I present to you Shri Adya
Rangacharya, recipient of the
Akademi Award for Play-writing.
Born in 1904, Shri Adya Rangacharya had his training as a linguist at the University of London and began his career in India as a University teacher. After a short spell of teaching, he settled down to the writing and production of plays which have ever since remained his first love. A prolific writer and versatile theatre worker, Shri Adya Rangacharya has to his credit twenty-eight full-length and sixty one act plays, the majority of which have been performed. His active association with a large number of theatre groups in responsible positions has helped him to exercise a formative influence on the theatre movement in the Kannada-speaking region. Though primarily a play-wright, his literary output has been many-sided and considerable. He has written fiction, literary essays, criticism, and commentaries on classical treatises.