The message that the first Telugu Vaggeyakara Krishnamayya had given through his sankeertanas should be preserved and propagated for the benefit of posterity, port Chairman Ajeya Kallam has said.

At the inaugural of the Krishnamayya Jayantotsavam organised at the temple of Lord Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha at Simhachalam on Thursday, he said it was unfortunate that many of the verses of Krishnamayya had not seen the light of the day. He appreciated the efforts of the organisers to revive the works of the poet. He, however, said that instead of focussing on individuals, efforts should be made to revive their works.

Presiding over the programme, Ramachandracharyulu of Vizianagaram said it was unfortunate that successive officials of Simhachalam temple were pre-occupied with the temple lands issue and were not able to concentrate on the temple activities. He said some of Krishnamayya's works were available at the Manuscripts Library in Thanjavur.

Chairman of the Pydah Group of Educational Institutions Pydah Krishna Prasad hailed the efforts being made by the Managing Trustee of MANSAS Sudha Anand Gajapathi Raju in bringing out the works of Krishnamayya.

A retired professor of the Fine Arts Department of Andhra University Abburi Gopalakrishna said that Simhachalam was the focal point for the growth and proliferation of music in South India.

During his visit to Simhachalam the saint-composer Annamayya had recalled the name of Krishnamayya, which was evident from inscriptional evidences.

Prof Gopalakrishna said that during the 17{+t}{+h} century, Jesuits, who visited Simhachalam, had taken the works of Krishnamayya to Paris. These works were preserved at the King's Library in Paris.

He felt that some Telugu scholars should be sent to that library to study the works. Some of the works were also available at Srirangam. He felt that the centuries-old musical heritage of Simhachalam should be revived.

Book released

Playback singer P. Suseela released a book on Krishnamayya. Annamayya Sankeertana singer Kondaveeti Jyothirmayee lit the lamp to mark the occasion.

Executive Officer of the temple C. Prem Kumar was present.

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