MAHAKAVI NAVAYUGA KAVICAKRAVARTI Gurram Jashuva #1

PALANA (nparinand@cas.org)
Tue, 16 Apr 1996 12:31:28 -0400

telugu gaDDa
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navayuga kavi cakravarti guRRam ja'shuva
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a'mdhra'Li mOdambu na'Simci pOyina
tikkana'ryuni va'Ni tRuptinamda
gajjelamdela ka'lu gadalimci manne bo
bbili kOTa dolikODi paliki kuluka
naDuviidhulamdu ratnamu lammukonnaTTi
telugula sampatti talapukekka
KamDa'mtaramula bamga'ru poojalu gonna
kaliki pOgaramEnu pulakarimpa

mooDu komDala Sivalimgamulu rahimpa
na'lapimpaka ra'shTra simha'sanamuna
nadhivasimpumu jayamu niiyamdugaladu
diivyada'Sayasumavalli ! telugu talli !

Gana ga'mdhEya Saka praka'Salana mimkan sOka katyamta pra'
ktanapumjiikaTi cimdula'DeDu vimugdha pra'mtamul nidra mE
lkona SamKa'rava ma'carimpu mika nuggumba'lalO GamTamam
dina vidva'msulaganna viira janayitrii ! a'mdhraratna
kshitii!

kulamul kommulatODa gummukoni cikkul pekku sRushTimcu pe
ddala ka'la'lu gatimci pOyinavi sva'tamtryambu sidhdhimce
ra'
jula simhasana mekkina'ru praja leccumdaggulam ba'pujii
halika SrEsTuDu dunnina' DipuDu lEvamtasthu la'mdrakshitii !

penu sva'rdhambu maha' piSa'camuvalen biiDimpa dESambu ci
kkina Salyambayi toolipOyinadi ii kiiDum dolagimcu ca
kkani ma'rgam bupadESa miccukoni mukta'svacCa Ba'vambu nii
yanugum biDDalalO sRujimpumu trilimga'drikshama'BooshaNii !

a'la'pimcina satkaviiSvarula divya'SiirvacaSakticE
na'laBimciri Ba'ratiiyulu svara'jya svarNa damDambulE
da'lalambu kavi prapamcamuna kamma' ! va'jmayOdya'namun
ba'limpagala da'talam gani rasa~natvambu ca'Timpumii !

--ja'shuva
Kamda ka'vyamu, 1956.
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There is no literate in Andhra dESa who does not at least know the name
of Gurram Jashuva, the navayuga kavicakravarti. This year is marked as
the centenary celebration year of Jashuva. There was a special session
in honor of Jashuva's centenary at the recent 10th TANA conference.
His son-in-law, Mr. Lavanam, was one of the speakers who gave a
heart-moving speech on Jashuva and his poetry. I wish more speakers were
given a chance to speak about Jashuva at that conference and also more time
was allocated for such a discourse. Of course, this session (also on
Viswanadha Satyanarana whose centenary was also celebrated this year at the
TANA conference) drew a dozen or more interested individuals. Among the
SCITters, Dr. Pillalamarri S. Ramakrishna, was one of the speakers during
this session. Overall, this forum was a successful one.

Last month, the Telugu Association of Central Ohio, organized the
Ashtavadhanam by Sri Medasani Mohanavadhani. I happened to be one of the
prccaka's who was involved in anavasara prsamgamu. I, of course, asked
questions related to Telugu literature and philosophy. One of the
questions was on Jashuva. Sri Mohan took about 10 minutes and talked at a
stretch on Jashuva, his life history, and poetry. One of the highlights of
his discussion was on Jashuva's "Piradousi". I wish Sri Mohan participated
in the Jashuva's centenary discourses at the 10th TANA festivals. He
struck as an authority on Jashuva. Sri Medasani told me that he read all
Jshuva's works and digested them completely. He recited Jashuva's poetry
at several places in his discussions. I asked him to talk about dESaBakti
in Jashuva's poetry and in reply Sri Mohan said "dESaBakti is all over
Jashuva's poetry."

Jashuva came from the dustbin of the society and like a bolt from the blue
he emerged as an exceptional Telugu poet in flying colors. Literary giants
used to reject him and his poetry after knowing that he came of a lower
caste. When those giants did not know his caste, Jashuva's poetry sounded
superb to them. That was Jashuva's tragic irony of fate.

Of course, all the literary giants were not narrow-minded those days.
Satavadhani Cellapilla Venkatasastri touched Jashuva's feet and decorated
his foot with ganDapenDEram and said "ii kaviiSvaruni pa'dam ta'ki na'
janma dhanyamu cEsukunna'nu."

--pa'lana

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