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Suddala Hanumanthu was a noted Indian poet of the mid 1900s. He wrote songs like "Palleturi pillagada... pasalagaase monagaada... "(from the movie Maa Bhoomi). Suddala Hanmanthu was born in Paladugu village, Mothkur mandal, Yadadri bhuvanagiri district, Telangana State in India.
Suddala Hanumanthu was married to Janakamma and his son Suddala Ashok Teja is a contemporary lyricist in Telugu. He earned fame for his Telugu songs and was awarded the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in the year 2003. They also had other two sons and a daughter.Famous Telugu actor Uttej is his grandson, son of his daughter.
Suddala Hanmanthu poetry inspired the people of the Telangana to participate in the Communist-led peasant struggle against the oppressive rule of feudal lords and the Nizam. This struggle was famous in Indian history as the Telangana Rebellion His themes were freedom from the bonded labour known as Vetti Chakiri, democracy, liberation, equality and communism.
His Telugu folk song, Palletoori Pillagada, mobilised the people of his region. It was included in the movie, Maa Bhoomi (1980).The movie Rajanna, starring Nagarjuna is inspired by Sri Suddala Hanumanthu life.