Jandhyala Papayya Sastry (4 August 1912 – 21 June 1992) was an eminent Telugu writer and lyricist. He was popularly known as Karunasri because his writings expressively show compassion (Karuna or Kāruṇyam), one of the Nine Rasas. His famous kavyas include Pushpa Vilapam and Kunthi Kumari.
Poetry is the tremendous reflection of integrated self-awareness of man and the suffering and maladies of society. Dr. Karunasri’s “Udayasri” “Vijayasri” and “Karunasri” achieved the rarest and unique distinction innumerable reprints. The poet rightly described ″Udayasri″ as his fragrant heart, ″Vijayasri″ as his thoughtful head and ″Karunasri″ as his valuable life. These three works of karunasri are the manifestation of satyam (Truth), Sivam (Goodness) and Sundaram (Beauty).
“Udayasri” takes us from darkness to twilight;
“Vijayasri” from twilight to light;
and “Karunasri” from light to delight – The bliss of god.