Raja Rao

Raja Rao

Raja Rao was born in 1909 in Hassan, Mysore, India. After he graduated from Madras University, he moved to the University of Montpellier in France on a scholarship. He moved to the United States in 1966, where he taught at the University of Texas at Austin until 1983, when he retired as Emeritus Professor. Rao died of heart failure in 2006.


Fiction by Raja Rao

Raja Rao’s Kanthapura is one of the finest novels to come out of mid-twentieth century India. It is the story of how Gandhi’s struggle for independence from the British came to a typical village, Kanthapura, in South India. Young Moorthy, back from the city with “new ideas,” cuts across the ancient barriers of caste to unite the villagers in non-violent action––which is met with violence by landlords and police. The dramatic tale unfolds in a poetic, almost mythical style which conveys as never before the rich textures of Indian rural life.…
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Raja Rao was among the first major Indian writers to cajole the English language into conveying the distinctive cadences of his native country.

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