V. Bhashyam Aiyangar

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V. B. Iyengar
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Advocate-General of Madras Presidency (acting)
In office
Preceded by J. H. Spring-Branson
Succeeded by C. A. White
In office
Preceded by C. A. White
Succeeded by J. E. P. Wallis
Personal details
Born Vembakkam Bhashyam Aiyangar
January 1844
Vembakkam, Madras Presidency, India
Died 18 November 1908
Madras Presidency, India
Occupation lawyer
Profession Advocate-General, legislator

Diwan Bahadur Sir Vembakkam Bhashyam Aiyangar, CIE (January 1844 – 18 November 1908) was an eminent lawyer and jurist who served as the first Indian Advocate-General of Madras Province and also as a Judge of the Madras High Court.

Posts held[edit]

Bhashyam Aiyangar served as the Acting Advocate General of Madras from February 1897 to March 1898 and September 1899 to March 1900.[1] He was the first Indian to hold the post. In February, 1897, Bhashyam Aiyangar was nominated to the Madras Legislative Council as an official member He was nominated for two more terms in November 1899 and March 1900.[1][2]

In July 1901 Bhashyam Aiyangar was appointed a Judge of the High Court at Madras,[3] in which position he served until 1904.


Bhashyam Aiyangar was created a Companion of the Indian Empire in May 1895.[1] He was knighted on 5 February 1900,[4] after a knighthood had been announced in the 1900 New Year Honours list.[5]

A statute of Bhashyam Aiyangar was donated by M. S. Nagappa in 1927 and has been installed in the Madras High Court campus, just outside the Madras Bar Association entrance.

Personal life[edit]

Bhashyam Aiyangar had a number of daughters. His third daughter was married to eminent lawyer and freedom fighter S. Srinivasa Iyengar.[6] The Indian independence activist Ambujammal is his granddaughter.


  1. ^ a b c India Office List 1905, Pg 439
  2. ^ India Office List 1905, Pg 75
  3. ^ "No. 27338". The London Gazette. 26 July 1901. p. 4950. 
  4. ^ "No. 27162". The London Gazette. 6 February 1900. p. 806. 
  5. ^ Shaw, William Arthur (1906). The Knights of England. II. London: Sherratt and Hughes. p. 406. 
  6. ^ Some Madras Leaders, Pg 11


  • Great Britain India Office (1905). The India List and India Office List. London: Harrison and Sons. 
  • Some Madras Leaders. Allahabad: Babu Bishambher Nath Bhargava. 1922.