Vishalakshi Dakshinamurthy

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Vishalakshi Dakshinamurthy
Born Vishalakshi
(1935-11-16)16 November 1935
Challakere taluk of Chitradurga district, Karnataka
Pen name Vishalakshi Dakshinamurthy
Occupation Writer
Nationality India
Period 1950–present
Genre Novels, non-fiction, classical
Subject Non-fiction
Notable works Vyapthi-Prapthi, Jeevana Chaitra
Notable awards B.Saroja Devi, Best story, Aryabhatta, Rajyotsava
Children 3

Vishalakshi Dakshinamurthy (Kannada: ವಿಶಾಲಾಕ್ಷಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಮೂರ್ತಿ) is a notable Kannada writer-novelist.

She is also a recipient of Aryabhata Award for her literary contribution to Kannada novel and cinema. She has a 64 novels to her credit. Most of her novels were run as soaps for popular magazines like Sudha, Taranga. Her novels are based on family values and traditions of Karnataka. Her notable contributions to literature were through novels like Vyapthi-Prapthi (Kannada: ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿ ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತಿ). This novel, due to the popularity, was made into a movie Jeevana Chaitra. The movie became a blockbuster acted by veteran actor Dr. Rajkumar. This movie was significant in Dr. Raj's career as it marked the re-entry of him after a gap of three years.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Vishalakshi Dakshinamurthy was born to Nanjamma Srinivasa Rao and Srinivasa Rao.T.V[1] on 16 November 1938 in Challakere taluk of Chitradurga district, Karnataka. She belongs to Muluknadu Brahmin community, a distinct Telugu language speaking community mainly to have migrated to Karnataka. She grew up in very large family. She lived in a large traditional Brahmin house with many children's, servants, guests and family friends. Her father, Srinivasa Rao.T.V, died when she was 3 years old. Vishalashi's mother, Nanjamma Srinivasa Rao, was the fourth wife to her father. Due to sudden death of her father, she underwent a lot of childhood trauma and had a very hard childhood. She had three sisters and one brother. Due to financial problems, she discontinued her schooling. Later she was married to B.V. Dakshina Murthy, also popularly known as B.V.D at the age of 12. Vishalakshi speaks fluently Telugu, Kannada and English. Her husband Dakshinamurthy discovered her love towards novels and encouraged her to write. Hence she sent one of her stories to Taranga magazine and it quickly became very popular among every reader. Her stories ran in the magazine for a year.

Meanwhile, to her sudden found popularity Vishalakshi received many offers to make her story to be published as novel. She hence, made her first novel. She was a regular contributor to popular Kannada magazines like Sudha, Taranga in early 1960s and 70s. She was one of the first women novelist in Kannada language.

Married life[edit]

Vishalakshi was married to B.V. Dakshina Murthy at the age of 12. They have three children: Prasanna Shankar, Dr.D.Mangala Priyadarshini and Rajagopal. After marriage Vishalakshi changed her name to Vishalakshi Dakshina Murthy and came to Bangalore leaving her native place Challakere. Vishalakshi currently lives in Jayanagar, Banaglore with her family. She has two granddaughters Mridula Pandit and Prajwala. Mridula is currently in US. B.V.D died in 2004 due to cardiac attack. Vishalakshi has reasonably reduced her literary work since the sad demise of her beloved husband. B.V.D served as headmaster for National high school and later served as the secretary of National Education Society. He was very popular Mathematics and Science teacher.He also authored textbooks and few popular books. Mamateya[2] and Nānū vidyāvantaḷāda were his notable novels.[3]

Early influences[edit]

Vishalakshi though was born to Telugu speaking family, most of her family contributed towards Kannada literature. She hailed from Taluku Family which was famous for their literary skills.She is also niece of noted Kannada novelist T. R. Subba Rao(TaRaSu). Visits from her uncle and exchange of conversation with him about writing and novels fascinated young Vishalakshi. These early influences blossomed her creativity.

Controversy[edit]

Vyapthi-Parapthi novel was first screened and was to be made to be a film by Dr. Vishnuvardhan, later on it was decided that Dr. Rajkumar was well suited for the role.

List of few popular novels[edit]

  • Vyapthi Prapthi
  • Kallu Bombe Karagitu[4]
  • Vasumati[5]
  • Srivanitheyarasane [6]
  • Patangagalu [7]
  • Olidu Ondadavaru [8]
  • Antharangadha Kare [9]
  • Hemavathi Manesose [10]

Awards[edit]

  • Aryabhata Prashasthi,[11]

B.Saroja Devi Award by Kannada Sahitya Parishat.[12]

  • Rajyotsava Award (State Govt Award)
  • Jeevana Chaitra- Best story Award (Kannada film)

Kempe Gowda award [13]

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