manishiki sukhamu ledanthe' - a very simple phrase, yet
undisputed fact. Inner feelings of an anguished human in a
song have been so gorgeously penned by none other than Acharya
Athreya garu. Popularly called as 'Manasu Kavi' by all his
fans, Atreya was an adept in conveying intense human emotions
in simple idiom.
Venkata Narasimhacharyulu aka Atreya was born on 7 May 1921,
in SulluruPeta. He was one of the proud Indians to be arrested
for participating in Quit India Movement by the British. His
passion towards telugu literature opened golden gate for him
in 1951 when he wrote story, dialogues and lyrics for the
movie 'Deeksha'. His debut song was 'poraa baaboo
po! poyi choodu ee lokam pokada' sung by M.S.Rama Rao.
his lyrics focused on subtle issues like love and dejection.
Being an exemplary lyricist, he articulated tears of human
agony as 'Gunde mantalaaripe channeellu kanneellu'
in 'Padutha teeyaga challaga'; related the speech of
heart as 'Manasu moogade kaani basunnadi daaniki' in
'Mudda banthi poovulo'(Mooga Manasulu), in a
simple, but extraordinary style. His 'Mouname nee bhasha
o mooga manasa'(Guppedu manasu) rendered the in-depth
connotation regarding the nature of individual heart. 'Manasu
moogadi, maatalu raanidi, mamatha okate adi nerchinadi'
in 'E teega poovuno'(Maro Charithra) once again
expresses the trait of human soul in Atreya's classic style.
He was excellent in depicting the inner feelings of a distressed
mind or the irresistible love of a lonesome heart. 'Manasu
gathi inthe'(Prem Nagar), 'Ekkada vunna emaina'(Murali
Krishna), 'O hrudayam leni priyuraala'(Kanne
Manasulu), 'Andamaina jeevithamu addhaala soudhamu'
(Vichitra Bandham) are a few examples of Atreya's mark.
sthambhalake chethanathvamu kaligi sarigama padanisa padamule
paadaga' in 'Aho Andhrabhoja! Sree Krishna Deva Raaya'
from Manchi Manasulu was a paradigm for his outstanding
articulation. 'Theta theta telugulaa tellavaari velugulaa'(Prema
Nagar),'Ee pagalu reyiga pandu vennelaga maarinademi
cheli' (Sirisampadalu), 'Neevu leka veena palukalenannadi',
'Paadamani nannadaga valena' (Dr.Chakravarthy)
are a few of several other classic compositions from Atreya.
songs for the film 'Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam' - 'Sesha
saila vasa Sri Venkatesa', 'Ennallani na kannulu kaayaga
eduru chootura gopala' , 'vegaraara prabho, paahi hare'
depict the other side of 'Manasu Kavi'.
chinukulu paduthuvunte'(Atma Balam), the first
super hit rain song in the telugu film history was the downpour
from Atreya's pen. It was followed by another rain song 'Chitaa
pataa chinukulatho, kurisindi vaana, merisindi jaana'(Akka
Chellellu). Atreya wrote a different rain song 'Swathi
muthyapu jallulalo' for the film 'Prema Yuddham'
in 1989, during his final stages of life. His dialogues and
songs for the films 'Abhinandana' and 'Prema'
were applauded by one and all.
gaddi koseti paduchu pilla', 'Ettago unnadi olammi'
from Dasara Bullodu,'Chengaavi rangu cheera kattukunna
chinnadi' from 'Bangaru Babu', 'Ekkadiki pothavu
chinnavaada' from 'Atma Balam' are Atreya's punching
mass lyrics that are amazingly popular among all sections
for many films like Moogamanasulu, Mangalya balam, Velugu
Needalu, Dr.Chakravarthy, Murali Krishna, Pelli Kanuka, Jaya
Bheri are distinctive in the history of the telugu films.
Predominantly, heart touching dialogues in Moogamanasulu,
Velugu Needalu and classic dialogues in JayaBheri
turned each of those movies a masterpiece.
being a lyricist, story and dialogue writer, Atreya also produced
& directed 'Vaagdaanam' and acted in two films,
'Aadarsam' and 'Kodenagu'.
Atreya passed away on 9 Sep, 1989 leaving behind his great
writings for all of us to relish. We can still hear the heart
beat of 'Manasu Kavi' in his everlasting writings. 'Poinollu
andaru manchollu, unnollu poinolla theepi guruthulu'.
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