P. T. Narasimhachar (Pu Ti Na)
Born(1905-03-17)17 March 1905
Melukote, Pandavapura taluk, Mysore district, Kingdom of Mysore, British India (now Mandya district, Karnataka, India)
Died23 October 1998(1998-10-23) (aged 93)
Bangalore, Karnataka
Pen namePu Ti Na (ಪು ತಿ ನ)
OccupationWriter, poet
Literary movementKannada: Navodaya

Purohita Thirunarayanaiyengar Narasimhachar (17 March 1905 – 23 October 1998), commonly known as PuTiNa, was a playwright and poet in the Kannada language. Along with, Kuvempu and D. R. Bendre, he forms the well-known trio of Kannada Navodaya poets.[1] He was a Sahitya Akademi fellow and the winner of the Pampa Award, awarded by the Government of Karnataka in 1991.[2]

Life and career

Narasimhachar was born on 17 March 1905 into an orthodox Iyengar family in the town of Melkote in Mandya district of Karnataka.[3]

Apart from being a writer, PuTiNa also worked in the army of Mysore state and later in the legislature of the Government of Mysore state.[4] He died on 13 October 1998.[5]

Literary contributions

PuTiNa was one of the catalysts of the Navodaya style of Kannada literature. According to Lakshminarayana Bhat, "At a broader level, the growth of the Navodaya style of literature resembles the growth of the writings of PuTiNa".[6] In his first collection of poems Hanathe, he conveys profound insights into significant moments in life by using a simple language and style. Many of PuTiNa's writings detail the beauty and majesty of nature, bordering on the spiritual.[7] Two of his well-known writings are Ahalye, which subtly narrates the conflict between kama and dharma, and Gokula Nirgamana, which narrates the departure of Krishna from Gokula.[8] PuTiNa's essays reflect his dominant poetic personality.[9]

Awards and recognitions


Collection of poems

Musical dramas

Collection of stories


  1. ^ K. M. George (1992), p642
  2. ^ P. T. Narasimhachar (2001), Back cover
  3. ^ "Birth centenary of PuTiNa". ThatsKannada.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  4. ^ "House of PuTiNa at Melkote is a cultural icon". ThatsKannada.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Narasiṃhācār, Pu. Ti., 1905-1998 - Library of Congress". id.loc.gov. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  6. ^ "An analysis of Pu. Ti. Narasimhachar's work". OurKarnataka.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  7. ^ K. M. George (1992), p174
  8. ^ Sisir Kumar Das (1995), p766
  9. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988), p1220
  10. ^ Chari 1994, p. 36.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.