C Narayana Reddy

Date of Birth: July 29, 1931
C Narayana Reddy
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Dr. Cingireddy Narayana Reddy (Telugu: సి.నారాయణరెడ్డి) (29 July 1931 - 11 January 2011) is an Indian poet, writer. He is a winner of the Jnanpith Award in 1988 for his contribution to Telugu literature. He is considered a foremost authority on Telugu Literature. He is known as Cinare.

Early life and backgroundNarayana Reddy was born in Hanumajipeta, Karimnagar district in erstwhile Nizam Kingdom in present day Andhra Pradesh.

EducationHe completed his Master's degree and Ph.D. degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University.
CareerNarayana Reddy has started his career as a Telugu lecturer and he became professor at Osmania University. He also worked as Vice-Chancellor at two other Universities. His students often recollect his grip over the language, especially his poetry reading sessions.

PoliticsNarayana Reddy was nominated to the Upper House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in August 1997. Personal lifeNaryana Reddy was married to Susheela. He has been conferring awards for best female writers in the name of 'Susheela Narayana Reddy Award' every year. He lives in Hyderabad.

FamilyC.Narayana Reddy has four daughters named Ganga, Yemuna, Saraswathi and Krishnaveni(names of famous rivers in India). All of them are married and some of them are living abroad with their respective families.

AwardsAndhra University honored him with Kala Prapoorna (Honoris causa) in 1978. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1977 and the second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 1992. He was conferred with the Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1988 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.

He won the Jnanpith Award in 1988 for his poetic work Viswambara, which has been translated into three other languages. He became one of only two Telugu persons who have received that award, the other being Viswanatha Satyanarayana.

Movie songsReddy entered film industry in 1962, by writing a song for the Gulebakavali Katha. He became famous with the song Nannu dochu kunduvate...vannela dorasani

He became known to a wide public as a lyricist for several famous Telugu films. He wrote more than 3,000 songs and contributed greatly for the success of many films.