Prolific Literary Legacy
In the ninety-five eventful, elevating, evolved, and fruitful years that Masti lived, he left behind a prized store of 123 books in Kannada, 17 in English, scores of short stories, and hundreds of precious essays on contemporary politics, history, literature, poetry and assorted topics. In 1983, he became the fourth Kannada writer to receive the Jnanapith Award for his historical novel Chikaveera Rajendra, a powerful and tragic tale of the last Raja of Kodagu (Coorg).
Like his distinction in the field of administration, Masti’s legacy as an iconic editor of the monthly Kannada journal, Jivana (Life), is little known. He edited and published Jivana for twenty years (1944-1965).
A study of his life, work and legacy is both rewarding and ennobling, and deserves a global audience.
It was a life marked by the highest degree of personal integrity, a gentle, non-malicious, yet unwavering opposition to wrongdoing anywhere by anyone, and a deep and reflective mind whose imprints are embodied in all his writings.