Telugu Poet & Writer Jnanpith awardee C Narayana Reddy passes away

The popularly noted Telugu literature and Jnanpith awardee Dr. C Narayana Reddy died of brief illness in Hyderabad on Monday morning. He was aged 86 years. Narayana Reddy complained of chest pain in the morning and was rushed to a private hospital where he breathed his last.

Narayana Reddy was born in Hanumajipet, Karimnagar District, Hyderabad state (now in Telangana) on 1931, July 29 to the couple Malla Reddy, and Buchamma. His father was a farmer and his mother was a housewife.

Narayana Reddy completed his elementary education in a street school. He studied Telugu at school in Sircillaunder the auspices of Guru Sathavadhani Seshadri Ramana Kavi and encouraged by Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana. After his primary and secondary education, he later moved to Hyderabad and read books written by Gurram Jashua, Sri Sri, Devulapalli Krishna Sastry. In the early stages, he worked closely with Madapati Hanumantha Rao, Suravaram Pratapareddy, and Dasarathi.

Narayana Reddy Reddy entered film industry in 1962, by writing all the songs for the Gulebakavali Katha. He became famous with the song Nannu Dochu Kundu ovate… Vannela Dora Sani. He was asked by NTR to write all of his songs. He became known to a wide public as a lyricist for several famous Telugu films. He has written more than 3000 songs and contributed to the success of many films.

About C Nayarana Reddy

  • C Nayarana Reddy was born in the Karimnagar district of Telangana
  • He had an M.A. and Ph.D. in Telugu literature from Osmania University.
  • He was awarded Padma Shri in 1977.
  • He had been awarded an honorary Kala Prapoorna by Andhra University in 1978,
  • He was conferred with the Raja-Lakshmi Award by the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation in 1988.
  • Narayana Reddy was awarded the prestigious Jnanpith award in 1988 for his poetic work Visvambara, which was also translated into three other languages.
  • In 1992, he was felicitated with country’s third-highest civilian honor, Padma Vibhushan, and
  • He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha – Upper House of Parliament in 1997.

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