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  • Dr.KSN Sarma Sir
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    The Telugu Literature course is handled by Dr.KSN Sarma Sir.


    • Answer all the questions in Telugu, unless otherwise mentioned in the question paper.
    • The questions that are not required to be answered in Telugu will have to be answered in the language medium indicated by you for answering papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects.

    The following is the syllabus for Telugu Literature – Main Examination – Paper I and Paper II.



    1. Place of Telugu among Dravidian languages and its antiquity – Etymological history of Telugu, Tenugu and Andhra
    2. Major linguistic changes in phonological, morphological, grammatical and syntactical levels, from Proto–Dravidian to old Telugu and from old Telugu to Modern Telugu.
    3. Evolution of spoken Telugu when compared to classical Telugu – Formal and functional view of Telugu language.
    4. Influence of other languages and its impact on Telugu.
    5. Modernization of Telugu language.
      1. Linguistic and literary movements and their role in modernization of Telugu.
      2. Role of media in modernization of Telugu (Newspapers, Radio, TV etc.)
      3. Problems of terminology and mechanisms in coining new terms in Telugu in various discourses including scientific and technical.
    6. Dialects of Telugu – Regional and social variations and problems of standardization.
    7. Syntax – Major divisions of Telugu sentences – simple, complex and compound sentences – Noun and verb predications–Processes nominalization and relativization – Direct and indirect reporting – conversion processes.
    8. Translation – Problems of translation, cultural, social and idiomatic – Methods of translation – Approaches to translation – Literary and other kinds of translation – various uses of translation.


    1. Literature in Pre-Nannaya Period – Marga and Desi poetry.
    2. Nannaya Period – Historical and literary background of Andhra Mahabharata.
    3. Saiva poets and their contribution – Dwipada, Sataka, Ragada, Udaharana.
    4. Tikkana and his place in Telugu literature.
    5. Errana and his literary works – Nachana Somana and his new approach to poetry.
    6. Srinatha and Potana – Their woks and contribution.
    7. Bhakti poets in Telugu literature – Tallapaka Annamayya, Ramadasu, Tyagayya.
    8. Evolution of prabandhas – Kavya and prabandha.
    9. Southern school of Telugu literature – Raghunatha Nayaka, Chemakura Vankatakavi and women poets – Literary forms like yakshagana, prose and
    10. Modern Telugu Literature and literary forms – Novel, Short Story, Drama, Playlet and poetic forms.
    11. Literary Movements : Reformation, Nationalism, Neo-classicism, Romanticism and Progressive, Revolutionary movements.
    12. Digambarakavulu, Feminist and Dalit Literature.
    13. Main divisions of folk literature – Performing folk arts.


    This paper will require first hand reading of the prescribed texts and will be designed to test the candidate's critical ability, which will be in relation to the following approaches.

    • Aesthetic approach - Rasa, Dhwani, Vakroti and Auchitya – Formal and Structural – Imagery and Symbolism.
    • Sociological, Historical, Ideological, Psychological approaches.


    1. Nannaya – Dushyanta Charitra (Adiparva 4th Canto verses 5–109)
    2. Tikkana – Sri Krishna Rayabaramu (Udyoga parva –3rd Canto verses 1–144)
    3. Srinatha – Guna Nidhi Katha (Kasikhandam, 4th Canto, verses 76–133)
    4. Pingali Surana – Sugatri Salinulakatha (Kalapurnodayamu 4 Canto verses, 60–142)
    5. Molla–Ramayanamu (Balakanda including avatarika)
    6. Kasula Purushothama Kavi – Andhra Nayaka Satakamu


    1. Gurajada Appa Rao – Animutyalu (Short stories)
    2. Viswanatha Satyanarayana – Andhra prasasti
    3. Devulapalli Krishna Sastry – Krishnapaksham (excluding Urvasi and Pravasam)
    4. Sri Sri – Maha prastanam.
    5. Jashuva – Gabbilam (Part I)
    6. C. Narayana Reddy – Karpuravasanta rayalu.
    7. Kanuparti Varalakshmamma – Sarada lekhalu (Part I)
    8. Atreya – N.G.O.
    9. Racha konda Visswanatha Sastry – Alpajaeevi.

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    • All recorded sessions will be available as soon as the student registers for this course.
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    Recommended Books / References

    The following are the suggested books / references that the students can consult while preparing for Telugu Literature - Main Examination - Paper I and Paper II.

    • Andhra Sahitya Charitra (by Nagayya)
    • Telugu Sahitya Sameeksha (Two Volumes) by G. Nagayya
    • Andhra Bhasha Charithra (by Badriraju Krishnamurty)
    • Vakyam (by Chekuri Ramarao)
    • Hyderabad Study Circle material mostly written by Sri G.V. Subhrahmanyam
    • Other than these, various Xerox notes available in the market.

    Popularity as an optional subject

    The following are the suggested books / references that the students can consult while preparing for Telugu Literature - Main Examination - Paper I and Paper II.

    • Telugu Literature is a popular optional among students who have a liking for the language.
    • You need not necessarily have pursued higher studies in this subject to choose it as an optional.
    • As opposed to many people's assumption, not much rote-learning is required if you have an inclination to the subject. You can sail through easily with simple pleasant reading of the topics.
    • The ratio of output versus effort is more. In other words, with the same effort, there are more chances of scoring 300+, or sometimes 350+ score, compared to other non literature subjects.
    • It takes very less time to revise the syllabus once you finish preparing. You can complete the entire revision in less than 15 days if you are well-versed with the subject.

    Preparation Tips

    The following are simple preparation tips to score well in the Telugu Literature - Main Examination - Paper I and Paper II.

    • Be well-versed with the basics of Telugu grammar.
    • You may also have to remember lot of author names and their books to score well.
    • You also need to learn Vyakhyanas (both ancient and modern) for different padyalu.
    • Important topics include Charithraka Samajaka Drukpatham, Kala Soundarya Drukpatham, Manastatatva Drukpatham, Tatvika Drukpatham,
    • In addition, read Dushyanta Charitra, Gunanidhi katha, Gabbilam, , Maha PrastanamSri Krishna Rayabaram, and Sugatri Saleenula Katha
    • You need to have a good command over the poetry. Adding quotations when you write answers will help you score well.
    • Practise questions from previous year question papers. Make a note of the questions asked in every topic. Practise writing interesting introductions and conclusions for various types of long answer questions.
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    • Prepare short notes for each topic while you learn. It would be easy to revise these later.

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