Saturday, July 21, 2018

Prof M. Hiriyanna - A Biography

Prof M. Hiriyanna

Mysuru Hiriyanna, was born on 7 May 1871 in Mysore to parents Nanjundaiah and Lakshmidevi.  They belonged to the ‘Uluchukamma’ sub sect of Brahmins – a community which had migrated from Andhra Pradesh centuries ago and included the likes of  Vidyaranya who was the founder of Vijayanagar Empire. They hailed from the hamlet of Barigehalli near Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumkur district. Hiriyanna was the sixth child and his younger brother (eighth child) was M. N. Krishna Rao – who would later go on to become the Diwan  (Acting) of Mysore under HH Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in 1941.
M. Hiriyanna was formally trained in Sanskrit in Mysore under the tutelage of Perisamy Tirumalacharya (founder of Sadvidya Patashala) and Kashi Sesharama Sastry.   He then went to Madras to complete his B. A. and M. A. at Madras Christian College.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

'Nolamba Pallavas' by Dr S. Srikanta Sastri

One of the great feudatory families that played a prominent part in the history of Karnataka for a period of three centuries (circa 750 to 1055 A. D.) is that of the Nolamba-Pallavas. This family had important relations with other rulers in South India like the Banas, the Rashtrakutas, the Gangas, the Chalukyas and the Vaidumbas. They started their career under the Western Gangas of Talakad, as governors of the territory called Nolambalige 1,000 which comprised portions of Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Chitradurga and Tumkur Districts (Mysore State). Nolambalige 1,000 means the district of Nolambalige consisting of 1000 villages and hamlets. This tract was probably bounded by the east by river Pennar and on the West by the river Hagari. In course of time they acquired more territory until it became a 32,000 district in the beginning of the tenth century. This province of 32,000 covered the districts of Tumkur, Chitradurga and portions of Bellary, Anantapur, Kolar and Bangalore. 

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