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Telugu research is her cup of tea



K. Malayavasini

The eminent litterateur, Appala Someswara Sarma, described her as `Suthnirvisesha' (darling daughter) in his benediction showered at the time of her Shashtipurthi celebration. Many a close associate of hers, besides some reputed scholars, including those who had worked and have been still working under her for M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees hail her `Sudhaanirvisesha' (nectar-like endearment). All of them without exception feel that any literary congregation worth its name loses the attribute of repletion sans her presence and indulgence.

That is Prof.K. Malayavasini, who brought enduring name and fame to the families of Aandra on the paternal side and Kolavennu, her in-laws. Her husband Vithal Murthy himself was a much sought after professor in the Andhra University Department of Metereology and Oceanography and headed it for a couple of years before he retired. His `ardhangi' in letter and spirit, Malayavaasini, more meritoriously retired at 60 as a professor and Head of the Department of Telugu of the same university in October last.

Her father, the late Seshagiri Rao, was a reputed writer-journalist and editor of some of the noted dailies and weeklies of yore. Her mother Chintamani stands hailed an exemplary symbolism of a `Bharatiya grihini upholding the values of Sanathana Dharma.

An enviable achiever of the first class first rank at the B.A. (Hons.) and M.A., both in Telugu, Malayavasini worked as a lecturer in Maris Stella Women's College at Vijayawada during 1965-66, Smt. Kandukuri Rajyalakshmi Degree College at Rajahmundry in 1970-71 before she joined the AU Department of Telugu as a Junior Research Fellow of the University Grants Commission in 1971 and as a post-doctoral Senior Research Fellow of UGC at Gujarat University during 1972-75 where she proved her excellence for the notable research work on the project `Telugu Ramayanamula pai Jaina Ramayanamula prabhavamu'.

Having had no occasion to look back in spite of the family routine and the associated problems of pietistic fulfilment of the responsibilities of looking after the children and her old parents, Malayavasini as a lecturer during 1975-86, Reader (now redesignated as Associate Professor) during 1986-90, Professor and later as HoD for a couple of years, stood hailed an exemplar not only in `adhyayana' (learning) and `adhyaapana (teaching) but also an `adviteeya parisodhaka (researcher par excellence). She meritoriously guided 23 scholars leading to the M.Phil. and 27 to Ph.D. degrees of which the theses on `Lalitha Vagdhuryudu - Lakshmana Kavi varenyudu' by B.V. Ramana Murthy, `Toorpu Godavari Jilla Grama Devathalu' by M. Ramakrishna and `Annamacharyulu - Nritya Kalaabhignatha' by S. Sarada Poorna were awarded gold medals.

No wonder, Malayavasini won the awards of best researcher from the AU in 1990, best teacher from the AP Government and Kavitraya Puraskaram as well in the same year.

She successfully organised two UGC national seminars on Telugu literature and three more such conferences when she was the HoD during 1989-92. She was a member of the boards of studies of Osmania, Padmavathi Mahila, Banaras Hindu, Kakatiya, Berhampur and Sambalpur universities, besides being in the same capacity for many a degree college in and outside AP.

An awardee of numerous puraskars at the State and national level, she is credited with published works of her own, `Andhra Vaangmayamu-Ramayanamu', `Andhra Janapada Sahityam', `Vividha Bharatiya Bhashalalo Ramayanamu', `Sri Rama Navami', `Puvvulu', `Andhra Kavayitrulu', `Andhra Bala Vikatakavitha Vinodini', `Andhra Sahitya Charitra' for children and `Bharathavani', besides 200 published articles and about 80 talks over all studios of Akashvani in the State.

By choice, she participated in Telugu literary sabhas held at Wisconsin University in 1982, Atlanta (ATA)-2000, Chicago (Telugu Jagathi), Vedic mahasabhas at Los Angeles and Chicago (ATA), USA in the same year.

With all her three children well settled in the US in research oriented positions, Malayavasini and her husband Vithal Murthy are happily engaging themselves in highly philomathic, philosophical and religious activity.

A. R. S.

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