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Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar:The Father of Kannada Short Stories

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Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar (Kannada:ಮಾಸ್ತಿೀ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ ಐಯಂಗಾರ್) (June 6, 1891June 6, 1986) was a popular writer in Kannada language. He was the fourth person among seven recipients[1] of Jnanpith Award for Kannada the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was popularly referred to as Maasti Kannadada Aasti which means Maasti is Kannada’s Treasure. He is most renowned for his short stories. He wrote under the pen name Srinivasa. He was honored with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.

Early life and education

Masti was born in 1891, at Masti in Kolar district of Karnataka in a Tamil speaking Vaishnavaite family. He obtained a master’s degree in Arts in 1914. After joining the Indian Civil Service, he held various positions of responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, rising to the rank of District Commissioner. He retired in 1943.

His Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories) was the first noted work in the modern Kannada literature. Maasti also crafted a number poems on various philosophic, aesthetic and social themes. He composed and translated several important plays. Finally, he edited the monthly journal Jeevana (Life) from 1944 to 1965.

A prolific writer, he wrote more than 120 books in Kannada and 17 in English, over seventy years

He passed away in 1986 at the age of 95.

He won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 for his novel Chikkaveera Rajendra. The story was about the last Kodava king. Kodava community was displeased with the negative portrayal of their last king.

Epics

  • Shri Rama Pattabisheka (Coronation of Shri Ram)

Novels

Stories and Anthologies

  • Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories)
  • Dombara Chenni
  • Kaagegalu (Crows)
  • Rangana Maduve (Ranga’s Marriage)

Plays

Autobiography

  • Bhava

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The Father of Kannada Short Stories
The Iyengars have been in the forefront of arts, science, & literature. Shown above is the Jnanapeeth awardee Masti Venkatesh Iyengar

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Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar


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Pseudonym: Srinivasa, Maasti
Born: 6 June 1891
Hongenahalli, Malur taluk, Kolar district, Karnataka
Died: 6 June, 1986
Mysore
Occupation: District Commissioner, Professor, Writer
Nationality: India
Genres: Fiction
Literary movement: Navodaya
Debut works: Kelavu Sanna Kategalu
Influences: M.K. Gandhi

Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar (Kannada:ಮಾಸ್ತಿೀ ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ ಐಯಂಗಾರ್) (June 6 1891June 6 1986) was a popular writer in Kannada language. He was the fourth person among seven recipients[1] of Jnanpith Award for Kannada the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was popularly referred to as Maasti Kannadada Aasti which means Maasti is Kannada’s Treasure. He is most renowned for his short stories. He wrote under the pen name Srinivasa. He was honored with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.

Biography

Early life and education

Masti was born in 1891, at Masti in Kolar district of Karnataka in a Tamil speaking Vaishnavaite family. He obtained a master’s degree in Arts in 1914. After joining the Indian Civil Service, he held various positions of responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, rising to the rank of District Commissioner. He retired in 1943.

His Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories) was the first noted work in the modern Kannada literature. Maasti also crafted a number poems on various philosophic, aesthetic and social themes. He composed and translated several important plays. Finally, he edited the monthly journal Jeevana (Life) from 1944 to 1965.

A prolific writer, he wrote more than 120 books in Kannada and 17 in English, over seventy years

He passed away in 1986 at the age of 95.

He won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 for his novel Chikkaveera Rajendra. The story was about the last Kodava king. Kodava community was displeased with the negative portrayal of their last king.

Bibliography

Epics

  • Shri Rama Pattabisheka (Coronation of Shri Ram)

Novels

Stories and Anthologies

  • Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories)
  • Dombara Chenni
  • Kaagegalu (Crows)
  • Rangana Maduve (Ranga’s Marriage)

Plays

Autobiography

  • Bhava

Notes

 

  1. ^ Jnanapeeth Awards. Ekavi. Retrieved on 2006-10-31.

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July 22, 2007 - Posted by | Dewan Purnaiah, MASTI

7 Comments »

  1. Men of Masti’s calibre in the field fine arts is difficult to come by in this age of ‘cut and paste’
    Masti was a great human being.
    We may differ with him on his political ideaology. But as an extra ordinary personality I salute the great man.

    Comment by R.S.DHEERENDRANATH | May 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. who are the parents of masti venkatesha ayangar

    Comment by BHAVANA | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Kindly let me know Masthi Venkatesha aiyangars’ parents names.

    Comment by shashidhar.A.S. | September 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. Kindly let me know Sri.Masthi Venkateasha Aiyangar’s parents names.

    Comment by shashidhar.A.S. | September 4, 2011 | Reply

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  6. Thank u sir

    Comment by Kiran drk | January 6, 2013 | Reply

  7. we proud of iyengar

    Comment by 05111994 | June 3, 2014 | Reply


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