Songs of Telugu women folk
Despite the fact that the origin of these lyrics, including the rustic tunes of the songs of the Telugu women folk still remains an enigma, the tradition of singing these still continues to be an integral part of the Telugu culture, of the countryside in particular that went on Malayavasini. They stand considered sprouts of expressive and effusive imagery in native dialect arising out of the seeds of immense love and deep rooted affection of the women folk.
The songs that picturise సీతా ఆటపాటలు (Sita Aatapaatalu), కల్యాణం (Kalyanam), అప్పగింతలు (Appaginthalu), వసంతం (Vasantham), సీతమ్మగడియ (Sitammagadiya), అలక (Alaka) etc., pertain to the story of Ramayana before the Aranyavasam. సీతా చేర (Sita Chera), ఆనవాళ్ళు (Aanavaallu), ముద్రిక (Mudrika), అగ్నిపరీక్ష (Agnipareeksha) so on and so forth, speak volumes of the అరణ్యవాసం (Aranyavasam). సీతాస్తుతి (Sitastuti), సీతా రాముల సంవాదం (Sita Ramula Samvadam), ఉర్మిల దేవి నిద్ర (Urmila Devi Nidra) and లక్ష్మణ దేవర నిద్ర (Lakshmana Devara Nidra) speak of the story after the రామపట్టాభిషేకం (Ramapattabhishekam). Similarly, there exists many an elaborate ballad, ballad operas and oratorios describing these events, but their authorship is not known.
Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore in his treatise on neglected heroines of the epic age refers to these aspects with all regard. Devendra Satyardhi, a researcher of high esteem on Indian folk literature in his book titled Meet My People also mentioned in detail such songs of the Telugu women folk.While the president of the Surabhi, V. Kalyana Rama Rao chaired the session, noted writers and lyricists Dr. Manukonda Suryakumari and Aduri Satyavathi Devi who were guests of honour felicitated Malayavasini. Secretary Oruganti Rajendra Prasad proposed a vote of thanks.Courtesy: The Hindu