Naturally Nannaya was not the first finished poet in Andhra speech. But until recently no earlier
poems seem to have been generally known to exist. In 1909, however, M. Rfima-krishria Kavi has published
as no. 2 of the ” Forgotten Poets ” Series a Kumara-sambhavamu purporting to be by Nanne Choda-deva
Tehkanaditya, son of Choda-balli, king of Oravfiru (Trichinopoly) ; and the editor on his English title-page
gives the year of his death as A.D. 940, while in his preface he states that he fell in battle against the
Western Chalukyas in Saka 940.