Viswanatha Satyanarayana

[Kavi Samraat] (10 September 1895 – 18 October 1976 / Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh / India)

Viswanatha Satyanarayana
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Viswanatha Satyanarayana (Telugu: విశ్వనాథ సత్యనారాయణ), popularly known as the Kavi Samraat (Emperor of Poetry), was a modern Telugu poet.

He was a disciple of the Tirupati Venkata Kavulu duo. Viswanatha's style of poetry was classical in nature and his popular works include Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu (A resourceful tree called Ramayana), Kinnersani patalu (Mermaid songs) and Veyipadagalu (The Thousand Hoods).

He was awarded the Jnanpith Award and Padma Bhushan in 1970.

The parallel "free-verse" movement in easy prose of Telugu literature criticized him as a bigot who hung onto the strict rules of prosody such as Yati, Prasa (rhyme) and Chandassu ... more »

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