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Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar
Venkatesh Iyengar.jpg
Born (1891-06-06)6 June 1891
Hongenahalli, Malur taluk, Kolar district, Mysore State, British India
Died 6 June 1986(1986-06-06) (aged 95)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Pen name Srinivasa, Maasti
Occupation District Commissioner, professor, writer
Nationality India
Genre Fiction
Subject Kannada literature
Literary movement Kannada literature Navodaya (New birth)Navodaya

Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar (6 June 1891 – 6 June 1986) was a well-known writer in Kannada language. He was the fourth among Kannada writers to be honored with the Jnanpith Award,[1] the highest literary honor conferred in India.[2] 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 honoured with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.

Early life and education[edit]

Maasti was born in 1891, at Hosahalli in Kolar district of Karnataka in a Tamil speaking Sri Vaishnavaite family. He spent his early childhood in Maasti village. He obtained a master's degree in English literature (Arts) in 1914 from Madras University.[3] After joining the Indian Civil Service (Known as the Mysore Civil Service in the days of the Maharaja of Mysore), he held various positions of responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, rising to the rank of District Commissioner. After 26 years of service, he resigned in 1943, as a protest when he did not get the post equivalent to a Minister, which he deserved and a junior was promoted ahead of him.[3] He wrote some pieces in English and then switched over to write in Kannada language.[3] He used pen name Srinivasa to write short stories and novels in Kannada.[4]

Works[edit]

He published his first work Rangana Maduve in 1910 and his last work is Maatugara Ramanna (1985).[4] His Kelavu Sanna Kategalu (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. He was the editor of monthly journal Jivana (Life) from 1944 to 1965.

A prolific writer, he wrote more than 123 books in Kannada[4] and 17 in English, for over seventy years. He won the Jnanpith Award in 1983 for his novel Chikkavira Rajendra. The story was about the last Raja of Kodagu.

He died on his 95th birthday in 1986.[citation needed] Since 1993, an award in his name, "Masti Venkatesha Iyangar Award" is awarded to well-known writers of Karnataka.[5] His house located in Basavanagudi area, Bangalore is converted as a museum and maintained by Masti Venkatesha Iyangar Jeevana Karyalaya Trust.[6] His house located in Maasti village, Malur Taluk (Kolar District) is converted as library and maintained by Departments of Government of Karnataka.[7] Masti Residential School was started in memory of Masti Venkatesha Iyangar during 2006–07, at Masti village, Malur Taluk by Government of Karnataka.[8]

Bibliography[edit]


Epics

  • Shri Rama Pattabisheka (Coronation of Shri Ram)


Novels


Stories and Anthologies

  • Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories)
  • 100 Short stories in a number of volumes


Plays

  • Kakanakote
  • Manjule
  • Yashodhara
  • Bhattara Magalu
  • Shanthaa


Autobiography

  • Bhaava (Three Volumes)


Other

  • Subbanna (1928)
  • Sheshamma (1976)
  • Shanta (1923)
  • Talikoti (1929)
  • Yashodhara(1933)
  • Kannadad Seve(1930)
  • Arun (1924)
  • Tavare(1930)
  • Sankranti (1969)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Jnanapeeth Awards". Ekavi. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Jnanpith Laureates Official listings". Jnanpith Website. 
  3. ^ a b c Ramachandra Sharama Ed., Masti Venkatesha Iyengar (2004). Masti. New Delhi: Katha. ISBN 9788187649502. 
  4. ^ a b c "Man of letters". The Hindu. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Award presented to Nisar Ahmed". The Hindu. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Garbage doesn't spare even Masti's house". The Hindu. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jnanpith writer Masti's house made into a library". Deccan Herald. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Masti school bereft of building, staff". Deccan Herald. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 

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The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:37:30 -0700

Ultimately, Nanji-Ratna's love becomes a metaphor for a common man's dream. The play will be screened on Wednesday. Kaakana Kote, written by Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, is regarded as one of the greatest Kannada plays. It revolves around the revolt of a ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:07:30 -0700

After his demise in 1986, an award Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Award has been instituted in his name. The Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Prashathi Samiti and the Dr. Masti Trust, Kolar, now in its 23rd year, gives this year's Masti awards to Prof. Sha. Shettar ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:26:15 -0700

In 1951, Rao began to serialise his memoir in a Kannada literary magazine edited by Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, whom he counted as a close friend. The English version that we have here is a rendition of this Kannada memoir by two of his grandchildren: ...
 
Deccan Herald
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:56:04 -0700

Incidentally, even now one can see the residence of Dr Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, the Jnanapeeta Award winner on the same road, the house retaining the age-old architecture. Three generations were lined up in the photograph to mark the occasion.
 
Deccan Herald
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:20:03 -0700

The school built in memory of the Jnanapith awardee Masti Venkatesha Iyengar is a sought after institution, as about 607 students appeared for the entrance test. There are only 50 seats available and 25 of those are reserved for students from Kolar ...

Scroll.in

Scroll.in
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:22:42 -0700

The story is based on a real-time connection that Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, the eminent writer in Kannada, shared with a cobbler. I could not translate the title to either of its equivalents in English, Duty or Obligation, because neither expression ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:34:07 -0700

He immediately sent a message to my father and my father promised to supply the missing matter, which was a part of his uncle, Navaratna Rama Rao's autobiography. My father, with the help of Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, the famous Kannada writer who was ...
 
Bangalore Mirror
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:15:00 -0800

He then went on to explain, "Of all the writers in Kannada, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar used the language very well. Look at his language..so lucid...(what's the word in Kannada for lucid?) And look at Govina Haadu. I think it is one of the best poems in ...
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