Today Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy passed away at the age of 82. He was a massive literary presence with works that provoked critical thinking and questioned deeply-held beliefs. Beloved by countless critics and fans he received throughout his career the state Rajyothsava award in 1984, the Jnanpith award in 1994, the Padma Bhushan in 1998, and was nominated for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Though he earned fame with his 1965 novel Samskara, which was adapted into a groundbreaking film, he was also the author of numerous short stories, poetry collections, plays, novellas, and several other novels. He will be missed.