Narayanacharyulu Puttaparti was born on March 28, 1915 in a Vaikhanasa Brahmin
family in Penugonda of Anantapuram district. His father Sreenivasacharyulu
and mother Lakshmidevi were great Sanskrit-Andhra pundits.
Narayanacharyulu studied Bhaaratam, Bhaagavatam, puraanas, kavyas and music
at a very young age. He studied Sanskrit literature at Tirupati Sanskrit
College. He learned grammar, meter, figures of speech etc. from great
Sanskrit teachers like Krishnamacharyulu Kapailasthalam and Tatacharyulu
D. T. He learned Bharatanatyam under the guidance of dancer Mahalakshmamma
He was only 12 years old, when he wrote "penugonda Lakshmi," padyakavyam
(poetry). This kavyam was later selected as a text for Sanskrit "vidvan"
course. It is interesting to note that he studied this text when he
sat for the vidvan examination at the age of nineteen. He wrote "shaaji"
and "saakshatkaaram" while he was still in the school. Narayanacharyulu
was a polyglot and pundit in many languages. He was fluent in 14 languages,
including French and Persian. In recognition of his scholarship
and erudition, he was honored with title "Saraswatiputra (son of Goddess
of Learning)" by Sivananda Saraswati in Hrishikesh.
He translated Satyanarayana Viswanadha's Ekavira into Mlayalam when he was
at Kerala University. He also translated several famous Tamil, Malyalam
and Marathi books into Telugu language. He also wrote an original book
in English, entitled "Leaves in the Wind." His Telugu "sivatandavam
(Dance of Lord Siva)" was the most famous title of all his works. He was
requested to recite "sivatandavam," at every literary meeting. His
Telugu literary works include novels, dramas, kavyas (poems), literary criticism,
historical etc. Kraantisandesam, anuraagam, aasha, smriti, oadaarpu,
edabaatu, veedukoalu, etc. are his poems. His pandaribhagavatam won
national literary award. He penned prabandhanayakulu, vijayanagara rajya
sanghikacharitra (Telugu), tyagarajaswami suprabhatam, chennakesava suprabhatam,
sivakarnamritam (Sanskrit), Bhagawan Buddha (translation from Marathi), Samaradeepam
(translation from Malayalam) and many more essays and poems.
The Indian Union Government honored him with "Padmasri" award. He was
honored with titles and awards in many major cities in India, such as Hyderabad,
Kolkatta, Chennai, Delhi etc. Sri Venkateswara and Sri Krishnadevaraya
universities honored him with D. Litt. degrees. He served as a teacher
at Ramakrishna High School at Kadapa and Government College at Anantapuram.
He died on September 1, 1990 after writing a commentary on Bhaagavatam.
Source: Nooruguru Telugu Pramukhulu, by M.L.