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Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao (Telugu - పానుగంటి లక్ష్మీ నరసింహా రావు) (2 November 1865 – 1 January 1940) was one of the famous modern Telugu
The Telugu people or Telugu Prajalu are an ethnic group of India. They are the native speakers of the Telugu language, the most commonly spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali...
writers. He was born at SeethaNagaram, East Godavari District. Most of his education was in Rajahmundry. After his education, he became a teacher in Peddapuram High School. Later he moved to Pitahpuram as 'Asthana Kavi' for the Pitahpuram Rajah's kingdom.
He brought "essay" into prominence in Telugu literature. His contribution to Andhra literature is stupendous and outstanding. He is popularly known as "Andhra Shakespeare" and, "Andhra Edison". He was awarded 'Abhinava Kalidas' by Venkata Sastry. He was one of the three famous writers of those days - Chilakamarthy Lakshmi Narasimham, Koochi Narasimham and Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimham - popularly known as 'Simha Trayam'.
- Sri Vishnu Naama Maala Strotram (1899)
- Narmada Purukutsiyam (1902)
- Saarangadhara (1904)
- Raadhakrishna (1904): It is based on the tenets of Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Gaudiya Vaishnavism is a Vaishnava religious movement founded by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in India in the 16th century. "Gaudiya" refers to the Gauḍa region with Vaishnavism meaning "the worship of Vishnu"...
. He was inspired to write this play by Ashutosh Mukherji’s Lord Gouranga
Gauranga is a term popularized by the Hare Krishna movement in the 1970s.It is derived from Sanskrit "having a white or yellowish body", a bahuvrihi compound from "white, yellowish, reddish" and "limb, member; the body"....
. The play depicts the stages of development of Radha’s simple bhakti growing into Mahabhava, its highest culmination usually associated with only Radha
Radha , also called Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani, is the childhood friend and lover of Krishna in the Bhagavata Purana, and the Gita Govinda of the Vaisnava traditions of Hinduism...
by vaishnava scholars. It is sought to elevate the image of Radha to Krishna's consort in Goloka, the heaven. The Sage Narada was used as an initiator and promotor of this dramatic action.
- Prachanda Chanakyamu (1909)
- Pattabhanga Raghavamu or Paadukaa Pattabhishekhamu (1909)
- Kokila (1909)
- Vijaya Raghavamu (1909)
- Vanavasa Raghavamu (1909)
- Vyjayanthi Vilasamu or Vipranaaraayana Charitra (1909)
- Buddha Bodha Sudha (1910)
- Vruddha Vivahamu (1910)
- Mano Mahima (1911)
- Saakshi (1913-1914; 1920-1922; 1927-1928; 1933)
- Kalyana Raaghavamu (1915)
- Kanthaabharanamu (1917)
- Kathalahari (1917)
- Hasyavallari (1917)
- Prakeershopanyasamulu (1918)
- Saraswathi (1920)
- Poornima (1922)
- Mudrika (1923)
- Veeramathi (1923)
- Padmini (1929)
- Malatheemala (1929)
- Sarojini (1930)
- Raati Sthambhamu (1930)
- Vichitra Vivahamu (1931)
- Gunavathi (1948)
- Manimala (1948)
- Subbaraju (1948)
- Paraprema (1948)
- Ramaraju (1948)
- Chinna Natakamu (1948)