Sri Mullapudi Venkataramana, the writer half of the famous team of Bapu-Ramana, passed away on the 23rd February. As a child, I had seen and heard my parents go gaga over their creations – from stories to cartoons to films. To many Andhraites, Bapu-Ramana are Gods and their friendship through thick and thin for more than 50 years is considered the epitome of dosti. Non-Andhraites would know the duo as the team behind Hindi films like Hum Paanch, a multi-starrer adaptation of the Mahabharata in a rural setting. Last year, when in Chennai, my father called up Venkataramana gaaru, chancing his luck to see if he could meet his idol; my parents ended up spending more than 4 hours with them. My parents came away impressed by the humility of the two gentlemen and their families. In fact, they liked the idea of a Telugu book library in Pune that they donated few books to the library as their contribution to Tender Leaves. My father, who is a popular Telugu blogger, has blogged about Sri Mullapudi Venkataramana. (Written in Telugu)
Telugu literature and film-world will never be the same. May his soul rest in peace.