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Malathi Rao Sahitya Akademi Award Awarded In 2007

Malathi Rao

Malathi Rao

Award Name : Sahitya Akademi Award

Year of Award : 2007

Award for : Literature

Location : Bangalore, Karnataka, India


Malathi Rao is an Indian writer. She won the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her English language novel Disorderly Women in 2007. Malathi Rao was born in Bangalore, Karnataka to Chennagiri Padmanabha Rao and Smt. Padmavathi. She is the eldest of five sisters. She has an older brother and two younger brothers. As a young girl, Rao was inspired by the works of Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Louisa May Alcott among others. She always had a penchant for writing and pursued English Literature at Bangalore and Mysore Universities. She epitomized the new generation of her time, as a highly educated independent working woman. She was an English Lecturer in Vijaya College, Bangalore and the legendary Prof.V. T. Srinivasan was principal and Head of the department in the college. Rao spent a major part of her teaching career in Delhi. She taught English literature at Miranda House, Delhi University. Highly respected and loved by her peers and students alike, Delhi was her home until she moved back to Bangalore in the mid-nineties. Once in Bangalore, she concentrated on her writing career. 

Malathi Rao has written three novels, three collections of short stories and authored several newspaper articles. "The Bridge," "...And in Benares flows the Ganga," and "Come for a Coffee... Please," are among her well known works. She rose to prominence with her novel 'Disorderly Women' published in 2007. Rao's next novel is eagerly-awaited and is expected to be published in 2013. It is currently titled Inquisition.


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