Esther Ananthamurthy - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Esther Ananthanurthy grew up in Hassan and attended college in Mysore and Bangalore. In 1960, while in college, she married U.R. Ananthamurthy and then accompanied him to Birmingham, UK when he won a Commonwealth scholarship to do his doctorate. She worked as a lab technician for some time at the Birmingham Technical College. After returning to Mysore, she completed her B.Sc. at Sarada Vilas College, and then her B.Ed. at St. Joseph's Teachers Training College and M.Ed. at Mysore University. She began her teaching career in Mysore at the Royal English School. Later, at the Manasa Gangothri High School, she taught Science and Mathematics for 18 years. She was also the Principal of this school for over a decade.

Esther is interested in music and theatre and was an active member of Mysore's Samatento theatre group. She acted in Kadu Prani (The Bear) by Anton Chekhov, Avahane by U.R. Ananthamurthy, Tayi (The Mother) by Bertolt Brecht, Ghashiram Kotwal by Vijay Tendulkar and other plays. She has translated several children's
home in Mysore was always open to visitors, and this tradition of hospitality continued wherever she and her husband moved, including Bangalore where she now lives.