R. K. Narayan

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Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001) is an Indian Writer[1] famous for his work in fictional town Malgudi. He is the one of the great authors in Indian Literature.

R. K. Narayan
BornRasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami
(1906-10-10)10 October 1906
Madras (now Chennai), Madras Presidency, British India
Died13 May 2001(2001-05-13) (aged 94)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationWriter
NationalityIndian
Alma materMaharaja's College, Mysore
GenreFiction, mythology and non-fiction
Notable awardsPadma Vibhushan, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, Benson Medal
Spouse
Rajam
(m. 1934; her death 1939)
Children1, Hema Narayan
RelativesR. K. Laxman (brother)
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha
In office
12 May 1986 – 11 May 1992

Awards and Honours[change | change source]

Narayan received many awards and honours including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India's second and third highest civilian awards,[2] and in 1994 the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour of India's national academy of letters.[3] He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament.

References[change | change source]

  1. "R K Narayan". 2001-05-13. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  2. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. George, Rosemary Marangoly (2013), Indian English and the Fiction of National Literature, Cambridge University Press, p. 144, ISBN 978-1-107-04000-7 Quote: "S. Radhakrishnan was the first “Fellow of the Akademi” to be given this title in 1968 after he left the service of both the government and the Akademi. ... Mulk Raj Anand was the first Indian English writer to be inducted in 1989 and R. K. Narayan the second Indian writer working in English to be inducted in 1994."

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