logo image Visual & Oral history of the Indian Subcontinent via family archives

32 – A Telugu family

The group photo at my father’s elder brother, Gadepally Suryaprakasam's wedding, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. 1913

Image and text contribution by Lt Col (Retd) Dr. G.Kameswararao, Secundarabad

This photograph is a wedding group photo of my  father’s elder  brother, Gadepally Suryaprakasam (also known as Surya Prakasarao). It was photographed at  Kakinada, then known as Coconada, in the East Godavari District of Madras Presidency. He served the Nizam government  in the Education Department. My  grandmother, my father’s siblings, his paternal, maternal uncles and their children are a part of this group. The  famous Telugu poet, Devulapalli Krishna Sastry is seated last on the right (on the chair). He was married  to the daughter of my  father’s paternal uncle. My paternal grandfather, Gadepally Venkata Sastry was in the service of Pithapuram Raja. He was a Sanskrit Scholar and a Trustee of the famous Sri Kukkuteswara Swami temple in Pithapuram, in which lies an incarnation of the lord Shiva, in form of a Kukkutam, a ‘Cock fowl’. He wrote in Sanskrit a Stotram , in praise of Kukkutam, which my mother got published in 1990. My grandfather passed away by the time this photo was taken and my grandmother is seen herein (middle, standing) as a widow, wearing the traditional white dress covering her hairless head.

– The Contributor is a financial patron of Indian Memory Project

You might also like

9 - Bangladeshi Family portrait
78 - She left everything behind in Scotland to an unknown future in India
147 - A decade after partition, they returned to claim their hidden treasure

One Response

  1. Madangopal says:

    This photograph of early XX century is Proof of the adage that ” Behind Every Successful Man There is A Woman” – All the womenfolk , except the Bride, are standing at the back of all the menfolk sitting in the chairs in front of the women ! The garments worn by all the persons here cover their body fully unlike the present-day attires of Minis et al that expose the body to the maximum extent. What a transition in apparel from then to now ! This photograph depicts the old order which changed giving place to the new order of the present. A very interesting “antique” , nearly a century old , group photo indeed.

Leave a Reply