Chandala Kesavadasu’s Birth Anniversary
15 Dec

Chandala Kesavadasu’s Birth Anniversary: Renowned poet Chandala Kesava Dasu birth anniversary will now officially celebrated by the Telangana Government. Kesavadasu, hailed from the Jakkepalli village in Khammam district, was born on June 20. For those who don’t know, Chandala Kesava Dasu was widely regarded as the first lyricist in the history of the Telugu Film Industry. Kesavadasu penned songs for Bhakta Prahlada.

Kesavadasu was a disciple of legendary Telugu vocalist Papatla Kanthaiah. Kesavadasu wrote poetic verses and lyrics for the film ‘Bhaktha Prahalada’ that released in 1932. The honour of writing the first Telugu song ‘Thanayaa ithulan thagaduraa palukaa’ in Bhakta Prahlada goes to this poet.

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Later on, this iconic lyricist Kesavadasu penned several hit songs for many Telugu hit classic films such as Srikrishna Thulabharam, Kanakathara, Radhakrishna, Sati Sakkubai, Lanka Dahanam and Seetarama Kalyanam etc. The curtain-raiser song ‘Parabrahma Paramesa’ which is used before the commencement of a Telugu play was also penned by Kesavadasu. The legendary poet breathed his last on May 14, 1956 in Bhadrachalam.