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Telugu Fiction Writer 'Chhaya Devi' passes away

Hyderabad, Jun 28 (UNI) Telugu Fiction writer Abburi Chhaya Devi passed away here on Friday.

Chaya Devi, who was born on October 13, 1933 in Rajahmundry, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, is the wife of the late Abburi Varada Rajeswara Rao, himself a writer, critic and former Chairman, Official Languages Commission.
She has won Sahitya Akademi Award in Telugu in 2005, for her work Tana Margam (Short Stories).

She is also the daughter-in-law of Abburi Ramakrishna, a pioneer of the romantic first and later the progressive literary movement.

Chhaya Devi was active in literary circles since the fifties and even in her 70s was still known as a creative feminist writer.

She also translated German fiction. Her stories have been translated into English and Spanish besides many Indian languages.

She served as librarian at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the 60s.

She was a council member of Kendra Sahitya Akademi (1998-2002).

Her works are Anaga Anaga (folk stories for children), Abburi Chaya Devi Kathalu (short stories), 1991, Mrityunjaya (long story),1993 Tana Margam (short stories-about the exploitation of women in the guise of family bonds.

The 86-year-old writer also won Ranganayakamma Pratibha Puraskaram in 2003 and Telugu University Award in 1996.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed deep condolences on the demise of Telugu Fiction writer Chhaya Devi.

In a message, the CM remembered the Sahitya Academy award recipient Late Chayadevi for her rich contribution for Telugu literature.

He expressed deep condolences to the bereaved writers’ family members.

Telugu writer’s fraternity also expressed condolence over her demise.
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