I present to you, Sir, Shri Adya
Rangacharya, better known by
his pen-name, Shriranga.
Born in 1904, Shri Adya Rangacharya had his training as a linguist at the University of London and began his career as a University teacher. After a long teaching career, he settled down to the writing of plays which has ever since remained his first love. Shriranga has to his credit 29 full-length and more than 47 one-act plays, the majority of which have been performed. In recent years, some of his plays have been translated into Hindi and other modern Indian languages and performed. He has also been an actor and producer of plays.
His active association with theatre groups has greatly helped the amateur theatre movement in the Kannada speaking region. He also brought out a quarterly theatre journal for four years. He is founder-president of the Natya Sangh of Mysore State. He has been the Director of a short-term training course in dramatics for High School teachers in Mysore State for the last seven years.
He is also an acknowledged scholar of Sanskrit theatre. Apart from plays, he has to his credit several other literary works in Kannada. He was elected President of the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in 1966. Shriranga received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for play-writing in 1963. He is also the recipient of the State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for play-writing.
For his contribution to the enrichment of Indian theatre, particularly the Kannada theatre, Shri Adya Rangacharya has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.