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Who composed the Srimad- Andhra Mahabharatam?
(A) Vallabharaya
 (B) Kavitrayamu
 (C) Vidyantha
 (D) Ekamranatha

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Hint: Mahabharatam is one of the most popular chapters among Hindu religion. Andhra Mahabharatham is the Telugu version of Mahabharata written by Trinity of poets(means three poets). The book was translated around 1000-1200 A.D.

Complete answer: Kavitrayamu (Trinity of poets), consists of three poets Nannayya, Thikkana, Yerrapragada, wrote Andhra Mahabharatham. Over the 11-14th century AD these three poets translated the Mahabharata from Sanskrit into Telugu, it was an independent translation.

Nannayya: He is the author of the first Andhra Mahabharata. He is considered as a person with high respect and dignity. He holds an important contribution in reviving the Telugu language. Another book written by Nannayya is “Andhra Shabda Chintamani”. He is also known as Adi Kavi in acknowledgement of his great literary work.

Thikkana: During the Golden Age of the Kakatiya dynasty, Thikkana was born. Nannaya Bhattaraka was the first to interpret two and a half chapters of Mahabharata but the final 15 chapters were translated by Thikkana however he did not undertake to translate the half-complete Aranya Parvamu.
Yerrapragada: He was a Telugu poet and he was appointed in the court of King Prolaya Vema Reddy. The last translation was completed by him. He achieved some famous titles like Prabandha-Parameswaran and Sambuddhassa.

Hence, the correct answer is option (B).

Note: Sanskrit Mahabharata inscribed by Lord Ganesha under the observation of Veda Vyasa. The only difference between the Sanskrit Mahabharata and Andhra Mahabharata is that Andhra Mahabharata was written in Telugu literature style, but the crux of both Mahabharata are the same. The translation was started by the poet Nannayya but he left the work in between and Thikkana took over the charge of illustrating it and finally Yerrapragada completed it.