One more thing !

The three colleges.

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The three Colleges:

This is about three colleges through which a generation of Kasarabada's and the related families went through.

In our family history, the twentieth century for the most part belonged to the siblings of Kasarabada Venkata Chalapatirao garu, also known as Kasarabada Sachidananda Chalapati Rao garu. Each of those siblings , the five brothers and five sisters raised strong families . The Kasarabada family got enlarged with additions of Poduris, Chennapragadas, Chennuris, Adivis and Gadirajus. There is further expansion through the next generation alliances too. Some of them are equally enriching like Bhavarajus,Turagas, Elchuris and Rayasams. The most interesting part of the linkages is the colleges the grand children of Kasarabada Chalapatirao guru, more specifically children of the Kasarabada Chalapatirao gurus siblings attended. All the children of Kasarabada Narayanaswami, Kasarabada Sadasivarao, Kasarabada Kamaraju, Kasarabada Gopalakrishna and Kasarabada Venkateswararao attended one of the these three colleges, namely Govt PR College Kakinada, Govt Arts college Rajahmundry , and Hindu College Guntur. Some of the other grand children through the Chennaparagada, Chennuri, and Gadiraju families also have attended these colleges. The exceptions probably are the Poduri and Adivi families.

The PR Govt college Kakinada was attended by children of Kasarabada Kamaraju garu, Kasarabada Sadashivarao garu, and Kasarabada Narayanaswami garu. Govt Arts college Rajahmundry was attended by the children as well as the grand children of Kasarabada Narayanaswami garu and the children of Kasarabada Kamaraju garu. Hindu college was attended by the children of Kasarabada Kamaraju garu, Kasarabada Goplakrishna garu and Kasarabada Venkateswrarao garu.

The colleges themselves have a great history of their own and they have their own cavalcade of great Alumni. The attendance of Kasarabadas may not be of a great relevance to the colleges themselves, But to a generation of Kasarabadas, the three colleges to a large extent represent important milestones in their life, probably adding to the significant values systems they imbibed at home.

Some of us going through these colleges have been lucky enough to get Govt scholarships while going through these colleges or moving on to the next level colleges. Those scholarships have been a great help in those days. Our education was sustained by having those scholarships. The memory of those times, the help those scholarships provided in furthering our education, and the love of education and the regard for education displayed by our parents, led us to consider education as a domain through which we give a little back to the society.

When we started looking at education as a way of giving back to the society, initially it looked a bit difficult to choose the institutions through whom we should work with. But a quick look at the family connections to colleges made the selection of the institutions simple. While the thought was there for a long time, it did take a little more time to make the efforts to bear fruition.

This Ugadi we are happy to say that we have been able to reach a cherished goal. For the academic year 2019-20, we are committed to support eleven Kasarabada Scholars in these three colleges. Students supported include two PG students at the PR Govt college in Kakinada. The total number of number of Kasarabada Scholars supported now stands at fifteen , including the four scholars at the Gayathri Vidya Parishad Engineering college in Visakhapatnam. There are also two awards at Majeti Guaraviah High School. One being the award for the Best student in the name of Kasarabada Gopalakrishna and the other being the award for the best teacher in the name of Elchuri VijayaRaghavrao garu. Both are the awards instituted by Kasarabada Kamaraju Charitable Trust set up by Smt Kasarabada Jagadamba garu. These were the precusrors to the present scholarships in the three colleges.

These Scholraships are a tribute to that generation which occupied the greater part of twentieth century, which displayed an uncommon Upanishadic egalitarian out look and silently passed on a strong selfless value system to the next generation which went through these colleges. Hopefully our generation, the recipients of that largesse, have been able to pass on what we silently received to the next generation despite the strong worldwide trends of parochialism. We hope to sustain these scholarships and hopefully the next generation will join hands to enhance the value of this effort.

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