Viswanatha Satyanarayana, the Poet Laureate of Andhra Pradesh and winner of JnanPith Award, is undoubtedly one of the greatest scholar-poets of Andhra. An octogenerian with continuous and untiring literary activity extending over six decades, Viswanatha Satyanarayana has had the good fortune of living with writers of three generations. The first generation of elders are his seniors in age at least by 20 years. They include his Gurus also. The second generation consists of contemporaries mostly of his age with a few others. The third generation consists of writers who are juniors to him by 20 to 40 years. These three generations represent writers of Puranic and Prabandhic style, moderns who wrote in the same style and those of the Bhavakavita school of poetry, and all the rest who tried to improve upon it or revolt against it. All these writers, whether they agree or disagree with Viswanatha, respect his unquestioned authority. In scholarship and learning he is on par with the ancient scholar-poets. In tradition he is in line with Nannaya, Tikkana and Srinatha, the great masters of Telugu poetry. The ideal of his poetry is the nearest approximation to the prayer “Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu.” I am also add that it does not confine itself only to man but includes all living creatures. It reminds us of the Sanskrit benediction, “Samno astu dwipade sam catushpade.” It can be stated without exaggeration that he tried every literary form and excelled in it in a unique fashion
On September 10th 1895 at Nandamuru, Krishna District, in an affluent Vaidik Brahmin family, that a child was born in a scholarly family with perhaps neer thought that the child was soon to become the uncrowned monarch pervading the entire world of become the uncrowned monarch pervading the entire world of Telugu Literature. And then they christened him to be known as Satyanarayana to follow after their family name Viswantha.
About Jnanpith Award
Acultural And institute promotion devoted of to contemporary oriental literary research writing Jnanpith has sponsored the highest Indian Literary Award of rupees one-lakh for the best creative writing in Indian languages. Jnanpith has during the preceding eleven years honoured with its Award thirteen topmost creative Indian writers: G. Sankara Kurup. Tarashankar Bondyopadhyaya, K.V. Puttappa and Umashankar Joshi (jointly), Sumitranandam Pant, Firaq Gorakhpuri, V. Satyanarayana, Bishnu De, Ramedhari Singh Dinker, D. R. Bendre and Gopinath Mohanty (jointly) and V. S. Khandekar, and P.V. Akhilandam. Jnanpith has brought out Hindi editions of most of the Award-winning works, namely: Otakkuzhal, Ganadevata, Ramayana Darshanam, Nisheeth, Chidambara Sanchayan (in six Indian languages and in English), Bazeme Zindagi Range Shaeri (selections from Firaq’s Gul-ENagham), Smiti Satta Bhavishyat Tatha Anya Shreshtha Kavitayen, Sanchayita (selections from Urvashi and other works of the poet, Chaar Taar and Miti Matal. Jnanpith has concentrated on such literary and cultural publications as other publishers hesitate to undertake because of commercial unprofitability or other difficulties and has set an example by maintaining a high standard of production and also by respecting the rights of authors and yet pricing its publications low to encourage reading of good literature. Jnanpith has done pioneering work in the field of original research on oriental subjects, particularly on the neglected branches of Indology, and has set a high pattern for scientific editing of ancient works in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Apabhransha, Tamil, Kannada, etc. Jnanpith has thus made a valuable contribution towards cultural integration of the country though the medium of literature; it has published a series of titles with this set objective.
Courtesy: TRIVENI journal April-June 1977 edition Representation The Andhra Cabinet appeared to have been represented at the function more that...