About the author

No need for a special day to say thank you to our parents, who are the reason for what we're today. My parents are Smt. Andalamma Dharmapuri and Sri. Kishtaiah Dharmapuri.

My father was a farmer and branch post master in our village. Thank you Dad for showing me such a generous spirit countless times which shaped my life path in later days.

Special thanks goes to my mother for everything done for me, bringing me up with a lot of discipline, for waking me up early in the morning, teaching telugu Shatakaalu such as sumathi, vemana, narasimha etc., for making me understand padyaalu from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhgagavatam etc., and above all always motivating to learn new things.

I completed primary school education in our native village Malipuram in present Suryapet District in Telangana State. I had a lot of interest and developed strong affinity towards poetry ever since my high school days at Zilla Parishad High School (ZPHS) in our neighbouring village Tirmalgiri (near Thonda). The language subjects Telugu and Hindi were always my all time favourites in both school education and junior college education. I contributed telugu poems in our Junior College annual magazine at Nanakram Bhagwandas Science College (N B Science College), Pathergatti, Hyderabad.

I completed graduation at JNTU and post graduation at Osmania University, both in Hyderabad. Soon after my education, I joined as faculty member in the Department of Technical Education. Soon after, I got married to Sudha Rani. We are blessed with one son Abhilash and one daughter Sahithi. Few years later I went to Auckland, NewZealand and settled in IT Profession. From there I went to Washigton DC in USA on a two year project and at present settled in Melbourne, Australia permanently.

I was completely out of touch with poetry during all these life journies. Perhaps I have been navigating the waters of worldly existence and hence not had as many opportunities to enjoy the pearls of wisdom in poetic literature of Telugu. I share the joy with my friends and relatives during get-togethers and special occasions. It became like a hobby for me.  Never-the-less I still tend to compose shayaris, an elegant form of poetry expressing emotions through words. Encouragement from a few literary enthusiasts led me for the compilation of all these shayaris and bringing out in the form of book.

I also take part in Telugu and Hindi Literary functions both in Hyderabad and Melbourne. I am an active member of a Telugu Literary Group called Bhuvanavijayam in Melbourne. I am a member and also take part in Hindi Literary groups such as Sahitya Sandhya. At a later stage, all these poetic lines written at different times and intervals, have been compiled together and given a book shape as Murali Mushayira.

Kavitastralaya is a compilation of kavitas, short stories etc by a group of poets called Bhuvanavijayam in Melbourne, Australia. I am proud that I am one of the Poets in the esteemed Bhuvanavijayam Group and have been fortunate enough to contribute in these literary compilations called 'Kavitastralaya Part I' and 'Kavitastralaya Part II'. Wish some more will come in the coming days.

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