Century : 902 A.D
ancestors belonged to niDugonDe agrahara, gunDikara in the Guntur region of Andhrapradesh. Later the clan migrated to
Dharwar and North Canara regions. Pampa had brief soujorns in Banavasi in North Canara district of Karnataka. His Mother hailed from
Annigeri town in Dharawar district.
Jaina. His ancestors were converted from Brahmanism
Arikesari, (Vemulavada Chalukya dynasty) (935-55)
Kavi, One among Ratnatraya,
Introduction: Pampa is one of the major poets of Kannada whose works
have survived the ravages of time and the fluctuations of literary criterion
for more than ten centuries. His works have retained contemporary relevance
because they address the fundamental problems of human beings and the societal
realities created by the. Perennial themes such as war, conjugal relations,
craze for power and consequent catstrophes in human relations and the relations
that prevail among man, nature and God are dealt with in his works in a mature
and artistic manner. Pampa had to tackle many problems as the first important
poet of a language. He had to establish a meaningful relationship with Sanskrit
not sacrificing the needs of the indigenous culture. He had to forge a
synthesis between the philosophical tenets of his religion and the needs of the militant political
power. He had to restructure Mahabharata
and Mahapurana the foundational texts of Indian culture. He formulated a
poetics of his own which could absorb external influences and still be unique.
The fact that he could accomplish all this and provided a model for succeeding
generations of poets bears ample testimony to his literary merits. His literary
merits are dealt with in greater detail in the essays about his works ie Adi
Purana and Vikramarjunavijaya
Works: 1. Adi Purana (Adi purANa)
(vikramArjunavijaya) (pampa BArata)
1. Pampa, T.N.Srikantaiah, 1939, Prasaranga, Mysore University
2. ‘Pampa’, (In English)
3. ‘Pampa – Ondu Adhyayana’ Ed. G.S.Shivarudrappa, 1974,
Kannada Adhyayanakendra, Bangalore University, Bangalore.
4. Nadoja Pampa Muliya
Timmappaiah 1931, Mysore
5. ‘Pampa- aaru
upanyaasagalu’, Karnataka University, Dharawada.
T.V.Venkatachala Sastry, 1996 (2nd Edition), Sahitya Academy. New Delhi.
7.Pampa, (Kavi-Kavya Parampare), Ed.
V.Seetaramaiah, 1977, I.B.H. Prakashana, Bangalore.