caaTuvulu again! - bheema kavi (2) - Conclusion

Rao Veluri (rveluri@smtpgate.anl.gov)
Wed, 16 Oct 96 17:52:48 CST


     
     caaTuvulu again! - bheema kavi (2)- Conclusion. 
     
     An army Captain, saahiNi maarana, once opposed cokka bhoopaala,
     a friend and benefactor of bheema kavi. Legend has it that
     bheemana planted a curse on saahiNi maarana with the following
     poem, setting 'ha'kaara as the eleventh letter. saahiNi maarana
     was defeated in the skirmish with cokka bhoopaala.( Strict
     prosodaical rules, from bheemana khanDa prohibit 'ha'kaara as 
     the eleventh letter. If you want your enemy defeated or even 
     better drop dead, compose a poem with the letter 'ha' as the 
     eleventh!)
     
     cakkadanaMbu deevi yagu saahiNi maaruDu maaru kaivaDin
     bokki paDaM galaMDu calamun balamun gala aa caLukya puM
     jokka nRpaalu DugruDayi cooDkula maMTala raala joocinan
     mikkili raaja sEkharuni meediki vaccina ritta vOvunE!
     
     (It means something like this: As Siva angrily opened his
      third eye, manmatha -maaru- turned into ashes. Like that,
      cokka nRpaala's angry looks on saahiNi maarana will
      not go wasted! He too would fall!!)      
     
     And, it happened!
     
     Similarly, one can curse one's enemy in poetry with a 'ta'
     kaara as the sixth letter. The enemy would croak, instantly.
     So, those who were attempting at writing chadObaddha poetry,
     if they want me to disappear from the net for good, might
     as well compose a poem with 'ta' kaara as the sixt letter.
     
     This poem also was attributed to bheema kavi. Syaamala raavu
     gaaru once mentioned about this tabu of 'ta' on telusaa.
     
     Any way, once bheema kavi went to guDimeTTa on his beautiful
     horse; I suppose a great Arab! bheemana left the horse grazing
     and went on to attend to his errands. The zameendaar of guDimeTTa, 
     one, saagi pOtu raaju loved the horse and he grabbed it. bheemana 
     asked pOtu raaju to return his horse; potu raaju flatly refused!
     (One can imagine, the horse-napper, pOtu raaju with large 
     whiskers  and a big fat ugly tummy! telugu-cinematic, isn't it?)
     
     bheema kavi said this lovely poem:
     
     hayamadi seeta; pOta vasudhaadhipu Daaraya raavaNuMDu; ni
     Scayamuga nEnu raaghavuDa; sahyaja vaaridhi; maaru DaMjanaa
     priya tanayuMDu; laccana vibheeshaNuDaa guDimeTTa laMka; naa
     jayamunu pOtarakkasuni caavunu EDava naaDu cooDuDee!
     
     And, pOtu raaju kicked the bucket on the seventh day! 
     
     The Odhra king, raaja kaLiMgagaMgu was disrespectful of bheemana.
     He was postponing to give an audience to bheemana; saying
     'not now,''not today,'later on,'  some other day,' etc. After all, 
     bheemana was a poet blessed by bheemEswara swaami of
     daakshaaraamaM! This gaMgu fellow did not know it!
     
     bheemana was incensed at kaLiMga gaMgu ignoring him. bheemana
     composed the following poem, cursing gaMgu to lose his kingdom
     on a specific day at a specific time! Lo and behold! They say,
     it happened!
     
     vEmulavaaDa bheema kavi vEgame cooci kaLiMga gaMgu taa
     saamamu maani kOpamuna saMdaDi teerina venka rammanen;
     mOmuna cooDadOsa mika muppadi reMDu dinaMbu laavalan
     jaamuna sardhamaM datani saMpada Satrula paalu gaavutan!
     
     Exactly after 32 days and 1.5 hours(half a jaamu) after bheemana 
     cursed the gaMgu, he lost his kingdom and became a beggar! 
     
     One night, the once powerful arrogant king, now a beggar was
     walking on a road, probably in Cuttack (sajja nagara?), and
     fell into a pot hole. (It could have been any road in 
     any town of Andhra Pradesh!) 
     
     He lamented aloud: " What a wretched life! I could not even
     afford a small torch!" Our bheemana, who, we have to surmise has 
     absolutely nothing to do at that time of the night, was passing
     by on the same road and over heard gaMgu's words. He inquired of 
     gaMgu, who he was! The beggar gaMgu told bheemana, that he was
     made a pauper; a result of bheemana's curse. While saying it,
     looked at bheema kavi, recognized him and fell prostrated on the 
     poet's feet.
     
     bheema kavi reversed his curse with the following poem:
     
     vEyi gajaMbu luMDa padivElu turaMgamu luMDa aaji lO
     raayala gelci sajja nagaraMbuna paTTamu gaTTukO vaDin
     raaya kaLinga gaMgu kaviraaju bhayaMkara moorti cooDa taa
     pOyina meena maasamuna punnami vOyina shashThi naaTikin.
     
     And, kaLiMga GaMgu got his kingdom back on the dot!
     
     
     Just enjoy the clean versification skills, and laugh at
     the excess baggage these caaTu padyaalu have acquired 
     over the years!! Without the baggage, the poems are 
     just meaningless words! 
     
     Now, if you don't like my editorial comments, ignore them!   
        
     [Note: I can't worry about those who fall into the category of 
     gummiDi kaayala doMgalu! If any one believes that my editorial 
     comments, if any, in the above post or in the previous post on 
     caaTuvulu are veiled attacks on that person, I could only surmise
     that such a person must be constantly suffering from a psychosis 
     characterized by systematized delusions of grandeur!
     
     Be my guest! Amen!!] 
     
     
     
     With regards
     
     Venkateswara Rao Veluri