ashtaavadhaana".
He founded several schools including Ayurveda schools, Vedic schools, girls'
schools, night schools etc. He established "kalaabhilaasha kaavyamaala" and
published several books. He also established libraries and participated in
library movement. He was one of the editors of "grandhaalaya sarvasva patrika."
His works include poetry, prose, stories, Harikathas (Stories of the Supreme
Being), essays etc. He recognized the importance of informal language (vaadukabhaasha).
He was a social reformer also. He worked to eradicate child marriages, encouraged
widow marriages, attempted rehabilitation of prostitutes, encouraged downtrodden
by establishing schools for them, tried to eradicate segregation, established
hospitals etc. He also encouraged handicrafts and craftsmen by providing support.
He recognized the destruction of native religions due to Christian missionaries
and tried to protect the endangered native religions. For that purpose, he
established Haindava-hita-sabha and began Sri Ramanavami celebrations to
reinvigorate the native religions.
He was also a freedom fighter. He joined Andhra mahaasabha and worked for
a separate state of Andhra from Madras province. He founded "swaraajya samiti",
participated in freedom movement of India, gave lectures in every village
in Andhra, participated in uppu satyaagraha (salt civil disobedience) and
went to jail. He was one of the eminent Andhra leaders of that era.
Source: "naa vaagnmaya mitrulu
" by Kameswararao Tekumalla.