Visakhapatnam: Veteran writer, Sahitya Academy Award winner and founder of Kathanilayam, Kalipatnam Ramarao popularly known as Kara Master passed away at his residence in Srikakulam on Friday. He was 97.

Ramarao was born at Murapaka village under Laveru mandal in Srikakulam district in 1924.

He was a retired school teacher, writer, and founder of the library Kathanilayam in Srikakulam where one can find Telugu stories published since 1930. The library has over 80 per cent of all short stories written in Telugu in the last 10 decades. As a policy, the library doesn't charge a fee.

Kathanilayam has emerged as a one-stop for all queries on Telugu short stories and the library has also become the first and best point of reference for many research scholars and Telugu teachers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The library has over 450 anthologies and over 2,600 collections, besides scores of books on critical appraisals of short stories and writers.

Ramarao himself has authored stories, written in a simple language, that deal with complex human relationships in villages. He shot to fame in 1964 with his story 'Yagnam'. In the story, the protagonist kills his son to finish an endless cycle of debt.

Over 20,000 old newspapers and photos of famous writers and also kept at Kathanilayam. The Telugu Academy published Katha Kosam in 2005, providing details of over 2,000 writers with the support of Katha Nilayam.

Several poets and writers recalled the great contribution of Ramarao Master to Telugu literature. Kara Master's death is a great loss to Telugu literature and north Andhra Pradesh, they said.

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