| Writer, poet|
Yagnam and Other Stories
| 9 November 1924 (age 91) (1924-11-09) Ponduru, Srikakulam, India|Kalipatnam Ramarao Wikipedia
Kalipatnam Ramarao (born 9th November 1924) known as Kara Mastar, is an Indian poet and writer known for his Telugu short stories.
Kalipatnam was born in 1924 in Ponduru, Srikakulam, India. He worked as a teacher for many years at St. Anthony's High School in Visakhapatnam and retired in 1979. Inspired by ,Kalipatnam Rama Rao, writer Yandamuri Veerendranath began his writing career. He considers him as Guru. Rama Rao's stories reflect the trials, tribulations, and occasionally the triumphs of life among the middle and lower classes of people in society. Kalipatnam is especially known for his psychological insights and his incisive analytical abilities regarding the social, economical, and political influences on daily life.
His first story, "Chitragupta", was a mini-story, written on the back of a postcard. He was not satisfied with his writing and stopped in 1955. After 8 years, he wrote "Teerpu" in 1963. He wrote many stories in the late 1960s following Teerpu", including "Yagnam", "mahadaaseervacanamu", "veerudu-mahaveerudu", "Adivaram", "Himsa", "No room", "Sneham", "Arthi", "Bhayam", "Santhi", "Chavu", "Jevvana dhara", and "Kutra". After writing "Kutra", he stopped writing. He has said that in his early days he would write a lot, but would not send them for publication as he wasn't happy with what he wrote. In later days, he wrote about one or two stories a year. His stories have since been translated into various foreign languages including Russian and English.
Kalipatnam was also a member of the executive committee of the Viplava Rachayitala Sangham. He won the "Central Cultural Academy award" in 1995, and was felicitated by Loknayak foundation (Visakhapatnam) on 18 January 2008.
In the last 15 years, Kalipatnam was active in publishing short story anthologies of other writers. He was in US in 1993, as a guest of the 9th TANA Conference - World Telugu Convention in New York (Dr. Kalasapoodi Sreenivassa Raavu and Yerramilli Padmaavathi of the literary committee were instrumental in bringing him there). This year, Kalipatnam's 90th birth anniversary was celebrated by his fans around AP. At that time, he hinted that he may start writing again.
Kalipatnam started Katha Nilayam on 22 February 1997 as a research center and library to pass on Telugu literature to subsequent generations. The center is located in Visakha 'A' colony in Srikakulam. Currently, the center houses more than 5000 weeklies, monthlies, and special additions, as well as a wide variety of Telugu magazines.Yagnam (Telugu:యజ్ఞం) (Novel)
Rutupavanaalu (Telugu:రుతుపవనాలు (Story))
Stories of KARA mastar.