Hyderabad: Eminent Telugu novelist and Jnanpith award winner Ravuri Bharadwaja passed away at a private hospital here on Friday. He was 86.
Bharadwaja had been suffering from kidney-related problems for a while and had been admitted to the hospital for treatment. He is survived by four sons and a daughter. He was awarded the 48th Jnanpith award in 2012 for his work Paakudu Raallu, a graphic account of life behind the scenes in the film industry, which is considered his magnum opus. Jeevana Samaram was another of his popular works.
Bharadwaja was the third Telugu to be chosen for the honour after the Late Viswanatha Satyanarayana for Ramayana Kalpavruksham in 1970 and C. Narayana Reddy for Viswambara in 1988.
The 86-year-old writer had to his credit 37 collections of short stories, 17 novels, six short novels for children and eight plays.
Born to Ravuri Mallikamba and Kotaiah on July 5, 1927 in Moguluru village of Paritala Jagir in the former Hyderabad state, Bharadwaja had later moved to Tadikonda village in Guntur district. His formal education lasted only till Class VIII, but his literary prowess got him honorary doctorates from Andhra University, Nagarjuna University and the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
Starting his writing career at the age of 17, Bharadwaja had the distinction of receiving the State Sahitya Academy Award for Literature twice, in 1968 and 1983, and the central Sahitya Academy Award in 1983. He was also the first recipient of the Gopichand Literary Award in 1968 and the Rajalakshmi Award for Literature in 1987.
Leading the galaxy of writers of the post-Gopichand era, Bharadwaja was first reckoned as a successor to Chalam. He, however, made a mark of his own by embellishing his writings with distinct characteristics in his inimitable style, diction, portrayal and narration.
He worked as a technician during World War II, doing odd jobs as a field worker in factories before joining the editorial staff of Zamin Rytu in 1946 and then Deena Bandhu in 1948. Later, he worked in several publications including in Jyothi, Samiksha, Abhisarika, Chitraseema, Cinema and Yuva till 1959, when he joined All India Radio, Hyderabad as a junior script writer.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan condoled the death of Bharadwaja and said that the state has lost a great personality.