Popular Telugu novelist and writer Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani (78) passed away in California, US on Monday. She was a veteran writer, who scripted a new era in Telugu fictional literature. Several of her stories were adapted into television serials and films. Sulochana, who hailed from Kaza village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, reportedly died of a heart stroke.

Rani was residing with her daughter Sailaja in Cupertino Township of California. According to the sources, she had been staying with her daughter for last one-and-a-half month.

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Sulochana Rani was among the top fiction writers of her time. Along with writers like Arikepudi Kousalya Devi and Ranganayakamma, Sulochana scripted a new trend in Telugu literature and became a household name among middle-class sections.

Critics often identify her as the early reflection of feminism that existed in Telugu mainstream literature.

Sulochana Rani had been the highest paid writer of her time.

A family friend and director of Emesco Publications, Vijay Kumar, said, “She used to donate her royalty money for charity, mostly for the welfare of street kids.”

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Trivikram’s A..Aa was her last contribution for the films. The film was partially inspired by her novel Meena. Some of her famous works include Murali KrishnaRadha Krishna, Jeevana Tarangalu, Premalekhalu, Secretary.

Her novel Secretary was adapted as a film, which was also successful commercially. Till now, the novel has been reprinted about 90 times.

Offering condolences, Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “Saddened by the news of passing away of Telugu novelist Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani.”

Expressing sadness and condolences to Sulochana Rani’s death, Andhra Pradesh Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy said, “Sulochana Rani has contributed immensely to Telugu literature and inspired writers for decades. I hope that her soul rests in peace.”

Also Telangana Chief Minister KCR said that her writings have enhanced Telugu literature. She will always be remembered for her great contribution.

Her death had led Telugu readers and writers teary-eyed. A lot of her Telugu fans, readers and writers tweeted on social media to pay tributes to her.

Picture Credit: Oneindia Telugu

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