Maasthi Venkatesha Iyengar

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Maasthi Venkatesha Iyengar

Born: 6 June 1891

Died: 6 June 1986

  • He was a well-known writer in Kannada language.
  • He was the fourth among Kannada writers to be honored with the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honor conferred in India.
  • He was popularly referred to as Maasti Kannadada Aasti which means “Maasti, Kannada’s Treasure”.
  • He is most renowned for his short stories. He wrote under the pen name Srinivasa.
  • He was honoured with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.
  • He published his first work, Rangana Maduve in 1910.
  • His last work was Maatugara Ramanna, from 1985.
  • Kelavu Sanna Kategalu(Some Short Stories) was his first notable work in modern Kannada literature.
  • He also crafted a number poems on various philosophic, aesthetic and social themes.
  • He composed and translated several important plays and was the editor of the monthly journal Jivana (Life) from 1944 to 1965.
  • A prolific writer, he wrote more than 123 books in Kannada and 17 in English, over the course of seventy years.
  • He won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 for his novel Chikavira Rajendra.
  • An award in his name, the “Masti Venkatesha Iyangar Award” is presented to well-known writers from Karnataka.
  • His house is located in Basavanagudi area in Bangalore.

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