Jnanpith award winner U R Ananthamurthy passes away

He was hospitalised today for infection and fever at a Bangalore hospital.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Updated: August 22, 2014 9:00 pm

Ailing Jnanpith awardee and renowned Kannada writer U R Anantha Murthy, 82, who was in a critical condition since Thursday night following kidney failure died here at a private hospital at around 6 pm on Friday.


“The literary great is no more in our midst. At around 6 pm he suffered a cardiac arrest. Our best efforts to resuscitate him were not successful. He was suffering from a kidney ailment for several years. Last night he suffered kidney failure. He was on a ventilator. Unfortunately he did not respond to treatment. The decision on the final rites will be decided by his family,” Medical Director and Chairman of the Manipal Hospital H Sudarshan Ballal said on Friday evening.

Inspite of his kidney ailment, Murthy was very active both physically and mentally including extensive travelling and took up lot of assignments but in the last 10 to 15 days his condition worsened “to some extent”, Ballal said.

ananta2 Former PM P V Narsimha Rao presenting Jnanpith award to prof. U R Ananthamurthy in 1995. (Source: Express Archives)

The outspoken U R Anantha Murthy who was an ardent supporter of the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka is expected to receive a funeral with state honours. He was hospitalized 10 days ago and had until then been living a very active life.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. I
    Aug 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    We cannot leave politics even at funerals - Siddu govt supporter? Let us evaluate him based on his contribution to intellectual pursuits.
    1. G
      George Cherian
      Aug 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm
      Words are not enough to express my sadness. Remembering Ananthamurthy sir in my mind and heart, my sincere condolences. Wishing Esther, Sharat and Anuradha peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With Love Cherian
      1. O
        Aug 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm
        Great writer
        1. S
          Aug 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm
          A great loss
          1. R
            Aug 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm
            Sad indeed
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