Kalipatnam Ramarao

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Kalipatnam Ramarao
Kalipatnam Ramarao 02.jpg
Born (1924-11-09) 9 November 1924 (age 94)
Other namesKara Mastar
OccupationWriter, poet

Kalipatnam Ramarao (born 9 November 1924)[1] known as Kara Mastar, is an Indian poet and writer known for his Telugu short stories.


Kalipatnam was born in 1924 in Ponduru, Srikakulam, India. He worked as a teacher for many years at St. Anthony's High School in Visakhapatnam and retired in 1979. Inspired by ,Kalipatnam Rama Rao, writer Yandamuri Veerendranath began his writing career. He considers him as Guru. Rama Rao's stories reflect the trials, tribulations, and occasionally the triumphs of life among the middle and lower classes of people in society. Kalipatnam is especially known for his psychological insights and his incisive analytical abilities regarding the social, economical, and political influences on daily life.

His first story, "Chitragupta", was a mini-story, written on the back of a postcard. He was not satisfied with his writing and stopped in 1955. After 8 years, he wrote "Teerpu" in 1963. He wrote many stories in the late 1960s following "Teerpu", including "Yagnam", "mahadaaseervacanamu", "veerudu-mahaveerudu", "Adivaram", "Himsa", "No room", "Sneham", "Arthi", "Bhayam", "Santhi", "Chavu", "Jevvana dhara", and "Kutra". After writing "Kutra", he stopped writing. He has said that in his early days he would write a lot, but would not send them for publication as he wasn't happy with what he wrote. In later days, he wrote about one or two stories a year. His stories have since been translated into various foreign languages including Russian and English.

Kalipatnam was also a member of the executive committee of the Viplava Rachayitala Sangham. He won the "Central Cultural Academy award" in 1995, and was felicitated by Loknayak foundation (Visakhapatnam) on 18 January 2008.

Kalipatnam Ramarao talking in 25 years Telugu Story book Inauguration


In the last 15 years, Kalipatnam was active in publishing short story anthologies of other writers. He was in US in 1993, as a guest of the 9th TANA Conference - World Telugu Convention in New York (Dr. Kalasapoodi Sreenivassa Raavu and Yerramilli Padmaavathi of the literary committee were instrumental in bringing him there). This year, Kalipatnam's 90th birth anniversary was celebrated by his fans around AP. At that time, he hinted that he may start writing again.

Kalipatnam Ramarao with writer K. Shivareddy

Katha Nilayam[edit]

Kalipatnam started Katha Nilayam on 22 February 1997 as a research center and library to pass on Telugu literature to subsequent generations.[2] The center is located in Visakha 'A' colony in Srikakulam.[3] Currently, the center houses more than 5000 weeklies, monthlies, and special additions, as well as a wide variety of Telugu magazines.[4]

Written works[edit]

  • Yagnam (Telugu:యజ్ఞం) (Novel)
  • Abhimanalu (Telugu:అభిమానాలు)
  • Ragamayi (Telugu:రాగమయి)
  • Jeevadhara (Telugu:జీవధార)
  • Rutupavanaalu (Telugu:రుతుపవనాలు (Story))
  • Stories of KARA mastar.


  1. ^ History of Kalipatnam Ramarao
  2. ^ Pradesh, Andhra (26 November 2011). "'Katha Nilayam' to go hi-tech". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  3. ^ The message of Loksabha speaker in the felicitaion of Kalipatnam ramarao Shri Kalipatnam Rama Rao, affectionately called ‘Ka Ra Mastaru’ in the Telugu literary world, is one such luminary who has had an ennobling literary career spanning nearly six decades. .. Shri Rama Rao’s writings reflect the social milieu of his own moorings, of the real life, experiences and difficulties he encountered in his younger days. It is these real-life experiences that equipped him to view the society around him with a critical eye, distancing himself from the class and caste system prevalent then and with immense love and affection for the poor and the downtrodden. His great story ‘Yagnam’ which he wrote way back in 1964, for which he was honoured with the prestigious the Central Sahitya Academy Award, poignantly depicted the feudal set up in a village. Shri Rama Rao’s stories are indeed incisive reflections on the social structure, conditions and class system of the times which unfortunately conditioned social behaviour and preferences than other higher values. In fact, Shri Rama Rao’s stories have left a deep impact on the readers and his felicitous writings have won him a very large number of admirers. Thanks to the translation of his works into Russian, English and many Indian languages, his stories have touched a deep chord among people far and wide.
  4. ^ Prasada Sarma, G.V. (1 December 2000). "Unique effort to preserve Telugu fiction". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 November 2012.

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