“A N Krishna Rao was a gifted writer, a famous orator and a great human being. He strived all his life for the cause of Kannada,” recalls founder trustee and treasurer of A na Kru Foundation K T Chandrashekar.
The Foundation has published all of A na Kru’s works. In fact, some of his popular titles have been regularly republished. Also, the Foundation, has from time to time, released books and profiles of the writer. Arakalagudu Narasingarao Krishnarao (1908-1971) was better known as Kadambari Sarvabhouma (The King of the Novel).
Starting with his first novel Jeevanayathre, Ana Kru continued to write consistently for the next forty years relentlessly raising issues concerning the exploited sections of society. He also campaigned for issues relating to Kannada and the Kannadiga.
Some of his most popular works include Sandhyaraga, Natasarvabhouma, Udayaraga Gruhalakshmi, Thaayiyakarulu, Ashirvaada, and Anugraha.
A na Kru believed in open debates, social reforms and progressive writing. He shocked the puritans when he wrote about prostitution and other forms of human exploitation in his sensitively portrayed books like Nagnasathya, Shanisanthana and Sanjegaththalu.
His great literary contributions apart, A na Kru worked for the integration of the state and tirelessly organised Kannadigas to protect their identity and rights. A N Krishna Rao was a multi-faceted personality. Early in life he worked for a popular English daily and edited literary magazines like Katha Manjari and Vishva Vani. He also edited Kannada Sahitya Parishath’s publication entitled Kannada Nudi. A na Kru was the president of 43rd Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Manipal. The recipient of State Sahitya Academy award, A N Krishnarao was honoured with an honorary doctorate by Mysore University. Though A na Kru hailed from Arakalagudu, a village in Hassan district, his family lived for decades in Bangalore. The Raos owned a small house, ‘Annapoorna’ at VV Puram, a locality in South Bangalore, home to several other noted litterateurs. Annapoorna would have served well as a memorial to the man and his work, but that tradition of converting the homes of litterateurs and thinkers into memorials has hardly been an Indian trait.