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Dr. C. Narayana Reddy

C. Naryana Reddy, c. 1971
Born July 29, 1931 (1931-07-29) (age 78)
India Hanumajipeta, Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India
Occupation poet, playwright, composer, artist

Dr. Cingireddy Narayana Reddy (Telugu: సి.నారాయణరెడ్డి) (born 29 July 1931) is an Indian poet, writer. He is a winner of the Jnanpith Award in 1988 for his contribution to Telugu literature. He is considered a foremost authority on Telugu Literature. He is known as Cinare.


Early life and background

Narayana Reddy was born in Hanumajipeta, Karimnagar district in Andhra Pradesh. He completed his Master's degree and Ph.D. degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University.[1]



Academic career

Narayana Reddy was a professor at Osmania University. His students often recollect his grip over the language, especially his poetry reading sessions.

Movie career

Reddy entered film industry in 1962, by writing a song for the Gulebakavali Katha. He became famous with the song Nannu dochu kunduvate...vannela dorasani

He became known to a wide public as a lyricist for several famous Telugu films.

Political career

Narayana Reddy was nominated to the Upper House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha in August 1997.[2]

Personal life

Naryana Reddy was married to Susheela. He has been conferring awards for best female writers in the name of 'Susheela Narayana Reddy Award' every year. He lives in Hyderabad.


C.Narayana Reddy has Four daughters.All of them are married and reside with him with their respective families.His eldest granddaughter is the Daughter-in-law of present endowments Minister of Andhra Pradesh ,Gade Venkat Reddy.


The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1977 and the second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 1992. He was conferred with the Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1988 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.

He won the Jnanpith Award for his poetic work Viswambara, which has been translated into three other languages. He became one of only two Telugu persons who have received that award, the other being Viswanatha Satyanarayana.


  • Rutuchakram (1964)
  • Karpura vasantarayalu
  • Visvambara (1988)
  • Prapancapadulu (1991)
  • Gadilo samudram (1998)
  • Saptathi Oka Liptaga (2001)
  • Evi aa jeeva nidhulu? (2008)


External links

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