Sudha Murty is an author, engineer, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
Born in Shiggaon, North Karnataka, her love for Kannada stems from her early years of studying in a Kannada-medium school. Her strong ties with the language led her to establish more than 60,000 libraries in the region. She strongly believes in creating awareness about social issues and has extensively travelled the world giving a voice and raising awareness to various causes. During her 24 year long tenure as the founder and chairperson of Infosys Foundation, she has handled 16 national disasters.
Murty was one of the first women engineers to start her career at TELCO (now Tata Motors).
She has penned several bestselling books across genres—from children’s books to short stories and novels, from technical books to travelogues. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over 3 million copies around the country. Recipient of nine honorary doctorates, Murty has also been awarded with the Rajyotsava Award from the Government of Karnataka, the Padma Shri from the Government of India, the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award, the R.K. Narayan Award for Literature, the Attimabbe Award from the Government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada literature and the Lifetime Achievement by Crossword Book Awards.
She lives by the belief that the generosity of a few is hope for a million. Her writings are replete with values of compassion and kindness, in keeping with her culture and heritage. With simple and accessible language, she hopes her stories continue to inspire and entertain the readers.