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Theft Of A Tree

Release date: 15 January 2024
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The first English translation of a thousand-year-old story of Krishna and his wife Satyabhama, re... Read More

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The first English translation of a thousand-year-old story of Krishna and his wife Satyabhama, retold by the most famous court poet of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Legend has it that the sixteenth-century Telugu poet Nandi Timmana composed Theft of a Tree, or Pārijātāpaharaṇamu, to help the wife of Krishnadevaraya, king of the south Indian Vijayanagara Empire, win back her husband’s affections. Timmana based his work on a popular millennium-old Krishna tale.

Theft of a Tree recounts how Krishna stole the wish-granting pārijāta tree from the garden of Indra, king of the gods. Krishna takes the tree to please his favorite wife, Satyabhama, who is upset when he gifts his chief queen a single divine flower. After battling Indra, he plants the pārijāta for Satyabhama—but she must perform a rite temporarily relinquishing it and her husband to enjoy endless happiness.This is the first English translation of the poem, which prefigures the modern Telugu novel with its unprecedented narrative unity.

 

Product Details

Title: Theft Of A Tree
Author: Nandi Timmana
Publisher: Harvard University Press
SKU: BK0487698
EAN: 9780674295933
Number Of Pages: 224
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: USA
Release date: 15 January 2024

About Author

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is the Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Associate Professor in Telugu Culture, Literatures and History at Emory University.Velcheru Narayana Rao is the Krishnadevaraya Emeritus Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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