HYDERABAD: Legendary Telugu poet, writer, lyricist and Jnanpith Awardee Dr Cingireddy Narayana Reddy, popularly known as Cinare, a towering personality in Modern Telugu Literature passed away on Monday morning.
The 85-year-old doyen of Telugu Literature, who had been ill for the past few months, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital here.
Reddy, who pursued most of his education in Urdu medium, later went on to become a prominent authority on Telugu literature. Narayana Reddy was also a lyricist and playwright.
Reddy won the Jnanpith Award in 1988 for Viswambara, a magnum opus in Telugu literature. He was awarded the Kala Prapoorna; an honorary doctorate, by Andhra University in 1978.
He has to his name a Padma Shree, awarded in 1977, a Padma Bhushan in 1992 and was bestowed with a Sahitya Akademi Award. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in August 1997.
His works were translated into Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Urdu, and French.
Reddy was born in Hanumajipet of erstwhile united Karimnagar district (now, Rajanna Sircilla district) in Telangana on 1931, July 29 to Malla Reddy, a farmer and Buchamma, a house wife.
He completed his elementary education in a government school and pursued his BA in an Urdu medium.
He studied Telugu at a school in Sircilla under the auspices of Guru Sathavadhani Seshadri Ramana Kavi of Machilipatnam.
Later, he was groomed by Telugu legendary writer Kavisamrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, first principal of Karimnagar Government College, 1959-61, a native of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.
After his primary and secondary education, Narayana Reddy later moved to Hyderabad and read books written by famous Telugu poets such as Gurram Jashua, Sri Sri and Devulapalli Krishna Sastry.
He had worked as a lecturer in the Arts and Science College in Secunderabad, the Nizam College and later in the Arts College of Osmania University.
Narayana Reddy's first poetic work was Navvani Puvvu, published in the year 1953. He had sung folk songs since childhood and was fond of Harikathalu and Burrakathalu; traditional forms of storytelling in the Telugu language.
Reddy made his debut in the Telugu film industry in 1962 as a lyricist by writing all the songs for Gulebakavali Katha, a Telugu fantasy film directed by legendary actor and TDP founder N T Rama Rao.
The movie’s song Nannu dochu kunduvate...Vannela dorasani, penned by Reddy was an instant hit. Later, Reddy went on to attain a prominent position in Telugu tinsel town as a lyricist and writer, and has written more than 3,000 songs for several movies.
Naryana Reddy married Suseela and had four daughters whom he named after the four famous rivers in India- Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and Krishnaveni.
After a request by the then chief minister of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh, NTR, Reddy scripted two sentences on stone planks on all the old statues on Tank Bund, which were later destroyed by Telangana Statehood agitators.
Chief minister of Telanagana K Chandrasekhar Rao and chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu, along with ministers and politicos from both states expressed their condolences.