Ramapurathu Warrier (1703-1753)
In the court of Maharaja Martanda Varma, the maker of the former State of Travancore and his successor Kartika Tirunal Rama Varma, there flourished a number of poets distinguished in several ways. Ramapurathu Warrier, the author of Kuchela Vrittam Vanchippattu, was one of them. The Vanchipattu or Boatsong is a poetic form of folk origin. Kuchela Vrittam is the most famous boatsong in the language.
entirely in the Dravidian metre natonnata, it is a popular classic
that retells the story of Kuchela, the indigent devotee and
one-time classmate of Sri Krishna, going to Dwaraka to pay homage
to him. The poverty of the old Brahmin and his family is described
with extreme authenticity. The realistic touch shown by the
poet in presenting this Puranic story with a personal edge to
it has gained for the work, immense popularity. In the poem,
the poet specifically referes to King Martanda Varma and describes
the circumstances under which he came to write the poem. Warrier
makes Kuchela's wife declare: "there is no greater affliction
than that of poverty". The meeting of Kuchela with Krishna
is described in memorable language:
Warrier has also translated Gitagovinda into Malayalam.