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Kannada is one of the major Dravidian languages of India, spoken predominantly in the state of Karnataka. Kannada, whose native speakers are called Kannadigas (ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು Kannadigaru), number roughly 35 million, making it the 27th most spoken language in the world.[1] It is one of the official languages of India and the official and administrative language of the state of Karnataka.[4]
The Kannada language is written using the Kannada script. The other native languages of Karnataka, Tulu, Kodava Takk and Konkani are also written using the Kannada script.
Kannadiga Empire
Kannadigas have built powerful empires and kingdoms with Kannada as the official language. The language was once popular from Kaveri to Godavari. The great Karnataka Expansion provides insights to various kingdoms of northern India whose originators were from Kannada country. The major empires and kingdoms, are:-
1. Alupas of Canara
2. Kadamba Dynasty
3. Badami Chalukya
4. Rashtrakuta
5. Hoysala
6. Kalyani Chalukya
7. Southern Kalachuri
8. Vijayanagara
9. Keladi Nayaka
10. Kingdom of Mysore
11. Chutus of Banavasi
12. Tuluva Dynasty of Canara,
13. Rattas of Saundatti (Belgaum)
14. Guttas of Guttal (Dharwad region)
15. Banas of Kolar,
16. Nolambas of Nolambavadi
17. Vaidumbas,
18. Chengalvas
19. Kongalvas
20. Sendrakas of Nagarkhanda (Banavasi province),
21. Yalahanka Nadaprabhu,[13]
22. Sindas of Yelburga (Bijapur-Gulbarga),
23. Kadambas of Hangal
24. Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri
25. Silharas of Karad (Konkan)
26. Kadambas of Goa
27. Chitradurga Nayakas
28. Kittur Desai
29. The Karnatak Kshatriyas of Bihar
30. Chalukyas of Gujarat
31. Chalukyas of Vengi
32. Rashtrakuta family ruling from Berar
33. the Rashtrakutas branch of Gujarat (Lata branch)
34. Sena Dynasty of Bengal
35. Chindaka Nagas of Central India
36. Gangas of Kalinga
Kannada Language & Literature
Kannada is attested epigraphically from the mid-1st millennium CE, and literary Old Kannada flourished in the 9th to 10th century Rashtrakuta Dynasty. Contemporary Kannada literature is the most successful in India, with India's highest literary honor, the Jnanpith awards, having been conferred seven times upon Kannada writers, which is the highest for any language in India.[5] Based on the recommendations of the Committee of Linguistic Experts, appointed by the Ministry of Culture, the Government of India officially recognised Kannada as a classical language.

Pre-old Kannada (Purava HaleGannada or) was the language of Banavasi in the early Common Era, the Satavahana and Kadamba periods and hence has a history of over 2000 years.[12][13][14][15] The Ashoka rock edict found at Brahmagiri (dated to 230 BC) has been suggested to contain a word in identifiable Kannada. From the ninth to fourteenth centuries CE, Kannada works were classified under Old Kannada (Halegannada). In this period Kannada showed a high level of maturity as a language of original literature.[29] Mostly Jain and Saivite poets produced works in this period. This period saw the growth of Jain puranas and Virashaiva Vachana Sahitya or simply vachana, a unique and native form of literature which was the summary of contributions from all sections of society.[30][31] Early Brahminical works also emerged from the eleventh century.[32] By the tenth century Kannada had seen its greatest poets, such as Pampa, Sri Ponna and Ranna, and its great prose writings such as the Vaddaradhane of Shivakotiacharya, indicating that a considerable volume of classical prose and poetry in Kannada had come into existence a few centuries before Kavirajamarga (c.850).[33] Among existing landmarks in Kannada grammar, Nagavarma II's Karnataka-bhashabhushana (1145) and Kesiraja's Shabdamanidarpana (1260) are the oldest.[34][35] In the period between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries CE, Brahmanical Hinduism had a great influence on Middle Kannada (Nadugannada) language and literature. Non-brahmin Hindu saints like Kanakadasa and Brahminical saints of the Vaishnava sect such as Purandaradasa, Naraharitirtha, Vyasatirtha, Sripadaraya, Vadirajatirtha, Vijaya Dasa, Jagannathadasa, Prasanna Venkatadasa etc., produced devotional poems in this period.[36] The Kannada works produced by the end of the nineteenth century and later are classified as Hosagannada or Modern Kannada. However, till the beginning of the twentieth century there were Kannada literary works that could still be classified under the heading of Middle Kannada. Over 30,000 inscriptions written in the Kannada language have been discovered so far. Coins with Kannada legends have been discovered spanning the rule of the Western Ganga Dynasty, the Badami Chalukyas, the Alupas, the Western Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Kadamba Dynasty of Banavasi, the Keladi Nayakas and the Mysore Kingdom, the Badami Chalukya coins being a recent discovery.[41][42][43] The coins of the Kadambas of Goa are unique in that they have alternate inscription of the king's name in Kannada and Devanagari in triplicate,[44] a few coins of the Kadambas of Hangal are also available. Works of Kannada literature have received seven Jnanpith awards, which is the highest number awarded for the literature in any Indian language.[67] It has also received forty-seven Sahitya Academy awards.
Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Allama Prabhu, Madhvacharya, Vidyaranya, Harihara, Raghavanka,Kumara Vyasa, Sarvajna, Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa ,Shishunala Shareefa ,Raghavendra Swami etc were pioneers of Nadugannada. All these have been inviolved with social and cultural movements and hence this was the golden era of literature which brought about a renaissance in Kannada literature .
Kuvempu, D. V. Gundappa, Da Ra Bendre, B. M. Srikantaiah, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Shivaram Karanth, V K Gokak, U R Ananthamurthy, P. Lankesh, Girish Karnad, G S Shivarudrappa,Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar, Pu thi Narasimhachar, Chennavira Kanavi, Gopalakrishna Adiga, TaRaSu, A N Krishna Rao, Govinda Pai, S.L. Bhyrappa, Poornachandra Tejaswi, Thriveni, K. S. Nissar Ahmed, K.S. Narasimhaswamy,Chandrashekhara Kambara, Siddhaiah Puranik, G P Rajarathnam ,T P Kailasam ,Anupama Niranjana, M. K. Indira ,Dodda Rangegowda etc are popular literary figures.
Kannada is mainly spoken in Karnataka in India, and to a good extent in the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa, as well as in sizeable communities in the USA, Europe ,Saudi Arabia, UAE,Middle Eastern countries,Canada, Malaysia, Australia, the UK, and Singapore.
Some of the Titles given to eminent Kannadigas are:-
1. First Kannada Empire------ Kadamba Empire
2. Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana--- Shri Krishnadevaraya
3. Karnataka’s Kalidasa --- S.V. PARAMAESHWAR BHAT
4. Karnataka’s Kulapurohitha--- ALURU VENKATRAO
5. Kadala Theerada Bhargava---- SHIVRAM KARNATH
6. Karnataka’s Ramaramana--- KRISHNADEVARAYA
7. Dana Chinthamani--- ATHIMABBE
8. Rashtrakavi---- KUVEMPU
9. Natyarani--- SHANTALA
10. Rupaka Chakravarthi---- KUMARAVYASA
11. Varakavi--- D.R.BENDRE
12. Kannada Aasthi---- MASTHI VENKATESH IYENGAR
13. Kannada Adi Kavi--- PAMPA
A German priest, the Reverend Ferdinand Kittel, composed the first Kannada-English dictionary, consisting of more than 70,000 words.[71]
Ferdinand Kittel has also written a book on Kannada grammar called "A Grammar of the Kannada Language: Comprising the Three Dialects of the Language
Various districts of Kannada have mixed variations of dialects like Dharwad Kannada, Sankethi, Havyaka, Are Bhashe, Mysooru Kannada,Mangalooru Kannada Kundagannada etc., based on place. Both Tulu and Kodava are written in Kannada script. Many Kannadigas have emigrated to countries like United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia and United Arab Emirates.
Kannada Sculpture
Sculpture has been the epitome of art in Karnataka. Be it the musical pillars of Hampe, the ekashila (monolithic) statue of Bahubali , the well crafted ELu Suttina Kotey of Chitradurga (The Fort of seven lappings) cutting across hill or be it the wholesomeness of carvings of temples which bared down all desires to be left out of it and formless (above all forms) all encompassing - the inner garbhagrihas. The temples of Karnataka had in them many shaili or varieties to credit. The majestic genius of sculptors can be seen in minute details of these structures. Majority of the temples were built using the locally available stones.
Places of interest are
Hampe
Pattadakallu
Badami
Aihole
Kalyani
Itagi
Lakkundi
Beluru
Halebidu
Shravanabelagola
Ikkeri
Keladi
Pioneer sculptors include
Amarashilpi Jakanachari
Ruvari Malithamma
Chavundaraya
Modern day contemporaries include visionary architects
Mokshagundam Vishveshwaraiah - Kannambadi Katte or KRS dam
Kengal Hanumanthaiah - Vidhana Soudha
Kannada Sangeetha (Music)
One of the oldest forms of music Karnataka Shastreeya Sangeetha which evolved over ages has been the cultural peak of Kannadiga creativity. Purandara Dasa is regarded as Karnataka Sangeetha Pithamaha or the Father of Karnataka Sangeetha. Almost all Kingdoms have seen musical glory throughout. Both Hindustani and Karnataka variations are respected and nurtured in Karnataka. Bhavageete and Sugama Sangeetha are some innovations. The music has a very useful innovation in Karnataka which provides a beautiful balancing act between the lyrics and the music provided with the wordings and pallavi being important parts known as Gamaka. Every letter/swara denotes a music form and how it's sung with a music enhances its artistic impression on the audience.
Contemporary musical thespians are
Bhimsen Joshi
Gangubai Hanagal
P. Kalinga Rao
Balappa Hukkeri
Mallikarjuna Mansur
Basavaraja Rajguru
Veene Sheshanna
Pitilu Chowdiah
C. Aswath
Sawai Gandharva
Kumar Gandharva
Pt Puttaraj Gawai
Mysore Ananthaswamy
Divya B Sridhar
Raghu Dixit[31]
Kannada Theatre
Rangabhoomi or the theatre culture is a timeless tradition with Kannadigas. While lots of the literature or gadya are written in praise of the heroic characters of the epics and puranas there are major works depicting the Kings and their power. These are called Nataka-plays having wide ranging stages for performance like Rangamancha -staged in theatres or Beedhinataka -staged on roads or Bayalata which is one of oldest and performed open-theatre.
Hari-kathe which cover entire night is another form where one (or more) person tells a story in an outstanding manner accompanied by music at background. Its a common feature to narrate battles, stories, devotions, pratha or vratha in front of temples on auspicious days.
Some famous Theatrical, Cinematic, Television personalities like Gubbi Veeranna,G V Iyer ,Rajkumar ,V. Shantaram ,Puttanna Kanagal ,Kalpana ,Sri Ranga ,B V Karanth ,Girish Kasaravalli ,Girish Karnad ,Guru Dutt, Shankar Nag ,T N Seetharam have contributed for this richness.
Bengalooru Habba -festival of Bengalooru - a congregation of art performances at different places of the city has been initiated recently and is very successfully celebrated every year.Vasanta Habba - spring festival is a popular one too. In 2006 government of Karnataka tried to bring the folk lore and art into the city blues of Bangalore by initiating Jaanapada Jatre which was hugely successful and received well by art lovers is held on weekends in Lalbagh and other parts of the city.
Kannada Dance
The heroic, mystic, fierce, spirited reliving of various legends of epics are the major depictions and the theatre of battle scenes of heroism, loyalty and treachery, colour and pageantry are the main subjects. More adapted with the course of nature and seasons adding colour to the harvesting seasons make dances of Karnataka an unparalleled Jaanapada kale or Common People's art. Some of the folk dances and classical dance forms include
Dollu Kunitha
Kamsale
Veeragase
Yakshagana
Bayalata
Bharatanaatya
The tribal forms of dance can also be found limitedly in the regions inhabited by Soligas and forests of Kodagu and Western Ghats.
Some socially harmful practices like devadasi had encroached the land which was imitating the courtesan artist performing in King's court of older times, but was demeaning the life the artist in the contemporary society wasn't allowed extensively to grow. Now the government of Karnataka is taking measures to curb it which prevails in parts bordering Maharashtra.
Kannada Martial Arts
The martial arts more prevalent in parts of North Karnataka with Garadi Mane present in every village and a head to train the youngsters into fit individuals. Kusthi , Malla Yuddha ,Kaththi Varase (which can be seen depicted in Veeragase), Malla Kambha (gymnastics on a pole structure with/without rope) are some of the prominent arts practised.
The Mysore Odeyars arrange kaalaga or fights like Vajra Mushti during Dasara festival which is made less frightening these days as they are publicly staged. Rock lifting, Bull race, Kusthi , Kabaddi, are popular sports.
Yogasana, Praanayama and health related camps are very popular throughout the state and some of the best Yoga practitioners can be found here. Art of Living is one such organization immensely popular all over the world.
Malladihalli Sri Raghavendra Swami
Guru Sri Ravi Shankar
Festivals
There is no limit for festivals to celebrate. They occur throughout the year presenting the diverse culture and belief of the ethnicity. Festivals have varied reasons to celebrate.
Agriculture : Upon Onset of Monsoon or Sowing or Harvest there are festivals celebrated like Chaandramana Ugaadi(marking new year), Makara Sankranthi and Huttari.
Monsoon : Dasara/Navarathri.
Puraana : Maha Shivarathri, Varamahalakshmi Vratha, Bheemana Amavasye, Swarna Gowri Vratha , Ganesha Chaturthi, Naagara Panchami, Ratha Sapthami, Krishna Janmashtami, Rama Navami, Vijaya Dashami, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Naraka Chaturdashi, Bali Padyami and the list goes on and on.
In countryside there will be convenient dana (cattlehood - the most sacred friend of agriculturists) gala jaatre with conglomeration of people with a local demigod worshipped and a ratha or theru moved by the Bhakthas and arranged Daasoha.
North Karnataka has a unique blend of Hindu brotherhood with people celebrating festivals in unison and exchanging goodwills thanks to great revolutionary Guru Govinda Bhatta and Shishunala Shareefa who had displayed their religious tolerance and spiritual unity of all religions.
Christmas is celebrated at large in Bengalooru and Mangalooru which host some of the oldest churches and educational institutions of the country.
Buddha, Mahaveera, Shankara, Basava, Gandhi are remembered on their birth anniversaries.
Karnataka Costume
Male costumes mainly include Panchey (often tied as Kachche) or Lungi(wearing/wrapping of which depends on the region) and a shirt. Many use Khadi in their clothing till date of which politicians are prominent ones. Kodava have a unique set of costumes showing valour and bravery. After the era of Kingdoms the crowns available mainly were Mysuru Peta and Dharwad Peta. Shawls are also commonplace worn in cooler seasons. Shalya is a piece of long cloth which is put on shoulder commonly seen in countryside. Karnataka also has the only village in India which produces authentic national flags .
Female costumes mainly include Seerey of which Ilakal Seerey and Mysore Silk(Government owned) are famous. Even it has different variations of draping depending on regions like Kodagu , North and South Karnataka and Karavali. Gold is the most popular metal for use in jewellery.
Kasuti is a form of embroidery work which is very popularly sought after art on dress and costumes.
Great Kannadigas
Cinema

Aishwarya Rai
Ambareesh
Ananth Nag
Anushka Sharma
Anushka Shetty
Amrita Rao
Arjun Sarja
Arthi
B.R. Pantalu
B.S. Ranga
B.V. Karanth
Bala (actor)
Bharathi
Bhavana
Comedy Time Ganesh
Chandulal Jain
Deepika Padukone
Dwarakesh
Feroz Khan
G.V. Iyer
Geetha
Girish Karnad
Girish Kasaravalli
Guru Dutt
Jaggesh
Kalpana
Kalyan Kumar
Kashinath
Lakshmi Rai
M.R. Vittal
M.S. Satyu
Manjula
Master Manjunath
Nagabharna
Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
Narasimha Raju
Pattabhirama Reddy
Pradeep Uppoor
Prakash Rai
Prema
Puneeth Rajkumar
Puttana Kanagal
Raghavendra Rajkumar
Rajanikanth
Rajesh
Rajkumar
Rakshita
Ramesh
Ramya
Ravichandran
Rockline Venkatesh
Roopa Iyer
Sadashiv Salian
Sakshi Shivanand
Sanjay Khan
B. Saroja Devi
Shankar Nag
Shashi Kumar
Shilpa Shetty
Shivarajkumar
Siddalingiah
Sneha Ullal
Snehalatha Reddy
Soundarya
Srinath
Sudha Rani
Suman Ranganath
Sunil Kumar Desai
Suniel Shetty
Tara
Tiger Prabhakar
Uday Kumar
Upendra
Vaishali Desai
Vasundhara Das
Vishnu Vardhan
Vishwanath Ayengar
Yogeshwar
Theatre

A.S. Moorthi
Arundhati Nag
Ashok Mandanna
B.V. Karanth
Bhargavi Narayana
C.P. Krishnamurthy
Chandrashekhar Kambara
Chindodi Leela
Enagi Baalappa
Enagi Nataraja
Garuda Sadashivarao
Girish Karnad
Gubbi Veeranna
Jayashree
K.V. Subbana
Kalpana
Lokesh
Makeup Nani
Master Hirannayya
Mukhyamantri Chandru
Nagaratnamma
Prasanna
Preetham Venky
R.J. Anjaan
Setumadhavarao Manvi
Shankar Nag
Shivananda
Sihikahi Chandru
Subbayya Naidu
Subhadramma Mansoor
Sudhir
Umashree
Vajramuni
Vasanth Kavali
Vishaya Jevur
Yashwant Sardeshpande
Ancient Architecture & Sculpture
Amarashilpi Jakanachari
Gundan Anivaritachari
Ruvari Malithamma
Modern Artists - Painting & Sculpture

B.K.S. Varma
B.V. Rama Murthy
Biju Jose
C.P.B. Prasad[1]
K.K. Hebbar
K.K. Raghava
K. Venkatappa
M.S. Umesh
R.K. Laxman
R.M. Hadpad
Ramya Nagraj
Sheela Gowda
Yusuf Arakkal
Music
Classical Music - Karnataka

Bidara Krishnappa
Gopala Dasa
Harikesanallur Muthayya Bhagavathar
Jagannatha Dasa
Kadri Gopalnath
Kamalesha Vittala
Kanakadasa
Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar
Mysore Manjunath
Mysore Nagaraj
Mysore Sadashiva Rao
Mysore V. Ramarathnam
Mysore Vasudevacharya
N. Ravikiran
Purandaradasa
R.K. Padmanabha
R.K. Srikantan
R.R. Keshavamurthy
S. Seshagiri Rao
Sripadaraya
T. Chowdiah
Vadiraja
Vijaya Dasa
Vyasatirtha
Veene Doreswamy Iyengar
Veene Sheshanna
Veene Subbanna
Vittal Ramamurthy
Classical Music - Hindustani

Abdulla Khaja (Bansuri)
Arjunsa Nakod (Vocal)
Ashok Huggannanavar (Vocal)
Bale Khan (Sitar)
Bapu Padmanabha(Bansuri)
Basavaraja Rajaguru (Vocal)
Bhimsen Joshi (Vocal)
Dhananjaya Hegde (?)
Fayyaz Khan (Sarangi)
Ganapati Bhat (Vocal)
Gangubai Hangal (Vocal)
Gururao Deshpande (Vocal)
Hanumanna Nayak Dore (Vocal)
I.N. Kalaburgi (Vocal)
Jayateerth Mevundi (Vocal)
Keerti Kumar Badseshi (Vocal)
Krishna Hangal (Vocal)
Kumar Gandharva (Vocal)
Madhava Gudi (Vocal)
Madhava Rao Nayak (?)
Mallikarjun Mansur (Vocal)
Nachiketa Sharma (Vocal)
Nagaraja Rao Havaldar (Vocal)
Omkarnath Havaldar (Vocal)
Panchakshari Gawai (Vocal)
Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti (Vocal)
Parameshwara Hegde(Vocal)
Pravin D. Rao (Tabla, Keyboards)
Pravin Godkhindi (Bansuri)
Puttaraja Gawai (Vocal)
Raghunath Nakod (Tabla)
Rajabhau Sontakke (Vocal)
Rajashekhara Mansur (Vocal)
Rajeev Taranath (Sarod)
Rajendra Kulkarni (Bansuri)
Rajendra Nakod (Tabla)
Ramesh H Kulkarni(Hindustani Vocal)
Ravindra Katoti (Harmonium)
Ravindra Yavagal (Tabla)
Sanjeev Chimmalgi (Vocal)
Sangameshwara Gurav(Vocal)
Sangeetha Katti(Vocal)
Sawai Gandharva (Vocal)
Shantaram Hegde (Vocal)
Sheikh Hannumiya (Vocal)
Sheshagiri Hanagal (Tabla)
Smita Bellur (Vocal)
Srinivas Kulkarni(Tabla & Drums)
Taranath Ram Rao Hattiangadi (Tabla)
Venkatesh Godkhindi (Bansuri)
Vinayak Torvi (Vocal)
Vishwanath Nakod (Tabla)
Vyasamurthy Katti (Harmonium)
Modern musicians
Bapu Padmanabha, Bamboo Flute.
C. Ashwath, Sugama Sangeetha.
Balappa Hukkeri, Folklore.
G.V. Atri, Bhavageete.
Ganesh Hegde, Choreography.
Lucky Ali, Vocal.
Mysore Ananthaswamy, Bhavageete.
P. Kalinga Rao, Bhavageete.
Pravin D. Rao, Tabla and Keyboard.
Pravin Godkhindi, Flute.
Shimoga Subanna, Sugama Sangeetha.
Film Music
Arjun
B.V. Karanth
Biddu
C. Ashwath
G.K. Venkatesh
G.V. Iyer
Gurukiran
Hamsalekha
Jayant Kaikini
Mano Murthy
Prayog
Rajan Nagendra
Ravichandran
Sadhu Kokila
Sandeep Chowta
Shankar Ganesh
V. Manohar
Vijaybhaskar
Fashion
Anushka Sharma
Deepika Padukone
Prasad Bidapa
Roopa Iyer
Great Kings and Nobles

Aliya Rama Raya
Amoghavarsha I
Basaveshwara
Bijjala II
Bukka Raya I
Chavunda Raya
Chand Bibi
Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar
Deva Raya II
Dhruva Dharavarsha
Durvinita
Govinda III

Harihara I
Indra III
Jayachamaraja Wadiyar
Kantheerava Narasaraja Wadiyar
Kempe Gowda
Krishna III
Krishnadeva Raya
Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV
Madakari Nayaka
Mayuravarma
Pulakesi II
Raja Wodeyar
Rani Chennamma of Keladi
Rani Chennamma of Kittur
Saluva Narasimha Deva Raya
Sangolli Rayanna of Kittur
Surapurada Raja Venkatappa Nayaka
Tailappa II
Veera Ballala II
Veera Ballala III
Vikramaditya II
Vikramaditya VI
Vishnuvardhana
Industrialists

N.R. Narayana Murthy, Infosys Technologies, Ltd.
Vijay Mallya, UB Breweries, Kingfisher Beer.
Azim Premji, Wipro Technologies, Ltd.
Dr.Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biocon India Ltd.
Mark Mascarenhas, WorldTel.
Phaneesh Murthy, iGATE Global Solutions, Ltd.
Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Technologies, Ltd.
Gururaj Deshpande, Tejas Networks, Sycamore Networks.
K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank
Siddartha Hegde, Cafe Coffee Day.
Vijay Sankeshwar, Vijayanand Group.
R.N. Shetty, Murdeshwar Group.
B.R. Shetty, NMC Group.
Ammembal Subba Rao Pai, Founder of Canara Bank
Shri A.B.Shetty, Founder of Vijaya Bank
Upendra Ananth Pai, Co-founder of Syndicate bank
Dr. T. M. A. Pai, Co-founder of Syndicate bank
Vaman Srinivas Kudva,Co-founder of Syndicate bank
Mr. Lawrence D'souza,Founder, Caesar's Group
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Health Care
Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Cardiovascular Surgeon.
Dr. M.C. Modi, Eye Surgeon.
Dr. R.M. Varma, Neuro Surgeon.
Dr. S.S. Ramesh, Interventional Cardiologist.
Science and Technology
SCIENCE
Dr. C.N.R. Rao, Chemistry
C.R. Rao, Statistics
Prof. Dr. Narayan Hosmane, Biochemistry/Cancer Research
Dr. M.C. Modi, Ophthalmology
Dr. Raja Ramanna, Physics
Roddam Narasimha, Aerospace, Atmospheric Sciences
U.R. Rao, Space Science
MATHEMATICS
Bhaskaracharya
Mahaviracharya
Leelavati
Shakuntala Devi
TECHNOLOGY
Arun Netravali, Bell Lab
Sir M. Visveswaraya
Mallikarjuna Bennur, General Motors
Kumar Malavalli, Co-founded Brocade Communication Systems
B.V. Jagadeesh,Co-founded Exodus communications
Literature
Classical literateurs

Nripatunga Amoghavarsha
Ranna
Janna
Adikavi Pampa
Sri Ponna
Shivakotiacharya
Muddana
Andayya
Gangadevi
Kumaravyasa
Harihara
Raghavaanka
Rudrabhatta
Basavanna
Akka Mahadevi
Sarvajna
Tirumalamba
Purandaradasa
Kanakadasa
Shishunaala Sharif Saheba
Trivikrama Panditacharya
Narayana Panditacharya

Modern literateurs

A.N. Krishna Rao
Anupama Niranjana
Adya Rangacharya
Arya
B.G.L. Swamy
B.M. Srikanthaiah
B.T. Desai
Beechi
Chandrashekhara Kambara
Da. Ra. Bendre
D.V. Gundappa
G.B.Joshi (Jadabharata)
G.P. Rajarathnam
Girish Karnad
Gopalakrishna Adiga
Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar
Ha Ma Nayak
K.S. Narasimhaswamy
K. S. Nissar Ahmed
K.V. Tirumalesh
K. Anantharamu
Kota Shivarama Karanth
Kuvempu
Lavanya Sankaran
M. Govinda Pai
M.V. Seetaramiah
Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar
Mena Ramakrishna Bhat
P. Lankesh
Panchakshari Hiremath
Panje Mangesh Rao
Poornachandra Tejaswi
Pu.Thi.Narasimhachar
R.K. Narayan
Raja Rao
S.L. Bhairappa
S.V.Parameshwara Bhatt
Samsa
Shashi Deshpande
T.P. Kailasam
Tha Ra Subbarao
T.N. Srikantaiah
U. R. Ananthamurthy
V. K. Gokak
H. S. Venkatesha Murhty
Politicians
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K.C. Reddy, Former Chief Minister
Kadidal Manjappa, Former Chief Minister
S. Shivappa, Former Oppostion Leader
Devaraj Urs, Former Chief Minister
Basappa Danappa Jatti, Former Vice-President
B.Vaikunta Vaikunta Baliga, Former Law Minister, & Former Speaker, Mysore State
M Krishnappa, Former M.L.C.
George Fernandes, Former Defense Minister
H.D. Deve Gowda, Former Prime Minister
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya
Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Former Chief Minister
Ramakrishna Hegde, Former Chief Minister
J.H.Patel, Former Chief Minister
Gundu Rao, Former Chief Minister
S Nijalingappa, Former Chief Minister
Rao Bahadur S.N. Angadi, Former M.L.A, Deputy Speaker of Bombay Assembly, DLB Chairman - Freedom Fighter
M.N.Jois, Former M.L.C, Deputy Speaker of Legislative Council - Mysore State, Eminent Freedom Fighter
Veerendra Patil, Former Chief Minister
S.R.Bommai, Former Chief Minister
S.M. Krishna, Governor of Maharashtra & Former Chief Minister
Dharam Singh, Former Chief Minister
Byre Gowda, Former Cabinet Minister
B.N. Bacche Gowda, Former Cabinet Minister
Siddaramaiah, Former Deputy Chief Minister
Veerappa Moily, Former Chief Minister
S.Bangarappa, Former Chief Minister
H.N.Ananth Kumar, Former Union Minister & Former M.P.
H.D.Kumaraswamy, Former Chief Minister
B.S.Yediyurappa, Chief Minister
K.N. Nage Gowda, Former Cabinet Minister
Qamar ul Islam, Former Housing & Labour Minister
H.Vishwanath, Former Minister
Jayalalitha, Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
V.S.Acharya, Minister for Medical Education of Karnataka
Shamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA and senior Congress leader
Dr.M.A.M.Ramaswamy, Rajya Sabha MP and Industrialist
S. K. Amin, Ex-vice president of the South Kanara District Congress Committee and MLA
Veershetty Kushnoor,Former M.L.A.,Cabinet Minister,Member of Parliament
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Bureaucrats
H. T. Sangliana, Former Police Officer, and M.P. Lok Sabha.
Dr.K.Sreenivasan, IPS, Former D.G. & I.G.P.
B.N.Garudhachar, IPS, Former D.G. & I.G.P.
Dr Yellapa Reddy, IFS, Former Secretary, Environment and Forest.
M.C.Antin,Former Chief Engineer (General), Mysore State.
J.C.Lynn, IAS, Former Chief Secretary, Karnataka.
Dr.M.H.Marigowda, Former Director of Horticulture.
Cooperative movement
S. K. Amin Founder of South Kanara District Co-Operative Fish Marketing Federation
Veershetty Kushnoor,Former Chairman of All India Cooperative banks federation,Former Chairman of Karnataka State Cooperative Apex Bank limited,Bangalore,Former Minister of Cooperatives,Government of Karnataka,Former Member of Parliament.
B.S.Vishwanathan,Chairman of National Cooperative Union of India,Chairman of Karnataka state land development Bank limited,Former M.L.C.
M.P.Machaiah (late), Retired as Deputy Secretary, Kodagu District Cooperative Central Bank. Played a crucial role in strengthening the Cooperative movement in Coorg district. An upright officer widely respected by farmers.
Religion and philosophy
Sarvajna
Kanaka Dasa - The great saint.
Basavanna - Founder of Veerashaivism, social reformer
Purandar Dasa - The great saint.
Vidyaranya - 12th Shankaracharya of Sringeri, spiritual guide to Vijayanagar Empire.
Allama Prabhu
Madhvacharya
Ramanujacharya - Offered asylum in Karnataka
Mangesh V. Nadkarni
Raghavendra Swami
Akka Mahadevi
Jayatirtha
Sripadaraya
Vyasatirtha
Vadirajatirtha
Naraharitirtha
Padmanabha Tirtha
Shivakumar swamiji - Karnataka Ratna, highest civilian awarded by the state
Yoga
B.K.S. Iyengar
Geeta Iyengar
Malladihalli Raghavendra Swami
Pattabhi Jois
Prashant Iyengar
R. Sharath
Saraswathi Rangaswamy
Srivatsa Ramaswami
T.K. Sribhashyam
T.K.V. Desikachar
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
Wildlife and Environment
Hanumappa Sudarshan
Krupakara Senani
Ullas Karanth, Tiger conservation.
Vandana Shiva
Historians, Epigraphists and Archaeologists
Dr. B.A. Saletore
Dr. Jyotsna Kamat
Dr. Krisnanand L. Kamat
Dr. P.B. Desai
Dr. P. Gururaja Bhat
Dr. Suryanath U. Kamat
Social Service
Chaya Srivatsa
K.R. Rama Moorthy
Malladihalli Raghavendra Swami
S. K. Amin
Shivakumara Swami
Sudha Murthy
Veerendra Heggade
Sports
Cricket
Budhi Kunderan
E.A.S. Prasanna
Gundappa Vishwanath
Javagal Srinath
Rahul Dravid
Anil Kumble
Roger Binny
Syed Kirmani
Brijesh Patel
Venkatesh Prasad
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar
Sunil Joshi
Raghuram Bhat
Vijay Bhardwaj
David Johnson
Doddanarasaiah Ganesh
M. Chinnaswamy
Robin Uthappa
Sadanand Viswanath
Sujith Somasundar
Manish Pandey
Hockey
B.P. Govinda (former captain, Arjun award)
M.P. Ganesh (former captain, Arjun Award)
Ashish Ballal
Arjun Halappa
M M Somaiya (former captain)
Len Aiyappa
Sandeep Michael
V.R.Raghunath
Other
Vandana Rao, Athletics
Ashwini Nachappa, Athletics
Chetan Baboor, Table Tennis
Mahesh Bhupathi, Tennis
Nisha Millet, Swimming
Pankaj Advani, Billiards
Prakash Padukone, Badminton
Rohan Bopanna, Tennis
Anup Sridhar, Badminton
Military
Gen. Gurunath.G.Bewoor, Chief of Staff, Indian Army
Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa, Commander-in-Chief, Indian Armed Forces
Gen. K.S. Thimayya, Chief of Staff, Indian Army
Others
Mysore Nagaraja, The President of New York Metropolitan Transport Authority's Capital Construction
A.N.Prahlada Rao, Crossword writer, created 18,000 crosswords





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