Kannada Jnanapeetha awardee Masti Venkatesh Iyengar.
He was born on June 6th 1891 in masti village of Kolar district.His pen name was Srinivasa.
Education and career
Masti obtained a master's degree in English literature in 1914 from the Madras University.He joined the Indian civil service and served in different parts of Karnataka, which gave him immense inspiration for his literary works and got retired in 1943.He died in 1986 at the age of 95.
Masti started wrting short stories and written many poems. He wrote more than 120 books in Kannada and 17 in English.
Jnanpith award has been awadred for his historical novel Chikkaveera Rajendra in 1983, which is about last king of kodava. He is the fourth janapeetha awardee among 7 recipients.
Masti known as Maasti Kannadada Aasti, which means masti is the asset of Kannada.He also called as "Brahma of Kannada Stories" ("Forefather of Short Stories")
Epics written by Masti
Shri Rama Pattabisheka
Novels written by masti
Chikkaveera Rajendra Historical Novel
Channabasava Nayaka Historical Novel (which is last king among Nayakas of Shimoga District)
Stories and Anthologies by Masti
Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (Some Short Stories)
Rangana Maduve (Ranga's Marriage)
Plays by Masti
Autobiography by Masti