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God on the Hill: Temple Poems from Tirupati
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|September 15, 2005

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The devotional poems of Annamaya (15th century) are perhaps the most accessible and universal achievement of classical Telugu literature, one of the major literatures of pre-modern India. Annamaya effectively created and popularized a new genre, the short padam…
Siva's Warriors: The Basava Purana of Palkuriki Somanatha
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|July 14, 2014

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Here is the first translation into English of the Basava Purana, a fascinating collection of tales that sums up and characterizes one of the most important and most radical religious groups of South India. The ideas of the Virasaivas, or militant Saivas, are…
Text and Tradition in South India

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Velcheru Narayana Rao's contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life-specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region-has few parallels. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect…
The Story Of Manu
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|January 6, 2015

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The Story of Manu, by poet Allasani Peddana, is the definitive literary monument of Telugu civilization and a powerful embodiment of the imperial culture of Vijayanagara, the last of the great premodern south Indian states. It is a book about kingship at the time…
Girls For Sale: Kanyasulkam, A Play From Colonial India

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First staged in 1892, the South Indian play Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam) is considered the greatest modern work of Telugu literature and the first major drama written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonialism's effects on Indian society. Filled…
Hibiscus On The Lake: 20Th Century Telugu Poetry From India

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English speakers may read for the first time a previously hidden literature of great beauty and importance, compiled and translated by one of the foremost scholars of the literature of twentieth-century India. Richly appealing, sensitively and masterfully…
For The Lord Of The Animals-poems From The Telugu: The Kalahastisvara Satakamu Of Dhurjati

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A Poem At The Right Moment: Remembered Verses From Premodern South India

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A Poem at the Right Moment  collects, and preserves, poems—called  catus —that have circulated orally for centuries in South India. The poems are remarkable for their wit and precision, their lyrical insight on the commonplace, their…
Classical Telugu Poetry

Classical Telugu Poetry

by Velcheru Narayana Rao

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|May 12, 2020

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The classical tradition in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. In this volume, Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological,…
Srinatha: The Poet who Made Gods and Kings

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David Shulman and Velcheru Narayana Rao offer a groundbreaking cultural biography of Srinatha, arguably the most creative figure in the thousand-year history of Telugu literature. This fourteenth- and fifteenth-century poet revolutionized the classical tradition…
Syllables of Sky: Studies in South Indian Civilization in Honour of Velcheru Narayana Rao

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This collection of essays by outstanding scholars of South India introduces the work of Velcheru Narayana Rao, who has revolutionized our understanding of classical literary theory and culture. The essays provide an overview of recent research in various fields -…
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