C. Hayavadana Rao
Conjeevaram Hayavadana Rao
July 10, 1865|
Hosur, Salem District, British India
|Died||January 27, 1946
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.
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. 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.
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
- 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.
References and sources
- "The quarterly journal of the Mythic society (Bangalore)". 56. Mythic Society. 1966: 94.
- "The journal of Oriental research". 15-28. Madras. 1946.
- "HAYAVADANA RAO C., 1865-1946". classicalkannada.org.