Creators of Telugu Epic Literature – Bammera Pothana

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భాగవతము దెలిసి పలుకుట చిత్రంబు,
శూలికైనఁ దమ్మిచూలికైన,
విబుధజనుల వలన విన్నంత కన్నంత
దెలియ వచ్చినంత దేటపఱతు.

Reciting the Bhagavatam, being fully conscious of its intricacies is very tricky job to even the one who carries the (Tri) Shula (Lord Shiva) and also the one born out of lotus (Lord Brahma). I shall henceforth elucidate only what I could gather from listening to those knowledgeable people, (to the extent I could delve deep inside it, and to the extent I understood

Pothana

I would need to give a similar disclaimer as I write this post to describe the poetical genius of Pothanamatya, the creator of Andhra Maha Bhagavatam. A single post can indeed do no justice in writing about the poet or his poetry. This version of Bhagavatam can highlight a lot of notable aspects about the poet.

It has been accepted that Pothana lived in the 14th/15th Centuries. He was a…

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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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