Understanding Telugu Prosody: sulakshaNa saaramu – (1)

maatrayana nokka laghuvagu maatralu reMDaina guruvu ma~ri yennabaDun; dhaatrini na~ruvadi naalugu maatralugaa gaMdamunaku maatralu velasen. మాత్రయన నొక్క లఘువగు మాత్రలు రెండైన గురువు మఱి యెన్నఁబడున్; ధాత్రిని నఱువది నాలుగు మాత్రలుగా గందమునకు మాత్రలు వెలసెన్. One ‘maatra’ equals one light letter – ‘laghuvu’ Two ‘maatra’ s combined in one weighted letter considered – ‘guruvu’ ; On this earth a ‘kanda’ … Continue reading Understanding Telugu Prosody: sulakshaNa saaramu – (1)

Basics of Telugu prosody : The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition – (5)

Similar to the play-song mentioned in the previous post, there is another very popular song that mothers used to sing to make their infant children relax and have a nap securely placed on their shoulders. The structure of the song in its original form is as under: chaMdamaama raave – jaabilli raave koMDekki raave – … Continue reading Basics of Telugu prosody : The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition – (5)

Basics of Telugu prosody: The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition – (3)

Having the marking done to understand the distribution of ‘ganas’ – the letter-units – correctly, as shown in the previous post,  now it is time we see how far the above distribution of ‘ganas’ conform to the prosodial requirements pertaining to the ‘kanda’  poem in Telugu language: It is now clear that all the letter-units … Continue reading Basics of Telugu prosody: The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition – (3)

Basics of Telugu prosody:The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition-2

   With all the important basic metrical characteristics/principles connected with ‘kanda’ poem as listed in the previous post  known clearly, I now try to explain observance of all these principles by the writer or composer of the first ‘kanda’ poem in the above discussed ‘gangaadharaM’ inscription, making it to serve as an illustrative example to … Continue reading Basics of Telugu prosody:The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition-2

Basics of Telugu prosody:The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition-(1)

jinabhavanaMbu lettiMchuTa jinapuuja lseayuchunki jinamunulaku na ttina yannadaanaM biivuTaM jina vallabhu boelaMgalare jinadharmaparul.  జినభవనంబు లెత్తించుట జినపూజ ల్సేయుచున్కి జినమునులకు న త్తిన యన్నదానం బీవుటం జిన వల్లభు బోలంగలరె జినధర్మపరుల్. The above poem is the first of the three poems written in ‘kanda’ metrical composition that appeared in the above talked about gangaadharaM stone inscription. Now the shadow like … Continue reading Basics of Telugu prosody:The earliest of poems in ‘kanda’ metrical composition-(1)