K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar

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K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar
Born 1908
Sattur, Tamil Nadu, India
Died 1999
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai
Citizenship India
Nationality Indian
Fields English
Institutions Andhra University
Known for Indian Writing in English
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Fellowship

Kodaganallur Ramaswami Srinivasa Iyengar (1908–1999), popularly known as K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar, was an Indian writer in English, former Vice Chancellor of Andhra University. He was given the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1985.


He joined the Department of English, Andhra University which was started in 1947.[1] In 1966 Prof. Iyengar became the Vice-chancellor of the Andhra University on 30 June 1966 and continued till 29 November 1968. The Department of English, one of the oldest in the University, was carved out of the Department of Modern European Languages.

He prepared his lectures in Indian Writing in English to be given at the University of Leeds in 1958 that later formed the basis of the famous book, Indian Writing in English.

Iyengar in October 1972, gave a series of six lectures on Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla covering the following themes: the Yogi and the Poet; the Savitri Legend; Aswapati the Forerunner; Savitri and Satyavan; Savitri’s Yoga; Dawn to greater Dawn.[2]

Literary works[edit]

  • Lytton Strachey (1938)
  • Indo-Anglian Literature (1943)
  • Literature and authorship in India (1943)
  • The Indian contribution to English literature (1945)
  • Sri Aurobindo - Biography (1945)[3]
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, the man and the poet (1948)
  • On the Mother (1952)
  • Shakespeare (1964)
  • Education and the new India (1967)
  • Indian Writers in Council[4]
  • Leaves from a Log: Fragments of a Journey.
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1965)
  • Mainly academic talks to students and teachers (1968)
  • Guru Nanak - A Homage (1973)
  • Indian Writing in English (1983)
  • Australia helix (1983)
  • Sitayana (1987)
  • Saga of seven mothers (1991)
  • Krishna-geetam (1994)


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