Adya Rangacharya
BornR. V. Jagirdar
(1904-09-26)26 September 1904
Agarkhed, Bijapur district, Karnataka
Died17 October 1984(1984-10-17) (aged 79)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Pen nameSriranga or Shriranga
OccupationPoet, novelist, playwright, translator, actor, critic, scholar
Notable awardsSangeet Natak Akademi Award (1967)
Sahitya Akademi Award (1971)
Padma Bhushan (1972)
SpouseSharada Adya[1]
ChildrenUsha Desai[1]
Shashi Deshpande[1]

Adya Rangacharya (26 September 1904 – 17 October 1984), known as R.V. Jagirdar till 1948,[2] later popularly known by his pen name Sriranga, was an Indian Kannada writer, actor and scholar, and a member of the Adya Jahagirdar family.[3] He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967 and the Sahitya Akademi Award for literature in 1971 for Kalidasa, a literary criticism in Kannada.

Rangacharya has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan third highest Indian civilian award for his contributions to the literature and education in 1972 by the Government of India.[4]


Adya Rangacharya birth name was R. V. Jagirdar [5] and was born in Agarkhed, Bijapur district. He has his education at Bombay and London Universities. His writings made him a trend-setter among Kannada and Indian writers. His works include twelve novels and a number of scholarly books on the theatre, on Sanskrit drama and the Bhagavadgita; but it was as a dramatist that he made his mark (47 full-length and 68 one-act plays).[6] He is known for his English translation of the classic work on Indian classical theatre, the Natyasastra [5]


Rangacharya's works include twelve novels and a number of scholarly books on the Theatre, on Sanskrit drama and the Bhagavadgita. He also wrote 71 plays and acted in 47.[3] Besides a translation of Natyasastra,[7] his other works in English include Drama in Sanskrit Literature, Indian Theatre, Introduction to Bharata’s Natyasastra, and Introduction to the Comparative Philosophy and Indo-Aryan Languages. He use the pseudonym Sriranga when writing most of his plays and literary work.[3]

His works in English are:

Among his works translated into English are


  1. ^ a b c "Sharada Adya Rangacharya dead". Times of India. Retrieved 7 January 2002.
  2. ^ K. M. George (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Plays and prose. Sahitya Akademi. p. 272. ISBN 9788172017835.
  3. ^ a b c Mudde, Raggi (4 November 2011). "Adya Rangacharya – An Eminent Theatre Personality". Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b Rangacharya, Adya (1904-84), in The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre Oxford Reference Online
  6. ^ WorldCat author listing
  7. ^ Rangacharya, Adya. The NATYASASTRA (English Translation with Critical Notes). Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers.
  8. ^ WorldCat