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A R Rajaraja Varma




A R Rajaraja Varma, was a professor in the University College, Thiruvananthapruam. One of the best known grammarians and rhetoricians in Malayalam, Rajarajavarma is credited with modernizing the process of teaching Malayalam language and literature. He wrote books on grammar and rhetoric (which earned him the title of Kerala Panini) and prepared the ground for an enlightened renaissance in Malayalam poetry and literary criticism.

A mixed effect of the influence of the study of British Romantic poets of the 19th century and a renewed interest in the real classics of Sanskrit literature can be seen in his poems. His essays are fine examples of excellent prose.

His important works are Kerala Panineeyam, Bhashabhooshanam, and Vritha Manjari. Bhangavilaapam and Malayavilasam are his poems. Bhasha Megha Dootu, Bhasha Kumara Sambhavam, Malayala Sakuntalam, Malavikagnimitram, and Charudattam are among his translations.



Updated on 18th October, 2005

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