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Parvateeswarasastri Mandapaka (1885-1940)
Parvateeswarasastri Mandapaka was born into a family of poets. His grandfather's name was also Parvateeswarasastri (1833-1897). Grandfather Parvateeswarasastri was a poet laureate of Bobbili kingdom. His father was Kamasastri, who wrote a commentary for raadhaakrishna samvaadamu. Kamasastri died in 1898, leaving the family responsibility on young Parvateeswarasastri.
He married Venkatanarasamma when he was only 10 years old. His wife was 9 months younger than he was. His education was mostly self-study. He started writing poems for journals at the age of 12. When he was 16, he started working for Bobbili kingdom. The income from this job was not enough. So, he decided to take English education and went to Vijayanagaram to study FA. He wrote is difficulties in haihareswara satakam. After finishing FA, he came back to Bobbili to join Bobbili High School as a teacher. Later, he took up a job in Railways as a clerk. His wife and daughter died soon after. He remarried in 1912.
His works include palavelli, tenepattu, premamu, venkatarao, vaade veedu, sujanamodini, saavitreesatyavamtamu, gulabi, deenachimtaamani, deseeya geetaalu, udamkudu, mahapurana vachakamulu, pratabamdi, komdakona, and other unpublished works such as mamtra sastra mahima, mamtra sastramu, mamtra sastramunupayogimchu vidhanamu, etc.
"naa vaangmaya mitrulu" by Kameswararao Tekumalla
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