Suryanath U. Kamath

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Suryanath Upendra Kamath
Born (1937-04-26) April 26, 1937 (age 78)
British India
Occupation historian
Known for Books on History of Karnataka, Chief Editor of Karnataka State Gazetteer

Suryanath Upendra Kamath (born April 26, 1937) is 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]


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] Presently, he is the director of the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Public Library in Calcutta.[1] Kamath has been editing the quarterly journal of the Indian Mythic Society since 1977.[2] He is also a member of the Karnataka Gazetteer Advisory Committee.[4]


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


  • 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). 


  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.