Veteran poet Devi Priya passes away at 71, CM and others mourn

Chairman of Telangana Sahitya Academy Nandini Siddareddy and TUWJ secretary Virahat Ali are placing wreath on the body of Devi Priya

A veteran journalist, writer, poet and a recipient of Sahitya Academy Award Devi Priya breathed his last while undergoing treatment at NIMS hospital today. He is 71 and survived by a son and daughter.


Born in Tadikonda in Guntur district. He was awarded Central Sahitya Academy Award for his ‘Gaali Rangu’ book in 2017 and his ‘Running Commentary’ column in Udhayam during his stint as a journalist received accolades. His several other works include ‘Gareebi Geethalu’, Amma Chettu Chepa Chiluka’ etc.

His body has been shifted to Rachakonda Towers in Alwal. Final rites would be held today. Several Journalists, writers, poets, politicians are paying tributes to the literary legend and mourned at his demise.

Chairman of the Telangana Media Academy expressed his grief over the death of Devi Priya. He said with the exit of Devi Priya a void has been created in the world of literature.

The Secretary of TUWJ Virahat Ali and Chairman of Telangana Sahitya Academy Nandini Siddareddy have visited the residence and placed a wreath on his body.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao while mourning at his death said Devipriya through his writings, poetry and columns tried to enhance the social awareness. The CM said among the works of Devipriya, “Gali Rangu” stands apart as a representative work of his calibre as a writer. The CM conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family.

The others who paid respects include Ministers Harish Rao, Errebelli Dayakar Rao etc.