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akkiraaju umaakaantaM

 

 

 

akkiraaju umaakantaM [1889-1942]

Eminent scholar of Telugu, Sanskrit, English, etc. One of the first major literary critics of twentieth century. Prepared a critical edition of palnaaTi veera caritra by Sreenaatha (15th Cent.) In his scholarly introduction to this work based on a famous local Telugu story built around the war of Palnadu, he commented on other epics based on Purana stories. He rejected all the works of early Telugu poets up to Sreenaatha as being either inferior or of lesser intrinsic value. He felt that much of the remaining classical literature with a few exceptions is also not of high merit. He compared the palnaaTi caritra as being worthy of Sanskrit epics such as the Mahabharata. His critical pen came down very heavily on the poetry of early romanticism in Telugu. He denounced the lack of standards in the so called modern poetry in his "nETi kaalapu kavitvaM" (1928). He also authored several other very influential essays on early modern literature of Telugu. In addition to being a critic, he was also a writer of considerable repute. He wrote a well known biographical novel on Tippu sultaan (1913).

 

 

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