Suryanath U. Kamath

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Suryanath Upendra Kamath
Born (1937-04-26)April 26, 1937
British India
Died October 21, 2015(2015-10-21) (aged 78)
Nationality Indian
Occupation historian
Known for Books on History of Karnataka, Chief Editor of Karnataka State Gazetteer

Suryanath Upendra Kamath (April 26, 1937 – October 21, 2015) was an Indian historian who served as the Chief Editor of the Karnataka State Gazetteer from 1981 to 1995.

Early life[edit]

Kamath was born in a Konkani-speaking Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family on April 26, 1937. After studying history and economics[1] at Dharwad University, Kamath joined the Bangalore University as a lecturer and reader in history in 1968.[2]

During his graduation in Dharwad University, Kamath came under the influence of historian B. A. Saletore who had written a comprehensive two-volume book on social and political life in the Vijayanagar Empire.[1]

Career[edit]

Kamath served as lecturer and reader in history at the Bangalore University from 1968 to 1981.[2] In 1981, he was appointed director of the Karnataka State Archives.[2] He served as director of the Karnataka State Archives from 1981 to 1983 and was the Chief Editor of the Karnataka State Gazetteer from 1981 to 1995.[2] He also edited the Karnataka District Gazetteers and since 1977, has been the editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society.[2] He founded the Karnataka Ithihasa Academy along with G. S. Dikshith in 1985.[3] He was also the director of the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Public Library in Calcutta.[1] Kamath edited the quarterly journal of the Indian Mythic Society from 1977 to his death.[2] He was also a member of the Karnataka Gazetteer Advisory Committee.[4]

Methodology[edit]

Kamath's methodology was Indian nationalist.[1] He has authored many books on the Indian independence movement.[1] He denied the existence of an Aryan race and considered the Indus Valley Civilization to be simply an offshoot of Vedic civilization.[5] Kamath was also a supporter of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).[1]

Works[edit]

  • Sreenivasa Murthy, H. V.; Kamath, Suryanath Upendra (1973). Studies in Indian culture. Asia Publishing House. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (1977). Karnataka: A handbook. Kannada Sahitya Parishad. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (1980). A concise history of Karnataka: (from pre-historic times to the present). Archana Prakashana. 
  • Kamath, U. Suryanath, ed. (1981–1995). Karnataka State Gazetteer. Government of Karnataka. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (1991). Historiography of Karnataka. Mythic Society. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (1992). The origin and spread of Gauda Saraswats. Archana Prakashana. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (1993). Mythology and culture: confluence of thoughts. Mythic Society. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (2002). "Indian Tradition of Textile Industry". The quarterly journal of the Mythic society (Bangalore: Mythic Society) 97. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (2007). India's struggle for freedom. Bhavan's Gandhi Centre of Science and Human Values. ISBN 8189220187, ISBN 978-81-89220-18-1. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. (2009). Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara and his times. IBH Prakashana. 
  • Kamath, Suryanath U. Hindirugi Nodidaga (in Kannada). 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Interview with Suryanath Kamath". Kamath's Potpourri. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile". Indian Council for Social Science Research. 
  3. ^ "Suryanath Kamath's Presidential Note". Kamat's Potpourri. 
  4. ^ "'A handbook of Karnataka released". The Hindu. May 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Aryan race did not exist, says Suryanath Kamath". The Hindu. July 14, 2008.