Abburi Chayadevi

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Abburi Chayadevi (13 October 1933 in Rajahmundry, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh[1] – 28 June 2019 in Hyderabad, Telangana) was a Telugu Indian fiction writer. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award in Telugu for the Year 2005, for her work Tana Margam (Short Stories).[2][3]


Chaya 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.[4] She served as librarian at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the sixties.[3]

She was a council member of Kendra Sahitya Akademi (1998-2002).[1]

Chayadevi's husband, Abburi Varadarajeswara Rao, was a writer, critic and former Chairman of the Official Languages Commission.

She was also the daughter-in-law of Abburi Ramakrishna Rao, a pioneer of the romantic first and later the progressive literary movement.[3]


  • Anaga Anaga (folk stories for children)[1]
  • Abburi Chaya Devi Kathalu(short stories), 1991[1]
  • Mrityunjaya(long story),1993[4]
  • Tana Margam(short stories-about the exploitation of women in the guise of family bonds.[2]
  • Mana Jeevithalu-Jiddu Krishnamurti Vyakhyanalu–3(Translated)[5]
  • Parichita Lekha published as an anthology (Translation of stories by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig)[6]
  • Bonsai Batukulu [Bonsai Lives] portrays the life of women who live mechanically under the control of family members.[6] Conclusion


  • Ranganayakamma Pratibha Puraskaram,2003[1]
  • Telugu University Award, 1996[1]
  • Sahitya Akademi Award in Telugu for the Year 2005[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dutt, Kartik Chandra (1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. ISBN 9788126008735.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sahitya Akademi Awards 2005 - General Information - Know India: National Portal of India Archived 22 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sahitya Akademi award for Abburi Chaya Devi". The Hindu. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 6 October 2018.[dead link]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Women's Writing
  5. "KANNADA". The Hindu. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Welcome to Muse India". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
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