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“Krishnadeva Raya: A King for all Seasons”
.  Talk by Dr Srinivas Reddy upon various aspects of the life and times of the great king highlighting the king's embodiment of the ideal of a kavi-raja: a poet-king, or enlightened monarch. Drawing on Portuguese sources as well as the king's own mahakavyam Amuktamalyada.
At 5.30 pm IST on Saturday, February 5 2022 (Talk in English)

 He was a statesman, a warrior, a poet, a musician, and a philosopher. He was Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana ("Lord of the Kannada empire"), Andhra Bhoja ("King Bhoja of Andhra") and Mooru Rayara Ganda ("King of Three Kings").

During his reign from 1509 to 1529, Krishnadeva Raya expanded the Vijayanagara empire and presided over a period when arts and literature flourished. Indeed, his glorious reign at a critical moment in world history warrants his reputation as India's first global leader.

Dr Srinivas Reddy is a scholar, translator and musician. He is Guest Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Contemplative Studies at Brown University, USA.

He graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies. He studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu literary traditions and completed his thesis on the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya and his grand Telugu epic Amuktamalyada, a work that he has translated and published in English.  His latest book is Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara (2020).
Dr Reddy is also a concert sitarist and spends his time performing, teaching and conducting research around the world.

Krishnadeva Raya: A King for all Seasons

Tamil Heritage Trust