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Jnanapith award winner Masti Venkatesh Iyengar 1891-1986


Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

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Masti Venkatesha Iyengar: 1891-1986

He was born in Masti village of Kolar district. He passed MCS examination in 1913 and securing M.A. in 1914. As a civil servant, he held various positions of high responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, before retiring voluntarily in 1943. His long and diverse career of 3 decades was marked by total dedication to public service and exceptional administrative ability. And his wealth of experience as a bureaucrat gave immense inspiration for his literary works. His pseudonym Srinivasa is as popular as his native village Masti, in Kannada literary circles today.

Eventhough he started composing stories right in his earlier student days, his first published work became the history of modern Kannada short stories. And he was recognized as the “Brahma of Kannada Stories” (Forefather of Short Stories) . His works carry the best elements of literature in story form and with their inimitable language, narrative style and richness of theme and realities, powerfully relate to the readers. His story Subbanna, based on the life of a musician is a good example of this and it has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages.

Honours and awards:
1. “Brahma of Kannada Stories” (“Forefather of Short Stories”)
2. Jnanpith award which came to him in 1983 for his historical novel Chikkaveera Rajendra

1. ‘Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu’
2. Channabasava Nayaka
3. Chikkaveera Rajendra
4. 3-volume autobiography ‘Bhava’
5. Subbanna
6. Edited the monthly journal ‘Jeevana’ from 1944 – 1965
7. Written more than 120 books in Kannada
8. 17 books in English


Home of Jnanapith award winner Masti Venkatesh Iyengar

The home of the late Masti Venkatesh Iyengar, Kannada writer and winner of the Jnanapith award. He was famous for his short stories.



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


  1. 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.

    Comment by vinodkumar | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  2. Did “Srinivasa” edit a monthly by name “Kategara” published at Bangalore in 1933 ?

    Comment by SM Katti | February 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Back in 1996, when staying at the Paslace Estate near Kakkabe, I read Chikkaveera Rajendra, the last King of Coorg, and am very keen to obtain a copy of the book in its English translation. While I live in UK the book, if I were to obtain a copy, would be passed to the Apparanda family of the Palace Estate. Condition of the book is relatively immaterial.

    If anyone can help it would be very much appreciated.

    Comment by david bourne | April 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Can i ave th ename of the book wirttien by Masti venkatesh Iyengar on Bhagwath Ramanujacharya and his wife , i want to buy it

    Kidly help


    Comment by Lakshminarasimhan Sridhar | May 22, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi. I was born in a village abt 4 miles to Masti. Masti is a small town bordering TN(Berikai). He used the name srinivasa in all the stories he wrote may be coz of the village diety of masti is Srinivasa, the temple still exists there. its in Malur Tq of Kolar Dt. Karnataka, His Mother is from a village called hongenahalli in malur tq.(my grand dad is from same village) I remember seeing him in a relatives wedding when i was small.

    Comment by Rangaraj SD | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. Has Masti’s work Sheshamma been translated into English? Would like to buy.


    Comment by C N Ajit | February 23, 2011 | Reply

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