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Narayana Rao, Velcheru 1932-

Overview
Works: 44 works in 209 publications in 4 languages and 12,676 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PL4780.65.E5, 894.8271008
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Velcheru Narayana Rao
When God is a customer : Telugu courtesan songs by Kṣētrayya( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical Telugu poetry : an anthology( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and German and held by 221 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
Textures of time : writing history in South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Along with the clock and the railroad, did the British colonists bring the questionable gift of history to India? Generations of Western writers have claimed that historical consciousness did not exist in India before its conquest by the British at the end of the eighteenth century, assuming that Indians in pre-colonial times were indifferent to historical fact and approached their past through myth, legend, and story. Nearly a thousand years ago, the great scholar Al-Biruni complained that, "unfortunately, the Hindus do not pay much attention to the historical order of things. They are very careless in relating the chronological succession of kings, and when pressed for information ... invariably take to tale-telling." Until now this had been the received wisdom of the West, repeated with little variation by post-colonial historians." "Textures of Time sets out not merely to disprove that idea, but to demonstrate through a brilliant blend of storytelling and scholarship the complex forms of history that were produced in South India between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Through a nuanced reading of the rich language of folk epic, courtly poetry, and prose narratives, the authors reveal a subtle but distinct divide between fact and fiction in South Indian writings and make a clear case for the existence of historical narrative in precolonial India."--BOOK JACKET
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
Śiva's warriors : the Basava Purāṇa of Pālkuriki Somanātha by Palakuriki Somanatha( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verse work on Basava, fl. 1160, founder of the Lingayat sect of Saivism; includes critical introd. and synopsis
A poem at the right moment : remembered verses from premodern South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symbols of substance, court and state in Nāyaka period Tamilnadu by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 174 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 )

14 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
Syllables of sky : studies in South Indian civilization( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and Italian and held by 156 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 154 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
The Story of Manu by Allasāni Peddana( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Histoire sur la naissance de Svārociṣa Manu (personnage mythologique hindoue)
How Úrvashi was won by Kālidāsa( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

"The Demon's Daughter (Prabhavati-pradyumnamu) is a sixteenth-century novel by the south Indian poet Pingali Suranna, originally written in Telugu, the language of present-day Andhra Pradesh. Suranna begins with a story from classical Hindu mythology in which a demon plans to overthrow the gods. Krishna's son Pradyumna is sent to foil the plot and must infiltrate the impregnable city of the demons; Krishna helps ensure his success by having a matchmaking goose cause Pradyumna to fall in love with the demon's daughter. The original story focuses on the ongoing war between gods and anti-gods, but Pingali Suranna makes it an exploration of the experience of being and falling in love. In this, the work evinces a modern sensibility, showing love as both an individualized emotion and the fullest realization of a person, transcending social and cultural barriers." "The translators include an afterword that explores the cultural setting of the work and its historical and literary contexts. Anyone interested in the literature and mythology of India will find this book compelling, but all readers who love a good story will enjoy this book. Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman have provided a translation that will serve well the contemporary reader who wishes to encounter a masterwork of world literature largely unknown in the West." --Book Jacket
Śrīnātha : the poet who made gods and kings by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text offers a cultural biography of Śrīnātha, arguably the most creative figure in the 1000-year history of Telugu literature. The study, which includes extensive translations of Śrīnātha's major works, shows the poet's place in a great classical tradition in a moment of profound cultural transformation
Textures du temps : écrire l'histoire en Inde by Velcheru Narayana Rao( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 46 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 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demon's Daughter : a Love Story from South India by Velcheru Narayana Rao( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God on the Hill : Temple Poems from Tirupati by John G Annamayya( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The devotional poems of Annamaya (15th century) are perhaps the most accessible and universal achievement of classical Telugu literature, one of the major literatures of pre-modern India. This book offers translations of 150 of Annamaya's poems, which are readable as poetry in their own right
 
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When God is a customer : Telugu courtesan songs
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-....

Rao, Velecheru Narayana 1932-

Rāvu, Vēlcēru Nārāyaṇa 1932-

Vēlcēru Nārāyaṇarāvu 1932-...

Velcheru Narayana Rao.

Velcheru Narayana Rao 1932-....

Velcheru Narayanarao

Velcheru Narayanarao 1932-....

Velecheru Narayana Rao 1932-

Languages
English (172)

French (4)

German (1)

Italian (1)

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Classical Telugu poetry : an anthologyTextures of time : writing history in South IndiaŚiva's warriors : the Basava Purāṇa of Pālkuriki SomanāthaA poem at the right moment : remembered verses from premodern South IndiaHibiscus 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 civilization