There were eight great poets in the court of Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara (1509-1530 AD). They were called Ashta Diggajas.
Allsani Peddana was one among them.
He has been given the title Sarvatomukhandhra Kavitapitamaha.
Peddanapadu village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.
Allasani Peddana was a Smarta Niyogi Brahmin of the Nandavarika sect.
He belonged to Vasishta gotra.
His father’s name was Chokkayamatya.
Shatakopa Yati (शठकोपयतिः).
Hari Kathasara was his first work followed by Simhavalokana Utpalamalika, and his most famous work Svarochishamanu Sambhavamu (Manucharitra).
There are two more works: Ramastavarajam and Advaitasiddhantamu often attributed to Allasani Peddana.
Simhavalokana Utpalamalika is written in the meter Utpalamala and it has got thirty lines.
It is about how to compose poems and how to use the words of Telugu and Sanskrit.
This work reflects his mystique character and naturalistic outlook and also covers drama, music, rhythms, and experience of the senses.
Manucharitra written by Allasani Peddana is about the birth of Svarochisha Manu, the founder of mankind in the Svarochisha Manvantara.
It is adapted from the Markandeya Purana.
In this book, Peddana compares the birth of the son of Krishnadevaraya to the birth of Svarochisha Manu.
Manucharitra’s original title is Svarochishamanu Sambhavamu.
Krishnadevaraya himself was a poet.
He gave the Kavigandapenderam to Allasani Peddana.
Krishnadevaraya himself wore the golden ornament around Peddana’s ankle.
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