Bhagavathula Sadasiva Sankara Sastry popularly known as Arudra was born on 31st of August 1925 at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. After his primary education at Visakhapatnam shifted to Vizianagaram for graduation. He was a great writer, lyricist, and a poet. He was a band boy in Indian Air Force from 1943 to 1947. He was shifted to Madras (now Chennai) and worked as an editor for a Telugu magazine Anandavani. He joined the film industry in the year 1949 as a lyricist and dialogue writer. His first film was Beedalapaatlu released in the year 1950 with C. Nagaiah as hero.
Below mentioned is a small list of songs/lyrics written Arudra.
“Yetiloni keratalu yeru vidachipovu yedalopali mamakaram ekkadikipodu” (Film:Uyyala jampala, Singer:M.Balamurali Krishna, Music:Pendyala)
“Kondagali thirigindi gunde voosuladindi Godavari varadalaga korika chelaregindi” (Film:Uyyala jampala)
“Muthyamantha pasupu mukhamantha chaya mutthaidukunkuma brathukantha chaya” (Film:Muthyala muggudirected by Bapu)
“Manase andala brundavanam venumadhavuni pere madhuramrutham” (Film:Manchikutumbam, Music: S P Kodandapani)
“Preminchuta pillala vanthu deevinchuta peddala vanthu Peddalu deevisthe adi pranayam vaddani vidadeesthe adi pralayam” (Film:Manchikutumbam)
“Rambha urvasi thaladanne ramanilalama evareeme” (Film:Veerabhimanyu, Music: Mahadevan)
“Yevariki vare ee lokam raroo evvaroo nee kosam” (Film:Sakshi directed by Bapu Music : Mahadevan)
“Tala tala mila mila pagatipoota vennela enduvalana o lalana enduvalana” (Film:Annapurna)
“Okaru chesina neraniki inkokaru bali nindu kapura nippulu posene vidhi jwala ragilinchuvaniki yemi thelusu kalipoye samidha badha Ee lokapautheeru inthena ilalo nyayam migilena” (Film:Annapurna, Music:Pendyala)
“Idemi lahiri idemi garadi yedarilona poolu poochi entha sandadi” (Film:eedu-Jodu, Music:Pendyala)
“Sooryuni chuttu thiriguthundi bhoogolam yedalo thirigenu yedo theliyani gandharagola (film:Eedu-Jodu)
“Akasam dinchala nelavanka thrunchala sigalo vunchala” (film:Bhaktha kannappa music director:P Adinarayana Rao)
“Manasutheera navvule navvule navvule navvali manamu roju pandaga pandaga pandage cheyali” (film:Goodhachari116 music by T Chalapathi Rao)
“Pacchani chettu okati vecchani chilakalu rendu patalu padi jogottali jo jo jo” (film:Ramu music by R Govardhanam)
“Mabbe masagesindile pogamanche therala nilichindile vooru chinaboyindile manchi chote manaku dorikindile” (film:Vayasupilichindi music by Ilayaraja)
“Nuvvadigindi yenadaina kadannana nuvurammante ekkadikaina ranannana” (film:Vayasupilichindi)
“Sreerasthoo subhamasthoo Sreekaram chuttukundi Pellipusthakam” (film:Pellipusthakam by bapu)
“Masaka masaka Cheekatilo Mallethota Venakala mapatela kalusuko nee manasaindi palukuthondi palukuthondi” (film:Devudu chesina manushulu)
“Chettulekkagalava o chenchitha guttalekkagalava chettulekki aa chitaru kommanu chiguru koya galava” (film:Chenchulakshmi)
Books by Arudra
1. Samagra Andhra Sahityam
3. Koonalamma Padalu
4. America Intintipadyalu
5. Ramudiki Seetha Yemavuthundi
6. Arudra Kathalu
8. Vemana Vedam
9. Gayalu geyalu
He was a great poet, novelist and lyrist.
List of notable films of Arudra as lyrist or as dialogue writer.
12. Eedu Jodu(1963)
13. Vuyyala Jumpala(1965)
15. Goodachari 116(1967)
17. Mosagallaku mosagadu(1971)
21. Bhaktha Kannappa(1976)
22. Maha kavi Kshetrayya(1977)
23. Dana Veera Soora Karna(1977)
26. Toorpu velle railu(1979)
In the year he married noted writer/novelist K. Ramalakshmi.
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam conffered on him Kalaprapoorna for his contribution to Telugu Culture and Telugu cinema in the year 1985.
S V University, Tirupathi honored him with Doctorate for letters in the year 1978.
This renowned poet/writer died at a Private Nursing Home in Chennai on 4th June 1998 with renal failure.
Today being Arudra’s birthday Business of Tollywood remembers this great Telugu poet on his 86th birth anniversary.