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Updated: October 19, 2013 12:16 IST

Jnanpith awardee Ravuri no more

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Ravuri Bharadhwaja
Ravuri Bharadhwaja

Ravuri Bharadhwaja, literary luminary and Jnanpith awardee, breathed his last at Care hospital here on Friday evening.

He is survived by four sons and a daughter. He was recently honoured by the Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship in Visakhapatnam.

Dr. Bharadhwaja was admitted on October 14 for some cardiac problems, hypertension and severe urinary infection. “He was on dialysis and renal failure compounded his condition by causing multi-organ failure,” Dr Gopi Krishna, Deputy Medical Superintendent, said.

The popular writer is credited with penning 37 collections of short stories, 17 novels, four play-lets, and five radio plays. Although, Bharadwaja studied up to seventh class, he contributed profusely to children’s literature.

What's the use in presenting prestigious awards for people who are at the fag end of their life? These awards should be given to the deserving people from different fields at an age when these hounours will be really helpful to them. And Janpith should have been given to Ravuri Bharadhwaja at least 10 years back. The same thing happened to film veterans like Raj Kapur and Pran (Dadasabheb Palkhe award) and many other actors, literary figures, poets and other professionals.

from:  EL Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 08:15 IST
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