Hyderabad:13/6/17; Renowned Telugu poet, writer and lyricist C Narayana Reddy passed away here on Monday following prolonged illness, said a family source. He was 85.
Famous as ‘Cinare’ in literary circle, the Jnanpith awardee breathed his last at Care Hospital here.
Reddy, who began his literary work in 1950s, was also a recipient of Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award and many other honours. The songs penned by him became very popular in Telugu films.
The literary personality had also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Born in a farmer family in Hanumajipet village of Karimnagar district on July 29, 1931, Narayana Reddy did his BA with Urdu as medium of instruction from Osmania University.
He did his post graduation and doctorate in Telugu literature and served as lecturer in various colleges in Hyderabad and went on to become a professor in Osmania University.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu described Reddy as “‘King of the kings’ in Telugu language and a wonderful poet”.
“His writings had mesmerised the people at large. He had a great passion for literature, culture and art… His invaluable contribution will be remembered for ever. As a parliamentarian, Dr. Reddy gave many constructive suggestions in Rajya Sabha,” Naidu added.