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The classical tradition in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. In this volume, Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries, providing an authoritative volume overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. An informative, engaging introduction fleshes out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.
About the Author
Velcheru Narayana Rao is Professor Emeritus at Emory University, where he was the first person to hold the Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Professorship in Telugu Culture, Literature, and History. David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Note on Pronunciation Introduction 1. Nannaya Entering the Mahabharata Udanka and the Snakes 2. Nannecoda On Poetry in Telugu How to Make God Fall in Love 3. Palkuriki Somanatha The Brahmin Widow and the Untouchable God 4. Tikkana The Slaying of Kicaka 5. Mañcana The Brahmin Who Kept His Wife in the Basement Quick Wit The Obliging Husband 6. Errapragada Vena and Prthu 7. Nacana Somanatha Naraka and Urvasi 8. Srinatha A Definition of Poetry Burning the Three Cities The Birth of Sukumara 9. Bammera Potana Visnu the Dwarf The Rescue of Gajendra 10. Annamayya Songs for the Lord of the Hills 11. Allasani Peddana The Brahmin Meets the Courtesan Sanskrit and Telugu 12. Krsnadevaraya The King’s Dream Visnu-citta of Villiputtur 13. Nandi Timmanna Satyabhama Kicks Krsna 14. Dhurjati The Story of Natkira 15. Tenali Ramakrsna On Becoming a Frog 16. Nutana-kavi Suranna Beauty or Wealth? 17. Pingali Suranna Beauty Unadorned 18. Appakavi On Poetry and Grammar On Good Books 19. Ksetrayya Courtesan Songs 20. Satakas Dhurjati. Kalahastisvara-satakamu Kañcarla Gopanna [Ramadasu]. Dasarathi satakamu Kasula Purusottamakavi. Andhra-nayaka-satakamu 21. Catu Verses 22. Sahaji Take My Wife 23. Samukhamu Venkatakrsnappa Nayaka The Love of Indra and Ahalya 24. Muddupalani How to Read a Book Radha Instructs Ila, Krsna’s New Bride, in the Arts of Love 25. Tyagaraja I Can’t See You Smile Take Me for Your Guard What Did You Give Them? Reach Him Through Music Won’t You Remove the Screen? Bibliography Index