Andhe Sri

Nandi Award, Kakatiya University
Andhe Sri
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Born 1961 (age 49–50)
Occupation Poet and Lyricist

Ande Sri or Andesri ( born 1961) is an Indian poet and lyricist. He has won the Nandi Award for Best Lyricist for the Telugu film Ganga (2006).

Early life

Praja Kavi Dr. Ande Sri was born in a poor Dalit family in Rebarthi village near Jangaon in Warangal district. He grew up as an Orphan and did not have any formal education. He received an honorary doctorate from Kakatiya University.


Ande Sri worked as a shepherd at local landlords estate. He was picked up by Swami Shankar Maharaj associated with Sringeri mutt after hearing him at his village and the guru would often say Ande Sri was a Brahmin in true sense and Brahmanism comes with knowledge and not by birth. Without any formal schooling, Andesri carved a niche for himself in the hearts of the people of Andhra Pradesh with his masterpieces. His lyrics are sung across the State and many of them were instrumental in the success of Telugu movies.

Unmindful of surroundings, people love to hum or sing his works at every possible function in this region. Several times, the Ministers too have sung his most famous song ‘Gala Gala Gajjalabandi’ written in praise of the glory of Warangal. Inspired by Nature, Andesri composes lyrics spontaneously, a rare gift endowed upon him.

The rustic life, its innocence, melancholic life, birds and trees occupy prominent place through which he strives to dig deep into the philosophy of human life. For most part of the life being unlettered, he could not record his thoughts which could have created a magnum opus. Learning to write in his later years, he composed several beautiful songs which are widely acclaimed.

Hailing from a poor family in Rebarthi village of Maddur mandal, in one of his songs Palle neeku Vandanamulammo he describes the beauty of his village in a nostalgic manner. The song is so emotional and reflects a true village life and one gets tears upon listening the song. In another song, drawing a comparison between a simple bird that builds its nest on edge of tree branch and great legends and warriors, Andesri leaves a message to the present day youth who shun hard work and simple living.

A balladeer himself, he never ceases to sing and appears more energised after every rendering carrying away the young and old alike with him into a trance.

People like Andesri enrich the lives of their contemporaries by their very existence.

Untouched by commercial glamour and independent to the core, Andesri demonstrates uncompromising commitment to the cherished values of life and art

He mostly composes and sings on nature (prakruti) in Telugu with a touch of Telangana.

He leading his literary life like Triveni Sangamam with Padya Kavita, Geya Kavita and Vachana Kavita

He can recite a poem without preparation on any subject.

Honours and Awards

* A song, Maayamai Pothundamma Manishanavadu which was penned by him for the film Erra Samudram has inspired the Andhra Pradesh Universities syllabus committee to include it in the Telugu second year graduation text books for the next academic year starting in 2009. This is the third song to feature in Telugu syllabi after Maa Telugu Thalliki and Telugu Jathi Manadi in the 77 years of Telugu cinema.

* Kakatiya University conferred him an honorery doctorate for his contribution as a lyricist.
* Nandi Award for a telugu film Ganga in the best lyrics category for the song Vellipotunnava