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Narayana Rao, Velcheru 1932-

Overview
Works: 41 works in 160 publications in 3 languages and 9,981 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  History  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor
Classifications: PL4780.65.E5, 894.8271008
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Velcheru Narayana Rao
Classical Telugu poetry : an anthology( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. This authoritative volume, the first anthology of classical Telugu poetry in English, gives an overview of one of the world's most creative poetic traditions. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have brought together mythological, religious, and secular texts by twenty major poets who wrote between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries. The beautifully translated selections are often dramatic and unexpected in tone and effect, and sometimes highly personal. The authors have provided an informative, engaging introduction, fleshing out the history of Telugu literature, situating its poets in relation to significant literary themes and historical developments, and discussing the relationship between Telugu and the classical literature and poetry of Sanskrit
When God is a customer : Telugu courtesan songs( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the Lord of the animals ; poems from the Telugu : the Kāḷahastīśvara śatakamu of Dhūrjaṭi by Dhūrjaṭi( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poem on Kāḷahastīśvara, form of Siva, Hindu deity
A poem at the right moment : remembered verses from premodern South India( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Śiva's warriors : the Basava Purāṇa of Pālkuriki Somanātha by Palakuriki Somanatha( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verse work on the lives and teachings of various Lingayat saints
Symbols of substance, court and state in Nāyaka period Tamilnadu by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hibiscus on the lake : twentieth-century Telugu poetry from India( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Girls for sale : a play from colonial India = Kanyasulkam by Gurujada Venkata Apparao( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterpiece of British Indian literature in a vibrant modern English translation
The Sound of the kiss, or the story that must never be told by Piṅgaḷi Sūrana( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this sixteenth-century masterpiece of Telugu literature, from the region now known as Andhra Pradesh, Suranna recounts the story of a young courtesan who falls in love with the most handsome man in the universe and overhears him speaking of a mysterious person whose story must never be told. Burning with curiosity and desire, she ventures to the god Krishna's palace, where much intrigue and adventure ensue. The Sound of the Kiss is considered by some to be the first novel written in South Asia, and the translation of this classic fills a gap in the literature of the East.</P
Syllables of sky : studies in South Indian civilization( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and Italian and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributed articles
God on the hill : temple poems from Tirupati by Annamācārya( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The devotional poems of Annmaya are perhaps the most accessible and universal achievement of classical Telugu literature, one of the major literatures of pre-modern India
How Úrvashi was won by Kālidāsa( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical Sanskrit play
Textures of time : writing history in South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The demon's daughter : a love story from South India by Piṅgaḷi Sūrana( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Story of Manu by Allasāni Peddana( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Telugu poem on Svārociṣa Manu, mythological character; translated into English
Śrīnātha : the poet who made gods and kings by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This groundbreaking cultural biography of Srinatha, arguably the most creative figure in the thousand-year history of Telugu literature., shows how the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century poet revolutionized the classical tradition and effectively created the classical genre of sustained, thematically focused, coherent large-scale compositions. Some of his works are proto-novellas: self-consciously fictional, focused on the development of characters, and endowed with compelling, fast-paced plots. Though entirely rooted in the cultural world of medieval south India, Srinatha is a poet of universal resonance and relevance. Narayana Rao and Shulman provide extended translations of Srinatha's major works and show how the poet bridged gaps between oral (improvised) poetry and fixed literary works; between Telugu and the classical, pan-Indian language of Sanskrit; and between local and trans-local cultural contexts. This wide-ranging and perceptive study reveals Srinatha place in a great classical tradition in a moment of profound cultural transformation
Textures of time : writing history in South India, 1600-1800 by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lover's guide to Warangal = The krīḍâbhirāmamu by Vinukoṇḍa Vallabharāya( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twentieth century Telugu poetry : an anthology( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Telugulō kavitā viplavāla svarūpaṃ by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

2 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in Telugu and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Narayana Rao, Velcheru

Narayana-Rao, Velcheru 1932-

Narayana Ravu, Velceru 1932-

Narayanarao, V. 1932-

Narayanarao, Velcheru

Narayanarao Velcheru 1932-....

Nārāyanarāvu, Vēlcēru.

Nārāyaṇarāvu, Vēlcēru 1932-

Rao, V. Narayana.

Rao, V. Narayana 1932-

Rao, Velcheru Narayana.

Rao Velcheru Narayana 1932-....

Rāvu, Vēlcēru Nārāyaṇa 1932-

Vēlcēru Nārāyaṇarāvu 1932-...

Velcheru Narayana Rao.

Velcheru Narayana Rao 1932-....

Velcheru Narayanarao

Velcheru Narayanarao 1932-....

Languages
English (134)

Telugu (2)

Italian (1)

Covers
When God is a customer : Telugu courtesan songsA poem at the right moment : remembered verses from premodern South IndiaŚiva's warriors : the Basava Purāṇa of Pālkuriki SomanāthaHibiscus on the lake : twentieth-century Telugu poetry from IndiaGirls for sale : a play from colonial India = KanyasulkamThe Sound of the kiss, or the story that must never be toldSyllables of sky : studies in South Indian civilizationGod on the hill : temple poems from Tirupati