Rare Honour for Telangana Poet


Veteran Telugu poet and lyricist C. Narayana Reddy has bagged rare honour. C. Narayana Reddy, well known as Cinare in literary circles, has been chosen for Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, a rare honour. Cinare is winner of prestigious Jnanpith Award in 1988 for his work Viswambara. He was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for his writings ‘Mantalu Manavadu’ in 1973. He is popular Telugu lyricist who penned over 3000 songs. His most popular song is ‘Nannu Dhochukonduvate Vannela Dodorasaani’ in Gulebakavali Katha. Reddy was honoured as ‘Kala Prapoorna’ by Andhra University.

The Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is a literary honour awarded by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, Government of India, to the ‘immortals of literature,’ and limited to twenty one individuals at any given time, it is the highest literary honour conferred by the Government of India. The fellowship was established in 1968 and the first elected fellow was the philosopher and statesman, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

The other Telugu poets who received this prestigious honour were Viswanadha Satyanarayana (1895-1976) in the year 1970, Gunturu Seshandra Sarma (1927-2007) in the year 1999. Narayana Reddy is the third Telugu literary personality to receive this honour.

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