Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, born December 21, 1932, is a leading contemporary writer in the Kannada language. He is counted among the most eminent Indian authors. A winner of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, he was also honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1998. His main works include Samskara, Bhava,Bharathi Pura, and Avasthe. Several of his novels and short fictions have been made into movies. He recently came to London’s Nehru Centre and talked to Lalit Mohan Joshi, the editor of South Asian Cinema foundation on his life, literature and cinema.