A TRIBUE TO SMT NAYANI KRISHNA KUMARI GARU - a distinguished scholar, poet, researcher, speaker and an active participant in literary and cultural organizations - BRIEF BIODATA ABOUT SMT NAYANI KRISHNA KUMARI GARU
Krishnakumari was a distinguished scholar, poet, researcher, speaker and an active participant in literary and cultural organizations. She served several institutions in various capacities. She received several awards such as Swarnakankanam, instituted by Desoddharaka Kasinathuni Nageswara Rao, Best Telugu Writer award from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, and Sahitya Akademi among others.
Krishnakumari has been an active participant in literary and cultural events. She worked on Telugu ballads and obtained her doctorate in 1970. She had a master's degree inSanskrit.
In her dissertation, Krishnakumari took the western critiquing tools and explained the narrative style in Telugu ballads and correlated their underlying philosophy to the Telugu culture scientifically.
Her first book, a story of the Andhra people, entitled Andhrula katha, was published when she was 18. The book was prescribed as a textbook in schools. Her first collection of poetry, agniputri, was published in 1978, shortly after her father died. She died on January 29, 2016 at the age of 85.