P. V. Parabrahma Sastry

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P. V. Parabrahma Sastry[1] (1920–2016) was an archeologist, historian, epigraphist and numismatist who held the rank of a Deputy Director in the Archaeology Department of United Andhra Pradesh Government.

Early life[edit]

Sastry was a native of Pedda Konduru in Guntur district. His ancestors had settled in Hyderabad.[citation needed]


Sastry was selected for the National Fellowship [2] of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Sastry was one of the two persons selected for the fellowship in the year 2015. The ICHR is a premier historical research body under the HRD ministry. Dr Sastry was awarded a PhD by Karnataka University[citation needed] for his work on the history of the Kakatiya dynasty and early socio-economic conditions of Andhra Pradesh from 500 BC to 1000 AD. He worked with the Department of Archaeology and Museums until 1981. He conducted village-wise epigraphical surveys in the Telangana districts.[citation needed]

His contributions to Telugu historical research was mentioned in the pre-release events of the movie Gautamiputra Satakarani based on the archaeological and historical research on the Satavahana dynasty that he conducted.[3][4][5][6]


Sastry has written historical and archaeological works and in collaboration with other historians. His works include:

  • Epigraphia Andhrica[7]
  • Rural Studies in Early Andhra[8][9] in which he traced the historical origins of the Kamma caste.
  • Unknown Coins
  • Researches In Archaeology, History & Culture In The New Millennium - Dr. P.V. Parabrahma Sastry Felicitation Volume[10]
  • Telugu lipi, āvirbhāva vikāsālu[11]
  • Kākatīya caritra
  • Kākatīya coins and measures
  • Inscriptions of Andhra Pradesh : Karimnagar District
  • The Kākatiyas of Warangal
  • Select epigraphs of Andhra Pradesh
  • Siddhōdvāha of Nr̥isiṁha

Death and legacy[edit]

Sastry died at the age of 96 on 27 July 2016, due to prolonged illness.[12] He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.


  1. ^ "1-The Age of Iron in South Asia:". Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  2. ^ "National Fellowship for Dr P Parabrahma Sastry of Hyderabad". Deccan Chronicle. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  3. ^ "Balakrishna shares Satakarni secrets". Myfirstshow.com. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  4. ^ The Age of the Satavahanas: Great Ages of Indian History, 2 Vols von Ajay Mitra Shastri: Aryan Books International. Zvab.com. ISBN 9788173051593. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  5. ^ Durga Prasad. "History of the Andhras" (PDF). Katragadda.com. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  6. ^ "1-The Age of Iron in South Asia:". Article.tebyan.net. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  7. ^ Mohammad Abdul Waheed Khan, N. Venkata Ramanayya, P.V. Parabrahma Sastry. Epigraphia Āndhrica. Books.google.co.in. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  8. ^ Sastry, P.V. Parabrahma (1996-01-01). Rural Studies in Early Andhra. V.R. Publication.
  9. ^ P.V. Parabrahma Sastry (2009-07-21). Rural Studies in Early Andhra. Books.google.co.in. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  10. ^ "Parabrahma Sastry, P.V. (1922–) - People and organisations". Trove. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  11. ^ OpenLibrary.org. "P. V. Parabrahma Sastry". Open Library. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  12. ^ "Archaeologist P.V. Parabrahma Sastry Death". Telangananewspaper.com. Retrieved 2017-01-13.