Sri Krishna Deva Raya, Amuktamalyada
Disclaimer : I am the chap selling this book on Amazon India.I am not the publisher, but the author is a good friend and a scholar.
The book “Sri Krishna Deva Raya, Amuktamalyada” is an English translation of the the medieval Telugu poem “Amuktamalyada”. This poem has great significance in Indian history and culture as it was authored by the Vijayanagar emperor Sri Krishna Deva Raya in the 16th century. The word Amuktamalyada means ” She who offered a garland after wearing it“.
In this poem Krishnadevaraya unravels the legend of Amuktamalyada while expressing his innumerable ideas,personal thoughts and observations through the description of cities,towns,villages,men,women etc. The poet introduces the legends of Vishnuchitta,Yamunacharya,Khandikhya and Kesidwaja to establish the philosophy of Vishistadvaita and to teach the art of statecraft.
Dr.Sistla presents a near faithful version of Amuktamalyada as it is in its Telugu original.In addition to a comprehensive historical introduction and forward,Dr.Sistla has introduced many photographs and works of art along with the poem.
Dr.Sistla is an Associate professor of art history at Andhra University,Vishakhapatnam.
For those interested in buying the book, I am selling it on Amazon India.Here is the link : http://goo.gl/UGPkPS
My own opinion of the book : I read the book while commuting to my job in Hyderabad a couple of years back.Dr.Sistla’s background is in art and it comes through in the book.It has 209 images linked to the content of the poem.All the images are in black and white.
As I buy anything that has the label Vijayanagar on it,this book was a natural addition to my collection and I was not disappointed.Quality of translation is very high and the book is easy to read.