C. Hayavadana Rao

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Rao Bahadur
Conjeevaram Hayavadana Rao
Born (1865-07-10)July 10, 1865
Hosur, Salem District, British India
Died January 27, 1946(1946-01-27) (aged 80)
Bangalore, Mysore kingdom
Occupation Historian, anthropologist, economist

Rao Bahadur Conjeevaram Hayavadana Rao (Tamil: காஞ்சிபுரம் ஹயவதன ராவ், Kannada: ಕಾಂಜೀವರಂ ಹಯವದನರಾವ್) (10 July 1865 - 27 January 1946) was an Indian historian, museologist, anthropologist, economist and polyglot. He was a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Indian Historical Records Commission and a fellow of the Royal Society of Economics.

Early life[edit]

Hayavadana Rao was born on July 10, 1865 in the town of Hosur in the then Salem district of Madras Presidency in a Kannada-speaking Madhwa Deshastha Brahmin family.[1] After graduating in history, Rao studied law and economics and joined the Government Museum, Madras as a curator. Rao worked as a curator till his retirement and compiled "The Indian Biographical Dictionary". Rao was a polyglot and was fluent in English, Latin, French, German, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Sanskrit.

Mysore Kingdom[edit]

In 1924, Rao was appointed the head of a committee formed to revise the Mysore Gazetteer written by B. L. Rice. The revised version comprising seven volumes was published in 1927. Rao followed this with a three-volume History of Mysore (1399-1799) chronicling the Wodeyar Dynasty.

Later life and death[edit]

Rao died on January 27, 1946 in Bangalore.[2] He was the editor of the Journal of Oriental Research at the time of his death. After his death, his son-in-law, C. Thirumala Rao succeeded him.

Works[edit]

  • Rao, C. Hayavadana (1910). New Indian tales: nineteen amusing and instructive tales. G. A. Natesan. 
  • Rao, C. Hayavadana (1915). The Indian Biographical Dictionary. 
  • Rao, C. Hayavadana (1931). Indian caste system: A study. 
  • Rao, C. Hayavadana (1948). History of Mysore (1399-1799 A.D.). Government Press. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The quarterly journal of the Mythic society (Bangalore)" 56. Mythic Society. 1966. p. 94. 
  2. ^ "The journal of Oriental research". 15-28. Madras. 1946. 

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