CiNaRe no more: Telugu poet Dr C Narayana Reddy dies at 85

Dr Narayana Reddy won umpteen awards, including Jnanpith (1988) and Padma Shri (1977), and was a much beloved teacher of Telugu literature.

By   |  Published: 12th Jun 2017  10:06 amUpdated: 12th Jun 2017  11:08 pm
Dr C Narayan Reddy.

Hyderabad: Dr C Narayana Reddy, a poet par excellence, is no more. Popularly known as CiNaRe, the Jnanpith awardee was ill for some time and breathed his last on Monday morning at Care Hospital, Banjara Hills. He was 85.

A true son of the soil, Cingireddy Narayana Reddy was born in Hanumajipet of Sircilla Rajanna district (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh) on July 29, 1931.

The CiNaRe carved a niche for himself in contemporary Telugu literature by writing poems, novels and songs for the Telugu movie industry.

CiNaRe forayed into the film industry in 1962 with NTR and Jamuna’s fantasy drama Gulebakavali Katha. His songs from the film like Nannu dhochukonduvate vannela dodorasaani, Ontarinai poyanu ika intiki emani ponu and Amba jagadamaba naa aartine alinchava were reckoned as all-time chartbusters. His last song was Jejemma from Arundhati featuring Anushka in the lead.

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Dr Narayana Reddy won umpteen awards, including Jnanpith (1988) and Padma Shri (1977), and was a much beloved teacher of Telugu literature. He had worked as a lecturer in Arts and Science College (Secunderabad), the Nizam College and later in the Arts College of Osmania University.

Dr Narayana Reddy was equally well-known for his songs for Telugu films as for his contributions to Telugu literature. 

He won many laurels for his songs in hundreds of films. Some of his popular songs include Thelisindile thelisindile (Ramudu Bheemudu), Telugu jaati manadi (Thalla Pellama), Rimzim rimzim Hyderabad (Mattilo Manikyam), Vastadu naaraju eeroju (Alluri Seetharama Raju), Joru meedunnave thummeda (Sivaranjani), Vatapatra sayi ki (Swati Mutyam), Ammanu minchi daivam (20 Va Satabdam), Osey Ramulamma (Osey Ramulamma), Kantene amma ani ante ela (Preminchu) and Idhigo rayalaseema gadda (Seetaiah) among others.

His works were translated into Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Urdu, and French, among other languages.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and recalled his association with the departed poet.