Chapter

Introduction

Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman

in Śrīnātha

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863020
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863020.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter presents the cultural and historical background to the emergence of Srinatha as a major figure and discusses the uniqueness of his work within the Telugu tradition. We explain the particular lyrical and stylistic features of the Srinatha style and its links to the oral tradition in Telugu, on the one hand, and to classical Sanskrit themes and texts, on the other. A passage from one of the poet’s major works, the Hara-vilasamu—telling the myth of the churning of the ocean of milk—is discussed at length with translated verses.

Keywords: Hindu mythology; oral literature; Reddi kings; Vijayanagara; Rajahmundry

Chapter.  17533 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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