October Featured Poet: Perugu Ramakrishna

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Perugu Ramakrishna was born in Nellore and has number Haikus published in Leading Telugu journals and translated to English and has been published in about twenty web journals and sites.

Amongst his many achievements, Perugu is a recipient of the Ranjani-Kundurthi National Poetry Award (2003), received a SPSR Nellore Dist Best Literate Commendation from Dist Collector (2005), the Outstanding Intellectual of 21st Century Award from UGC Chaiman Prof.Sukhdev Thorat (2007), first prize in the Koumudi.net poetry contest Rs.4000 (2007).

More recently, he participated in the International Poetry Festival organised by Central institute of Indian Languages, the 6th International Writers Fest at Chennai and the 22nd World Congress of Poets, Larissa, Greece 2011, awarded with the Excellency poetry award.

His poetry has been broadcasted in All India Radio,Doordarshan,and other private channels like MAA TV.

Perugu is the Founder and Admin for the Indian Poetry Society, with 300Members and the International Poets Society, with 170 Members.

He lives with wife, Poetess and Teacher Perugu Sujanaramam and his two daughters.

“Promoting world peace and brotherly hood through Poetry.”


That Song …

On ocean blues
straining the heart muscles
written was that song
jana gana mana
the thuds of falling corpses
when synchronized
with the tunes of aeolian harp
played by the cruel Lord of Death
written was that song
jana gana mana
when from the other shores of the Sindhu
to the Southern shores of the Kaveri
the waves flowed with rippling sounds
of unfailing harmony
written was that song
jana gana mana
that song makes me ecstatic
those unyielding tones of land
bring me back, palm-fulls
of those moment slided into
the time’s swirling currents
jana gana mana
let me adorn my Nation with that precious crown
let me abulate my people with that nectar
and let me sing aloud that anthem
on the heart of the world
to bring back the lost peace and harmony
jana gana mana”¦!

Original in Telugu: Perugu.Ramakrishna, India ©*
Translation: MVS Sathyanarayana, India*