Poets and literature in the Vijayanagara Period – Annamacharya

This was a post written for an awesome history blog started by a friend Ratnakar Sadasyula. Annamacharya remains a personal favourite of mine, given his versatility that enthrals one and all. Read more about him here

History Under Your Feet

Annamacharya is a household name within the Telugu sphere. This poet who lived in the fourteenth century endeared himself to scholars and commons alike through his immortal compositions dedicated to the Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. With the literary nature of his compositions ranging from a simple villager’s accent to that of acclaimed scholars, he was lauded as the Pada Kavita Pitamaha (Pioneer of ode style poetry) in Telugu literature

Annmacharya Annmacharya

Born in the village of Tallapaka of today’s Kadapa (Cuddapah) district, Annamacharya belonged to a family of Nandavarika Brahmins. Legends have it that he became an adept in any skill that he chose to learn. According to the documented history by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), he found his way to Tirupati as an adolescent, inspired by a trance like experience at a local temple.

His compositions are believed to have been patronized by Salva Narasimha Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire…

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