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Narayanacharya during the discourse on Srimad Sundara Kandam held at Bangalore in April 2011
|Born||30 October 1933|
Kanakanahally (Kanakapura), Karnataka, India
|Occupation||Teacher, writer, Debater|
|Notable works||Aa Hadinentu Dinagalu|
K.S. Narayanacharya (born 30 October 1933) is an Indian teacher and writer, popularly known as Ramayanacharya.
Early life and education
K.S. Narayanacharya' was born at Kanakanahally (now Kanakapura, of Bangalore District, Karnataka) on 30 October 1933, to K.N Srinivasa Deshikacharya and Ranganayakamma, in a family of Vedic scholars. He was educated at Mysore, (Maharaja's College and Yuvaraja's College), earning a BSc (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics), B.A. (Honours) English, and M.A. (Modern English Literature). His doctoral thesis (UGC Fellowship 1959–1961) was on "The Influence of Indian thought on the poetry of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot". Dr KSN is an erudite scholar whose main thrust is towards Nationalism, presented through the eyes of the epics.
He has studied the Krishna Yajurveda under the guidance of masters like Dandavati Siva Dixit Somayaji of Dharwad, where he worked as Professor and Principal of the Karnataka Arts College, Karnatak University, Dharwad for over 32 years and as a teacher of English literature. He is the author of over 70 works in Kannada and English on varied subjects, including the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavata, the Hymns of Alwars, Vedanta, Haridasa literature, D.R. Bendre, and Kautilya. Narayanacharya is a recipient of several State awards, including the Sangeetha Nritya Academy's 'Karnataka Kala Sri', the Sahitya Academy prize, Gamaka Rathnakara from the State Government of Karnataka, and titles from religious heads, like Veda Bhushana, Valmiki Hridayajna, Pravachana Kalanidhi and so on. Music, Indology, poetry, discourses, and lecture tours are among the interests of Narayanacharya. He is a debater and a passionate advocate of Hindu values as lasting solutions for the maladies of society. He is a novelist, shaping epics into popular moulds of fiction. He writes serials which appear in the Kannada weeklies such as Tharanga and Karmavira. Narayanacharya speaks English, Kannada, Sanskrit and Tamil and has lectured all over India.
Titles and honors
Narayanacharya has received many titles and honours for his services to the Indian literature and spirituality through works, speech and discourses.
- Rajyotsava Award (2008)
- Hon D.Litt – Karnataka State Open University, Mysore
- VidwanMani – Conferred by His Holiness Parakala Mutt Swamiji of Mysore (1987)
- Valmiki Hridayajna – Conferred by His Holiness Parakala Mutt Swamiji of Mysore (1992)
- Veda Bhooshana (1987) Katuri Rangacharya Memorial Trust Bangalore
- Gamaka Rathnakara (1998 Gamaka Kala Parishas Govt of Karnataka)
- Karnataka Kalashri (1997 Sangeetha Nritya Academy Govt of Karnataka)
- Upanyasa Kesari (2003) Conferred by his holiness Srimad Andavan Swamiji of Srirangam
- Ramayanacharya, Mahabharatacharya and Pravachana Kalanidhi – By Various Audiences during series of discourses delivered all over India
1. Vedasamskrithiya Parichaya Series: (1973 to 1983 – Written in Kannada)
Vedasamskrithiya Parichaya aims at expounding major Vedic concepts like Rita, Satya, concepts of scientific, and various aspects of Godhead, Functions of God, as one in many, symbolic meanings of Waters, Upanishadic Myths, God as father (Vishnu) and Mother (Lakshmi).
2. Ramayana Sahasri Series (5 Volumes) (1980 – Written in Kannada)
This work aims at bringing out the numerous qualities of Lord Ramachandra, analyzing the many significant and crucial episodes of the epic, in the light of all available commentaries in Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada.
3. Geetartha Ratna Nidhi (1981 – written in Kannada)
Expounds the esoteric and Philosophical significance of the major utterances of Gita in the light of ancient commentaries and glosses on them.
4. Ramayana Patra Prapancha (1985 – Written in Kannada)
This work expounds the literary beauties of the epic, in terms of analyzing of character numbering some 32. This has been serialized earlier in the weekly magazine "Taranga" and has been brought out in the form of a book.
5. Sri Mahabharatha Patra Prapancha
6. Sri Ramayanada Mahaprasangagalu
7. Sri Krishnavatara
8. Sri Krishnavatarada Koneya Galigegalu
9. Acharya Chanakya
11. Aa Hadinentu Dinagalu
12. Rajasuayda Rajakiya
14. Mahamate Kunthi Kanderedaga
15. Nala and Damayanti
16. Bharatha, Islam mattu Gandhi
17. Mahabharatha Kala Nirnaya
18. Bharathiya Itihasa Puranagalu
19. Sri Ramavatara Sampurnavadaga
20. Sri Ramanuja on Tat Tvam Asi
21. Basic concepts of Visistadvaita
22. Sri Ramanuja's metaphysics vindicated
23. Gopika Gitam
24. Tiruvaymoli of Nammalvar
25. Stotra Rathna of Sri Yamunacharya
26. Sri Vyasa Sukti Sudha
28. Bendre Kavyadalli Adhyatmada Nele Mattu Arsha Drishti
29. Haridasaru Mattu Alwargalu
30. Kanaka Kavya Vaibhava
31. Hindu Society and Dynamics of Spiritual Evolution
32. Insights into the Taittriya Upanishad
33. Semitic Challenges
34. Fundamentalism versus Hinduism
35. Sri Ramanuja, Melukote and Srivaishnavism
36. T.S. Eliot and Hindu Influence on his The Wasteland
37. Relevance of Kautilya for Today 
38. Sri Aurobindo – Secularist? or Nationalist?
39. Sri Bhishmasuti
40. Uddhava Gita
41. Sri Krishna mattu Mahabharatha Yuddha
42. Introduction to Prashna Upanishad
43. Introduction to Shriguna Ratna Kosha of Parashara Bhatta
44. Shri Bhagavata Bodhamrita
45. Vishnusahasranama with elaborate commentary
and many more.
- Veda Vidya Prakashana (For publications concerning Vedas) 1973
- Malola Prakashana (For publications concerning Tamil, Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Texts) 1975
- "'Materialism leading to deterioration in values'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 September 2008.
- "In Mysore Today". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 May 2006.
- "SPB, ISRO scientists among Rajyotsava Award winners". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 31 October 2008.
- "Globalisation is part of our culture". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 March 2005.
- "Top 10 books of the week". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 25 January 2008.