Vedam Venkataraya Sastry
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|Vedam Venkataraya Sastry|
Portrait from his drama "Bobbili Yudham"
|Born||December 21, 1853
|Died||June 18, 1929
|Alma mater||Madras Christian College|
|Genre||Playwright, Poet, Critic|
|Notable works||Prataparudriyam play|
|Notable awards||Mahamahopadhyaya, Kalaprapoorna|
|Relatives||Vedam Venkataraya Sastry|
Vedam Venkataraya Sastry (December 21, 1853 – June 18, 1929) was a Sanskrit and Telugu language poet, critic, Telugu theatre star and dramatist. He is respected for providing authoritative editions of Sanskrit and Telugu classics.
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.
- Naganandamu (1891)
- Shakuntalamu (1896)
- Prataparudriya Natakam (1897)
- Usha Parinayam Natakam (1901)
- Vikramorvashiyam (1901)
- Nannechoduni Kavitvamu.
- Pushpabana Vilasa
- Visandhi Vivekamu (1912)
- Bobbili Yuddham (1916)
- Malavikagni Mitramu (1919)
- Tikkana Somayaji Vijayamu (1919)
- Uttararama Charitra (1920)
- Andhra Sahitya Darpanamu
- Tānāṣā, Akkanna Mādannalu
- Telun̐guvārevaru - Parishodhana vyasamu
- Mayasabha (Duryodhana)
- Vēdamu Vēṅkaṭarāyaśāstrulavāri jīvitacaritra saṅgrahamu
- Rasamanjari (1950)
- 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.
- 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.