Salabhanjika talks to Shri.G.B.Sankara Rao, research scholar,to decode why the fifteenth century Annamacharya Kritis can be the right medicine for burning topics around the world today

Centuries ago, a childless young couple in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh decided to visit the powerful deity of Lord Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Tirumalai. Lakkamamba and her husband Narayana Suri fervently hoped that the Lord of the Seven Hills or Vekatesha would bless them with a child soon. As Lakkamamba was praying in the sanctum sanctorum, she felt Mahavishnu’s sword Nandakam entering into her womb and experienced a divine pleasure. She realized that the lord had answered her prayers and soon enough the duo were blessed with a son. They lovingly named him Annamacharya, who the saints predicted was destined for greatness. This boy soon grew up to be a maestro and pioneer in music compositions. The life story of the musical legend was penned down by his grandson Chinnanna in the form of dwipadas or couplets. These writings are the only authentic source available now that extensively depicts his life along with over 32,000 lyrical compositions....
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