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"The Jnanapeeth awardee the late Kavisamrat Viswanadha Satyanarayana symbolised an endowment of exalted imagery and its exposition a pious manifestation of the effulgence of his pen. In turn it stands for ever an acme of design of his poesy that derives a soul-stirring expression of his insight inducing empathy in the readers,'' said Peri Ravi Kumar delivering a revealing lecture on `Viswanadha Kavitha Vaibhavam'.

"Known widely for his immense passion for literature, the classicals in Telugu and Sanskrit in particular, a family trait and ability for impeccable analysis with equanimity of mind and heart, he is the right choice to talk on the subject," opined Vedula Subrahmanya Sastry, who presided over the session. Ravi was specially invited from Hyderabad by Maa Sarma to deliver the talk by the founder president of the Kopparapu Kavula Kalapeetham celebrating Viswanadha's vardhanthi.

Delving in detail into the Kavisamrat's `Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu', besides touching other works like `Varalakshmi Trisathi', `Kinnerasani', `Telugu Rithuvulu', `Bhrashtayogi' and `Veyipadagalu' very briefly, Ravi Kumar stressed that the magnum opus "is not a version of the epic in Telugu but a Telugu Ramayanam in itself".

"No writer-poet ever emerged so stupendously successful making a fine blend of the bountiful aphorisms, proverbial sayings, etc., along with the customary and the traditional practices which symbolise the age-old grandeur of the nativity in the culture of the Telugu community, including its Maandaleekam, other than Viswnadha, neither in Telugu nor in any other regional language. No wonder it creates an illusion of being an epic of the Telugus. Not only that, the poetic descriptions, either of an event or the environs, replete with soul-tickling similes coined in sublimely simple phraseology get ornately orchestrated with the storyline inspiring an elate mood in the readers. The resplendent conformity with which they merge so well to reflect radiantly the changing attributes and attitudes of the characters, joyously happy or even otherwise, is because they are prudentially chosen to bear picturesque relevance to the situation at the same time," went on Ravi Kumar eloquently quoting examples from all the cantos and other works as well.

"Thus the poetic heart and its exponent par excellence in him stand forever sky high, bordering the ethereal realms," he concluded on an ecstatic note.

Mridangam Virtuosi Vankayala Narasimham annd Dwarm Durga Prasada Rao who received the annual 'Sarada Sangeetha Puraskaram' in the august presence of Sadguru K. Sivananda Murty from Minister for Tribal Welfare, M. Manikumari at a special function held during the four-day fete of music - Sarada Sangeethotsavam organised by Andhra Music Academy at Kalabharathi recently.

Mridangam Virtuosi Vankayala Narasimham annd Dwarm Durga Prasada Rao who received the annual 'Sarada Sangeetha Puraskaram' in the august presence of Sadguru K. Sivananda Murty from Minister for Tribal Welfare, M. Manikumari at a special function held during the four-day fete of music - Sarada Sangeethotsavam organised by Andhra Music Academy at Kalabharathi recently.  

The chief guest, K. Malayavasini, was all praise for the immaculate clarity and novel simplicity in Ravi Kumar's presentation. Rambhatla Nrusimha Sarma's compering, including his prelude, was a special attraction. Maa Sarma proposed a vote of thanks.

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At a function got up under the auspices of Visakha Sahithi, its founder and honorary president, Ganapathiraju Atchutharama Raju, released `Saraswathi Namastubhyam', an anthology of 22 essays scripted by noted litterateurs on Kavisamrat Viswanadha Satyanarayana and by Prabhala Janaki who compiled and published the book including in it a few articles of her own on Mangalampalli, Malathi Chendur and the likes. Janaki obtained her doctorate in Telugu from Delhi University in 2001 for her thesis on `The change and continuity in Telugu devotional literature with special reference to Pothana, Ramadas and Thyagaraja' and also got it published in a book form titled, `Bhaktipadhamlo Prasthana Trayam'. Dr. Atchutarama Raju speaking on the occasion was all praise for Janaki for her successful errands with such intricate topics despite being a Pravasandhra (Delhi) and a housewife as well. The copies of the two books were presented to the guests of honour, Dr. Sastry and Prof.K. Malayavasini, and the music vidwans, I.V.L. Sastry and S. Vasundhara Devi, besides the founder president of the SITA Trust, S. Gopala Sastry, on the occasion by the secretary, Jampana Kumara Varma. While Perala Balamurali Krishna reviewed the book released, Dr. Sastry eruditely analysed the other book.

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The Anakapalle-based Vizag district chapter of the AP Kavitha Sadassu featured a lecture on `Vasucharitra - Sangeetha Vaisishtyam' by noted connoisseur of classical music, Vepa Parvateesam, in APTF Hall in the `jaggery town' recently. Categorised as the second in rank among the Andhra Pancha Mahakavyas, Vasucharitra was authored by Ramaraja Bhushanudu, one of the eight eminent poets popularly known as the Ashtadiggajas in the court of Srikrishnadevaraya. Being an accredited musicologist of the period as well, the poet embedded the lakshanas of many a raga scale, the tradition of aalapana, choral singing, varieties of veena and the attributes including their structural details, etc., in many of his poems.

Parvateesam dealing in detail all these aspects also absorbingly rendered a few poems in Kambhoji, Athana, Saranga, Hindola, Mohana and so on and demonstrated how the nomenclature of the swaras constituting the respective scales are found brilliantly merged deriving a comprehensive texture for the poems.

Two books, titled `Baddivari Buddhi Satakam' by Badri Nageswara Rao and `Vasturanjani' by Varanasi Ranjan Kumar, were released by the chapter secretary, K. Kota Rao. Its president, Bulusu Venkateswarlu, chaired the session.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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