Ttikkana vs. Tirupati Venkata Kavulu
What makes SreekRshNa raayabaaram padyaalu more popular than tikkana padyaalu ?
As to the popularity of poems from tirupati vEnkaTa kavulu, versus that of Tikkana, I guess there are several reasons. I will list what I think (thinking loud).
They are written especially for dramatic portrayal, each poem(s) being by one character, without someone else chipping in.
They are easier to understand, words, phrases, etc...
These have been heard by countless people, countless times, and some of the phrases have become part of our language.
Look at the drama in the following two poems:
nanda kumAra, yuddhamuna nA rathamandu vasimpumayya, ma-
dhyandina BAnumanDala vidhambuna nIdagu kalmi jEsi nA
syandana moppugAka, ripu santati tEjamu tappu gAka, nI
vendunu nAyudhammu dari kEgami koppudu gAka, kESavA
- tirupati vEnkaTa kavulu
ani paliki hari girITin
ganugoni konDokavu nIvu gAvuna nIkun
munu gOra bADi yanavuDu
vini kRshNuni gOrikoniye vijayunDelamin
anniyeDalanu nAku dITainavAru
gOpakulu padivEvurakunTha balulu
kalaru nArAyaNAkhya cennalaru vAru
vAraloka vaipu, nEnokk vaipu, mariyu
yud-dha monarintru vArala
bad-dhammendulaku, nEnu paramAptuDanai
yud-dhammu trOva pOvaka
bud-dhiki tOcina sahAyamonarintu.......
- TV kavulu
nA pATiya padi vEvuru,
gOpAluru kalaru, samada kOvida bAhA
cApAdyAyudha kaLAviSArada cittul
vAralu gayyambu sEyu vArokkaDa, nE
nUraka nirAyudha vyA
pAratamai nunDuvADa baramAptuDanai
vArokatal, yE noka tala
yI renDu derangulandu neyyadi priya me-
vvAriki jeppuDu dolitoli
gOrikonan bAluniki dgun bADi meYin
See the similarity in some of the words and concepts, and at the same time the difference in the totality of the poems !!