"Konga vaalu Katti" ( The sword resembles a crane) authored by Gaddam Mohan Rao has been conferred with Kendra Sahitya academy Yuva puraskar for 2019, in Telugu section. All this novel describes the woes of a particular most downtrodden community i.e., Chindu or Chindollu caste. Though they have had the hoary past as a lot of artists who showcased Yakshagana sort of dance form. Mostly these people confined to Telengana state and their unique art is of almost 2000 years old history. Madiga and other castes are considered patrons of the art form in the older days but now the situation has been lowered with the times by lack of timely support either from government or society.
However, Chindu Yellamma hailed from Adilabad district perhaps was the last performer and she was honored by Padmasri award. Chindu has itself a beautiful connotation in colloquial Telugu language. Their themes derived mostly from Puranas. The rustic and common people-oriented language was used in their performances as the art form devoid of Sanskrit influence. With the advent of new entertainments such as movies, Television, Chindu had taken suffering in terms of patronage. This folk form remained dwindling like any other ancient one.
How this novel that got puraskar related to the aforesaid art is incredible in many aspects. The writer himself came from the same community and depicted the anguish, pain, insult, poverty of the people with the help of the protagonist in the novel. The replica of its social and economic structure would be felt by the reader throughout the pages. The age-old story has been rediscovered and retold for the present generation, it's how a unique contribution was surfaced with the Yuva Puraskar.