T. R.Subba Rao

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T. R.Subba Rao

Born: 21 April 1920

Died: 10 April 1984

  • He was a novelist and a scholar in Kannada language.
  • He is considered as a harbinger of the Navya movement of Kannada literature.
  • He is well known for his novels like Durgashtamana, which won him the Sahitya Akademi award posthumously in 1985.
  • In 1942, he went to Bangalore and joined as a sub-editor for the Kannada newspaper, VishwaKarnataka, earning a paltry sum of Rs. 25 as salary per month.
  • During this period, he married Ambuja.
  • He later worked for the Prajamatha, Vahini and Navodaya newspapers.
  • His career in journalism also included a stint with rajavani, Mysuru, Kaladoota and Vicharavani newspapers.
  • He has also written many historical novels, the most famous being Durgaastamana (fall of the Durga fort), which won him the Sahitya Akademi award in 1985.
  • This was the last novel that he wrote and it talks of the fall of Chitradurga Palaiyakkarars under the hands of Hyder Ali.
  • His another historical novel based on Chitradurga’s history is Kambaniya Kuyilu and its equels Tirugubana and Raktaratri.
  • He also wrote a novel called Shilpashree which is based on Chavundaraya, the person who commissioned the statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelagola.

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