Turning to poetry to express pain of losing his home

65-year-old farmer lost his five-acre land in Etigaddakishtapur due to Mallannasagar reservoir

“Ooru kanneru pedutunnadi. Vagulu cheruvulu sariponundaga, pantalu pande panta bhoomulani neetana munche Mallannaagarani ooranta kaneeru pedutunnadi (The entire village is weeping as our lands are being submerged with water which are cultivable and there are tanks and streams which can provide us irrigation)”.

S. Yadaiah is no poet, but life’s unexpected twists and turns have certainly turned him into one. The 65-year-old farmer owned about five acres in his village, Etigaddakishtapur, in Toguta mandal, but lost his precious land to the State government’s ambitious Mallannasagar reservoir project.

It was in 2016 that the residents of Kondapaka and Toguta mandals, where the reservoir is coming up, were informed that their villages would be submerged by the redesigned Mallannasagar and that they have to vacate what they had always known to be ‘home’. That came as a severe jolt to Yadaiah, who has since then been penning songs on the plight of the land oustees. Forget reading literature, he is not even educated, but the lines come naturally to him.

“Mullelu moottalu nettinettukuni, chanti pilallu chankanettukuni illu idichi bayalellabattiri – Maa Kishtapuram, Maa Lakshmipuramu (with their belongings on their heads and children in their arms, the women of our Kishtapuram and Lakshmipuram are leaving their homes and embarking on a new journey)”…

…“Ooru poye ellannaro maa palle poye mallannaro. Illu talambulistamnannru. Ellu ellumani police bhatulu ellagodithe ellu ledue ellamante lathi debba tappadayye. Ooru poye ellannaro maa palle poye mallannaro (Our village was lost. They have promised us houses with handing over the lock of the new houses. Even police forced us to leave the village. When we said that the houses were not ready, we were caned)”.

The beauty of Yadaiah’s poems are that they are simple yet powerful. Asked to elaborate on his poetry prowess, he hesitated to speak with this reporter, fearing that his poems might invite problems for him.

“Yadaiah has been writing and singing songs since 2016 when there was news about the submergence of his village in Mallannsagar. They are just an outlet for his emotions and that of every oustee who has been forced to leave the village. He represents the entire community of oustees and his songs our true feelings,” said S. Ashok, an oustee of Etigaddakishtapur.

Crime Today News | Telangana



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