Selections from ‘kreeDaabhiraamaM’ – (1)

From ‘prastaavana’ (Introduction):

“gaNana  kekkina  daSa  ruupakamulayaMdu
viithi,  rasa  bhaava  bhaavanaa  viithi lessa;”

“గణన కెక్కిన దశ రూపకములయందు
వీథి, రస భావ భావనా వీథి లెస్స;”                          (1)(In Telugu font)

“Out of the ten famed methods of drama1
The Street, that open venue for all emotions is supreme;”


“janani  saMskRtaMbu  sakala  bhaashalakunu
deaSa  bhaashalaMdu  denugu  lessa,
jagati  dallikaMTe  soubhaagya  saMpada
mechchu  TaaDubiDDa  mealu  gaade?”

“జనని సంస్కృతంబు సకల భాషలకును
దేశ భాషలందు దెనుగు లెస్స,
జగతి దల్లికంటె సౌభాగ్య సంపద
మెచ్చు టాడుబిడ్డ మేలు గాదె?”                              (37) (In Telugu font)

“Mother is Sanskrit for all languages
Of all the languages of the land, Telugu stands out the best,
Is not the ‘sister of the husband’2 who praises the wellbeing and wealth
More preferable than the mother, oh dear, on this earth?”

Notes: (1) In Indian Dramatics, there are ten types of Drama. They are naaTakamu, prakaraNamu, baaNamu, prahasanamu, dimamu, vyaayoegamu, samavaakaaramu, viithi, aMkamu, iihaamRgamu. In the ways of performance, each one has its own specialties. ‘viidhi’ is more or less a street play.

(2) The Telugu word is ‘aaDubiDDa’, which means the “sister of a woman’s husband” who is more often than not accustomed to ‘teasing’ rather than ‘praising’. In that sense, a woman who has a praising ‘aaDubiDDa’ is truly a blessed one, since the ambience makes her forget even her mother and live happily in her in-law’s house after marriage.

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