Paravastu Chinnayasuri

Paravastu Chinnayasuri (1806/7–1861/2)[1] was a Telugu writer who played a prominent role in the elevation of prose to importance in Telugu literature.[2] He was the first Telugu Pandit at the Presidency College, Madras.[3] He was born in 1806/7 in Perambur of Chengalpattu district and died in 1861/2. Suri was born in a Satani family[4] as the son of Venkata Rangayya, a Vaishnavite Scholar. He worked as a Telugu teacher at Pachaiyappa's College in Madras. He also worked as a law scholar for the Supreme Court of East India Company. He was a Pundit in Sanskrit, Telugu, Prakrit and Tamil languages. He was acclaimed as a profound scholar in Telugu and Sanskrit in the traditional education. More than a third of his life span was spent in teaching Telugu in schools and in the Presidency college, Madras.

Paravastu Chinnayasuri
Native name
పరవస్తు చిన్నయ సూరి
Sriperumbdur, Madras Presidency, British India
OccupationTeacher and writer
Literary movementTelugu prose
Notable worksNeeti Chandrika
RelativesParavastu Venkataranga Ramanujacharyulu and Srinivasamba (parents)

Literary worksEdit

Chinnayasuri translated Mitra Labham and Mitra Bhedam from the Sanskrit Panchatantra as Neeti Chandrika and published by Vavilla Ramaswamy Sastrulu and Sons, Chennai.[5]

He wrote Bala Vyakaranamu (Grammar for children) which is a textbook for teaching Telugu grammar in schools.[6]

He has translated the work by Thomas Lumisden Strange on Manual of Hindoo Law of 1856 and entitled it as Hindu Dharmashastra Sangrahamu.[7]


  1. ^ Vakulabharanam, Rajagopal (2004). Self and Society in Transition: A Study of Modern Autobiographical Practice in Telugu. University of Wisconsin--Madison. p. 104.
  2. ^ Vēṅkaṭarāvu, Niḍudavōlu (1978). The Southern School in Telugu Literature. University of Madras.
  3. ^ Madras, University of (1957). Annals of Oriental Research. University of Madras. p. 23.
  4. ^ "చిన్నయ సూరి – గిడుగు రామమూర్తి 2 – ఈమాట". Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  5. ^ Paravastu, Chinnayasuri (1954). Neeti Chandrika (in Telugu). Chennai: Vavilla Ramaswamy Sastrulu and Sons. p. 218. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  6. ^ Paravastu, Chinnayasuri (1959). Bala Vyakaranamu (in Telugu) (Third ed.). Madras: Rayalu and Co. p. 164. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  7. ^ Chinnayasuri, Paravastu (1869). Hindu Dharmashastra Sangrahamu (in Telugu) (Third ed.). Madras: C. V. Krishnasawmi Pillai. p. 136. Retrieved 13 June 2020.

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