Monday, November 22, 2010

Annamayya Pada Mandaakini

Annamayya Pada Mandaakini

Book Review

Commendable presentation

Saint-poet Annamacharya was a supreme master of ‘Pada Kavitha,’ his devotional fervour being his main spring of motive. Though there is no single term to define the profundity with which he exercised his power over metaphorical imagination draped in the sheer beauty of Telugu idiom, one can say that Annamacharya remains unsurpassed in the word craft by which his sankirtanas leave a great devout effect on us.

This book entitled “Annamayya Pada Mandaakini” offers transliteration, Telugu commentary and English explanation for 108 Sankirtanas composed by Annamacharya. The number 108 has great significance in Hindu philosophy. For instance, 108 Gopis {consorts} of Lord Krishna, 108 Holy places for Vaishnavas, 108 beads on Japamaala (rosary), 108 Upanishads, 108 Divyadeshas (sacred places) throughout India and Nepal, and 108 sacred water taps in Muktinath, Nepal.

The credits for this book are:
Concept and Compilation: Mahidhara Seeta Rama Sarma
Telugu Commentry: G.B. Shankara Rao
English Connotation: Raneekumar
Transliteration: Kiranmaie
Composer: Sattiraju Venumadhav

The sankirtanas chosen for this compilation are not too well known to common devotees and music lovers, hence are very novel and new to read and enjoy their meaning. It is clearly understood that one’s felicity of expression will be greater in one’s mother tongue – G.B.Shankara Rao’s explanation in Telugu is an example for that. The creative artistry and technique with which he gave the commentary and exegesis of the sankiratans are commendable. The command over language coupled with extensive knowledge on the subject made him give fine comments, observations and underlying esoteric meanings.

Ranee Kumar’s English explanation / connotation is easy and smooth, without too much of frills. She has stuck to the point diligently and offered clear-cut perspective. She being a student of music and dance, seems to have enjoyed the work and it reflects very clearly.
Apart from literary value, this book has musical value too as it comes along with an audio CD. Classical singer and composer Sathiraju Venumadhav had not only set the 108 sankirtanas to music in 108 different ragas, but he had also rendered them. A humongous task, but well handled. Kudos to him for this divine offering. The music rendition by Venu Madhav is dulcet and harmonious, though at some places sankirtanas sound monotonous probably because of the close similarities in the ragas chosen.

The exquisite beauty of Annamacharya’s sankiratans cannot be totally carried into any translation or explanation but it is important that the Sankirtanas by Saint-Poet Annamacharaya are translated into/ explained in English and are made accessible to pan -Indian readers as well as International readers. They represent our vast archival work of great importance.

Works such as these make our heritage more worthy and timeless. Annamayya’s sankirtanas deserve to be read and revered not only in one particular state or one country, but by the global community of readers spread all over the world. Translation is the only means by which something so important can happen.

Literary activities such as these are imperative for promoting global culture and universal brotherhood transcending national boundaries and ideological boundaries. One of the easy ways to promote national integration and to combat sub-national insularity is to get the representative literary works translated from one language to another at national and international levels.

This is a commendable presentation, an important compilation. The aesthetic appeal is well taken care of in the production. Mahidhara Seeta Rama Sarma must be congratulated for conceptualizing and coordinating this impressive venture.

Mahidhara Seeta Rama Sarma (Compiler)
Annamayya Pada Mandaakini
(Commentary for 108 Sankeerthanas )
Hyderabad : Sujana Ranjani, Sanathnagar.
Pages- 224. Price Rs.400/ (CD included). $ 25 US Dollars.

With 25%discount Rs.300/- from above address

(For copies contact - Sujana Ranjani, SRT 922, Sanathnagar,

Hyderabad -500018 Phone – 040 23705440)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Vennello Aadapilla

వెన్నెల్లో ఆడపిల్ల

There was a Movie based on this Novel BUT it's no match to the Book, As Paulo

Coelho said, "when a Book was made as a Movie it always fails to satisfy or meet the

reader’s expectations. As every reader crates a Movie of his own imagination and lives

with the Characters. When one find his favorite book as movie, rather disappointed

one will be."

Inspired by this Book, and letters. I've stated writing a Letter Too .. Then some thing

Great happened.

I realized what an outstanding Dumbo, I am.

So... i left the poetic letters to Yandamuri,

and kept the rough work with me, as they carry the real feeling, not the refined Work.



Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back Pack Initiative - Equip Young Minds to Learn and Grow

Back Pack Initiative - Equip Young Minds to Learn and Grow

Friday, July 16, 2010

Anando Brahma

Anando Brahma - Yandamuri Veerendranath

2044 A.D;


USA (United States of India);


Time :10-55.

Are the Opening words of the Book, which takes you in a Time Machine Ride to Future USA
(United States of Andhra). Once again lost in Y.V shows his magic of Fiction and Futurology with a touch of Cool breezeGodhavari.

I've got this Book from my younger bother who is, a Next generation guy, He is very exited about this book. that's the power of Yandamuri Books.

one of my College Lecturer said that, "Read Anando Brahma before Marriage, only then you can feel it" , --- Now i see what he really meant !!!.

Y.V kept me Busy during Vizag to Banagalore Train journey, of-course the Train was 6 Hr delay very boring and annoying as expected.

The Transition of Generations and mind set was discussed wonderfully, I already feel that the current generation Cares the Values, Feelings and more Divine, try visiting ISKON Temple nearby and you will realize that there are more youngsters at the temple. We feel more Responsible against the Global society (ppl protested when world-trade center fall, or when a child struck in China, earthquakes in Japan or Volcano Erupted etc. etc..)

The extracts from Telugu Prabhanda's was very refreshing. We posses Great Literature, we never care to read them.





- N. Y

Close the Book,
Recap ... Realize the Simple and Sensitive Movement which made YOU !.

More Books of , Yandamoori Veerendranath...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana- Adhbutam ga Jarugutunnadi

Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana @ Vijayawada. Adhbutam ga Jarugutunnadi...

Morning 7 AM - Vijayawada LabdiPeta Sri Venakateshwara Swami Temple nundi NagaraSankeerthana Chesukuntu... TummalaPalli Vari Kshetraya Kalashetram cherukunnamu.

During the Nagara Sankeerthana we happened to meet Anandh Garu and Kavita Prasad Garu. they both appreciated us for attending this event.

After a brief Introduction of the Event, We all sang Saptagiri Sankeerthanalu...

Then Officially the Clock was started. As a proof for the World Record.

Our Team sang at 11PM slot. it was a wonderful experience to sing with the team on stage.

With out Narasimharao garu help i would not be able to be part of this.

Note:They've Announced that the 27th- Lakhsa Govindha Namarchana program was canceled due to security reasons.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana

Akhanda Sahasra Sankeertanarchana-Non-Stop 1008 Annamacharya Sankeerthana Recital

Annamacharya 602va Jayanthi Celebrations by Siliconandhra at Vijayawada

Tuesday, January 5, 2010