ANDHRA PRADESH

Replica of artefact unveiled

Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: The Minister for School Education, N. Rajyalakshmi, unveiled a replica of an ancient "Padya sasanam" in Telugu dating back to 848 AD at Addanki in Prakasam district on Friday. The verse was written in rare metre "Taruvoju" indicating the donation of land by the Reddy kings to a Telugu poet.

The stone inscription, "sasanam," was found at Addanki in 1911 and preserved in the archaeological museum at Chennai. The inscription is significance because it shows that there were poets who wrote in verse 200 years before Nannaya translated the Mahabharata into Telugu. Mrs. Rajyalakshmi said that Andhra Pradesh wrote to Tamil Nadu seeking transfer of the stone inscription from Chennai to Hyderabad. She said that the inscription showed that Addanki witnessed great days during the reign of the Reddy kings where Telugu was nurtured. She appreciated the Prakasam district writers association and Srujana of Addanki for taking pains to get the replica of the stone inscription at their own cost in a bid to revive the glory of Telugu language.

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