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Janaki Srinivasa Murthy

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Janaki Srinivasa Murthy

Born: 12 February 1945

  • She is popularly known by her nickname Vaidehi is an Indian writer and well-known writer of modern Kannada language fiction.
  • She is one of the most successful women writers in the language and a recipient of prestigious national and state-level literary awards.
  • She has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her collection of short stories, Krauncha Pakshigalu in 2009.
  • She grew up in a large traditional Brahmin family.
  • She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Bhandarkar College in Kundapura.
  • Her father is a lawyer and her mother was a homemaker.
  • At home, a dialect of Kannada called Kundapur Kannada is spoken and she uses this dialect in her works as well.
  • She became her pen-name under unusual circumstances.
  • Early in her writing career, she had sent a story to the Kannada weekly magazine Sudha for publication but later requested the publisher not to go ahead with the print as the story was non-fictional and included a real-life story.
  • However, the editor went ahead with the publication by changing the author’s name to ‘Vaidehi’.
  • This name stuck in her later writings as well as she gained popularity.

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