C. Narayana Reddy is well-known for his exceptional contribution to the Telugu literature in the world of poetry, stories and songs written for Telugu movies.
Renowned poet, lyricist and Jnanpeeth award winner C. Narayana Reddy, 85 years old, expired following an ephemeral illness after he was moved to a corporate hospice here on Monday morning. He wedded Susheela and had 4 daughters — Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and Krishnaveni.
Prevalently known in literary loops as ‘CiNaRe’, he confined over 3,000 songs for Telugu feature movies. However a poet, he was also recognized for writing lyrical and musical poems. He metered free verses, poetry, prose, and songs for movies, wrote travelogues, ghazals, folk songs in Telugu, theses and literary criticism.
A philosophical long rhyme ‘Viswambhara’ gained him the top literary honor of the nation ‘Jnanpeeth’ in the year 1988. He attained the Padma Shri in the year 1977, the Padma Bhushan in the year 1992 and numerous other national awards. He was designated to the Rajya Sabha in the year 1997.
C. Narayana Reddy was born in Hanmajipet village nearby Vemulawada in Karimnagar district in the month of July in 1931. He had his early schooling in the village and secondary education in Urdu medium in Sircilla village. He had done his Inter in Chaderghat College and BA in Osmania University in Urdu medium. Yet, his post-graduation and Ph.D. were in Telugu literature. Narayana Reddy had taken to teaching Telugu Arts and Science College in Secunderabad and later joined the faculty of Nizam College. Later, he was promoted to a professor at Osmania University.
He had made his debut as a writer with the Journal for a musical-lyrical ballad `Navvani Puvvu’ in the year 1953. One more ballad `Ramappa’ was interpreted into numerous Indian languages. His long connotation with Tollywood writing songs began with the picture Gulebakavali Katha in the year 1962. Amid the posts he held were Vice-Chancellor of Ambedkar Open University in the year 1985 and Potti Sriramulu Telugu University in the year 1989. He was the chairman of State official language commission in the year 1981 and official advisor to State government on cultural affairs in 1982. `Viswambhara’, his Jnanpeeth appealing work, was a chunk of MA syllabi in certain universities.
Chief Ministers K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, and N. Chandrababu Naidu were among several VIPs who condoled his demise. Mr. Naidu evoked Reddy’s close connotation with NTR. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, YSRC president, IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao, previous Governor K. Rosaiah and numerous film personalities had visited his house at Manikonda to pay final homage.