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‘Humour in Telugu poetry is unique’

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Dwana Sastry
Dwana Sastry

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Dwana quotes legends’ works

VISAKHAPATNAM: Humour in Telugu poetry is unique as the poet alone could take liberty and get away with it, observed noted poet, writer and critic Dwanasastry here on Thursday.

Speaking on humour in Telugu poetry at a meeting organized by Sneha Sandhya, an association for senior citizens in the city, he quoted the legendary poet Viswanatha Satyanarayana who was known for his scintillating wit as well as sarcasm. “Once an outsider visited Vijayawada where Viswanatha stayed and commented that the place was full of pigs. Viswanatha immediately quipped that they all from outside the town. In another incident, Viswanatha and his disciple Joshua were felicitated on the same stage. Viswanatha as was his wont commented that it was like tying the horse and donkey to the same pole. Joshua in his reply said Viswanatha always spoke the truth as he (Joshua) was the horse. Joshua’s surname was `Gurram’ and Viswanatha for a moment forgot about it. When the teacher remarked Joshua hit him, the student replied that it was the only time he could and the teacher had been at it all the time, making fun of him,” the speaker recalled. Mr. Dwanasastry also quoted the verses on `Mirapakayibajji’ by Grikapati Narasimha Rao and on `Pakodi’ by the legendary Chilakamarti Lakshminarasimham Pantulu. He also narrated jokes from Munimanikyam’s `Kantam Kathalu’ and also quoted his own poetry on humour which stopped his mischievous students in the classroom in their tracks. Earlier, president of Sneha Sandhya P.V.G.K. Murthy welcomed the guest. R.V. Gopala Rao and Ramana introduced Mr. Dwanasastry and also felicitated him on the occasion.


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