Somarajupalli Raghavendra Rao of SPSR Nellore district has the unique distinction of being in power for a record 24 years, as the Sarpanch of Kogili grama panchayat, Chittamuru Mandalam. He won uncontested in 1981, 1987 and 2006. 1995 election was a content, which he won with a good majority.
As per the latest available statistics, 940 village panchayats (gram panchayats) in the SPSR Nellore district are going for panchayat polls shortly. 469 of them are reserved for women while the rest are under general category. Considering caste based reservations, 487 seats are reserved for SC, ST and BC while the remaining 453 seats are under open category.
SPSR Nellore district with about 30 lakh population stood first in telecom revenues in Andhra Pradesh with annual revenue to the tune of Rs350 crore from various telecom network operators.
Telephone service started in 1962 in the district. Landline phones were a luxury in 80’s and they spread to villages by the end of 90’s. Cell phone revolution started in the district in 2003. BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) stands number one with 4.5 lakh pre-paid and post-paid connections with an infrastructure consisting of 138 telephone exchanges, 238 cell towers, 18 WLL and 32 3G towers.
Dr Bejawada Gopala Reddy of Nellore was popularly known as Andhra Tagore. Both Gopal Reddy and his wife studied at Santhiniketan established by Rabindranath Tagore. It was during this time that Gopal Reddy took a liking for Tagore’s works and translated many of his books into Telugu.
Did you know that a Nellorean was nominated for Nobel prize? Yes, Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, a great modern Telugu poet from Nellore, is the second person to have been nominated for the Nobel Literature prize for his contribution to literary field from India, the first being Rabindranath Tagore.
His magnum opus Naa Desham, Naa Prajalu (My Country, My People, Meri Dharti, Mere Log) brought Seshendra prominence as one of the outstanding poets of India and led to his nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004.
It’s that time of year again. Winged guests started arriving on a neem tree in Vennavada village, Atmakuru Mandal in SPSR Nellore district. These cranes (painted storks) fly in hundreds all the way from Nigeria, about 5000 miles away, every year to nest on the same neem tree in Vennavada village.
They come in December ever year, build their nests on the neem tree, lay eggs, hatch them, rear their young ones till they can fly and then go back to Nigeria. They stay on this tree for about six months before flying back to Nigeria. Villagers await the arrival of these birds every year and play host to these winged guests.
Kulluru village in Kaluvayi mandal of SPSR Nellore district is the birth place of a unique language without script. Kulluru language had evolved among the Kulluru based trading community to exchange trade secrets among them, in the early 20th century. Eventually everyone in the village acquired the language.
Elders in Kulluru prefer to speak the language when they meet each other even today. Alas! the language is slowly becoming extinct. I would like to post an audio clipping of the language here, if somebody can share an audio recording with me. Please help!
Vennelakanti Subba Rao from the then Nellore district wrote the first ever autobiography in English language. This 120 page autobiography was published by his son in 1873 as “The Life of Vennelacunty Soob Row – 1784-1839”. This was later translated into Telugu in 1876 by Akkiraju Ramapathi Rao.
The great Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan visited Nellore, to meet the then Nellore district collector R. Ramachandra Rao (from 1910-1914), with letters of introduction from some senior mathematicians in Madras. Mr R. Ramachandra Rao was the secretary of the Indian Mathematical Society.
Ramachandra Rao was impressed by Ramanujan’s research but doubted that it was actually his own work. Ramanujan’s friend, C. V. Rajagopalachari, persisted with Ramachandra Rao and tried to quell any doubts over Ramanujan’s academic integrity. Rao agreed to give him another chance, and he listened as Ramanujan discussed elliptic integrals, hypergeometric series, and his theory of divergent series, which Rao said ultimately “converted” him to a belief in Ramanujan’s mathematical brilliance.
When Rao asked him what he wanted, Ramanujan replied that he needed some work and financial support. Rao consented and sent him to Madras. Rao got him a clerk’s job at Madras Port Trust. Ramanujan continued his mathematical research with Rao’s help taking care of his daily needs and went on to publish his work in the Journal of Indian Mathematical Society.
ఈ సంగతి ఒక ముత్తుకూరు వాసి చెప్పగా విన్నాను. (విషయం లోకి పోయేముందు మీకు తెలియాల్సిన విషయం ఒకటుంది, అదేందంటె పిడతాపోలూరు, గాడిదవాగు అనేయి ముత్తుకూరు దగ్గర ఉన్న రెండు ఊర్ల పేర్లు. ఇంక చదవండి).
ముత్తుకూరు దగ్గర ఒక కైయ్యలొ ఒక నెరజాణ ఎదో పని చేసుకొంటొంది. అటుగా వచ్చిన ఒక పూల రంగడు (పని పాట లేని వాడు) ఆమెను ఆట పట్టిచ్చాలనుకొన్నాడు. ఆమెను ఉద్దేసించి “పిడతా! పోలూరుకి దారేది?” అని అడిగాడు అప్పుడు ఆమె “గాడిద! వాగు దాటి పొతె వస్తుంది?” అని చెప్పింది.
ఇది విన్న నాకు, RTC వారు బస్సులొ వ్రాసే “స్త్రీలను గౌరవించడం మన సాంప్రదాయం …..” అనే వాక్యం గుర్తుకొచ్చింది. స్త్రీలను గౌరవించండి, నెల్లూరి నెరజాణలని ఇంకొంచం ఎక్కువ గౌరవించండి.