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Sudha Murthy
Born August 19, 1950 (1950-08-19) (age 59)
Shiggaon, Karnataka
Occupation Social worker and writer.

Padma Shri Sudha Kulkarni Murthy (Kannada: ಸುಧಾ ಮೂರ್ತಿ) (born August 19, 1950 in Shiggaon, Karnataka, India) is an Indian social worker and author. She is known for her philanthropic work through the Infosys Foundation. Among other things, she has initiated a move to provide all government schools in Karnataka with computer and library facilities. She also teaches computer science and writes fiction. Dollar Sose (Dollar daughter-in-law), a book originally she wrote in Kannada and later translated to English as Dollar Bahu was adopted as a television serial in 2001.


Early life

She did B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering & Technology, Hubli. She stood first in Karnataka for which she received a gold medal from the Chief Minister of Karnataka. She also completed her M.Tech. in Computer Science in 1974 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, stood first in her class and received a gold medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers.

She was also the first woman engineer to be selected in Telco (now Tata Motors), Pune. She had written a postcard to JRD Tata complaining of the gender bias in Tata Motors (Telco then had a men-only policy) and she was invited for a special interview by Tata Motors. (Please see external link Aapro JRD). She was living in Pune from 1974-1981, later she moved to Mumbai. It was her savings of Rs. 10,000 that was instrumental in the founding of Infosys; N.R. Narayana Murthy proudly mentions this fact on several occasions.


Mrs. Murthy has written many stories, mostly published by Penguin, which deal with common lives and her views on donations, hospitality and realisation. Some of them include Sweet Hospitality and Wise and Otherwise. She also focuses on social works and her husband Narayana Murthy's achievements.

  • Mahashweta (Kannada and English)
  • Wise and Otherwise
  • Dollar Bahu (English)
  • Paridhi (Kannada)[1]
  • Gently Falls the Bakula
  • The Magic Drum and other Favorite Stories
  • How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and other Stories
  • The Old Man And His God
  • Bakula


On November 19th 2004, she was presented with the Raja-Lakshmi Award "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to social work" by the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai.

In 2006, she was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award from the Government of India and received an honorary doctorate from Sathyabama University.

Personal details

Mrs. Murthy is the wife of software industrialist N.R. Narayana Murthy, the sister of Jaishree Deshpande (wife of billionaire telecom tycoon Gururaj Deshpande) and renowned Caltech astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, and the granddaughter of the late Shri Narayan Melgiri, a prominent 20th century Kannadiga advocate.

The couple have two children - Rohan and Akshata. On Aug. 30, 2009, Akshata Murthy tied the knot with her Stanford classmate Rishi Sunak, in a well-attended ceremony at the Hotel Leela Palace Kempinski, Bangalore. Akshata, is a former associate of Siderian Ventures, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Rishi Sunak, a British citizen of Indian origin, is a partner at the UK-based charitable hedge fund TCI, The Children’s Investment fund.


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