Biographical Sketches of Dekkan Poets/Lakshmana kavi

Court of Sarvagna Singamaned, where he exhibited his poetical powers, and was dismissed from the Court of that monarch after receiving valuable presents.— Paddi Bhat constantly employed his pen in making commentaries on difficult works, but as no mention is made in any of his books o£ the number of expositions he wrote, no judgment can now be formed of the extent of them: those that have survived the destruction of time, are much esteemed by the learned. This poet died in. the sixty-second year of his age. His elder brother Mallinath composed a work entitled Mallinatheya, which consisted of one thousand verses that hear a double interpretation, and was much admired in all the Telugu provinces, the death of this, poet took place during the life time of his brother.


LAKSHMANA KAVI.

This poet was a Smarta Bramin of the Varanasi tribe, and a native of Bandar Sircar, he was the son of Venkatesa Kavi and lived in the fifteenth ceutury of Salivahana. In early life he studied the Telugu and Sanscrit language, and spent fifteen years in the perusal of ancient books, written on various subjects, especially beautiful poetic compositions. Lakshmana kept company with the public dancers, and accurately observed their various postures and motions, as described in the work called Bharata, but finding himself despised by respectable people, on account of his associating with common singers and dancers, he determined to relinquish their society, as such was derogatory to his character, and avail himself of his knowledge in poetry to compose some work deserving the regard of the learned. By the advice of several pundits he resolved to complete the Bhoja Champu, commonly called Champu Ramayana, only five books of which had been written during the life time of Bhoja Raja, in consequence of the death of Kalidas; and no one since had been able to finish the Poem. Lakshmana undertook to complete the task, and produced the sixth book of that celebrated work, called Yuda Kanda, consisting of about two thousand verses. This effort procured for our poet great renown, and obtained for him the title of Bhoja Champu Lakshmana—Sarud Raja conferred on him marks, of distinction and presents, and his book was studied in different Colleges. Lakshmana died at Masulipatam, when fifty five years of age.



KELADI BASAVAPPA NAICK.

Was a ruler of Keladi in the Bednore country, he lived in the sixteenth century of the Salivahana aera. There is a work in existence called Seva Tatva Ratna Kara, or the ocean of preeminence of Seva, of which he is the ostensible author, but it is well known that the work was composed by the pundits of his Court—it treats on several Arts and Sciences, and seems to have been executed with much labor.



URAGAPPA DANDANATH.

This Sanscrit poet was a Military Officer of high rank, it is said a Commander of the Forces of Harihara Roya, founder of Vedyanagar and its first Sovereign, he was born at Anagondi, and flourished in the twelfth century of Salivahana. Uragappa Dandanath was well versed