It was not until 1940, 12 years after it had been commissioned, that the work had the good fortune of seeing the light of day. Vice chancellor N.S.Subbaraya assumed office in 1940 and immediately saw the treasure of material hidden in Dr S.S.Sastri’s work and would not relent until the
first volume of Sources of Karnataka History saw publication. The book immediately grabbed attention from all quarters. Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail after going through the book immediately conveyed his warm appreciation of the work to the University, the Publishers and most important of all, the
author-Dr S.S.Sastri himself. Great historian and scholar at Dhaka University R.C.Majumdar and distinguished professor at Pune University- P.K.Ghode called the book a model for future historians and writers in the country. Vol II & Vol III were also written and prepared for publication-but sadly never saw publication.
Published in 1964, Hoysala Vastushilpa dealt with temple architecture under the Hoysala period in Karnataka. Here
Dr S.S.Sastri studied in detail
the temple building methods and architectural styles involved in construction of these temples
at places such as Chitradurga, Bellary, Gadag and Kuruvatti. Chalukya Vastushilpa is also visited and studied with keen interest. A brief piece on Vishnuvardhana’s unbiased approach towards the construction of both Shaiva, Vaishnava and even Jaina temples is discussed.
“Shri Pampapathi Panchakam”
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri travelled to Badami, Bijapur and Hampi in the
year 1924. He was able to capture his visits in photographs, many
of which are displayed on our site. Fresh from his travels, he
composed “Shri Pampapathi Panchakam”.
Famous Kannada Littérateur Aa.Na.Kru even went so far as to remark.. “how many of his stature do we have amidst us today..?..” In fact, both Aa.Na.Kru and Ta Ra Su were avid readers and close friends of
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri and his works and would often visit him at his residence to collect information for their forthcoming novels, many of
which were based on historical events.
“Sources of Karnataka History, Vol II”
Second volume in the series, this particular book had to endure the insensitivities of Dr S.S.Sastri’s less sensible colleagues. A respectable intellectual (whose name is best left out for reasons of propriety) apparently borrowed the book from Dr S.Srikanta Sastri, only never to return it.
Simply put it was stolen. ! Dr S.Srikanta Sastri had to re-write the whole book from memory and research manuscripts he had with him. Such uncalled for generosity meant that Dr S.Srikanta Sastri had to surmount such obstacles quite often to make headway in his intellectual pursuits.
His most famous book, published in 1954, is a comprehensive work on India’s Vedic culture, religion, culture, morality, philosophy, social structure, economics, political hierarchy and literature. Dr S.Srikanta Sastri was greatly assisted in this work by A.R.Krishna Sastri. From writing it to seeing it published Dr S.S.Sastri had to wait for 10 long years !
Published in 1960, Samshodhana Lekhanagalu was a collection of 112 articles by Dr S.Srikanta Sastri and dealt with study of humanities, geology, and among other things Darwin and Pitt Rivers..!
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