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19 August 1950
|Alma mater||New York University|
BVB College of Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
|Occupation||Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Writer (Kannada, Marathi and English)|
|How I Taught My Grandmother to Read, Mahashweta, Dollar Bahu|
|Spouse(s)||N. R. Narayana Murthy|
|Children||2, including Rohan Murthy|
|Relatives||Rishi Sunak (son-in-law)|
Sudha Murty (née Kulkarni) (born 19 August 1950) is a Padma Shri awardee, Indian Engineering teacher, Kannada, Marathi and English author as well as a Social worker. She is also the Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She is married to the co-founder of Infosys, N. R. Narayana Murthy.
Sudha Murty began her professional career in computer science and engineering. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of the public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation. She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities, and established 'Murty Classical Library of India' at Harvard University. Murty initiated a bold move to introduce computer and library facilities in all schools in Karnataka & taught computer science. She got the "Best Teacher Award" in 1995 from Rotary Club at Bengaluru (erstwhile Bangalore). Murty is best known for her social work and her contribution to literature in Kannada and English. Dollar Bahu (English: Dollar Daughter-in-Law), a novel originally authored by her in Kannada and later translated into English as Dollar Bahu, was adapted as a televised dramatic series by Zee TV in 2001. Sudha Murthy has also acted in the Marathi film Pitruroon and the Kannada film Prarthana. She has also appeared in Kaun Banega Crorepati season 11 in its Karamveer episode of finale week.
Early life and education
Sudha Murty was born into a Deshastha Madhwa Brahmin family on 19 August 1950 in Shiggaon, Haveri in Karnataka, India, the daughter of surgeon Dr. R. H. Kulkarni and his wife Vimala Kulkarni. She was raised by her parents and maternal grandparents. These childhood experiences form the historical basis for her first notable work entitled How I Taught My Grandmother to Read, Wise and Otherwise and other Stories. Murthy completed a B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering & Technology (now known as KLE Technological University), standing first in her class and receiving a gold medal from then Chief Minister of Karnataka. Murty completed M.Eng. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, standing first in her class and receiving a gold medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers.
Sudha Murty became the first female engineer hired at India's largest auto manufacturer TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO). She joined the company as a Development Engineer in Pune and then worked in Mumbai & Jamshedpur as well. She had written a postcard to the company's Chairman complaining of the "men only" gender bias at TELCO. As a result, she was granted a special interview and hired immediately. She later joined [Walchand Group] of Industries at Pune as Senior Systems Analyst.
In 1996, she started Infosys Foundation & to date has been the Trustee of Infosys Foundation and a Visiting Professor at the PG Center of Bangalore University. She also taught at Christ University. She has written and published many books, of which two are travelogues, two technical books, six novels, and three educative books. Books-Dollar Sose Runa Kaveri inda Mekaangige Hakkiya Teradalli Athirikthe Guttondu Heluva Mahashweta Tumla Nooniya Sahasagalu Samanyralli Asamanyaru Compuer lokadalli Paridhi Yashasvi Guttondu Heluve Astitva Yerilitada Daariyalli Sukhesini Mattu Itara Makkala Kathegalu English The Mother I Never Knew Three Thousand Stitches The Man from the Egg Here, There, Everywhere Magic of the Lost Temple How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and other stories The Old Man And His God Dollar Bahu Wise and Otherwise Mahashweta The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk The Serpent's Revenge Gently Falls The Bakula House of Cards Something Happened on the Way To Heavens The Magic Drum and other favorite stories The Bird with the Golden Wings How The Sea Became Salty The Upside Down King The Daughter From A Wishing Tree The magic of the lost.
Two institutions of higher learning, the H.R. Kadim Diwan Building housing the Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) department at IIT Kanpur and the Narayan Rao Melgiri Memorial National Law Library at NLSIU, were both endowed and inaugurated by the Infosys Foundation.
- India's fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri in 2006 
- Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers, India for having secured the 1st Rank in MTech of all the branches of Engineering
- Gold Medal from Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri Devaraj Urs, for securing the highest marks in B.E. of all the Universities of Engineering in Karnataka
- Cash award for having secured the highest marks in SSLC
- C S Desai Prize for standing first in University Exams of Karnataka
- Youth Service Department Prize from Government of Karnataka, for having been the outstanding engineering student of Karnataka
- 1995: Best Teacher Award in 1995 from the Rotary Club of KARNATAKA
- National Award from Public Relation Society of India for outstanding Social Service to the Society
- Award for Excellent Social Service by Rotary South – Hubli
- 2000: 'Karnataka Rajyotsava' State Award for the year 2000, for achievement in the field of literature and social work
- 2001: 'Ojaswini' award for excellent social work for the year 2000
- 'Millenium Mahila Shiromani' award
- 2004 Raja-Lakshmi Award by Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation in Chennai
- 2006: She also received the R.K. Narayana's Award for Literature.
- 2010: Daana Chintamani Attimabbe Award by Karnataka Government.
- 2011: Murthy was conferred honorary LL.D (Doctor of Laws) degrees for their contributions to promote formal legal education and scholarship in India.
- 2013: Basava Shree-2013 Award was presented to Narayan Murthy & Sudha Murthy for their contributions to society at Basaveshwara Medical College auditorium. Basava Shree award comprises a plaque and a cheque of `5 lakh, Sudha Murthy handed over award money to an orphanage run by the mutt.
- 2018: Murthy received the Life Time Achievement Award at the Crossword-Raymond Book Awards.
- 2019: Sudha Murthy received "Hemmeya-Kannadiga" award from television.
- 2019: IIT Kanpur awarded her Honorary Degree (Honoris Causa) of Doctor of Science.
Sudha Murty married N. R. Narayana Murthy while employed as an engineer at TELCO in Pune. The couple have two children Akshata and Rohan. Her daughter Akshata married Rishi Sunak, her classmate from Stanford, a British Indian. He is now finance minister of UK.
In an interview with the Filmfare magazine, Mrs. Murty said "I have 500 DVDs that I watch in my home theatre. I see a film in totality – its direction, editing… all aspects. People know me as a social worker, as an author… but no one knows me as a movie buff. That’s why I am glad to do this interview with Filmfare". The cineaste, who even went to the extent of watching 365 films in 365 days confides, "I could have actually become a film journalist. I never get bored of movies!" In an installation ceremony of chairpersons of Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO), Murty said the advice she got from J.R.D.Tata when she left her job to assist her husband Narayana Murthy to startup company Infosys which changed her life. He told her to remember that no one was owner of money. "You are only trustee of money and it always changes hands. When you are successful, give it back to society that gave you so much goodwill". The money was first donated by Sudha Murty. She gave 10000 rupees by which the Infosys company was started. Sudha Murty's mother has always told her to save money for a rainy day. That's how she had the money to donate to Infosys.
Murty's Infosys Foundation is a public charitable trust founded in 1996 and Murthy is one of the trustees. Through Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood-affected areas. Murty's social work covers the healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level. Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 70,000 libraries so far. She is helping out rural areas by building 16,000 public toilets and several hundred toilets in the city of Bengaluru. The foundation has conducted relief work during national natural disasters like the tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch – Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Government of Karnataka awarded her the prestigious literary award, the 'Attimabbe Award' –for her literary work for the year 2011–12.
Murty is a prolific fiction author in Kannada and English. She has published several books, mainly through Penguin, that exposes her philosophical views on charity, hospitality, and self-realization through fictional narratives. She frequents literary festivals and participates in Television discussions on women's issues. She is a sought-after speaker and is ranked on top of trending speakers list in Feb 2021.
- Dollar Sose
- Kaveri inda Mekaangige
- Hakkiya Teradalli
- Guttondu Heluve
- Nooniya Sahasagalu
- Samanyralli Asamanyaru
- Compuer lokadalli
- Guttondu Heluve
- Yerilitada Daariyalli
- Sukhesini Mattu Itara Makkala Kathegalu
- The Mother I Never Knew
- Three Thousand Stitches
- The Man from the Egg
- Here, There, Everywhere
- Magic of the Lost Temple
- How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and other stories
- The Old Man And His God
- Dollar Bahu
- Wise and Otherwise
- The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk
- The Serpent's Revenge
- Gently Falls The Bakula
- House of Cards
- Something Happened on the Way To Heavens
- The Magic Drum and other favorite stories
- The Bird with the Golden Wings
- How The Sea Became Salty
- The Upside Down King
- The Daughter From A Wishing Tree
- The magic of the lost
- Grandma's Bag of Stories 1
- Grandma's Bag of Stories 2
- Ratan Tata, Rahul Dravid on Gates Foundation board Archived 22 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. tata.com (15 July 2003). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Gates Foundation's AIDS initiative launched. The Hindu (6 December 2003). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Sudha Murthy: Humility personified. Business-standard.com (23 January 2011). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Vinita Chaturvedi (18 October 2011) I'm enjoying my acting stint: Sudha Murthy. Times of India.
- Home | The Murthy Classical Library of India. Murtylibrary.com. Retrieved on 31 august 2013.
- Arshiya Kapadia (30 September 2001) The million-dollar name behind Dollar Bahu. Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- About Mrs. Narayan Murthy. Nipun.charityfocus.org (10 February 1978). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Sudha Murty | The Woman Behind | Narayan Murthy Wife Archived 15 July 2012 at archive.today. Living.Oneindia. in (17 August 2011). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- "Presenting Harmony's silvers – sparkling lives, success stories, accounts of endurance, courage, grit, and passion". harmonyindia.org. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
- New CSE Building, IIT Kanpur Archived 2 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Iitk.ac.in. Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Infosys chief Narayan Murthy rejects govt offer . Times of India (4 January 2002). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Karnataka / Bangalore News : Director thanks Dharam Singh. The Hindu (29 August 2005). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- "India's Finest". rediff.com.
- "Padma Awards Dashboard". padmaawards.gov.in.
- "Daana Chintamani Attimabbe Awards". Department of Kannada and Culture Official website of Government of Karnataka. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
- Santosh Hegde, Sudha Murthy to be conferred honorary doctorate. Deccanherald.com. 1 March 2010.
- Narayana Murthy, Sudha Receive Basava Shree Award. newindianexpress.com. 3 February 2014.
- "IIT Kanpur honours India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with honorary doctorate degree". India Today. 29 June 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- JRD's words inspired me in philanthropy: Sudha Murthy Archived 22 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. tata.com (23 October 2002). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
- Raggi Mudde (1 October 2007) The Philanthropist and Infoscion – Sudha Murty. Karnataka.com. Retrieved on 31 May 2013.
- Farhana Farook (6 January 2014) "I watched 365 films in one year" – Sudha Murthy. filmfare.com.Retrieved on 30May2014.
- Women should believe in themselves: Sudha Murthy. The Hindu. 17 July 2011
- "On sanitation and heritage restoration: Sudha Murty, Infosys Foundation".
- "Daana Chintamani Attimabbe Awards".
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