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Published by: Geetha Srinivas Pasupulati on Jun 22, 2009
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1. Sripada ParijathamScene-1:
 Village Tallapaka is the birth place of Annamacharya, fondlycalled Annamayya, where in a temple of Lord Chennakesava, adancer is seen glorifying the Lord’s ten incarnations. Youngboy Annamayya visits the temple along with father NarayanaSuri and mother Lakkamamba. The parents consider the boy tobe the manifestation of the divine sword given by the lord toLakkamamba in her dream and offer prayers on his birthday.The utterance of the Lord’s name elevates Annamayya into acontemplative mood. Sensing the spiritual fervor in the child, his father explains to him thedistinction between the internal & external visions and urges him to realize that only sweat andtoil would earn him his daily bread.
 With due obedience, Annamayya sets about working in thefields. Doing so, he ponders over the futility of mundaneexistence and affirms that the ultimate reality of one’sexistence is in communion with the Lord. He then comesacross pilgrims visiting Tirupathi, chanting the name of Govinda in melodious songs and forgetting everything else,follows them. The upward climb of the steep mountainexhausts him. Goddess Alamelumanga appears, comforts him,pardons him for his mistake of treading the holy hills with his footwear and feeds him morselsof With due obedience, Annamayya sets about working in the fields. Doing so, he ponders over thefutility of mundane existence and affirms that the ultimate reality of one’s existence is incommunion with the Lord. He then comes across pilgrims visiting Tirupathi, chanting the nameof Govinda in melodious songs and forgetting everything else, follows them. The upward climbof the steep mountain exhausts him. Goddess Alamelumanga appears, comforts him, pardonshim for his mistake of treading the holy hills with his footwear and feeds him morsels of 
 Undeterred by the severity of the mid-day Sun, Annamayya takes a dip at the holy pond andproceeds to see the Lord in the temple. The priests, retiring for the noon, close the templedoors and ask Annamayya to return later. Unable to turn away, Annamayya pleads for theLords darshan with heartfelt devotion and the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum openmiraculously. The priests are bewildered, realise their folly and Vykhanasa the Chief Priestpresents the child with a betel-leaf garland, which again the Lord ordains to turn into pearl one.Acknowledging that the child is indeed blessed, they honor him.
 Ghana Vishnu, an authority on Vaishnava Cult, following the Lords ordinance, initiatesAnnamayya into Vaishnavism by performing the sacred MUDRADHARANA. Annamayyaextols the virtues of the glorious path that was tread by the great sages & kings & advocateseveryone to embrace it fearlessly. Ghana Vishnu, on Lakkamambas appeal, advisesAnnamayya to be a householder in times to come and prophesizes that the boys soulfulcompositions would help one and all to sense the Divine. The wheel of time whirls, seasonspass and Annamayya grows up.
 Annamayya is engaged in the noble cause of propagating theglory of Lord Vishnu through his songs. Timmakka, thedaughter of Lakkamamba’s brother, in the company of herplay-mates, sings and dances in a traditional household gameknown as Gobbillu. Narayana Suri and Lakkamambaapproaches Timmaka’s parents for a marriage alliance betweenAnnamayya and Timmakka. The proposal is rejected byTimmakka’s mother who considers Annamayya unworthy.Disappointed, Annamayya’s parents leave. In due course, Timmakka’s parents learn of theirdaughter’s fond feelings for Annamayya.
 Sri Varadacharya of Kanchi, obtaining the Lord’s vision, seeks Annamayya’s hand in marriagewith his daughter Akkalamma. Meanwhile, Timmakka’s parents rush forth, apologise and offertheir daughter to Annamayya. Annamayya’s parents give their consent to both the proposalsand the wedding takes place.
 Annamayya leads a pious life with Akkalamma, a devout lady catering to her husbands needsand Timmakka the motivating force behind his composing of Sringara Kavyas. Visualisingthe Lord and his consorts in their varied amorous moods and moments, he captures their charmin his songs day after day. His pursuit for the spiritual advancement bids him to seek a guruSatakopa Muni and likewise advises his wives to dedicate themselves to the Lords service.
 Annamayya delves deeper into the doctrines of philosophy under the tutelage of SatakopaMuni. During such a period, Salva Narasanayaka ruling the Vijayanagara dynasty hears of Annamayyas fame as a composer par excellence and approaches Satakopa Muni to inviteAnnamayya to his Royal Court to fulfill his desire of developing a deep and a lasting associationwith Annamayya. Satakopa Muni grants him permission and Annamayya led by Gods will, joins Narasanayaka.
 Annamayya’s association with Narasanayaka bestows thelatter with prosperity and well being. On one occasion,Narasanayaka felicitates Annamayya and requests him toenliven the court with a Sringara Kavya on the Lord. A royaldanseuse is brought in to give form to the melody. of his lyricswith the rhythm of her feet the composition impresses theKing so greatly that he now asks Annamayya to sing accoladesin praise of himself. Annamayya regrets and refuses tocomply. Blinded by pride and arrogance, Narasanayaka insistsand when Annamayya stands firm, he orders Annamayya’s imprisonment.
 Annamayya who is behind bars and in totally adverseconditions chants the Lord’s name relentlessly. As he does so,the shackles binding him break open. Narasanayakasuspicious of foul play by his guards ties them back himself and is aghast to see the chains give way once again. Begging

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