of the earlier period (circa 1000-1450 a.d.) whose poems are catalogued in the following
pages are Tikkana, Erra Pregada, Rauga-nathudu, Bhaskarudu, Ketana, and indeed nearly
all the most brilliant writers who have survived. An Augustan age may be said to begin
in the middle of the 15th century, under the patronage of Krishna-deva Raya of Vijaya-
nagar. From that date the number of poets and writers on various subjects began to
increase, and is still increasing, with notable rapidity.LinguisHc Survey of India, vol. iv., p. 577.