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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