Dr. S. Srikanta Sastri





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His career as a teacher started in 1930, when he was selected as tutor in the Department of History, Mysore. 5 years hence, in 1935,

he was promoted as Lecturer in

the same department and was

later remembered for his vast repertoire of historical data-something which enabled him at times to tutor students of Kannada & Sanskrit Honours courses!  Serving in the same faculty for

the next 19 years, he would be elevated to the post of Professor of History in 1954 under the

Vice-Chancellorship of K.V.Puttappa (Kuvempu). He would ultimately

Dr S.Srikanta Sastri  with students at their graduation

retire as Head of the Department of History in the year 1960. In all

Dr S.Srikanta Sastri had completed 32 years as a teacher. Always

simple in his ways, Dr S.Srikanta Sastri would most often be seen

by his students in an open coat, an old fashioned shirt and a white


Alongside his work as tutor at University of Mysore, Dr S.Srikanta Sastri got himself involved quite deeply in the freedom struggle during the early 1940s. His

weapon being his pen, Dr S.Srikanta Sastri would often make sound yet undeniably scathing criticisms of the British rule in India. This attracted the attention of Great Britain’s adversary-Germany early on. It was 1941 and Nazi Germany was knee deep in II World War. It was announced on Berlin Radio “..British rule in India has been criticised by Dr S.Srikanta Sastri and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan..” The British knew who Dr


Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Radhakrishnan was, but had little idea as to Dr S.S.Sastri’s identity!

The investigation ensued with earnest and the British duly came upon

Dr S.Srikanta Sastri’s foreword to Y.G.Krishnamurthi’s “Independent India and New World order” where he had criticised the British rule.

Dr S.S.Sastri’s arguments being sound, the British could do precious

little other than issuing an official warning.  

5 November, 1904

Nanjanagud, Mysore

British India


10 May 1974


Independent India



University of Mysore



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Purathatva Shodhane


Sources of Karnataka History, Vol I


Geopolitics of India and Greater India


Early Gangas of Talakad





Mysore, India




Srikanthika-Felicitation Volume


Kannada Sahitya Parishta Award, 1970


Mythic Society Diamond Jubilee Honour


Honour by Governor of Karnataka Mohanlal Sukadia

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His legacy continues today in a vast bastion of students whom he schooled and nurtured and who have become prominent personalities themselves. Many of them occupy high positions in various Government bodies while others are distinguished writers, historians and intellectuals alike. Still many have passed away leaving behind their works as testament to their greatness. All of these students remember and cherish Dr S. Srikanta Sastri's classes and it is in their remembrance that the ultimate homage is paid to this great intellectual's memory. Here is a list of some of his notable students:

His Notable Students

1.   Dr T. V. Venkatachala Sastri

2.   Dr S. R. Rao

3.   Dr U. R. Ananthamurthy

4.   Dr Chidanandamurthy

5.   H. Y. Sharada Prasad

6.   Prof G. Venkatasubbaiah

7.   Dr A. V. Narasimhamurthy

8.   Dr P. N. Narasimhamurthy

9.   Dr Javare Gowda

10. Dr B. Sheikh Ali

11. R. K. Laxman

12. R. K. Narayan

13. Chaduranga - Dr Subramanya Raje Urs

14. H H Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar

15. Mirle Krishnamurthy

16. R. Sathyanarayana

17. R. Visweswaran

18. Dr M. V. Srinivas

19. Dr B. R. Gopal

20. Dr S. Shettar

21. M. V. Rajashekhara Murthy

22. Prof Jayalakshmiammani

23. V. S. Samputhkumaracharya

24. S. Sreenivasachar

25. K. Narasiaha

26. Dr Venkatarathnam

27. Ms. Karunaratne

28. Dr Ramanna

29. Prof Shankaranarayan

30. Dr Parameshwar Bhat.K.V

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