Dr. Cingireddy Narayana Reddy (born on July 29th 1931) in Hanumajipeta, a remote village in the interior of Karimnagar district. Born as Singireddy but his association with telugu made him to keep c instead of S as initials aka C Na Re received the prestigious Jnanpith Award in 1988 for his contribution to Telugu literature.
He completed his Master's degree and Ph.D. degree in Telugu literature from Osmania University.
He worked in Osmania University as a professor and attained very high positions and earned many awards. It could be surprising to learn that Dr.CNR studied in Urdu medium till his graduation. Dr.CNR is the only Telugu person who has received Jnanpith Award other than Sri Vishwanadha Sathyanarayana. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha later. Students of Dr.CNR are often heard recollecting his grip over the language, especially his poetry reading sessions.
He is also popular by virtue of being a lyricist to several famous Telugu films.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1977 and the second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 1992.