Kavi Choudappa Satakam (rendered into English) -(2)
muMdaTi dinamula loepala
kaMdamunaku soemayaaji ghanuDaMduru nea
DaMdaru ghanuDaMduru nanu
kaMdamunaku kuMdavarapu kavi chouDappaa!
ముందటి దినముల లోపల
కందమునకు సోమయాజి ఘనుడందురు నే
డందరు ఘనుడందురు నను
కందమునకు కుందవరపు కవి చౌడప్పా! (Poem-12) (In Telugu font)
In the days that gone by
They say Somayaji was great for Kandam;
Now every one says its me,
Kumdavarapu Kavi Choudappa, great for Kandam!
Kavi Choudappa was the village administrator for the village named Kumdavaram. Most of his poems were straight forward, they never adopted any ambiguous method to tell the truth nor they bothered about the respectability….which means when a truth was to be told bluntly it was told bluntly.
It is said that there are around a thousand poems, all in Kanda meter, said to be the poems told by Kavi Choudappa. However, some of them may be imitations told by his admirers during his age or after his death. Out of the thousand poems that survive today, a collection of 110 poems selected carefully, after evaluating the content of the poems by the learned, have been arranged and brought out on the name ‘Choudappa Satakam’.
In this poem, there is a word, Somayaji and this word refers to one of the greatest of earlier Telugu poets, Tikkana Somayaji, who lived during the age of Kakatiyas i.e., 13th Century AD. He was actually considered as one of the Kavi Trayam – Trinity of poets – in Telugu language. The other two being, Nannaya and Errana. Tikkana Somayaji is responsible for rendition into Telugu 15 parvas (out of the 18 parvas) of Sanskrit Mahabharata of Ved Vyas.
Though Nannaya’s poems in Kanda meter are nevertheless great, it is generally accepted that for knowing the beauty and the rhythemic flow of words of poems in Kanda meter, people should read the poems told by Tikkana. It has been an accepted truth and Choudappa too revered this truth and made a reference in his poem. It is also a known fact that though after Tikkana many poets practiced and tried to tell poems in Kanda meter as good as the poems he told, it is generally accepted that poems told by Choudappa are famous for their wit and content as well at the same time and have therefore become very famous amongst the learned and common men.