Telugu Literature at the hands of King Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar.DAMODHAR RAO MUSHAM ATSTATUE OF SRIKRISHNADEVARAYAEveryone knows the great patronage enjoyed under them. The prabandha style which owed its origin to Somana and Srinatha was perfected by Allasani Peddana the
court-poet of Krishnadevaraya. Besides Peddana, his court contained a galaxy of Telugu Poets, known as the Astadiggajas among whom were included such great men as Mukku Timmana, Tenali Ramakrishna, Pingali Surana and Dhurjati. Each of these endowed Telugu Poetry with a new individuality. Until the latter part of the last century, the prabandha style reigned supreme. The period of the Nayak Kings of Tanjore, was in splendour and richness of output, the immediate corollary of the period of Krishnadevaraya at Vijayanagar. The Mahratta Rajas succeeded both to the throne and the tradition of the Nayak Kings. They continued their patronage to Telugu Poets, besides some of them being themselves poets of a high order. Thus the Tanjore Telugu Manuscripts represent a collection, unique in its richness and variety, gathered together during the three centuries 1500 A. D. to 1800 A. D. under the royal patronage of two dynasties, the Telugu Nayaks and the Mahratta Rajas.