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This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.


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This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Neha Bansal

    from: classical telugu poetry - an anthology edited and translated by: v narayana Rao and david Schulman Sita Sita was my classmate she and i pored over that great new poem the Ramayana of Satyanarayana when we were finished I asked her looking ar her thoughtful eyes: "You listened to the whole story we followed Rama with the swiftness of poetry into the wilderness of ancient times we met him, went, to the forest with him, we saw him kill Bali from behind the tree and test his wife by fire Now tell me, do you wa from: classical telugu poetry - an anthology edited and translated by: v narayana Rao and david Schulman Sita Sita was my classmate she and i pored over that great new poem the Ramayana of Satyanarayana when we were finished I asked her looking ar her thoughtful eyes: "You listened to the whole story we followed Rama with the swiftness of poetry into the wilderness of ancient times we met him, went, to the forest with him, we saw him kill Bali from behind the tree and test his wife by fire Now tell me, do you want to live like sita, the wife of hero Rama? When she heard me, she said: "hey Pratabhi Sita is the very epitome of Indian womanhood Its a dream, having the good fortune to live like her But even if I want to be Sita I'd never want to be Rama's wife tell me, would you ever want to be Rama yourself?" why should I, when you don't want to be Rama's wife? My desire, rather is to become Ravana. with all my ten mouths I will kiss your lips, your face. I will bind you with the gaze of my twenty eyes I will press you to my chest with twenty strong arms and make you one with me in one embrace Now, Sita is my wife - pratabhi (1919- ) isn't it interesting?? here Pratabhi, the poet wins the hand of "sita", who'd prefer to be Ravana's wife and not Rama's. What we see here is the subversion of a Grand Narrative built over a myriad years that all hindu women would naturally and blissfully want to chant the hymn to gauri and fast on to ensure a Rama like husband. The test by fire to which sita is subjected and insensate machinations to kill Bali on the part of Rama is contrasted with the pratabhi's passionate "Ravana role-playing".. These little subversions here and there perhaps make life less tyrannical with those little gaps to be filled with all those hitherto supressed voices. Writing back to the centre hence becomes one of the greatest freedom that a writer representing the voice of "the other" can enjoy. And the hitherto "infallible" fortresses of the given narratives become less formidable to scale.

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