Kadapa airport to be named after Annamayya

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu recently said that he would get the Kadapa airport named after the saint-poet, Tallapaka Annamacharya.

About Tallapaka Annamacharya:

  • He was a 15th-century Hindu saint and is the earliest known Indian musician to compose songs called sankirtanas in praise of the god Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu.
  • The musical form of the keertana songs that he composed, which are still popular among Carnatic music concert artists, have strongly influenced the structure of Carnatic music compositions.
  • He was born in Tallapaka, a village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Annamacharya is remembered for his saintly life, and is honoured as a great devotee of Vishnu by devotees and saintly singers.

  • He is believed to have been the avatar of Nandaka, the sword of Vishnu.
  • He is widely regarded as the Andhra Pada kavitā Pitāmaha(Godfather of Telugu song-writing).
  • Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, also known as TTD, has been endeavouring to preserve the rich heritage of his compositions.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.


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