Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy dies at 81 – Bangalore
Jnanpith award winning littérateur UR Ananthamurthy has passed away in a Bangalore hospital on Friday at the age 810. Udupi Rajgopalacharya Ananthamurthy was the sixth of the eight Jnanpith awardees from Karnataka. He was presented with the award in 1994, in recognition of the body of his work. A Padma Bhushan award winner, Ananthamurthy was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.
Ananthamurthy hit the limelight with his novel, “Samskara”, which he wrote in 1965. The modernist novel was made into an eponymous movie that set a new trend in avant garde cinema in the country. His other works include “Ghatashraddha”, “Bharatipura”, “Avasthe” and “Bhava”. The renowned author courted controversy before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when he said he would leave the country if Narendra Modi won the election and became the Prime Minister of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences to Ananthamurthy’s family. He tweeted: “Shri UR Ananthamurthy’s demise is a loss to Kannada literature. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.”