Vedam Venkataraya Sastry

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Vedam Venkataraya Sastry
Vedam Venkataraya Sastry.jpg
Portrait from his drama "Bobbili Yudham"
Born December 21, 1853
Madras
Died June 18, 1929
Madras
Occupation Sanskrit pandit
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Hindu
Citizenship India
Education B.A.
Alma mater Madras Christian College
Genre Playwright, Poet, Critic
Notable works Prataparudriyam play
Notable awards Mahamahopadhyaya, Kalaprapoorna
Relatives Vedam Venkataraya Sastry

Vedam Venkataraya Sastry B.A. (Telugu: వేదం వెంకటరాయ శాస్త్రి) (December 21, 1853 - June 18, 1929) was a Sanskrit and Telugu poet, critic and dramatist. He is respected for providing authoritative editions of Sanskrit and Telugu classics.

Life sketch[edit]

He was born to Venkataramana Sastry and Lakshmamma in Madras in 1853. He was graduated (B.A.) in 1887. He had worked as a Sanskrit pandit in Madras Christian College for 25 years.

He wrote original drama and translated Sanskrit dramas of Kalidasa and Harsha. He established a dramatic association named Andhra Bhashabhimani Nataka Samajam in 1899. His original works include Prataparudriya natakam (Prataparudra's Play) in 1897 and Usha natakam (Usha's Play) in 1901. The former won a great reputation as a historical drama for introducing a Chanakyan-type character in Yugandhara, minister of the Kakatiya king Prataparudra, and for its patrochita bhasha. It recreated Prataparudra's grandeur and created other memorable roles like Vidyanatha the poet, Chekumuki Sastry the courtier, and the simple Perigadu and Yelli, who became synonymous in Telugu theatre with rustic humour.

He worked as Chief editor of Suryarayandhra Nighantuvu in 1916.

He died in 1929 in Madras.

Literary works[edit]

  • Naganandamu (1891)
  • Shakuntalamu (1896)
  • Prataparudriya Natakam (1897)
  • Usha Parinayam Natakam (1901)
  • Vikramorvashiyam (1901)
  • Nannechoduni Kavitvamu.[1]
  • Pushpabana Vilasa
  • Visandhi Vivekamu (1912)
  • Bobbili Yuddham (1916)
  • Malavikagni Mitramu (1919)
  • Tikkana Somayaji Vijayamu (1919)
  • Uttararama Charitra (1920)
  • Andhra Sahitya Darpanamu
  • Vyāmōhamu
  • Tānāṣā, Akkanna Mādannalu
  • Telun̐guvārevaru - Parishodhana vyasamu
  • Mayasabha (Duryodhana)
  • Vēdamu Vēṅkaṭarāyaśāstrulavāri jīvitacaritra saṅgrahamu
  • Rasamanjari (1950)[2]

Honors[edit]

  • 1920 : Mahamahopadhyaya award by Andhra Mahasabha.
  • 1922 : Sarvatantra svatantra, Mahamahopadhyaya and Vidyadanavrata mahoradhi facilitations by Sankara of Dwaraka Peetham.
  • 1927 : Kalaprapoorna by Andhra Viswakala Parishad. He was the first recipient of that honour.
  • 1958 : Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Akademi award for his critical analysis on Nanne Choda's prabandha poetry in 1958.

References[edit]

  • Vedam Venkataraya Sastry in Makers of Indian Literature; Biography by Vedam Venkataraya Sastri, Sahitya Akademi, 1976)
  • Luminaries of 20th Century, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, 2005.