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Sitaramayya Sattiraju (1864-1945)Born in his grandfather's village Kavitamu, Sitaramayya Sattiraju grew up in Kanteru village in West Godavari district of Coastal Andhra region, part of the former British Madras province. His father Ramanna was famous as annapu Ramanna for his daily food (annamu) distribution to the poor. His mother Sitamma was very supportive of the food distribution. Sitaramayya's wife Venkatratnamu was daughter of Sitaramayya Pendyala.
He was educated in his native place Kanteru, Maruteru and Rajamahendravaram. After Matriculation, he joined the same school as a teacher to help his siblings' education. Later he became a lawyer and practiced in Eluru. He was elected a Municipal Councilor of Eluru. Although he was a very busy pleader, he was also very much interested in journalism. In 1891, he worked as a journalist for Andhra Patrika published from Madras (now Chennai), the capital city of the British Madras province. In 1892, he founded a journal called Law Vaartamani and started publishing High Court Judgments in Telugu. He started another journal called desopakari and sent it free to the interested. In 1902, he started another journal hindu sundari for women. In 1905, he moved to his native village Kanteru and continued to publish his journals for some time. As things became difficult financially, he gave up on his press and journals. He spent the rest of his life serving the society as member of various boards. He was commended for his service as the president of Kanteru panchayati board by Ayyangar and Rutherford, officials of the British India.
One of his many interests was collection of histories of Brahmin families. He spent at least thirty years in researching and collecting valuable information on Brahmin families. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough money to publish that work in the end and he was too proud to ask for funds. Hoping to get some voluntary help from fellow Brahmins and other charities, he attempted to publish the histories of Brahmin families in a journal at the age of 72. However, it was never completed and remained unpublished and wasted. Surprisingly, there is neither awareness nor interest among Brahmins in researching and publishing their culture and history even today. "Without passion there might be no errors, but without passion there would certainly be no history," said C. V. Wedgwood, while Herbert Hoover said, "The supreme purpose of history is a better world."
Sitaramayya's other works include vinodavaahini, paaTala bhaaratam, vanTalakka, vikaTadaasu, vintalamaari veeramma, subhadra, saavitri charitra, sudakshina charitra, benDapudi annamantri charitra etc.
Source: naa vaangmaya mitrulu, Kameswararao Tekumalla
A man rising in the world is not concerned with history; he is too busy making it. But a citizen with a fixed place in the community wants to acquire a glorious past just as he acquires antique furniture. By that past he is reassured of his present importance; in it he finds strength to face the dangers that lie in front of him.
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
Robert Penn Warren
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
The supreme purpose of history is a better world.
A page of history is worth a volume of logic.
O. W. Holmes
Happy people have no history.
Om! Asatoma Sadgamaya, Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritamgamaya, Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih!
(Om! Lead the world from wrong path to the right path, from ignorance to knowledge, from mortality to immortality and peace!)
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