On January 21st, 2019, India lost one of its oldest citizens, Shivakumara Swami. Also known as the Walking God, he was the spiritual leader of the Siddaganga Math, an educator, and a philanthropist. Read on to learn more. Few people live for long enough to become centenarians. Fewer still become supercentenarians. As an Indian supercentenarian, […]
Over ages and eras, Karnataka has produced numerous noteworthy personalities who have contributed commendably to the nation in different ways. Famous personalities of Karnataka have made their mark in domains including social work, education, sports, politics, literature, dance, music, cinema and philosophy.
Basavanna, a 12th century philosopher from Karnataka, had spread awareness against caste system through his verses. Another notable personality from the same era, Akka Mahadevi emerged as a leader of the Bhakti movement and she is also one of the earliest female poets of the nation.
Karnataka has produced a number of distinguished scientists like C.N.R. Rao and Narayan Hosmane and respected politicians like George Fernandes, K.C. Reddy and H.D.Deve Gowda, too. Stalwarts of Indian cinema like Aishwarya Rai, Guru Dutt, Deepika Padukone and Prabhu Deva are from Karnataka. Celebrated sports personalities like Prakash Padukone, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rahul Dravid are Kannadigas as well. Read more about eminent personalities from Karnataka
Doraiswamy Iyengar was one of the finest Carnatic musicians and a veena maestro. His style of playing the veena is often referred to as the Mysore style. The Malleshwaram 13th Crossroad has been recently renamed in the honor of Padmabhushan awardee Shri V. Doraiswamy Iyengar. Personal Life Doraiswamy Iyengar was born into a family of […]
Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder, ruled the state of erstwhile mysore. Tipu was known for his innovative use of rocketry in his military tactics.
The ascension of Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, also known as Devaraja Wodeyar II, to the throne of Mysore, marked a turning point in the history of South India. On one hand, the kingdoms of Vijayanagara and Bijapur were losing hold over their territory and on the other Mysore was independent and asserting itself as Vijayanagara’s political […]
Chamaraja Wodeyar IV was the first independent ruler of Mysore to have any political significance. He ruled for a short period of 4 years. Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar IV– Quick Facts 7th Maharaja of the Mysore Kingdom Period of reign- 1572 – 1576 Preceded by Timmaraja Wodeyar II Succeeded by Chamaraja Wodeyar V Chamaraja Wodeyar […]
From stringing flowers to winning the silver medal at the 2018 Asiad Games, Karnataka’s Usha Rai has come a long way. Read on to find out more about her inspiring story. Usha Rani is proof that perseverance has rich rewards. From stringing flowers to create garlands for others, she was garlanded herself for being part […]
For any kingdom to flourish, it needs stability. Unfortunately in the decade following the death of Timmaraja Wodeyar II in 1572, Mysore saw two more monarchs come and go. Thus, when Raja Wodeyar I ascended to the throne, he had a tough task ahead of him. During his reign of 39 years, the Kingdom of […]
Today, Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India. This status was not achieved in a few years but is the result of a foundation laid down by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Maharaja Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar-IV or Sri Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar- IV or Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. He was the 24th king of the […]
India got its independence in 1947 but the struggle for freedom spanned decades before this. One of the first female rulers to rebel against the British Empire was Rani Chennamma. As the ruler of Kittur, she fought against the British and became a folk hero in Karnataka. Here is a snapshot of her life and […]
H. D. Kumaraswamy, eighteenth Chief Minister of Karnataka , is popularly and affectionately known as “Kumar Anna” or brother by his supporters.