In The Press
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri through his extensive canvas of works attracted attention far and wide at home and abroad. He would play host to quite a few western, Japanese scholars who visited him at his house in Mysore. These researchers would come in search of this giant of a historian, with the chief purpose of referencing their sources and clearing doubts about various historical points. Notable among these visitors were Prof Noboru Karashima, who currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus at University of Tokyo and Professor of Indian Studies at Taisho University, Japan. He is believed to have visited Dr S.Srikanta Sastri at his residence
in Mysore in the 1960s.
In fact, when he presented his collection of works for the award of the D.Litt honour, one of the reviewer’s (Dr Radhakumudha Mukherjee) said that the D.Litt was too small for his intellect.! He would end being up awarded the very first D.Litt honour ever in the history of the princely state of Mysore.
In 1958, He was invited to preside over the Sahitya Sammelana Kalaghosya Adhyakshathe at Bellary, Karnataka.
In 1970, He was awarded the Sahitya Sammelana Prashasthi (award) at the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held at Bangalore. Sadly, owing to health reasons, he could not make it personally to the event.
In 1973, The University of Mysore brought together prominent historians
and intellectuals of his time to bring forth a felicitation volume in honour
of Dr S.Srikanta Sastri’s lifetime contribution to the world of history. This felicitation volume was christened “Srikanthika” and was released by
Dr T.V.Mahalingam amidst a chorus of tributes. The event was presided by the then Vice Chancellor Prof D.Javaregowda, Dr T.V.Venkatachala Sastri. S.R.Rao, Dr B.Sheikh Ali among others. The felicitation volume received praise far and wide.
In the same year i.e. 1973, Mythic Society, Bangalore celebrated its diamond jubilee year. To mark that event, Mythic society felicitated many scholars. One among them was Dr S.Srikanta Sastri who was presented with a brass memento depicting young king Hoysala slaying a ferocious lion to save an ascetic from harm. Historically, this young king Hoysala would rule the Hoysala kingdom and go on to construct many temples.
This particular temple architecture under the Hoysala rule was later studied by Dr S.Srikanta Sastri in his monograph-Hoysala Vastushilpa. A file photograph of the brass memento is pictured in memorabilia section.
In the year 1994, a Numismatic conference held at the Mythic Society, Bangalore saw great intellectuals and public figures grace the function.
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri’s contribution to Numismatics, Indology and epigraphy in particular was remembered and greatly appreciated. Among the guests were, Nittur Srinivas Rao and M.V.Srinivas.
Even after his death, Dr S.Srikanta Sastri is remembered for his erudition and great teaching. To mark his birth centenary (1904-2004), a symposium was held at Mythic Society, where leading littérateurs, intellectuals and historians presented papers on varied topics in honour of Dr S.Srikanta Sastri. The event was graced by Dr T.V.Venkatachala Sastri, Rama Jois, Prof M.V.Srinivas, Dr S.R.Rao, then Vice chancellor of Bangalore University- Thimappa among others. It was widely covered both in the
print and electronic media in Karnataka.
To mark 50 years of statehood for the Karnataka State Government was gracious enough to publish forth 100 selected works spanning literature, fiction, history and drama. One among these was Dr S.Srikanta Sastri’s famous work “Bharathiya Samskruthi”. Last printed in 1954, the book had the good fortune of seeing a re-print thanks to Karnataka Government’s efforts in 2006. Priced at Rs. 40/- the book was received quite well by the general reading public as well as academicians in universities all over Karnataka.
5 November, 1904
10 May 1974
University of Mysore
B.A., M.A., D.Litt
Sources of Karnataka History, Vol I
Geopolitics of India and Greater India
Early Gangas of Talakad
Kannada Sahitya Parishta Award, 1970
Mythic Society Diamond Jubilee Honour
Honour by Governor of Karnataka Mohanlal Sukadia