About great poet Tallapaka Annamacharya
Among the various modernization of Hindu religion, the Bhakthi movement was one of the most universal and inspired beautiful music and poetry. Shining bright among the constellation of devotional poets and Singers is Annamacharya, whose songs of love for God are as alive as today as they were Six hundred years ago.
Tallapaka Annamacharya, born in 1408 A.D in the Village Tallapaka, Rajampeta Taluk, Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh. Annamacharya’s devotion to Lord Sri Venkateswara led him to compose in Telugu some of the most beautiful and delicate songs of devotion. In eight years of writing songs, beginning at the age of sixteen, when he arrived in Tirumala, Annamacharya composed 32,000 Sankeerthanalu (Songs). He sang every one of these Sankirtanas in Tirumala Temple before the Lord. Tallapaka Annamacharya asked his son that the tradition of composing one sankirtana a day, be continued.
And so, the family of Tallapaka poets continued this traidtion, putting together a great body of poetic work. The literary compositions of the family, according to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Epigraphical report, preserved on copper plates in a small room in the Temple at Tirumala, consist of three important works of Annamacharya; Adhyatma Sankirtanalu, Sringara Sankirtanalu and Sringara Manjari. Some songs are popular even today in the mainstream music of Andhra Pradesh.