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TIRUPATI: In a significant observation that questions the various arguments put forth so far on the ancestral roots of the Vijayanagara emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya, a national seminar organised in Tirupati on Monday observed that he must be a Telugu by birth.
The event ‘Sri Krishnadevaraya: Historical, literary and cultural glory' was organised jointly by Dravidian University and Sri Venkateswara University's Oriental Research Institute (ORI).
Dravidian University Vice-Chancellor Cuddapah Ramanaiah brushed aside the oft-made claim that the emperor could be Kannadiga or Tulu by birth and maintained that he was a Telugu.
Delivering the key-note address, the Vice-Chancellor said that several Tulu and Kannada litterateurs had publicly regretted in symposia that the emperor had done little to their language or literature, pointing out that the names of his parents Narasa Nayakudu and Nagamma were suggestive of Telugu origin.
‘Born in Chandragiri'
“He was born in Chandragiri and had spent his childhood days here in Telugu land, which is another point to buttress my argument.”
He said that the ‘historical' event organised by two major institutions should shoulder the major task in setting things right and in educating the future generations.
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