Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

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Deshabaashalandhu Telugu Lessa..

As a language, Telugu has traversed the time with rich and deep literary culture. Telugu had seen the rise of some great writers and poets, who had propelled the language to the highest pedestal among all other Indian languages. It comes as no surprise that Telugu is counted among one of the finest dictions in the world. We owe this recognition to few great men and women who made it a point to strive towards uplifting the vast heritage.

Telugu continues to be known as ‘The Italian of the East’, thanks to these seven legendary personalities of literature. Their contribution to the language is nothing short of magnanimous.

Nannaya

Nannaya Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Nannaya is fondly revered as the Adi Kavi. His great literary works became the foundation for the language of Telugu that constantly enriched itself later on. Hailing from Rajahmundry back in time, Nannaya is said to be the one who has actually revived the language. The author of the first third of Andhra Mahabharatam, Nannaya stands to be a true literary legend of Telugu language.

Nannaya, Tikkana and Errana form the Trinity of poets or the Kavi Trayam of the Telugu language.

Tikkana

tikkana Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Tikkana Somayaji is an eternal legend in his own right. The second of the trinity, Tikkana has charmed the world as such with his poetry. Hailing from Nellore, Tikkana was credited with his efforts to sustain peace between the then Shaivaites and Vaishnavaites, who were spreading into Andhra with a war footing among the two groups. Tikkana was also accredited for completing the great and rich Somayaga.

Yerrapragada (Errana)

errana Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Errana or Yerrapragada completes the bejewelled trinity. He was a renowned poet who was honoured with the title of Prabandha Parameshwara and Shambudasusu. He was the part of the poet trinity that translated Mahabharatam from Sanskrit to Telugu, along with Nannaya and Tikkana.

Srinathudu

srinatha Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Revered as the ultimate Kavi Sarvabhouma or the King of Poets, Srinathudu had a colourful touch to his personality. The legend who popularised the Prabandha style in composition was avidly patronised by several kings, such as Kondavidu Reddys, Rachakonda Velamas and Vijayanagara Empire’s Deva Raya II.

Pothana

pothana Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Pothana was the great Indian poet who translated the Bhagavata Purana from Sanskrit to Telugu. His translation is also popularly referred to as the Pothana Bhagavatam in Telugu.

Molla

molla Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Atukuri Molla takes the great credit and honor of being the poet who wrote the version of great epic Ramayana into Telugu. Molla is also the second well known woman poet in Telugu, after Tallapaka Timmakka. Molla also translated the Sankrit version of Ramayana into Telugu. Molla was named fondly after the Jasmine flower by her father.

Tarikonda Venkamamba

venkamamba Seven Legends Who Made Telugu “The Italian of the East”

Another great woman poet, Tarikonda Venkamamba is also well known as the astute devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, back in the 18th century. Her notable works include Vishnu Parijatham, Chenchu Natakam, Jala Krida Vilasam etc. among many others.

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