Noted Telugu and Urdu poet and writer C Narayana Reddy passed away on 12 June 2017 in Hyderabad. He was rushed to a private hospital in the early hours of morning following health complications and was pronounced dead. He was 85.
Reddy is known to have written more than 80 publications that include poems, songs, lyrical dramas, ballets, essays, travelogues, ghazals -both original and in translation and literary criticism. He is survived by four daughters.
About C Narayana Reddy
• Born on 29 July 1931 in anumajipet, Karimnagar District, Hyderabad state (now in Telangana), Reddy was one of the most distinguished Telugu poets of his generation.
• He was also the president of the Telangana Saraswatha Parishath.
• He received the Jnanpith Award, the Indian literary award for outstanding contribution towards literature, in the year 1988 for his poetic work, Viswambara.
• He was honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.
• He was also awarded an honorary Kala Prapoorna by Andhra University in 1978.
• He was conferred with the Raja-Lakshmi Award by the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation in 1988.
• He was also nominated to the upper house of the Indian Parliament- Rajya Sabha- in August 1997.
• His works have been regarded as trend-setters. His research work on modern Telugu poetry assessing the influence of tradition and experiment on it became a classic since its publication in 1967.
• He entered the film industry in 1962 by writing all the songs for Gulebakavali Katha, a Telugu fantasy film directed by N.T. Rama Rao.
• He became famous with the song Nannu dochu kunduvate...vannela dorasani.
• He then later became widely known as a lyricist for several famous Telugu films.
• He has written more than 3500 songs and contributed to the success of many films.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed condolences over Reddy's death. He said, “I am deeply saddened and at a loss of words to know about the demise of Dr. C Narayana Reddy, professor, poet, writer, Jnanapith awardee and former member of Rajya Sabha.”
Rao added by saying that Reddy was a versatile genius, one of the finest poets and lyricists produced by Telangana and a wordsmith having mastery over Telugu language and literature.
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao also expressed grief on Reddy's demise by saying that the world of Telugu language and literature has lost a bright star and the void caused by his loss can never be filled.