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Kavi Choudappa Satakam (rendered into English) -(5)

Kavi Choudappa Satakam (rendered into English) -(5)

padiniitulu padibuutulu
padiSRMgaaramulu galgu padyamulu sabhaM
jadivinavaaDea yadhikuDu
gadarappaa, kuMdavarapu kavi chouDappaa!

పదినీతులు పదిబూతులు
పదిశృంగారములు గల్గు పద్యములు సభం
జదివినవాడే యధికుడు
గదరప్పా, కుందవరపు కవి చౌడప్పా!          (Poem 19) (In Telugu font)

a poet who recites before a gathering some poems
that teach virtues, some with pleasant obscenities
and some poems that speak romantic overtures, for sure,
stands out from the rest, Kundavarapu kavi Choudappaa!

It is a general tendency that people like to hear short discourses or poems on different topics within a given period of time, instead of a long, though an informative, discourse on one topic.

When it was still the days of kings and their kingdoms, King’s court used to be the real testing ground for artists to get their artistic capabilities recognised and then befittingly rewarded. Poets being persons wholly dependent on the art of telling poetry, needed to be very knowledgeable and efficient to impress the king and the learned personnel present in the royal court. A poem should necessarily have the all important spark to ignite the imagination and wit of the person who listens it, so that the appreciation comes forth immediately.  At the same time, it is necessary for a poet to constantly keep a hold on the attention of the gathering before him.

In this poem, Kavi Choudappa appreciates the poet who is capable of telling or reciting good poems on varied topics which are generally liked by commen men and women, thereby suggesting that it is one of the desirable qualities for an aspiring poet to be always able to recite poems on varied topics instead of harping on only one topic, however virtuous it may be, which may evoke boredom and loss of interest in the listener.

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