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Malabar Pied Hornbill at Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary, Karnataka, India
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Hi. I am Dinesh Kannambadi. I was born in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. I am a microchip designer (microprocessor) and an Electronics Engineer by education. The surname Kannambadi is from "AneKannambadi" in Hassan district from where my ancestors hail. I am a U.S citizen and have been living in the U.S.A. since 1988 when I left India for graduate studies. My interests are History (especially of Karnataka and Kannada language), Wildlife Photography, birding (including educating myself about habitats, animal behaviour etc). Travelling the back roads of Karnataka, exploring well known and lesser known temples, understanding the various architectural styles, sculptural details and history of the kingdoms that originated there, soaking in the culture and talking to locals are favourite hobbies. I have travelled to most of the wildlife sanctuaries in Southern Karnataka and in East Africa in pursuit of wildlife. Currently number of species of birds I have spotted is about 375 and the number of species of mammals exceeds 50 and growing. While in the U.S. I spend time birding and reading history books I purchased in India.

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Articles created

Statue of Liberty New York

Empires and Kingdoms

Keladi Nayaka, Seuna dynasty (also known as Yadava Dynasty of Devagiri), Nayakas of Chitradurga, Alupas, Saluva Dynasty, Tuluva Dynasty

Historical places

Lakkundi, Ancient City of Vijayanagara, Life in Vijayanagar Empire, Kambadahalli,Balligavi, Kampili

Famous temples

Lakshminarayana Temple (Hosaholalu), Harihareshwara Temple (Harihar), Tripurantaka Temple, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Doddabasappa Temple, Navalinga Temple, Siddhesvara Temple, Ishvara Temple (Arasikere), Mahakuta group of temples, Veera Narayana temple, Belavadi, Kasivisvesvara temple, Lakkundi, Bhutanatha group of temples

Great kings and persons

Veera Ballala II, Veera Ballala III, Bijjala II, Krishna II, Indra III, Krishna III, Sripurusha, Shivamara II, Butuga II, Chavundaraya, Durvinita,Mayurasharma, Tuluva Narasa Nayaka, Ruvari Malithamma, Avinita

General history

Origin of Vijayanagar empire, Origin of Rashtrakuta Dynasty, Karnataka Literature, Vijayanagar Architecture, Badami Chalukya Architecture, Kavirajamarga, Western Chalukya Society, Society of the Hoysala Empire,Hoysala administration,Economy of the Hoysala Empire, Karnata Empire, Society of Rashtrakuta empire of Manyakheta, Economy of Rashtrakuta empire of Manyakheta, Political history of medieval Karnataka, Branches of Rashtrakuta Dynasty, Mahakuta Pillar, Origin of the Western Ganga Dynasty, Western Ganga society, Religion in Western Ganga kingdom, Economy of Western Ganga kingdom, Western Ganga administration, Musicians of Mysore Kingdom, Origin of Kingdom of Mysore, Administration of the Kingdom of Mysore, Economy of the Kingdom of Mysore, Society of the Kingdom of Mysore, Latina (architecture), Sekhari (architecture), Bhumija (architecture), Western Chalukya Architecture, Western Chalukya temples


Hoysala literature, Vijayanagara Empire Literature, Western Chalukya literature, Western Ganga literature, Medieval Kannada literature, Mysore Kingdom literature, Kannada literature in the Vijayanagara Empire, Rashtrakuta literature, Modern Kannada literature, Ratnakaravarni, Raghavanka, Harihara (poet), Andayya, Vijaya Dasa, Bhattakalanka Deva, Haridasa, Sripadaraya, Vadirajatirtha, Naraharitirtha, Sri Ponna, Adikavi Pampa, Ranna,Janna, Shivakotiacharya, Lakshmisha, Jagannatha Dasa, Palkuriki Somanatha, Durgasimha


Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Famous People

Amarashilpi Jakanachari, P.B. Desai, B.A. Saletore, Henry Heras


{{Rashtrakuta Manyakheta Kings Infobox}}, {{Kalyani Chalukya Kings Infobox}}, {{Mysore Kings Infobox}}, {{Mysore Kingdom Musicians}}, {{Western Ganga Kings Infobox}}, {{Banavasi Kadamba Kings Infobox}}, {{Famous Hoysala temples}}, {{Western Chalukya Temples}}, {{Kannada poets in Western Chalukya Empire}}, {{Kannada poets in Rashtrakuta Empire}}, {{Kannada poets in Hoysala Empire}}, {{Kannada poets in Western Ganga Kingdom}}, {{Haridasa poets (Kannada) of 18th-19th century}}, {{Kannada poets in 17th century}}, {{Kannada poets in 18th century}}{{Haridasa poets (Kannada) of 17th-19th century}}

Major contributions


{{Hoysala Kings Infobox}},{{Vijayanagara empire}}


BoNM - India.png The Indian Barnstar of National Merit
Awarded to Dineshkannambadi, one of the most prolific editors from India. We are proud of you ! -- Tinu Cherian - 06:12, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
This Special Barnstar is awarded to Dinesh for showing exemplary courage to stand his ground in light of false accusations laid on him in Talk:Kannada literature. Dinesh, you deserve this... ¿Amar៛Talk to me/My edits 04:43, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of National Merit.svg The Barnstar of National Merit
For his tremendous contributions to Western Chalukya architecture and other Karnataka-related articles, I award Dineshkannambadi the Barnstar of National Merit. AreJay (talk) 19:52, 21 January 2008 (UTC)
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The India Star is awarded to Dinesh for his seven Kannada FAs, and for keeping WP:INDIA's FA factory afloat in 2007. See Image:IndiaFA.JPG. Blnguyen (bananabucket) 01:58, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar-stone2-noback.png The Epic Barnstar
Great work on karnataka history. i hope there were 30 more of you that i can allocate one each to each indian state. Though sometimes, i don't agree with some of the works that you cite or the inferences, this award is in recognition to the tireless efforts made to bring FA level articles. Great going and keep this ticking. Kalyan 16:50, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Photographer's Barnstar

For your beautiful original photographs of Karnataka temples - Parthi 20:10, 1 August 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar

Hi Dinesh, I am thankful and greatly appreciate the phenomenal work you have done(and continue to do) on Kannada, Karnataka, Kannadiga related pages. As a small token of my appreciation I hand you this barnstar which was long overdue. Keep up the GREAT work. Sirigannadam Gelge! Sarvagnya 04:06, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

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For your tireless contributions on making Chalukya dynasty a featured article and for your excellent contributions in lot more articles on South Indian history. KNM Talk 16:46, 22 November 2006 (UTC)
Barnstar-stone2-noback.png The Epic Barnstar
"Wow!". Here's another barnstar from me. A new 'variety' for your page :) Sarvagnya 02:52, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
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For a fantastic collaborative effort in Hoysala Empire I award you this epic barnstar BostonMA talk 14:17, 3 December 2006 (UTC)
One more barnstar for your work on Karnataka-related topics, as well as for your efforts to get Chalukya dynasty to featured status. - --ashwatha 08:49, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
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Awarded to Dineshkannambadi by deeptrivia on behalf of WikiProject Indian history for outstanding contributions to articles related to Indian history. deeptrivia (talk) 06:51, 24 December 2006 (UTC)
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Epic Barnstar for your phenomenal effort and tireless contributions in articles relating to History of Karnataka. Hoping to see more FAs from you.Naveen (talk) 06:25, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Black Cross of St. Declan

You, Dineshkannambadi, are awarded the Black Cross of St. Declan for going medieval on our asses with your excellent work on articles of Dark Ages and Middle Ages interest. De réir a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin - "It takes time to build castles" Ciarán of Clonmacnoise 05:59, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
Wiki medal.jpg The FA Barnstar
For your wonderful featured article Vijayanagara Empire and the past two FAs(Chalukyas and Hoysala empires) in Indian history category. Wish you work on Kakatiya Empire one day. mlpkr 12:49, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

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I =Nichalp «Talk»=, award you this medal for getting South Indian empires on the featured chart. May you feature many more empires. Regards, =Nichalp «Talk»= 12:05, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

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Kannada articles are becoming featured as an amazing rate. You deserve this for playing such a large part! GizzaChat © 11:56, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
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For your tireless work in Jaffna kingdom that was awarded GA status today Taprobanus (talk) 16:37, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Architecture star

Congratulations on raising Hoysala architecture to FA status. Kind regards --Mcginnly | Natter 13:13, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Sri Lankan Tamil people

Raraja detail.png Rajaraja Chola Award
Hi Dinesh. Just to say you've done a wonderful job with your edits to the article over the past few months - it flows much more smoothly now, and is a much better article for the work you've done. Arulmozhivarman smiles in delight.Taprobanus (talk) 02:24, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

India Barnstar.PNG The India Star
Awarded to Dineshkannambadi in his efforts to get Kannada literature in the Western Chalukya Empire to FA status. Well done ! -- Tinu Cherian - 16:41, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

My book collection


  • John Keay, History of India, 2000, Grove publications, New York, ISBN 0-8021-3797-0
  • Suryanath U. Kamat, A Concise history of Karnataka from pre-historic times to the present, Jupiter books, MCC, Bangalore, 2001 (Reprinted 2002) OCLC: 7796041
  • K.A. Nilakanta Sastri, History of South India, From Prehistoric times to fall of Vijayanagar, 1955, OUP, New Delhi (Reprinted 2002), ISBN 019560686-8
  • Dr. Romila Thapar, The Penguin History of Early India, From Origin to 1300 AD., 2003, Penguin, New Delhi, ISBN 0-14-302989-4
  • K.V. Ramesh, Chalukyas of Vatapi, 1984, Agam Kala Prakashan, Delhi ISBN 3987-10333 .
  • R. Narasimhacharya, History of Kannada Literature, 1988, Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, Madras,1988 ISBN 81-206-0303-6.
  • George M. Moraes (1931), The Kadamba Kula, A History of Ancient and Medieval Karnataka, Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, Madras, 1990 ISBN 81-206-0595-0
  • Malini Adiga (2006), The Making of Southern Karnataka: Society, Polity and Culture in the early medieval period, AD 400-1030, Orient Longman, Chennai, ISBN 81 250 2912 5
  • Pandit Bisheshwar Nath Reu (1933), History of The Rashtrakutas (Rathodas), Publication scheme, Jaipur, (Reprinted 1997) ISBN 81-86782-12-5
  • Altekar, Anant Sadashiv (1934), The Rashtrakutas And Their Times; being a political, administrative, religious, social, economic and literary history of the Deccan during C. 750 A.D. to C. 1000 A.D, Oriental Book Agency, Poona, OCLC 3793499
  • Karmarkar, A.P. (1947), Cultural history of Karnataka : ancient and medieval, Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharwad OCLC 8221605
  • West, E.W. (1877), History of Bombay Karnataka, Musalman and Maratha A.D. 1300-1818, Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, Madras (Reprinted 1989), ISBN 81-206-0468-9
  • Pranesh, Meera Rajaram (2003), Musical Composers during Wodeyar Dynasty (1638-1947 A.D.), Vee Emm Publications, Bangalore EBK 94056
  • Jain and Jain, Surendranath Shripalji and Sarojini Surendranath, Bahubali of Jainbadri (Shravanabelagola) and other Jain Shrines of Deccan, (1953), Second edition (2005), S.D.J.M.I. Managing Committe, Shravanabelagola.
  • Chopra P.N., Ravindran T.K., Subrahmanian N. (2003), History of South India (Ancient, Medieval and Modern), Chand publications, New Delhi ISBN 81-219-0153-7
  • Gowda, Aswathanarayana, Blazing trail of Golden Era-Tourism guide of Hassan district, (2006), District Tourism Council, Government of Karnataka
  • Paul Harding, Janine Eberle, Patrick Horton, Amy Karafin and Simon Richmond, (1998), South India, Lonely Planet (Reprinted 2005) ISBN 1-74104-165-1


  • Hampi, A Travel Guide, Department of Tourism, India, Good Earth publication, New Delhi 2003 ISBN 81-877801-7-7
  • Gerard Foekema, A Complete Guide To Hoysala Temples, 1996, Abhinav, ISBN 81-7017-345-0
  • New Light on Hampi, Recent research in Vijayanagara, edited by John M. Fritz and George Michell, MARG, 2001, ISBN 81-85026-53-X
  • Michell, George, (2002), Pattadakal: Monumental Legacy, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, ISBN 019566057-9
  • Sarma, I.K., (1992), Temples of the Gangas of Karnataka, Archaeological survey of India, New Delhi
  • Foekema, Gerard (2003), Architecture decorated with architecture: Later medieval temples of Karnataka, 1000-1300 AD, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, ISBN 81-215-1089-9
  • Cousens, Henry, (1926), The Chalukyan Architecture of Kanarese Distrcits, Archeological Survey of India, New Delhi, OCLC 37526233

Books to buy/borrow

  • The cave temples of India By James Fergusson, James Burgess, Published by W.H. Allen & co., 1880, Original from Harvard University
  • Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation : the Karṇāṭa Drāviḍa Tradition, 7th to 13th, Centuries By Adam Hardy, Published by Abhinav Publications, 1995, ISBN 8170173124, ISBN 9788170173120
  • Imagining Architects: Creativity in the Religious Monuments of India, By Ajay J. Sinha Published by University of Delaware Press, 2000 ISBN 0874136849, ISBN 9780874136845
  • The Art and Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent: Second Edition, By James C. Harle Published by Yale University Press, 1994, ISBN 0300062176, ISBN 9780300062175
  • Art shrines of ancient India By V. K. Subramanian, Mohan Aashis Khokar, Published by Abhinav, Publications, 2003, ISBN 8170174317, ISBN 9788170174318
  • Principles of Composition in Hindu Sculpture: Cave Temple Period, By Alice Boner, Published by, Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1990, ISBN 8120807057, ISBN 9788120807051
  • Speaking stones: World Cultural Heritage Sites in India By Bill Aitken, Eicher Goodearth Limited,, India Dept. of Tourism Published by Eicher Goodearth Limited, 2002 ISBN 8187780002, ISBN 9788187780007
  • The Architectural Antiquities of Western India By Henry Cousens, Published by READ BOOKS, 2007 ISBN 1406752460, ISBN 9781406752465