Narasimha Rao "Maha Sahasraavadhani" is a
Telugu Avadhani (literary performer) in
Andhra Pradesh, India. He was born in
Brahmin community, Kakinada, East Godavari,
Andhra Pradesh, India.
He has conducted more than 288 avadhanams,
including Dvigunita Avadhanam at Dallas for
the American Telugu Association in 2002.
Garikipati is known for his Dhāraṇā
(memorising and reciting), which is a key
requirement for performing Avadhanams.
Garikipati has been awarded titles such as
Satavadhhana Geeshpati, Avadhana Sarada, and
Dharanaa Brahma Raakshasa.
He was awarded a Gold Medal by the former
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama
Rao, for standing first in Masters of
Philosophy, and received Pratibhaa
Puraskaaram, both from Telugu University.
Noted scholar ‘Mahasahasravadhani”
Garikipati Narasimha Rao was presented the
ninth Kopparapu Kavula Pratibha Puraskaram
in the presence of Courtalam Peethadhipati
Sri Siddheswarananda Bharati Mahaswami and
Sadguru K. Sivananda Murthy.
The award is presented every year by
Kopparapu Kavula Kalapeetham in memory of
brothers Kopparapu Venkata Subbaraya Kavi
and Venkata Ramana Kavi.
Former Chairman of A P Press Academy Potturi
Venkateswara Rao who presided said Kopparapu
kavulu and Tirupati Venkata kavulu brought
fame to ‘avadhanam,' a unique Telugu
literary feat in 20th century. He regretted
that the works of Kopparapu kavulu who were
‘asukavis' (spontaneous poets) were not
available to posterity like those of
Tirupati Venkata kavulu. He urged A P Hindi
Academy Chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad
to install the busts of Tirupati Venkata
kavulu along with those of Kopparapu kavulu.
Replying to the felicitation, Mr. Narasimha
Rao said if ‘kavyam' was science ‘avadhanam'
was technology that took poetry to people.
With the experience of Kopparapu kavula
poems not being available, he was recording
his poems, he said. S. Vijay Kumar of Vijay
Nirman presented the cash award. Presently
he is doing "NAVA JEEVANA VEDHAM" in ABN
andhrajyothi channel and "ANDHRA MAHA
BHARATHAM" in Bhakthi tv and "TELUGU VELUGU"
IN ETV ANDHRA PRADESH.
The awards will be presented by CVC K.V.
Chowdary, Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti
Chalameswar, Customs, Excise and Service Tax
Appellate Tribunal Chairman Goda Raghuram
and GITAM President M.V.V.S. Murthy.