U. R. Ananthamurthy
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|Born||21 December 1932
Melige, Tirthahalli taluk, Shimoga District, Kingdom of Mysore
|Occupation||Professor, Writer,Chancellor of Central University of Karnataka|
Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy (born December 21, 1932) is a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada language and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement. He is well known among Indian authors. He is the sixth person among eight recipients of the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, the highest literary honor conferred in India. In 1998, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala during the late 1980s. He is currently the chancellor of Central University of Karnataka.
Early life 
Ananthamurthy was born in Melige, in Tirthahalli taluk in the Shimoga District. His education started in a traditional Sanskrit school in Doorvasapura and continued in Tirthahalli and Mysore. After receiving a Master of Arts degree from the University of Mysore, he went to England for further studies on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He earned his doctorate from the University of Birmingham in 1966 for his dissertation thesis entitled "Politics and Fiction in the 1930s". 
Ananthamurthy's career started as a professor and instructor in 1970 in English department of University of Mysore. He became the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala, in 1987. He served as the Chairman of National Book Trust India for the year 1992. In 1993 he was elected as the president of Sahitya Academy. He served as a visiting professor in many renowned Indian and foreign universities including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, University of Iowa, Tufts University and Shivaji University. At present Ananthamurthy is serving as the second time chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India.
Ananthamurthy has participated and delivered lectures in numerous seminars as writer and orator both in and outside the country. He was the member of the committee of Indian writers and visited countries like the Soviet Union, Hungary, France and West Germany in 1990. He visited Moscow in 1989 as board member for a Soviet newspaper. Ananthamurthy was the leader for the committee of writers who visited China in 1993.
Ananthamurthy is well known for his famous interviews of notable Kannada writers for Mysore radio. He has interviewed personalities like K. Shivaram Karanth, Gopalakrishna Adiga, R.K. Narayan, R. K. Laxman and K. M. Cariappa.
Literary works 
Ananthamurthy's works have been translated into several Indian and European languages and have been awarded with important literary prizes. His main works include Samskara, Bhava, Bharathi Pura, and Avasthe. He has written numerous short stories as well. Several of his novels and short fictions have been made into movies.
Most of Ananthamurthy's literary works deal with psychological aspects of people in different situations, times and circumstances. His writings supposedly analyze aspects ranging from challenges and changes faced by Brahmin families of Karnataka to bureaucrats dealing with politics influencing their work.
Most of his novels are on reaction of individuals to situations that are unusual and artificial. Results of influences of socio-political and economic changes on traditional Hindu societies of India and clashes due to such influences - between a father and a son, husband and wife, father and daughter and finally, the fine love that flows beneath all such clashes are portrayed by Ananthamurthy in his works. This is evident in his stories like Sooryana Kudure (The Grasshopper), Mowni (Silent Man), Karthika' etc. It does not mean that Ananthamurthy is just clinging to portraying only such somewhat standard subjects of Indian literature of his period. His novelette "Bara" (Drought) portrays the dynamics of a drought-striken district of Karnataka and the challenges and dilemmas a bureaucrat may face in such situations.
The central figure of the novel Sooryana Kudure - Venkata is shunned by his son and wife for his easy-going attitude that does not take him anywhere. Venkata is a non-achiever who could not achieve any material or monetary success in his life. However, he is a simpleton that does not take life's suffering to his heart too much. He likes to see life as living in the love of Amma (or mother-goddess). In all sufferings of life, he has the child-like curiosity about the smallest things in life - like a grasshopper (Sooryana Kudure). The evening after his son revolts and leaves the house, he would be engrossed in a sight in his yard - a grasshopper shining in the sun's light.
Personal life 
U. R. Ananthamurthy is married to Esther Ananthamurthy whom he met in 1954 and as been married to since 1956 and has two children, Sharat and Anuradha. He currently resides in Bangalore.
Political life 
U. R. Ananthamurthy made an unsuccessful run for the Lok Sabha in which he stated that his
|“||prime ideological objective in opting to contest the elections was to fight the BJP.||”|
A Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Prime Minister of India H. D. Deve Gowda had made an offer for Murthy to contest for his party. However, after the Janata Dal (Secular) worked a power sharing agreement with the Bharatiya Janata Party Murthy said
|“||I will never forgive my friends in the Janata Dal (Secular) for joining hands with the BJP.||”|
The idea proposed by Ananthamurthy to rename ten cities in Karnataka including Bengaluru from their colonial forms to actual native forms was accepted by Government of Karnataka and the cities were renamed on the occasion of golden jubilee celebrations of formation of Karnataka.
- 1984: Rajyothsava Award
- 1994: Jnanpith Award
- 1995: Maasti
- 1998: Padma Bhushan
- 2008: Nadoja Award by Kannada University
- 2011: The Hindu Literary Prize, shortlist, Bharathipura
- 2012: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, shortlist, Bharathipura
Short story collections 
- Endendhigu Mugiyada Kathe
- Clip Joint
- Ghata Shradda
- Aakaasha mattu Bekku
- Eradu dashakada kategalu
- Aidu dashakada kategalu
Collection of poems 
- 15 Padyagalu
- Ajjana hegala sukkugalu
Literary criticism and essays 
- Prajne mathu Parisara
- Valmikiya Nevadalli
- Maatu Sotha Bharatha
- Sadya Mattu Shashvata
- Editor - Rujuvathu
Ananthamurthy's novels in media 
See also 
- "U.R. Ananthamurthy". International literature festival Berlin. Foundation for Art and Politics and the Berliner Festspiele, German UNESCO committee. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- "Jnanapeeth Awards". Ekavi foundation. Ekavi. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- Prasad, Amar Nath (2006). Indian Writing in English. Sarup & Sons. p. 78. ISBN 81-7625-717-6.
- "Ananthamurthy re-nominated FTII chief". Online webpage of The Hindu (Chennai, India: The Hindu). 2005-09-02. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- Ananthamurthy awaiting Congress's response to his offer The Hindu - March 16, 2004
- Ananthamurthy in favour of reservation The Hindu - May 21, 2006
- "Kumaraswamy hits out at Ananthamurthy's candidature". Online webpage of The Hindu (Chennai, India: The Hindu). 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- "'Hounded' URA to give literary meets a go-by". Online webpage of Deccan Herald. Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "More State cities and towns can be renamed, says Ananthamurthy". Online webpage of The Hindu (Chennai, India: The Hindu). 2005-12-14. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- "Bharat Ratna given to CS". Online webpage of Indian Express. Indian Express. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- "Bellary: 'Nadoja' Awards Announced". Daiji World. 25 December 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
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