Melige village in Thirthahalli taluk on December 21, 1932 had his early education in Durvasamatha Sanskrit school. He had his later education in Thirthahalli and Mysore. After
doing his post graduation in English literature he
went to England for higher studies.
He joined the University of Mysore in 1970 as a lecturer and later on became a
Professor. He has shouldered many important responsibilities and handled assignments. He
has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University at Kottayam, Kerala. He
also served as the
Chairman of the National Book Trust and as the Chairman of the Kendra Sahitya Academy.
Anantha Murthy is not
only a well known author but also an orator. He has traveled widely around the globe and
has the honour of being a visiting Professor of many Universities in India and abroad. He
has served on many important committees as Member and Chairman. He has interviewed many
celebrities for television and documentaries.
started his literary career in 1955 with
his collection of short stories entitled 'Endendhigu Mugiyada Kathe' ( A never ending
- 'Akasha mathu Bekku'
'Samskara' which created waves in the Kannada
literaray circles. It was made into a movie of the same name and was crowned with many
awards. It has been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Marathi, Oriya,
Gujarathi and Konkani languages of India. It has been translated into English, French,
Russian, Hungarian, German and Kazak.
- Collection of essays include 'Prajne mathu
- 'Samakshama prabandha'.
- He is bringing out a quarterly magazine namely
- His other works are 'Avahan' (drama) and '15
padyagalu', 'Mithuna', 'Ajjana Hegala Sukkugalu' (collection of poems).
He was impressed by the social leader
Shanthaveri Gopala gowda and Ram Manohar Lohia and Mahatma Gandhi.