R. Nagaswamy

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Ramachandran Nagaswamy
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R. Nagaswamy at a lecture in 2015
Born (1930-08-10) August 10, 1930 (age 86)
Influences K. A. Nilakanta Sastri,
T. N. Ramachandran

Ramachandran Nagaswamy (born 10 August 1930) is an Indian historian, archaeologist and epigraphist who is known for his work on temple inscriptions and art history of Tamil Nadu. He served as the founder-Director of the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. He was also instrumental in starting the annual Chidambaram Natyanjali festival in 1980.

Early life[edit]

Nagaswamy was born on 10 August 1930 to Sanskrit pundit Ramachandran Sastrigal.[1][2] He graduated in Sanskrit from the University of Madras and pursued a master's degree in Sanskrit.[1] Nagaswamy obtained his PhD in arts and archaeology from the University of Poona.[1] Nagaswamy underwent archaeological training under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and in 1959, joined the Government Museum, Chennai as curator for art and archaeology.[1]


Nagaswamy served as curator for art and archaeology in the Government Museum from 1959 to 1963. In 1963, he was appointed Assistant Special Officer for Archaeology for Tamil Nadu state and from 1966 to 1988, he headed the newly formed Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department.


Nagaswamy was awarded the "Kalaimamani" award by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his pathbreaking work on Sekkilar's Periyapuranam. He appeared as an Expert Witness in the London High Court, in the London Nataraja case.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c d "Biodata of R. Nagaswamy". Tamil Arts Academy. 
  2. ^ Kausalya Santhanam (24 February 1995). "The Achievers". The Hindu.