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rAmalingESvara Satakamu

By aDidamu sUra kavi

 

 

 

nArAyaNa Satakamu
(Introduction)
(Full text)

kRShNa Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

sumatee Satakamu
(Introduction)
(Full text)

kALahasteeSvara Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

dASarathee Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

Andhra nAyaka Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

narasimha Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

BhartRhari neeti Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

BhAskara Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

rAmalingESa Satakamu
(Intro' & Samples)

 

Authorship and Fame

aDidamu sUrana (fl. CE 1720-85?) was a famous prauDha kavi. It is sometimes thought that he was associated with the Vijayanagara Empire towards its last days. However, it is a highly unlikely story. It is more likely that his father aDidamu bAla BhAskara (CE 1690-1760?), who was also an accomplished writer originally hailed from the rAyalaseema region. sUrana himself does not seem to have lived there. Adidam Rama Rao (1879-1956) authored a fictional biography of sUrakavi in 1919.

aDidamu sUrakavi was a great scholar, prolific writer and ASu kavi. His extempore cATu poems are famous. He composed kavi jana ranjanam (candramatee pariNayam) on the life of hariScandra and candramati in three cantos. In some respects, this work imitates the vasu caritra by rAma rAja BhUShaNa (and hence is a pilla vasu caritra!). He also wrote a ChandO grantham (work on rhetoric, meter, etc.) by name Andhra candrAlOkam and another work on prosody (alankAram) by name kavi samSaya vicChEdamu. He was the author of a well-known dictionary (in verse form!) "Andhra nAma SEShamu." It is the SEShamu (companion work) for two other very famous lexicons in verse, viz., Andhra nAma sangrahamu and Andhra ratnAkaramu by paiDipATi lakshmaNa kavi (fl. CE 1619-37?). Andhra nAma samgrahamu by paiDipATi lakshmaNa maMtri, Andhra TeekA viSEShamu by aDidamu sUrakavi and sAmba niGhamTuvu by kastUri ranga kavi (fl. 1750s?) were all put together and published as a single volume by Vavilla Press in 1929. These niGhanTuvulu (lexicons) contain useful information and meanings for many words of acca tenugu (pure Telugu) origin.

Surana's rAmalingESa Satakamu is famous for its attack on social oligarchy, feudatory rulers and Zamindars. In this work he humorously lambastes many corrupt practices of his day.

His father aDidamu bAla BhAskara composed an acca tenugu rAmAyaNamu.

 

 

 

Sample Poems

 

A few sample poems are given below in RIT/RTS format. For poems in Telugu Lipi font click here.

 

 

 

rAmalingESvara Satakamu

aDidamu sUra kavi

 

ati samarthunaku sEyaga rAni pani lEdu -vidyAdhikula keMdu viMta lEdu
paruShOktunaku nOTa@m baluka rAnidi lEdu -satya saMdhunaku pakshaMbu lEdu
hanana kAriki nitaDAta Dan&nadi lEdu -duritAtmunaku vAvi varusa lEdu
BhAgyaSAliki laBhiMpani SOBhanamu lEdu -ceDDa vAniki rAni cETu lEdu |see|
nErci tirigina vAniki niMda lEdu
kaShTamOrvaka yun&na sauKhyaMbu lEdu
j~nAna nidhi kAkayun&na mOkshaMbu lEdu
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! |tE|

 

kan&naMbu dravvu taskaru@m DiMTi vAriki -vADa lEdani muMta vaici canune?
teravA@m Tu kA@m Du ciMtiMcunE kaTTina -baTTa Dulcina mAna BhaMgamanucu?
valabaDDa mekamu cUlvahiyiMce nanucunu -viDuvaMga@m jUcunE vE@m TakA@m Du?
jAruMDu parakAMta Sayyaku@m dArici -vAvi gAdani palki vadali canune? |see|
Atma janu gutta rUkala kam&mu nAta@m
DaraNamu losaMga@m jUcunE yallunakunu
e~ru@m ga riMtiya kAka parEMgitaMbu
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! ||

 

talli sEviMcina daivatArcana mEla -taMDri galgina@m ben&nidhAna mEla
deena rakshaNamun&na@m deerthATanaMbEla -vidyAdhikatayun&na vESha mEla
parama mitruMDun&na baMdhu vargaMbEla -patiBhakti galgina vratamulEla
rasikatvamun&nanu ratna BhUShaNamEla -Ghana vAhanaMbun&na@m gavacamEla |see|
iShTa saMsiddhi@m gana daMti nekka nEla
kavita galigina rAjyAdhikAramEla
tagu vinayamun&na vaSyauShadhaMbulEla
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! |tE|

 

paduguru kO@m ti veMbaDi saMcariMparE -vAhaku llEre SavaMbulakunu
gaMgiredduku lEve Ghana tUryarAvamul -kalimi galgade vAra kAminulaku@m
buli gOvu@m jaMpi nakkalanu bOShiMpadE -sthUla kAyamu lEde dun&nalakunu
puppi paMTiki lEde puTTaMbu gaTTuTa -vENudharuM Deddu veMTa rA@m De |see|
nyAya paddhati naDuvani yavani patiki
nen&ni cin&nelu galigina neMdu ko~raku
aMtamuna@m jUDavalayu nA yayya suKhamu
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! ||

 

pasaraMbu ~rAgaina@m basula kApari tappu -prajalu durnayulaina praBhuvu tappu
BhArya gayyALaina@m brANa nAthuni tappu -tanayuMDu dhUrtaina@m daMDri tappu
aSvaMbu ~rAMgaina nArOhakuni tappu -daMti duShTaina mAvaMtu tappu
sainyaMbu cediri sainya nAthuni tappu -kUturu ceDugaina mAta tappu |see|
iTti tappu leruMgaka yicca vacci
naTlu cariyiMcu vAniki hAni vaccu
nADikalu galgu nadi nikkamarasi cUDa
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! |tE|

 

pApAtmunaku@m bArupatte miyyagarAdu -cAlani paniki gAlcAca rAdu
tappu sEyani vAni daMDiMpa@m bOrAdu -cEsina sukRtaMbu@m cepparAdu
palugAki vAnitO BhAShiMpagArAdu -ceDDavAniki mElu sEya rAdu
AdAya merugani yappu sEyaga rAdu -paluvura dvEShamu paDaga rAdu |see|
parula dhana saMpada kasUya paDaga rAdu
tanadu lEmiki KhEda maMdaga rAdu
sAdhu vartana livigadA carca sEya
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! |tE|

 

peTTi pOsina nADe cuTTAla cErika -kalimi gala nADe kAMta valapu
sEva@m jEsina nADe kshitinAthu man&nana, -vayasu@m galgina nADe vanita rakti
viBhavaMbu gala nADe venuveMTa diruguTa -vaDiyun&na nADe mAvAralanuTa
pOrimi gala nADe porugiMTa pOraTa -maguDiMpa@m gala vADe tagavu sUTi |see|
Atma Sakti@m dolaMgina yavasaramuna@m
danaku nevvaru@m gAnidi tathyamaraya
balimi vO navayavamule paniki rAvu
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! |tE|

SreemaMtu nAj~napti sEya@m DokaMDunu -baDugu nEramu len&na@m barugulettu@m
dO@m Talu na~rikina dOsa men&na@m DokaMDu -naDavi goTTaku mani yAj~na veTTu
saradi gOrmuMcina@m jATi ceppa@m DokaMDu -tuppa@m gaMTina vAni dosamen&nu
nam&magolcina vAni nyAya men&na@m DokaMDu -tappa@m golcinavAni tappu jeppu |see|
niTTi peddala kadhikAramicci naTTi
rAju nanavale@m gAka durNayula nana@m ga
nEmi paniyun&nayadi satkaveeMdrulakunu,
rAmaliMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! ||

 

sAramEyaM buTTi cEru dreMpunu gAni -paDakuMDa@m baTTunE pAlakuMDa?
kOti kobbari kAya kona kekki paDadrOyu -dAni jalaMbulu trAva@m galade?
mudusali peMDlADi mudita yauvanamu vya -rthamu jEyu@m gA kEmi dAna@m gAMcu?
kAki muMga~ra nOra@m ga~raci DoMkala pAlu -gAviMcu@m gA kEmi gAMcu dAna@m ? |see|
jeDugu naru@m DorusaMpada je~racu@m gAni
tanaku PhalamEmi galugunu tathya maraya
niMda mAtraMbu vAniki nilcu jagati
rAma liMgESa! rAmacaMdra pura nivAsa! ||

 

 

More (when I get hold of the full text!) ..

Seshu Madhava Rao Adluri
First posted: March 1998
Suggestions, additions and corrections to the above will be gratefully appreciated.
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adluri@engr.mun.ca

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