Ravuri Bharadhwaja

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Ravuri Bharadwaja
Born(1927-07-05)5 July 1927
Moguluru, Krishna District, India
Died18 October 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 86)[1]
Hyderabad, India
Education7th grade
Notable worksPaakudu Raallu
Notable awardsJnanpith Award
Children5 ( 4 sons and 1 daughter)

Rāvūri Bharadvāja (1927 – 18 October 2013) was a Jnanpith award winning Telugu novelist, short-story writer, poet and critic.[2] He wrote 37 collections of short stories, seventeen novels, four play-lets, and five radio plays. He also contributed profusely to children's literature. Paakudu Raallu, a graphic account of life behind the screen in film industry, is considered his magnum opus. Jeevana Samaram is another of his popular works.

He could not study beyond class 7 but earned fame through his short stories, poetry and critical reviews. He had done several odd jobs but later worked in weeklies and also in All India Radio.

He received honorary doctorates, a Central Sahitya Akademi award and ultimately the Jnanpith award. He was only the third Telugu writer to be honoured with the country's highest literary award. He was awarded the 48th Jnanpith award for the year 2012 which was announced on 17 April 2013 for his contribution to Telugu literature through many notable works.

Ravuri died in Hyderabad on 18 October 2013.[1]


He was born in Moguluru village, Krishna District.[3][4] He was educated till Class 7 only. However his books are used as course works in B.A, M.A and there have even been several PhD degrees awarded for research on his works. He got honorary doctorates from Andhra, Nagarjuna, Vignan and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Universities for his literary prowess.[5]


Bharadhwaja has been twice awarded the State Sahitya Academy Award for Literature and in 1983 was the winner of the Central Sahitya Academy Award. In 1968, he was the inaugural recipient of the Gopichand Literary Award. He was conferred the Rajalakshmi Award for Literature in 1987 and the Lok Nayak Foundation's Literary Award in 2009.[6][7][8] In 2013, Ravuri Bharadhwaja became the third Telugu author to be conferred the Jnanpith award for his contribution to Telugu literature.[9]


He has 37 collections of short stories, 17 novels, six short novels for children and eight plays to his credit.[9]

  • Phantomy quintette and other stories, Translator Purush, India Balaji Grandha Mala, 1970
  • Love's labour lost and other stories, Rāvūri Bharadvāja, Translator Purush, M. Seshachalam, 1975
  • Ad infinitum: featurised poetic story, Rāvūri Bharadvāja, Balaji Grandhamala, 1987
  • Kaumudi translated by Navnit Madrasi, 1988
  • Un Aankhon ki katha: (short story). Bharatiya Jnanpith, 1991
  • Ripple-marks: readings from Bharadwaja's Eegiac pentad


  1. ^ a b Special Correspondent. "Jnanpith winner Ravuri no more". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Telugulō smr̥ti sāhityaṃ-Bharadvāja racanalu: siddhānta vyāsaṃ - Vai. E. Viśālākṣmi - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.drravuribharadwaja.com/biograghy.php
  4. ^ "Telugu writer Ravuri passes away". Deccan Chronicle. 19 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  5. ^ Special Correspondent (17 April 2013). "Ravuri gets Jnanpith Award". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Andhra Pradesh News : Lok Nayak award for Ravuri Bharadwaja". The Hindu. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  7. ^ http://en.newspeg.com/Lok-Nayak-award-for-Ravuri-Bharadwaja-19594320.html
  8. ^ "Staying true to life". The Hindu. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Ravuri gets Jnanpith Award". The Hindu. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.


  • 60 years and after: about Dr. Ravuri Bharadwaja, Purush, s.n., 1987
  • Telugulō smr̥ti sāhityaṃ-Bharadvāja racanalu: siddhānta vyāsaṃ, Vai. E. Viśālākṣmi, Śrīsatyasāyi Pracuraṇalu, 1998

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