MATERIAL: Palm Leaves
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 35 x 460mm
COMPONENTS: 259 leaves. Inscribed with style and inked with lamp black. Binding - holes, wooden covers, bound the cord.
NOTES: An unusually large manuscript in fine condition. G.V. Sitapati, A History of Telugu Literature, New Delhi, 1968, pp7-9.
ITEM ID: 4350
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Palm-Leaf Manuscript

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Century: 19th (1801-1900)

This manuscript contains a 19th century prose (gadya) rendition, by Badraradhana, of the Telugu version (in verse) of a part of the Mahabharata by the mediaeval poet-saint Tikkana Somayaji (11th-12th century).

The latter translated three books (Aranya Parva, Bhishma Parva, and Shri Parva) of the vast Sanskrit epic: this prose version only covers part of this. Tikkana’s version is credited with being a superb translation of the Mahabharata which acheives poetic success while translating accurately, while avoiding either excessive importation of Sanskrit or the over use of stock phrases from classical Telugu literature. One of the central classical texts of Telugu literature, it is nevertheless to long for modern taste, giving rise to modern paraphrases such as this prose version.