Tripura (Telugu author)

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Born2 September 1928
Died24 May 2013, aged 85
Nationality Indian
OccupationRetired as Principal, MBB College of Tripura University, Agartala State, India
Known for Telugu language short stories

Rayasam Venkata Tripurantakeswara Rao (R.V.T.K. Rao) popularly known as Tripura is a famous Telugu short story writer of the 1960s and 1970s. He was born on 2 September 1928 [1] in Purushottampur Tehsil of Ganjam District of Orissa state, India. His father was a surgeon and worked in Government Hospital there. [2]


Tripura had his initial schooling at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and completed his M.A. (English) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in 1953. He did not complete his doctoral thesis on Graham Greene. Tripura initially worked at various places like Burma, Madanapalli, Visakhapatnam, and Jajpur, before settling down in 1960 at Tripura University, Agartala, in the North Eastern State of Tripura, India.

Education and career

High SchoolAVN College High School, Visakhapatnam ( Class of 1943 )
CollegeBanaras Hindu University, M.A.(English) in 1953
EmployerMaharaja Beer Bikramsing College, Agartala, Tripura State, India ( Retired as Principal )

R.V.T.K. Rao wrote only 13 short stories in a decade spanning from 1963 to 1973 under the pen name Tripura. Another two stories between 1990–91 [1] His short stories were first published titled Tripura Kathalu in 1980 [3] ( Reference of Tripura in the book Indian Literature by Dr. Nagendra ). [4] Collection of his poems were published titled " Tripura Kafka Kavithalu "., [5] second edition in 1999(including his latest 2 stories), a third eBook only edition in 2011(with new forward ). [1]

Tripura is one of those writers who gave a new dimension to Telugu Short Story breaking away from the traditional way of story telling. He has a distinctive style of writing dwelling on the border of poetic lines, brisk pace & brevity of words ( similar to that of Hemingway's style ), inquisitive exploration into wide range of topics sweeps ordinary reader from his feet spinning into diggy heights. ( Review of Tripura Short Stories in Telugu language by Shri Kanaka Prasad ) [6]

His short stories have brisk pace, brevity of words, allegorical references to various religious symbols and philosophical thinkings of Zen Buddhism, Christianity.

Tripura very deftly brings out various human emotions of the prothagonists, pathos, insecurities, guilt, love, joy. The backdrops of his stories span at various places in India – soldiers life in cantonments and borders; revolutionary's dilemma about his journey; etc.

Tripura's short story Subbarayudu Rahasya Jeevitam though inspired by James Thurber’s short story of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, retains the originality and nativity of a Telugu short story.

Tripura’s short stories have been acclaimed by many well-known Telugu writers like Palagummi Padma Raju, Bhamidipati Ramagopalam, Vaddera Chandidas, Revolutionary poet Nikhileswar, Abburi Gopala Krishna, Chaganti Tulasi, Vegunta Mohana Prasad, Ismile, Vakati Panduranga Rao, R.S. Sudarshan and many others dissecting his stories in the Short Stories Collection Book.

Collection of his poems was published under the title of Tripura Kafka Kadhalu. Some of his poetry was published in Swakal magazine from Agartala.

Tripura’s fans say that, "Tripura is not a famous figure, nor a popular figure, but more of a cult figure."

Tripura (R.V.T. Rao) was given The Yagalla Foundation Awards for literature, arts and service in the year 2010 at function held in Hyderabad on 11 March 2010. [7]

Tripura lived in Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He died on 24 May 2013. [8]

Published works

Short stories
Segments ( Poetry ),

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  1. 1 2 3 త్రిపుర కథలు(Tripura Kathalu) by Tripura - తెలుగు పుస్తకాలు Telugu books.
  2. "Writer Tripura dead". The Hindu. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. "Tripura kathalu". Pallavi Pablikēṣans. 13 September 1999. OL   158553M.Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. "Indian Literature". 1988.
  5. "TELUPU – Telugu Books".
  6. "మూడు లాంతర్లు – 4 – ఈమాట".
  8. "Sakshi". Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  1. Interview of Tripura on 26 November 2003
  2. Review of Tripura Kathalu in Sakshi Telugu Newspaper
  3. Segments as e-Book on Kinige Tripura Segments(Tripura Segments) By Tripura - తెలుగు పుస్తకాలు Telugu books – Kinige
  4. Footprints of Tripura :