Speakers at the release of book ‘Viswanatha – A Literary Legend’, a compilation on Jnanpith Award winner (1970) Viswanatha Satyanarayana, have said it is unfortunate that the Nobel in literature had eluded the writer as his works did not get the exposure in international arena as they were not translated into English.

The legendary litterateur had great diversity in his writings and the conviction of thought was the first and foremost quality in his works which would impress readers instantaneously, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari said after releasing the book here on Saturday. There was a misconception that he was traditional and orthodox but his works had revealed that he was modernist and had never feared experimentation. Stating that she had little knowledge about the ‘Kavi Samrat’, the title with which Viswanatha Satyanarayana was known popularly, except that her father N.T. Rama Rao was his follower, Ms. Purandeswari said there was no literary aspect which was not touched upon by the writer in his works. He had his impact on all styles of writing in his own way. The Union Minister cited his award-winning book ‘Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu’ as a platform where he had displayed his “intellectual arrogance” by making some changes in the basic Ramayana without fear and it was possible only through his conviction. V. Kondal Rao, who edited the compilation, said it was a 760-page book with 14 sections.