Devulapalli Krishnasastri

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దేవులపల్లి వేoకట కృష్ణశాస్త్రి
Devulapalli Venkata Krishnasastri
Born November 1, 1897
R.Chandrampalem, Pithapuram, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, British India
Died 24 February 1980
India
Pen name Devulapalli KrishnaSastri
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Hindu
Citizenship India
Genres Playwright, poet
Notable work(s) Krishna Paksham

Devulapalli Venkata Krishnasastri (Telugu: దేవులపల్లి వేoకట కృష్ణశాస్త్రి; November 1, 1897 – February 24, 1980) was a Telugu poet, playwright and translator.[1] He is famously known as Andhra Shelley.

Early life[edit]

Krishnasastri was born in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was born in Ravuvari Chandrampalem and was brought up in Pitapuram in a family of court-poets.[2]

He grew interest in English literature while he was in his high school.

Career[edit]

Krishnasastri started writing poetry from a very young age. Krishnasastri's works changed significantly after he met Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan in 1929.

Krishnasastri joined All India Radio in 1945 and wrote a number of plays for it.

He also translated Sri Goda Devi's Tamil Tiruppavai into Telugu Keertanaas. Other translations of Tiruppavai are available - but they are all word for word. His translation is unique because he had taken the central idea of each Pasuram, made it into pallavi and wove around it the rest of the paasuram into anupallavi and charanam(s). They were set to pure carnatic music, even as they were composed, by Amruthavalli Sundaram. The publication with notation, is Orient Longman.[3]

Literary works[edit]

Some of Krishnasastri's famous works include :

  • Amrutha Veena (1992)
  • Sri Andallu Tiruppavu Kirtanalu (1993)
  • Meghamala (1996)
  • Krishna Paksham (The Darkening Fortnight),
  • Pravasam (Alien Residence),
  • Mahati (The Veena of Narada).

Films[edit]

Dr. Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry, who established himself as Andhra-Shelly, came to the lime-light in the Telugu filmdom too - thanks to the story and lyrics he provided to the all-time Telugu classical hit "Malleeswari". He also helped in the script and screen-play writing to the veteran Director-Producer DR. B. N. Reddy. Dr. Sastry's poetry was always romantic and passionate - fit for fine arts like music and dance. Hence his lyrics caught the imagination of the Telugu people - from a lay man to the well-known critics of the day. When it comes to movies, his lyrics swang the Telugu-audiences and made them revel in the skies. He wrote about 160 good lyrics to about 70 films during the 1950s to 1970s.[4] They include Malleswari, Naa Illu, En Veedu, Bangaru Papa, Ekaveera, Bhagya Rekha (1957), Rakta Kanneeru, Bhakta Tukaram, Karthika Deepam, Gorintaku, Megha Sandesham, Sri Rama Pattabhishekam.[5]

Year Film Song
1951 Malliswari Aakaasa Veedhilo Hayiga Egirevu Desa Desalanni Tirigi Chusevu
1953 Naa Illu Adigadigo Gagana Seema Andamaina Chandamama Adigo
1954 Bangaru Papa Yavvana Madhuvanilo
1957 Bhagya Rekha Neevundeda Kondapai Naasaami
1959 Raja Makutam Sadiseyako Gali Sadiseya Boke
1965 Bangaru Panjaram Pagalaite Doravera Raatiri Naa Raajuvula
1967 Sukhadukhalu Idi Mallela Velayani Idi Vennela Masamani
1968 Undamma Bottu Pedata Ravamma Mahalakhsmi Ravamma
1969 Ekaveera Prati Raatri Vasantha Raatri
1970 Mayani Mamatha Raanika Neekosam Sakhi, Raadika Vasanta Maasam
1971 Kalyana Mandapam Chukkalu Pade Subha Mantram
1971 Mattilo Manikyam Maata Chalada Manasu Chalada
1972 Manchi Rojulochayi Neloto Needa Annadi Nanu Taakaradani
1973 Bhakta Tukaram Ghana Ghana Sundaraa Karuna Rasa Mandiraa
1973 Neramu Siksha Chesina Papam Needi Chitikina Bratukinkokaridi
1974 Amma Manasu Srishailabhavanaa Meluko
1975 Balipeetam Kusalama Neeku Kusalamena
1975 Cheekati Velugulu Cheekati Velugula Kaugitilo Chinde Kumkuma Vannelu
1976 Sri Rajeswari Vilas Coffee Club Naa Peru Bikari, Naa Daari Edari
1978 Seetamalakshmi Maavi Chigugu Tinagane Koyila Palikena
1978 Sri Rama Pattabhishekam Ee Gangakenta Digulu Ee Gaalikenta Gubulu
1979 Gorintaku Gorinta Poochindi Komma Lekunda
1979 Karthika Deepam Aaraneekuma Ee Deepam Karteeka Deepam
1980 Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Mahatyam Veena Naa Veena Eruguduva Neevainaa
1983 Megha Sandesham Aakulo Aakunai Puvvulo Puvvunai

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