Tlugadeala yanna deaSambu Telugeanu
Telugu VallabhunDa, TelugokanDa
Yella Nrupulu goluva, Yerugavea baasaaDi
DeaSa Bhaashalandu Telugu lessa.
It may not be a great revelation if I say that there may be very few amongst the people of Andhra Pradesh who do nothave any knowledge of this famous ‘Aataveladi’ poem. This poem from ‘Aamuktamalyada’,one of the five great classics of Telugu literature, written by the greatest of Telugu kings ‘Sri Krishna Devarayalu’ may read as under in English:
You may wonder why I prefer Telugu; the land belongs to the Telugus,
I am the king of the Telugus, am one amongst them;
Haven’t you noticed while we talk with our vassals as they pay their respects?
Of all the languages of the land, Telugu stands out the best.
This statement ‘DeaSa bhashalandu Telugu lessa’ was differently stated by ‘Vinukonda Vallabharaya’ in his ‘Kreedabhiramam’, which reads as under:
‘Janani Samskrutambu sakala bhaashalakunu
DeaSa bhaashalandu Telugu lessa;’
The above two lines may read as under in English:
‘Mother is Sanskrit for all languages, however,
Of all the languages of the land, Telugu stands out the best;’
As ‘KreeDabhiramam’ preceded ‘Aamuktamalyada’ by about a hundred and fifty years, it can be construed that the thought that Telugu language stood out as the best language amongst all the other languages of the land was already there. All ‘Sri Krishna Devarayalu’ had to do was performing the refining act to perfection, which he did in his own inimitable style.