Nannaya Bhattaraka [Aadi Kavi] (11th century / Rajahmundry, Godavari, Andhra Pradesh / India)
Nannaya Bhattaraka (Telugu: నన్నయ, sometimes spelled Nannayya) is the earliest known Telugu author, and the author of the first third of the Andhra Mahabharatamu, a Telugu retelling of the Mahabharata. Nannaya is held in high regard as the person who revived the Telugu language. This work, which is rendered in the Champu style, is so chaste and polished and of such a high literary merit.
The first treatise on Telugu grammar, the "Andhra Shabda Chintamani" was written in Sanskrit by Nannayya, who was considered first poet and translator of Telugu in the 11th century A.D. There was no grammatical work in Telugu prior to Nannayya's "Andhra sabda chintamani". This grammar followed the ... more »
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