Attipate Krishnaswami Ramanujan was also known as A K Ramanujan, was born on \(16\) March \(1929\). His father, Attipate Asuri Krishnaswami, was an astronomer and professor of Mathematics at Mysore University. His mother was a homemaker. Ramanujan had a brother named A K Srinivasan. He was a writer and mathematician.

A K Ramanujan did his schooling at Marimallappa’s High School. After completing his schooling, he joined Maharaja College of Mysore to complete his graduation. When he was in his first year, Ramanujan took Science as his major subject. Later, his father persuaded him to change his major from Science to English. Then, he joined Deccan College in Pune to complete his master degree. After that, he did his PhD from Indiana University.

After completing his studies, A K Ramanujan became a lecturer in English at Quilon and Belgaum. Then, he worked in “The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda” for about eight years. Later, in \(1962\), he joined as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

A K Ramanujan was a well-known Indian poet and scholar of Indian literature. He used to write in both English and Kannada languages. Ramanujan was also a scholar, professor, folklorist, translator, and playwright.

Some of his notable awards are,
  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • Padma Shree
  • Sahitya Akademi Award
Some of his famous works are,
  • The Striders (\(1966\))
  • Selected Poems (\(1976\))
  • Folktales from India: A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-Two Languages (\(1991\))
  • The Collected Poems (\(1995\))
In addition, "The Collected Poems of A.K. Ramanujan" received Sahitya Akademi Award after the author's death. A K Ramanujan died in Chicago on \(13\) July \(1993\).