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Korati Srinivasa Rao
Born(1925-10-19)19 October 1925
Korati, Bangalore Rural district, Karnataka, India
Died25 April 1983(1983-04-25) (aged 57)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
OccupationNovelist
NationalityIndia
GenreFiction ( History,social,Religious)

Korati Srinivas Rao (October 19 1925 - 25 April 1983) was one of the new era writer in Kannada who wrote more than 25 novels covering history of Vijayanagar Empire, local palegars of south India, Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. In addition he also penned nearly 150 historical short stories. He also wrote many books on spiritual personalities and subjects covering social ills and women empowerment.

Writings[edit]

Novel Historical - Vijayanagar Empire Korati Srinivas Rao wrote 20 books covering the incidents which led to the establishment of Vijayanagar empire, its rise, its zenith and its fall and disintegration. It covered the historical events between 1294 and 1656.

Rajyodaya - ( 1294-1336)

  • Devagiri Durga
  • Devagiri Patana
  • Kannadigra Kalaratri
  • Kumara Rama
  • Rajyodaya

Samrajya Vaibhava ( 1336- 1528)​

  • Raya Parabhava
  • Gajabentekara
  • Rajyakranti
  • Toulaveshwara
  • Nagaladevi
  • Jaganmohini

Samrajya Duranta ( 1528-1565 )​

  • Shantivadi
  • Rajadrohi
  • Amatyaratna
  • Huchu Dore
  • Rakkasa Tangadi

Samrajya Patana ( 1565 - 1656 )​

  • Raghunatha Vijaya
  • Devi Kote
  • Jnati Kalaha
  • Samrajya Kshaya

The 20 novels on Vijayanagar covered the following

Devagiri Durga - The life and times of Sevuna (Yadava) ruler Ramachandra of Devagiri. His meeting with Mummadi Singh. His conflicts with Allauddin Khilji. This novel also covers the life of Rani Padmavati of mewar and also the last ruler of Vaghela Dynasty, Karan Singh Vaghela and their conflicts with Allauddin Khilji

Devagiri Patana- Complete annihlation of Yadava, kakatiya and Hoysala dynasties in the hands of Malik Kafur. The death of Ramachandra and Karan Singh Vaghela. Last days of Allauddin Khilji and aftermath

Kannadigara Kalaratri - Destruction of Anegundi kingdom by Muhammed Bin Tughlaq's army.

Kumararama-Life and times of Kumararama, His conflicts with Muhammed Bin Tughlaq. Death of Kumararama in the battle.

Samarjyodaya - How his holiness Sri Vidyaranya establishes the Vijayanagara empire with the help of Harihara, kampana, Bukkraya, Madappa and Muddappa, the 5 brothers forms the crux of this novel. Also covers briefly about the rule of Harihara, Bukkaraya and Harihara -II. Rule of Sangama Dynasty.

Raya Parabhava - Life and times of Deva Raya I (1406-1422). His misrule and his defeats in the hands of Bahamani Sultans. His failed romance with Parvathi ( Nehala) and his conflicts with Bahamani Sulthans due to this. At the end transformation of the King into a better ruler.

Gajabentekara - Life and times of Prouda Devaraya or Deva Raya II (1424-1446). His campaigning and annihilation of all the enemies of the empire. The civil war between Shiava and Vaishnavas and Kings attempt to bridge the gap. Assassination attempt on the King and his escape. Death of the king after sometime. Prouda Devaraya's ability to vanquish his enemies gets him the name - Gajabentekara ( Slayer of elephants)

RajyaKranti - Anarchy after Prouda Devaraya's death. The tussle between Devaraya's son Mallikarjuna Raya and nephew Virupaksha Raya II for next 39 years. End of Sangama dynasty rule. Start of the Saluva Dynasty rule under Narasimha or Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya in 1485.

Toulaveshwara - Anarchy after death of Narasimha. Murder of Thimma Bhupala. Treason by Tuluva Narasa Nayaka. Rule of Saluva Narasimha Raya II.

NagalaDevi -Tussle in Tuluva Narasanayak's domestic life. Animosity of Narasanayaka's first wife Tippaji towrds his third wife Nagaladevi and her son Krishna. Death of Nagaladevi due to poisoning by Tippaji. Death of Narasanayaka. Reign of Narasanayaka and Tippaji's son Vira Narasimha as ruler of Viajyanagar. His order to his minister Saluva Timmarasu to remove his step brother Krishna's eyes. Krishna's escape with the help of Timmarasu. Death of Veera Narasimha. Ascend of Krishna as SriKrishnadevarya as ruler of Viajayanagar

Jaganmohini, Shantivadi, Rajadrohi and AmatyaRatna - Krishnadevaraya's military campaigns, his rule, his Marriage with Orissa Princess Jaganmohini, Revolt by Timmarasu's son Govinda. Death of Krishnadevaraya's sons. Death of Timmarasu and Krishnadevarya

Huchudore- Reign of Achyutadevarya. Complete take over of the empire by his brothers in law the Salakam Brothers. Their total misrule. Anarchy in Vijayanagar. Alienation/Assassination of loyalists. Military campaign by Krishnadevaraya's son in law Ramaraya to free Vijayanagar from Salakam Brothers. Death of Achyutadevaraya

RakkasaTangadi- Life of Aliya Rama Raya between 1542-1565. Imprisonment of emperor Sadashivaraya. Revolt by Ramaraya's brothers Tirumala Deva Raya and Venkatadri and their reconciliation. Final conflict with Bahamani Sultans, defeat and murder of Ramaraya. Destruction of Vijayanagar empire. Start of Aravidu Dynasty

Raghunatha Vijaya and Devikote - Military campaigns of Raghunatha Nayak belonging to Thanjavur Nayak kingdom, . Vijayanagar empire during Aravidu dynasty.

Jnatikalaha - Civil war after the death of able emperor Venkatapati Raya in 1614, between Yechamanayaka and Gobburi Jaggaraya, two commanders of the empire. Murder of emperor Sriranga and his family except second son Rama. Final battle between Jaggaraya and Yechama at Toppur and death of Jaggaraya. Weakening of the empire due to civil war.

Samrajaya Kshaya - Life and times of last emperor Sriranga or Sriranga III. His struggle to regain his throne. Complete collapse of the Vijayanagar empire in 1656. His Struggles in life between 1646 and 1678.

Other historical novels include

  • Satyashraya or Parameshwara Pulikeshi
  • Chalukya Vikrama or Shakapurusha
  • Ubhaya Lokeshwara*
  • Gunavanti*
  • Raja Venkatappanayaka*
  • Rani Chennamma*
  • Dharma deekshe
  • Mysuru Huli x
  • Huliya Hejje x
  • Vygranakha x
  • Tejasimha*
  • Also published in a Single book as - Shourya Parampare

x- Published in a single volume Hyder Tippu

Social drama:

  • Kannerina kadalu** + x
  • Vidyadhare** x
  • Mangaladeepa** + x
  • Ooru kavalodedaga** x
  • Miss Leelavathi - Made into a Kannada movie with Same name Miss Leelavathi in 1965.
  • Gruhini* - Made into a Kannada movie with Same name Gruhini in 1974.
  • Mamteya suliyalli ^^
  • Toori Banda taare
  • Chitrayatre

** All novels are related to the protogonist Sharade and the people around her. These novels covers mainly women empowerment. + Parvathi Moorthy Publiction published in a single book Jeevana Rangoli X - 4 books published in a single volume - Nele Nintha Nouke ^^ - Prequel to Miss Leelavathi

Biographies

  • Sri Madhwacharyaru
  • Sri Jayatheertharu
  • Sri Sripadarajaru
  • Sri Vysarayaru
  • Sri Vadirajaru
  • Sri Raghavendra Swamigalu
  • Sri Purandaradasru
  • Sri Kanakadasaru
  • Sri Satyabodharu xx
  • Sri Mahipatidasaru xx

xx - Published posthumously

Historical short story collections

  • Rani Bhadrambe
  • Ramarayana Tale
  • Mooru Hidi Hoo
  • Niranjani
  • Hennina Huchu
  • Lakshmi
  • Pratikara
  • Dombara Cheluve
  • Viragini
  • Sooleya Kere
  • Iravathi
  • Ratnavali
  • Charitrika Katha Manjari

In 2010 Parvati Moorthy Publications Published all the historical stories written by Korati Srinivas Rao in 2 Volumes - Jaayabhoovara and Ketumarakala.

Bharata Bharati and short novels

  • Sri Vidyaranyaru
  • Mundaragi Bheemarayaru
  • Sayyjirao Gaikwad
  • Nrupatunga
  • Shivappanayaka
  • Pulikeshi
  • Mahakavi Kuvempu
  • Punyakshetra Tirupathi

Drama

  • Tygaveera

Translation

  • Aadimanava

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Rajan, P. K. (1989). The Growth of the Novel in India, 1950–1980. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 978-81-7017-259-8.
  • K. M. George (1992) [1992]. Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Surveys and poems. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0.
  • Sisir Kumar Das (1995) [1991]. A History of Indian literature. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 978-81-7201-798-9.
  • C.N. Ramachandran, Si. En Rāmacandran (2001) [2001]. K. Shivaram Karanth. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 81-260-1071-1.



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