Sudha Murthy- An Iconic Lady, Philanthropist, Great Author and a Role Model For Many!


She is an eminent writer in English and Kannada, She began her career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is a social worker and worked with many organizations for the welfare of the common people. She is the chairperson of Infosys Foundation and popular for her benevolent works.

Sudha Kulkarni Murthy was born on 19 August 1950 to Dr. R.H. Kulkarni and Vimala Kulkarni in Shiggaon, Karnataka. Sudha Murthy completed her BE in Electrical Engineering from B.V.B College of Engineering and Technology with the GOLD medal. She pursued M.E. in
Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science (IIS).

Sudha Murthy became the first female engineer hired by India’s largest auto manufacturing company TELCO (Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company) now which is known as Tata motors. She worked in different locations across the country as a Development Engineer. She had raised and highlighted the issue of ‘men-only’ gender discrimination in the company. The Chairman of TELCO (Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company) taken it into the consideration and called her for a special interview.

Sudha Murthy also worked as Senior System Analyst Walchand group of Industries in Pune and later moved to Mumbai. She had contributed her INR 10,000 saving to the firm Infosys during the foundation of the company. In the year 1996 she started with the prestigious Infosys Foundation and became the Trustee of Infosys Foundation. She still loves teaching and so to pursue her interest in passing the knowledge and training to the students in PG Center of Bangalore University as a Visiting Professor ad she also taught in Christ college.

It was there while working with TELCO (Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company), she met her soul mate Mr. Narayana Murthy and later they got married. They have two kids Akshta and Rohan. Sudha Murthy is the pillar for the great success of the Infosys Foundation and she is also associated with her husband to build up the Infosys.

Mrs. Murthy is famous for many of her philanthropist works. She spreads awareness and works for the rural education, public hygiene, women empowerment, poverty alleviation and a lot more. Her foundation is building toilets for the public to strengthen the clean India mission. She has been passionate about helping people in the flood-affected areas too.

Mrs. Murthy is a very popular author too and published many stories. Her writings always had a flavor of common people’s daily life. Many of her books originally written in the Kannada language translated into English and became a perfect script for TV series. She is a bountiful fiction author in the Kannada and English language, most of her books published through the Penguin publication. Some of her famous books are Dollar Sose, Runa, Hakkiya Teradalli, Gutthondu Heluve, Kaveri inda Mekaanige etc.

One of her very famous book “How I taught my grandmother to read and other stories “ was translated into more than 15 languages, this book is about the childhood association with her paternal grandparents. Her very first novel named ‘House of Cards’ narrates the turmoil faced by the wife of a lucrative doctor.

From the beginning of her education, Mrs. Murthy had won many prestigious awards. She got a doctorate for her publications. She also got recognized for the Raja-Lakshmi award by the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation in Chennai in the year 2004. She also received the ‘Padma Shri’ the fourth highest award ranking official as per the Government of India.