A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Kavi Saamraat’ Viswanadha Satyanarayana (10 September 1895-18 October 1976), an Indian Telugu writer of 20th century :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 26, 2017
Stamp / First Day Cover / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Shri Brahm Prakash
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 301590
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Viswanatha Satyanarayana
Born on 10 Sep, 1895 at Nandamuru, Krishna district,
Madras state, British India [now Andhra Pradesh, India]
Died on 18 Oct, 1976 at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Sri Viswanatha Satyanarayana, acclaimed by the learned as Kavi Samrat (Emperor of Poets) is a legend in the Telugu States. He was born in a traditional family to father Sobhanadri and mother Parvathi on 10 September 1895 in a small village, Nandamuru in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. He was highly learned in classics like the Mahabharahta, Bhagavatha and Ramayana Sanskrit and Telugu and had masterly grasp of the works of Kalidasa, Bhavabhooti, Bharavi, Bhartruhari. He had mastery over Sanskrit, Telugu and English all of which he taught in several colleges during his career as a lecturer. He wrote profusely: 30 Kavays; 20 plays; 60 novels; 10 literary criticisms; 200 khanda kavyas; 35 short stories; 70 essays; 50 radio plays; 3 play-lets; 10 essays in English; 10 works in Sanskrit; 3 translations; 100 introductions and forewords as well as radio talks; some of his poems and novels have been translated into English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Urdu and Sanskrit.
- His most celebrated works are Srimad Ramayana Kalpavruksham and Veyi Padagalu translated from Telugu into Hindi by the former Prime Minister Sri P V Narasimha Rao as Sahasra Phani. Plays among which the most famous are: Nartanasala, Shivaji – Roshanara (a historic play); Vena Raju, literary criticisms like Shakunalamu Yokka Abhignanatha; Sitayascharitam Mahat; Sahitya Surabham etc.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.