Ravuri Bharadhwaja

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Ravuri Bharadwaja
Born (1927-07-05)5 July 1927
Moguluru, Hyderabad State
Died 18 October 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 86)[1]
Hyderabad, India
Occupation Writer
Language Telugu
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Education 7th grade
Notable works Paakudu Raallu
Notable awards Jnanpith Award
Spouse Kantham
Children 5 ( 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 work Paakudu Raallu.

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


He was born in Moguluru village in the former Hyderabad State.[3] 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.[4]


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.[5][6][7] In 2013, Ravuri Bharadhwaja became the third Telugu author to be conferred the Jnanpith award for his novel Paakudu Raallu.[8]


He has 37 collections of short stories, 17 novels, six short novels for children and eight plays to his credit.[8]

  • 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 2013-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Telugulō smr̥ti sāhityaṃ-Bharadvāja racanalu: siddhānta vyāsaṃ - Vai. E. Viśālākṣmi - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Special Correspondent (2013-04-17). "Ravuri gets Jnanpith Award". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Andhra Pradesh News : Lok Nayak award for Ravuri Bharadwaja". The Hindu. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  6. ^ http://en.newspeg.com/Lok-Nayak-award-for-Ravuri-Bharadwaja-19594320.html
  7. ^ "Staying true to life". The Hindu. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Ravuri gets Jnanpith Award". The Hindu. April 17, 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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