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Kandukuri Viresalingam Pantulu
Kandukuri Viresalingam Pantulu (1848-1919) is considered as the Father of Modern Telugu literature. He was the pioneer in the field of Telugu journalism and started three journals, Vivekavardhini (1874 AD), Hasyasanjivini (1876 AD) and Satihitabodhini (1885 AD). He was the first person in modern times to use literature to eradicate social evils. He also wrote the novel Rajasekhara Charitamu inspired by the Vicar of Wakefield. Virasalingam was also a prolific playwright. His Abhijnana-Sakuntalam (1883) is one of the earliest examples of Telugu adaptations of Sanskrit plays. Virasalingam also translated Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors in Telugu. His Harishcahandra (1880s) is considered as the first important original drama in Telugu.