U. R. Anantha Murthy

Art & Culture

Dr. Udupi Rajagopala Acharya Anantha Murthy

Born in 1932 at Melige, a remote Village in Tirthahalli Taluk, in Shimoga District. Dr. Udupi Rajagopala Acharya Anantha Murthy (U.R. Anantha Murthy) had his early sanskrit education in a traditional Patashala. He completed his graduation and Post-graduation from the University of Mysore in 1956. Later in 1966 he earned a PhD (English & Comparative Literature) from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

Professional Experience
He began his career as a Lecturer in English in 1956 & continued till 1963. During the period from 1970-80 he served as the Reader in English at Mysore University. He has served as a visiting Professor at a number of foreign and Indian universities like the Cornell University (2001), University of Hyderabad (2001), University of Iowa (1975), Shivaji University (1982), Kolhapur, University of Tubingen (1992) Germany, University of Pennsylvania (2000) and many other Universities. During the period 1987 to 1990 he served as the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Besides, he has also served as the Chairman of the National Book Trust of India at Delhi in 1992-93, Indian Institute of Social Sciences in 1998 and The Film and Television Institute of India at Pune in 2002. He was the President of the Sahitya Academy from 1993 to 1998.

Fellowships and Awards
Mr. U R Anantha Murthy has been the winner of a number of awards both from the Government and also Academies for his invaluable contributions in different fields. Notable are the ‘Jnanapeeta Award won in 1994 and the Padma Bhushana in 1998. Besides these, the other important awards are the Literary Distinction, awarded by the Government of Karnataka in 1984. Karnataka Sahitya Acaemy In conferred the Fiction Award and Award for Literary Achievement, the year 1983 & 1984 respectively. He won the Masti Award in Literature in the year 1994. He is also the winner of the Ganakrishti Award for Literary distinction, Kolkatta for the year 2002. Besides these awards mentioned above he has been the winner of a number of awards from the, Karnataka Film Development Corporation for best stories like Samskara, Ghatashradda, Bara etc., at different periods.

Seminars, Lectures, Tours
Since 1974 to this present day Mr. U.R. Anantha Murthy has undertaken innumerable tours, attended thousands of Seminars and has given a number of lectures on various topics. He undertook tours as an Indian delegate to West Germany (1988) representing University Grants Commission. As a cultural representative he visited North Korea and Republic of China (1998). He visited Moscow as member of the International Advisory Board of “Inostrannaya Litteratura” (Soviet Monthly) in 1989. In the year 2002 he visited Book Festivals at France, Berlin, Munich.

His lectures were on varied topics such as on politics, culture, literature, Art and a number of other present day issues. Important ones to be noted are the lecture on “Culture and Destiny”, given at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, “Indian Literature”, in the University of Madison and Chicago in 1985, “Indian Society, Culture, Politics, and Literature” delivered at the University of Birmingham, Alabama in 1987, “Colonialism and Indian Literature” delivered at University of California, “Art in the Modern Age” at Bangalore University in 1989. Apart form these, lectures on various topics have been delivered by him on different occasions. Another noteworthy Lecture on the topic, “Nationalism and Indian Culture: The Relevance of Bhakti Poetrì

Publications: Kannada
In Kannada Literature Mr. Murthy’s works can be classified into stories, poems, novels and essays. His works like Endendu Mugiyada Kathe (1955) Mauni, (1967), Prashne (1962), Akasha Mattu Bekku (1983), Mooru Dasakada Kathegalu (collected stories), 1989, Suryana Kudure (1995), Aidu Dashakada Kathegalu, (Collected Stories) 2001 are stories. His poems like Mithuna (1992), Ajjana Hegala Sukkugalu (1989), 15 Padyagalu (1967), Eeevareginal Kavithegalu (collected poems) 2001,Eeevareginal Kavithegalu (collected poems) 2001 are famous. His essays include Prajne Mattu Parisara (literary and philosophical essays), Samakshama (essays on politics, culture, society, literature), Yuga Pallata (Essays),Abhinava (2001) Kannada, Karnataka (selected essays 2001). His novels include Samskara, (1965) which has been translated into English, Russian, French, Hungarian, German, Swedish, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Urdu,Tamil and Gujerati, Bharathipura (1974), Divya (2001) and others.

Publications: English
Mr. Murthy’s contribution to English language is no way less comared to Kannada. Many of his works in Kannada have been translated to English by different authors. For instance, ‘Initiation’ is a Kannada story translated by Gary Wills, ‘Avasthe’ a novel, translated by Shanthinath Desai, ‘Bhava’, & ‘Twenty Vacanas from Sunya Sampadane’ is a set of twenty poems translated from kannada by Judith Kroll, ‘Bharathipura’ a novel has been translated by P. Srinivasa Rao. The other works in English include essays on various topics like, Literature and Culture (2002), “The Concept of Man in Kannada Literature” (1979) and others.

Dr. U. R. Ananthmurthy
498, H. I. G. House,
6th Main, R. M. V., 2nd Stage
Bangalore – 560094


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