Krishna Rao

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Krishna Rao

Born:9 May 1908

Died:8 July 1971

  • He popularly known as Anakru, was an Indian writer.
  • He is one of the best-known writers in the Kannada language and was popularly known as Kadambari Sarvabhouma (lit, “King of Novels”).
  • The inception of the Pragatishila (“progressive”) movement in Kannada literature is credited to him.
  • He received an honorary doctorate from the Mysore University and the Karnataka state Sahitya Akademi award.
  • Starting with his first novel, Jeevanayathre (“Journey of life”), he wrote for about 40 years and authored more than a hundred novels.
  • He was a prolific writer and his literary output exceeded eighty thousand pages.
  • When he started writing, the Navodaya form of Kannada literature was in vogue.
  • He rejected this form because he felt such writings were a creation of aesthetes and did not reflect the disturbing realities of life.
  • He came up with themes that formed a new movement in itself, called Pragatishila (“progressive”).
  • He saw literature as an instrument of social change.
  • Influenced by him, other promising writers such as Ta Ra Su (T.R. Subba Rao), Basavaraj Kattimani and Anupama Niranjana wrote novels that belonged to the Pragatishila genre.

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