The second part of the story relating the ‘chaaTu’ poem ‘sarvajna naamadheayamu’ told by the great poet Srinatha is as under: One of the persons who were present in the royal court of the king Sarvajna Singabhupala at the time of Srinatha reciting the poem ‘sarvajna naamadheayamu’ thinks inappropriate to equate the epithet ‘sarvajna’ – … Continue reading Srinatha’s ‘ChaaTu’ poems – (3) – part:2
In all, there are about one hundred and forty ‘chaaTu’ poems available today which are known to be said by the great poet Sriinaatha during his visits to different areas in Andhra deaSa and most of them are remembered till this day for the stamp – a typical Sriinaatha-style of rendering a Telugu poem – … Continue reading Srinatha’s ‘ChaaTu’ poems – (3)
This chaaTu poem is a short, abridged love letter in the form of a poem! A simple two or three lines love letter spontaneously told in the form of a poem arranging words in a way that show the style of Srinatha in each line! The first two lines of the poem is a description … Continue reading Srinatha’s ‘ChaaTu’ poems – (2)
Srinatha Mahakavi‘s poetic wit (1) avanisura! chiMtakaayala kaajna gaaka yarasi chuuDaMga grukkiLLa kaajna galade? yaMTaraakunna neami yaMtaMta nilichi chitta malaraMga ninni viikshiMparaade? అవనిసుర! చింతకాయల కాజ్ఞ గాక యరసి చూడంగ గ్రుక్కిళ్ళ కాజ్ఞ గలదె? యంటరాకున్న నేమి యంతంత నిలిచి చిత్త మలరంగ నిన్ను వీక్షింపరాదె? (In Telugu font) Oh divine on earth! it is for possessing the tamarind-fruits that permission is … Continue reading Srinatha Mahakavi’s poetic wit (1)
The smallest metered poem in Telugu language is ‘kanda’ poem. It is built with letters (alphabets) which can be arranged with in the space of a maximum of 64 maatras in all (a short alphabet is equivalent to one maatra and a long alphabet or a double consonant is equivalent to two maatras), distributed in … Continue reading Gems of Telugu Poetry – ‘chaaTuvu’ (2)
As he recorded in the introductory verses of his work ‘Kaasikhandam’, Srinadha translated ‘Gaadha Saptashati’ compiled by Hala Satavahana. This he did when he was around 16 or 17 years old. Unfortunately the work somehow became extinct and is not be seen by any one. Decades ago (probably during 1960s) there was a lot of … Continue reading Srinadha’s only poem from his ‘Saptashati’….
(Kandamu).sirigala vaaniki chellunu (It suits that man of riches) taruNula padiyaaruvela taga pendlaadan (to marry sixteen thousand women with due pride) tiripemuna kiddaraanDra? (You yourself live by alms, do you need two wives?) parameSaa, gangaviDumu Paarvati chaalun! (Lord Siva! leave Ganga for us, Parvati is sufficient for you!). This one poem told by Srinadha Mahakavi … Continue reading Srinadha’s ‘ChaaTu’ poems…(1)
‘Andhrulu bhojana priyulu’… Andhras are lovers of good food, means the popular saying. The word ‘bhojanam’ does not denote an ordinary meal. It means some thing special, a sumptuous meal with at least a dozen varieties of eatables, inclusive of the side dishes like ‘vadiyam’, ‘pappad’ etc. Since long, Andhras have the history of maintaining … Continue reading Andhrula bhojana priyatvam…