Hyderabad: Devi priya the well-known telugu poet and write bagged the Sahitya Academy Award 2017, for his book Gaali Rangu. Devi Priya is a noted cartoonist. Devi Priya, who came from Tadikonda, is known as the father of the Telugu poetic cartoon strip. Some of his writings Amma Chettu (Mother tree), Neeti Putta (the watery pit), Chepa Chiluka (Fish parrot), Tuphanu Tummeda (Stormy Petrel), Gareebu Geetaalu (Poor man’s songs), Samajananda Svaami.
Popular Telugu writer Venna Vallabha Rao bagged the Sahitya Academy award for translation for his Viramam Erugani Payanam. These awards will be presented in February next year.