Hyderabad: Renowned Telugu poet and writer Dr Cingireddi Narayana Reddy, recipient of the Jnanpith Award in 1988, passed away on Monday. He was 85. Reddy also penned hundreds of lyrics for Telugu movies for over five decades.

Born in a remote village of Karimnagar district in the undivided Andhra Pradesh on 29 July 1931 to Malla Reddy and Buchamma, Reddy completed his MA and PhD in Telugu literature from Osmania University where he also worked as a professor.

In 1992, he was felicitated with the country’s third-highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan, and was nominated to the Upper House of Parliament in 1997. Reddy was awarded the prestigious Jnanpith award in 1988 for his poetic work Visvambara which was also translated into three other languages.

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of Dr. Reddy.

YSR Congress Party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock over the demise of the renowned Telugu literary personality. “Dr. C. Narayana Reddy’s death is a big vacuum to the Telugu literary world,” he said in his condolence message.