Raja Rao

Raja Rao was an Indian writer and novelist known for his contributions to Indian English literature. He was born on November 8, 1908, in Hassan, in the state of Karnataka, India, and passed away on July 8, 2006. Rao's works are deeply rooted in metaphysics and philosophy, reflecting his own experiences and the complexities of Indian culture, spirituality, and history. He is widely acclaimed for his novel 'Kanthapura' (1938), which provides an account of the impact of Gandhi's teaching on nonviolent resistance against the British. His unique narrative style blends myth, reality, and the oral storytelling tradition of India. Rao was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1969 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1964 for his literary contributions.


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  1. 1. Kanthapura

    "Kanthapura" is a powerful novel that tells the story of a small South Indian village as it becomes embroiled in the struggle for independence from British rule. Through the eyes of a young woman named Moorthy, the reader witnesses the transformation of the village and its people as they are inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and join the fight for freedom. The novel explores themes of unity, sacrifice, and the power of nonviolent resistance, offering a poignant portrayal of the impact of colonialism on rural communities and the strength of the human spirit.

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