Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu

Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu

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Puttaparthi Narayanacharyulu (Telugu: పుట్టపర్తి నారాయణాచార్యులు) (March 28, 1914 - September 1, 1990) was a front-ranking classical poet, literary critic, composer, musicologist, translator and polyglot.

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Narayanacharyulu was born in a SriVaishnava Brahmin family in Chiyyedu Village in Penukonda taluq of Anantapur district. His father Sreenivasacharyulu and mother Lakshmidevi were great Sanskrit-Andhra pundits. He served as a teacher at Ramakrishna High School at Kadapa and Government College at Anantapuram.

He studied many epics including Bhaaratam, Bhaagavatam, Puraanas, Kavyas and music at a very young age. He studied Sanskrit literature up to Siromani at Tirupati Sanskrit College. He learned grammar, meter, figures of speech etc. from great Sanskrit teachers like Kapilasthalam Krishnamacharyulu and D.T. Tatacharyulu. He learned Bharatanatyam under the guidance of dancer Ranjakam Mahalakshmamma. He learned classical music from Pakka Hanumanthacharyulu.

He has about 50 works of poetry to his credit. Considered an authority on the history and literature of the Vijaynagar period, he has written in Telugu extensively on Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam literature. He has about 7,000 musical compositions in Telugu and Sanskrit to his credit and 200 of them have been notated by himself. He had the unique and ironic experience of having written a poetic work called Penugonda Lakshmi at the age of...
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