Javagal Srinath: World’s Most Famous Mysorean?

Finally, Deccan Herald has launched its Mysore edition today. Yours truly has a piece in it on the World’s 10 Most Famous Mysoreans i.e. Mysoreans who have taken the name of our City far and wide.

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THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS MYSOREANS

To attempt to identify Mysoreans who have taken Mysore’s name far and wide is a treacherous exercise. Some will ask if these are the only people who are responsible for the City’s reputation (they are not). Some others will ask if those who do not make it to such a list have not contributed (they surely have). And still some others will ask if only the boldface achievers matter unlike those toiling anonymously (not at all).

There is even an bigger question than all these: isn’t the notion of spreading a City’s name too provincial, maybe a touch too parochial if not faddish? After all, nobody sits down to do a list of New Yorkers who made New York famous or Londoners who made London famous. So, why should we bother about Mysoreans who made Mysore famous? And what, pray, are the parameters in choosing them?

To take the first question, it matters because Mysore is, in the end, a pretty small town. Pretty, yes, but small. We may be inching towards a million, but we are still a tenth the size of Bangalore. So, whoever emerges out of our agraharas, mohallas and nagars and makes it on the national or global stage commands an aura. It’s not an inferiority complex; just an honest recognition of the fact that there is a world outside Mysore.

Naming names also matters because implicit in it is the hope that it will inspire their townsmen (and women) to excel and rekindle the dazzle of decades past.

As the historian Ramachandra Guha wrote a few years ago, the Mysore kingdom had the good fortune to be ruled by progressive maharajas and still more progressive diwans “who between them started modern industries (including a steel mill), ran efficient railways, built an impressive network of irrigation canals, patronised great musicians and artists, and created and nurtured first-rate colleges.”

But, once Bangalore became the capital of the new democratic State, Mysore has had to play second fiddle. In other words, the accomplishments of the World’s Most Famous Mysoreans are all the more important because they have come largely in spite of the State, not because of it. They might not shout they are Mysoreans from the rooftops, but in what they do or have, they epitomize the spirit of Mysore.

It is a shamelessly subjective list, of course, which does not make a distinction between those who were born in Mysore and those who merely worked here; between those alive and those no longer. And we do not even consider the maharajas (ah, democracy!) because it can be even more shamelessly admitted that without them nothing that would have been possible, and their imprint is over everything you see, touch and feel.

Still, here goes:

10. ASSORTED ARTISTS: It’s difficult to figure who made Mysore more famous in the arts, culture and literature. The man who rose to become President of India (Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan) or the man who served as advisor to three Prime Ministers (H.Y. Sharada Prasad). The man who became India’s best known sociologist (M.N. Srinivas) or the philosopher who became a byword (M. Hiriyanna). The man who was India’s best veena player (Doreswamy Iyengar) or one of its finest violinists (Chowdiah). The man who became India’s most famous cartoonist (R.K. Laxman) or one of its most famous lensmen (T.S. Satyan). But this much can be said, you could take them out of Mysore, but never could take Mysore out of them.

9. RAJA RAMANNA: Not all Mysoreans are calm, peaceful or docile. And proof comes in the shape of Raja Ramanna. In the quiet of his study and at concerts, he played piano most magnificently, sure. But in the rough and tumble of India’s atomic energy establishment, Ramanna was the proverbial hawk, guiding India’s nuclear fortunes in Pokhran and playing a key role in getting some key defence labs and outfits to the city of his birth. Upon retirement, Ramanna spent lunch after lunch with M.N. Srinivas, pining for set dosas and moaning over maiden overs bowled for Bradman Cricket Club in the 1930s.

8. JAYALALITHA JAYARAM: For the rank of the world’s most famous Mysorean woman, it has to be a toss-up between Jayalalitha Jayaram and Kamala Purnaiah-Taylor aka Kamala Markandaya. But the Tamil Nadu chief minister wins largely because it is easy to relate to her, unlike Markandaya who, in life as in death, remains a bit of a mystery, and not just to Mysoreans. But then, so does Jayalalitha, each time a battle breaks out for Cauvery water.

7. Sir M. VISVESVARAYA: If “world famous” has almost become part of the name of Brindavan Gardens, which was Mysore’s biggest tourist attraction outside of the Palace till the Cauvery dispute broke out, it is the handiwork of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, chief engineer of the Krishnaraja Sagar dam. In setting up Asia’s first hydro-electric power plant not far away at Shivanasamudram, Sir MV showed 100 years ago what enlightened leadership and engineering vision can do for the masses. One hundreds years later, each summer, Mysore’s only Bharat Ratna reminds Mysoreans of the lack of both.

6. FAROUKH IRANI: Long before Rishi Kapoor eloped with Dimple Kapadia on the ‘Bobby’ bike and before the sleek but sissy Japanese bikes invaded our lives, the silence on Indian roads was broken by the manly rumble of the Jawa and Yezdi motorcycles. Its owners are unlikely to have looked under the hood to see the place of manufacture, but Irani set the benchmark for corporate social responsibility decades before IT companies began crowing about it. Not only did Irani run a company which made cheap, reliable bikes, he ran a great school, top-class cricket and football teams, a traffic park for children and more.

5. N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY: His Sunday morning toilet-cleaning no longer gets the media attention that starting his company from his wife’s funds does. But Mysore is a key landmark in the Infy founder’s CV. It was here he went to school, it was here he went to engineering college, and it is here he has set up Infosys’ biggest campus. As a citizen of the flat world, Murthy doesn’t proclaim the city of his origin often enough, but in setting up the leadership development centre here, he has made sure that Mysore becomes a must-visit stop for hundreds of Infoscions on the way up the corporate ladder.

4. R.K. NARAYAN: The jury will always be out on whether Mysore is Malgudi. But in opting for a career in English writing when it was far from the in-thing, R.K. Narayan showed that a fertile imagination can plough over geographical location. Whether he is the most famous Indian writer on the globe can be debated. Whether he is more famous than Kuvempu or A.K. Ramanujan is also debatable. But in his stories and characters, and in the manner in which he told them, Narayan brought the simplicity of small-town Mysore like no other. Or, maybe, it was small-town Mysore which chose its muse without our knowing.

3. THE UNSUNG ARTISAN: It isn’t just the rich and famous who have put Mysore on the world map. Long before the media darlings emerged, Mysore was well known on all the continents for its jasmine, agarbathis, sandalwood and ivory inlay work. And behind all of those were unsung, underpaid brand ambassadors who toiled manfully with scarcely any recognition or expectation. But if today Mysore is on the lips of millions, hugs and kisses must go to every restaurateur and chef who believes that splattering Mysore on the menu card is the shortest route to a customer’s wallet. Mysore Pak is most certainly ours, but Mysore Sambar, Mysore Masala Dosa, Mysore Meals, Mysore Bonda?

2. K. PATTABHI JOIS: S.T. Krishnamacharya and B.K.S. Iyengar may have preceded him in fame; and kundalini yoga may be more famous. But in transmitting ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ to the world and restoring Mysore’s place as the yoga capital in the country, few will ever match what octogenarian Pattabhi Jois has done. Starting out from a tiny nook in Lakshmipuram, Jois teaches the way to achieve the union between the jeevatma and the paramatma to the who’s who of show business, including Madonna, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow. And on any given day, Gokulam, where he now resides, resembles an Olympics Games village, with hundreds of foreigners practising the craft at the hands of Jois and his grandson, Sharath, when not zipping around the streets.

1. JAVAGAL SRINATH: There have been other international sporting superstars before him. Leg spinner B.S. Chandrashekhar for sure. And there are others like golfer Rahul Ganapathy and Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna now. But for the frequency with which the words “Mysore Express” or “Mysore Missile” have adorned his name over a 12-year international cricketer, there is no more famous a Mysorean on the planet, at least in the 10 cricket-playing nations, than the Rama Vilas Road racehorse. And certainly, no one who in his modesty and humility despite his extraordinary accomplishments, epitomizes the true essence of the typical Mysorean. As somebody wrote recently, “The only thing un-Mysorean about him was his pace.”

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44 Responses to “Javagal Srinath: World’s Most Famous Mysorean?”

  1. December Stud Says:

    LOL @ KP for even trying to come up with this list.

    I assume your list is similar to Time Magazine’s person of the year thingy. They don’t care (or they didn’t, at one point) whetehr the ‘person of the year’ was good or evil. At least, that explains Jayalalithaa on your list.

    Honestly, it is hard to come up with this list. And, it’s worse to comment on this.

    If I look at your list, there is a Pattabhi Jois and then there is a Javagal Srinath. The former is very famous among hardcore yago fans all over the world. The total number of people who recognize him is far less than the total number of people who recognize Srinath. But then, Srinath is an unknown outside the cricket playing nations.

    It is quite hard to say whose contribution is ‘more’.

    For one, RK Laxman and definitely S Radhakrishnan should go up the list. There is absolutely no doubt Sir MV and even Raja Ramanna should be placed above Srinath. I think you have to value the type of work and the uniqueness of their skillset when assessing people.

    If it is just ‘fame’ you are talking about shouldn’t Vyjayanthimala be there on the list ? Or is it still hush hush gossip that she has ‘some’ connection with the Mysore royal family.

    If you put up Chowdiah, then why not Mysore Vasudevacharya. The name itself has Mysore in it ? I am surprised he is not on the list.

    Shouldn’t Kuvempu be on the list ? At least statistically the total number of people who can recognize Kuvempu will be more than total number of people who can recognize Sharada Prasad and MN Srinivas, I would think.

    Does Tippu Sultan count ?

    Your list looks fine, but the rankins are bogus just because it’s not fair to rank them. And, I sure don’t agree that Srinath is # 1. Yeah yeah, I am a BIG cricket fan…but still.

    And, on a lighter note, isn’t it “Mysore Sandal Soap” and “Mysore Silk” which has brought more name to the city than any human !!!

  2. Sunaad Raghuram Says:

    Krishna,

    If someone were to write the modern history of Mysore, one name shall surely be in there for sure-Javagal Srinath!

    An almost reed-thin boy, visibly bereft of any great physical strength, who rose from the inner core of Devaraja Mohalla and bowled like a dream, nine times out of ten!

    To some of the best batsmen in world cricket. And at a pace….phew.. which made the red cherry sing past their ears before thudding into the wicket keeper’s gloves!

    And to think the road he emerged from was not anywhere in Barbados or Ballarat or Birmingham or even Bombay!

  3. Mohan Says:

    KP,

    Nice list. Thanks. When I saw the title, I thought “it can’t be true”, but thinking about it, if we measure fame purely by the number of people who know him and who relate him with Mysore, I think Srinath has to be the most famous Mysorean. But that probably has more to do with the popularity of cricket as compared to other fields. Because in terms of achievement, I don’t think what Srinath has done can be compared with the likes of Sir MV, Raja Ramanna, Kuvempu, RKN et al.

    I would also add SL Bhairappa and UR Ananthamurthy in the list of famous literary figures.

  4. Bhamy V Shenoy Says:

    It is instructive to go through the list. The list gives some insight into some of the reasons for the slow decline of Mysore. There are some very illustrious sons of Mysore who have contributed to Karnataka, India and the world, but not directly to Mysore’s development. But then there are visionaries like Sir MV, artists like Doresawmy Iyengar, Pattabi Jois who have contributed to Mysore and also to the world.

    As far as Javgal Srinath, 25 years down the road, when other cricketers become well known, will he be remebered? Sports hero and film stars come and go. Only few are destined like Rak Kappor to be remebered for a very long time. Therefore, it is hard to believe Srinath is or will be a famous person for long.

    But to me the most interesting aspect of who is not on the list. When politicians can play such an important role like maharajas played in the development of Mysore, the list does not have the name of a single politician. It is indeed unfortunate that Mysore has not produced forget world famous or India famous, not even mysore famous politician of any value. Is it any small wonder that standard of living in our dear city is falling rapidly?

  5. Aatmasakshi Says:

    Javagal Srinath: Brahmin
    K. Pattabhi Jois: Brahmin
    Raja Ramanna: Brahmin
    R.K. Narayan: Brahmin
    N.R. Narayana Murthy: Brahmin
    Sir M.Vishveswariah: Brahmin
    Jayalalitha Jayaram: Brahmin
    M.N. Srinivas, H.Y. Sharada Prasad, R.K. Laxman, T.S.Satyan: Brahmins
    KRISHNA PRASAD: Brahmin???

  6. Bhaskar Says:

    Why not… Infact he is the one who proved that all speedsters need not be non veggies…

  7. Mysore Huduga Says:

    Kuvempu got to be on top of the list.

    Many on the list may be forgotten in decades to come, but Kuvempu will be remembered forever for his contributions “Ellaadaru iru, Enthaadaru iru, Endendigu nee kannadavaagiru” and naadageethe “Jaya bhaarata Jananiya tanujaathe”.

    Few more mysoreans worth mentioning. Veene Sheshanna, Mysore Ananthaswamy, Sri Shivarathreeshwara swamiji, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.

  8. December Stud Says:

    Aatmasakshi -> Morons like you are the biggest losers in life, trying to bring in caste politics.

    It sure is a waste of time to even rationalize with idiots like you. Sure, go ahead and publish your ‘non-Brahmin’ list and then let’s compare.

    And, why did you leave out Chowdiah from your list. Remember KO liste Chowdiah and NOT Veene Sheshanna.

    Moron, get a life !!!

  9. Andy Says:

    Javagal Srinath is proud son of Mysore.A hero. Accomplished player who brought glory to India and won the hearts of Mysoreans. Is he the most favourite son of Mysore ? I doubt it. I dont think he is the world’s favourite Mysorean…as KP’s has listed there are dozens of eminent people who perhaps this honour. Srinath may have one honour for sure – he is perhaps the Mysorean with most media coverage.

  10. Prasad Says:

    I think it is important to look the eminent personalities listed and decide how famous they were in the times they lived in or how famous they are in the times they are living in. Only then can we get some sort of a fair comparison.

    It might be difficult to compare a figure from the past with someone from the present based how much the current generation knows about him.

  11. oceanfifty Says:

    If the list is about a name – when mentioned in some remote part of the world – and gets a recognition, I woul definetely add Mysore’s Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. Many of my friends and relatives settled in nook and corner ask me about Mysore and Him. So, a difinete ADD

  12. ThanaMohan Says:

    Mysore Xpress Javagal srinath’s article reminded me of a joke:

    What do u call the train between Mysore & Pakistan?

    “MysorePak”

  13. ramesh from Mysore Says:

    It is good.There lot of responsefor this pice!

  14. Amrit Yegnanarayan Says:

    One person who is forgotten is K.R. Sreenivasa Iyengar. I reproduce below what his son, K.S. Yadurajan wrote about him in the Hindu and Deccan Herald.

    REMEMBERING A FORGOTTEN TITAN

    K.S.Yadurajan pays tribute to K.R.Sreenivasa Iyengar, one of the finest academic philosophers India has produced, on the occasion of his birth centenary.

    Ths year marks the centenary year of Prof. K.R.Sreenivasa Iyengar, one of the most outstanding academic philosophers of 20th century India.

    Sreenivasa Iyengar taught philosophy in the Maharaja’s College, Mysore, from 1924 to 1943. During this span of two decades, he came to be recognized as a great teacher of Philosophy and became a legend in his own lifetime. He died young, when he was 43. But even today, there are many people, all in their 70’s or 80’s, who recall their student days with him with fond and respectful admiration.

    Sreenivasa Iyengar was not an exponent of Indian Philosophy as his great teacher and (later) colleague Sir S. Radhakrishnan was. He was an original thinker. He had his roots in Indian philosophy and was committed to vishishtadwaita. But he took as his field of special study the then emerging theory of value (Normatics, as he called it) and wrote on it extensively. The culmination of this work was the magnum opus, The Metaphysics of Value (Vol 1 ) published by Mysore University (1942). The author did not live to complete the second volume.

    Reviewing the book, Prof. Charles Hartshorne of the university of Chicago, wrote in the American journal of Ehics : “This is an important work The author seems to have absorbed occidental value theory in toto, but he sees every thing in a fresh light. His thought seems to me for the most part careful, subtle, profound and clear. So far as I happen to know this is the most important work on technical philosophy to come out of the orient in many years.” (Ethics, Vol 54 pp.230-231).

    This is not the place to go into a detailed analysis of the book ; nor do I consider myself competent to do so. After a detailed analysis of the notion of value (in Part 1 ) the author plunges into a wide-ranging exploration of different departments of human values, the ‘Kingdom of values’ as he calls it.. Beginning with the analysis of ‘body values’, pleasure and play (the author accepts a subtly qualified humanism), he moves on to a discussion of economic values, personal and social values and the grand triads of values, namely, the True, the Beautiful and the Good.

    The work, extending to more than 600 pages, is a masterpiece of careful and extensive scholarship, brilliant argumentation, and deep insights. “It deals not only with every problem in the philosophy of value but with almost every problem in philosophy”, as Charles Heartshorne noted in his review. A reviewer in the Bombay University Journal concludes with this observation: “It has not been possible to give the reader more than a very sketchy idea of the catholicity and comprehensiveness of the author’s mind which has swept on from one argument to another with a force and subtlety which is as rare as it is refreshing.” He is as much at home with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as he is with Perry, Morgan and Dewy or Bosanquet, Rashdall and Russell. There is a noticeable paucity of references to Eastern thought and thinkers. But there is an Eastern background to much of his thought not disclosed in the present volume. The second volume which would have made this background manifest and completed ‘the many lines of thought suggested in the first’ was never written..

    K.R.Sreenivasa Iyengar was born in 1898 in Kattigenahalli, a village in Bangalore District. The youngest of seven children, he left his village and came to Mysore for studies. A brilliant student right from the beginning, he made his way through school and college on scholarships and prizes. He got his B.A. degree in 1919 from the Mysore University with a first class in Philosophy; in 1922 he got his M.A. from the Bombay University as a student of Wilson college. In between he spent a year or so at Tirupati with the Mahant of the temple, practsing yoga and meditation.

    In 1924 he was appointed a tutor in Philosophy in the Maharaja’s College, Mysore, thanks to Prof.A.R. Wadia who took a great interest n him and become his friend, philosopher and guide. By 1943 he had risen to be Acting Professor of Philosophy. He passed away in the summer of the same year after a brief illness.

    These bare facts about his academic life give no idea of the force of his personality as a teacher of Philosophy and the impact he had on generations of students of the Maharaja’s college. Long after he was dead, Principal J.C.Rollo of Maharaja’s college ( then in retirement in Sussex, England)wrote about him in the Maharaja’s College centenary volume that among all his staff there was one, Mr. K.R. Sreenivasa Iyengar, who, given the opportunity, would have achieved international reputation.

    That opportunity was denied to him again and again, and finally it never came. In 1930 he was strongly recommended by the Selection Committee of the University Council for the award of a Seth Damodardas Scholarship to go to Cambridge for higher studies. At the last minute the whole thing miscarried and one of his own students (both in the B.A. and M.A. Classes) walked away with the scholarship. In 1937 he was all set to go to Paris to participate in the IX International congress of Philosophy. The congress authorities, who were greatly impressed by his paper ‘The Nature of Descartes’ Method” had kept on writing to him to come to Paris and participate in the conference. But fate intervened and nothing materialized.

    Undeterred by disappointments (and ill health) Sreenivasa Iyengar pursued his study of Philosophy and produced a number of outstanding papers (some of which have been incorporated into the Metaphysics of Value. He is among the very few (and among the very first) who have published technical papers in Philosophy in learned journals in Europe and America. Among these papers may be mentioned:: ‘The Nature of Dependence'(in Philosophical Review, Vol. XLVII,1939), ‘Outline of an Emergent Theory of Value'(in The International Journal of Ethics, Vol XIV, No 4), “The Nature of Descartes’ Method'(in The Proceedings of the IX International Congress of Philosophy and The History of Art, Paris, 1937) and so on.

    To Sreenivasa Iyengar Philosophy was not ‘a mere a game of the speculative intellect’, but.a soul-stirring realization of the meaning of life.’ Philosophy was a way of life. He declares: ‘From first to last the philosophy sketched in these pages is a philosophy of freedom: freedom in the economic, social and political spheres, freedom gained by knowledge and truth, freedom enjoyed in aesthetic contemplation, freedom achieved by living the moral life, freedom in this world even when the spirit regards itself as merely human, freedom transcendental when it comes to realize its essential divine heritage.’

    World war II was on when Prof. Iyengar completed his work. “The second Armageddon is with us and upon us. The demon of destruction is stalking the streets of the world naked. All the precious values that humanity had cherished are being scorched from out of the earth..Only one value appears to be valued above everything else, viz. power.” These words are as true today (perhaps even truer in the Indian context) as they were then. It may be appropriate, then, to recall what the philosopher has to offer us by way of guidance. “So act that your line of action may purify desire, weaken the hold of possessiveness and enlarge your spirit.’

    The prolonged war and the untimely death of the author have had an adverse effect on the book. In spite of some extraordinarily good reviews in a couple of leading journals (British, American and Indian)the book has escaped the notice of philosophers and intellectuals in general. The Oxford philosopher John Laird, writing in the British journal Philosophy said:” There may be some difference of opinion concerning precisely how good a book this is, but few could deny that it is a very good book.. My first duty, then, is to say that in my opinion this book should be widely studied .despite its length.”

    I join in that fervent appeal and close this oblation of a son.
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  15. Suma Says:

    Hallo this list still lacks there are many freedom fighters like M.N. Jois Tagadururamchandra rao,et.al should be included. these people fought for the country when mysore was under maharajs and less effected by the biritish. Anyway the list is informative. Plesae athmasakshi avare janara sadhane nodi avara jathi alla. Sadhakarige yavude jathi illa. this quite coincident that all of them are brahmins. Jathi namm ayke alla swami enu madodu

  16. Yashovardhana Says:

    Small correction to the list. If I am not mistaken, Brindavan gardens was Sir Mirza Ismail’s creation – a person who I think deserves to be on that list. Sir MV was responsible for our Kannambadi Katte.

  17. pokri Says:

    Atmasakhi..you are a low life and wil never do good in your life.
    Yu can go hang yorself and do us all a favor.
    you are occupying sspace that my dog shud have.

    .anyways..it just pisses me off to see ignorant people who ramble, without any knowledge,

    I think most of you need to recognise that this a blog,that reflects the authors opinion and ,i wonder ehy u guys are pissed off at that.

    Atmasakshi ..ever asked yourself why brahmins are soo good at wat they do ??? coz losers from ur kind can never dream of achieving anything close to it..

    So ..u can go choke on some dog vomit u ass face.

  18. Vasu Says:

    If the questions is name mysoreans who have taken Mysore worldwide, then its un-doubtly Wodeayar’s. This dynasty put Mysore on the maps of world history, trade, music and culture for centuries.
    They have contributed pretty much in every area of life over years and kept our MYSORE name always flying.

    On the other hand, each member on your list and many more has made Mysore more greener and its name resonate again and again.
    I am really proud and blessed to be born in Mysore.

  19. Doddi Buddi Says:

    Eee listna swalpa modify madidrey, “World-Famous Iyengars of Mysore” aagi biduthhey! Aagli santhosha. Aga ee Churumuri bloganna, Puliyogare antha kareebodu.

  20. H.R.Laxmivenkatesh Says:

    It is so unfortunate to read about Jayalalitha Jayaram, who is referred as mysorean- it is rather sad to call her one ! The lady born to an actress Sandhya, who was also reasonable good actress. How can she be a mysorean, when she is fighting for cauvery waters ?

    We do not have drining water at chitradurga, Holalkere, Davangere and near by places. Our farmers are leaving towns and going to Bengaluru for making their living. She wants to be in power, and she is a tamilian by heart and do not have an iota of love for the place where she is born and brought up. She had her childhood in Mysore. She is not loyal to the land she was born. What kind of person she is ? it is rather shame to talk about her !
    She is not a Mysorean first of all. How can she be, one of the world’s most famous Mysoreans !

    If you have any common sense, please remove her name from the list once for all . God bless !

  21. Doddi Buddi Says:

    HRV

    Hogli bidi saar! JJ anthawranna, ‘Notorious Mysoreans’ antha lista madi alligey serisbahadu.

    Nadili bidi Santhosha

  22. S.Ganesh Kumar Says:

    KP,
    Your list is a good list;because these are the Mysoreans whom we are aware of(But I oppose Jayalalitha’s inclusion as she is more an insult to the political culture of India in general.).Srinath is the best fast bowler who bowled for India.His fame might go down,but tell me how many among the current fast bowlers in India have assured a place for themselves in Indian cricket team for a continous period of atleast 2 years?
    With rgard to caste;I’m in Hyderabad and a Tamilain;hence I’m not aware of what Doddi Buddhi says or Atma Sakshi say.
    Tipu is from srirangapatnam,not a Mysooruan.

  23. S.Ganesh Kumar Says:

    Must Faroukh is a Muslim.So do not criticise KP!

  24. S.Ganesh Kumar Says:

    I meant ‘but’ not must.Sorry.

  25. H.R.Laxmivenkatesh Says:

    Please make a list of ‘ Notorious mysoreans of the century’ who fled to Tamilnadu.

    Please put Smt. Jayalalitha jayaram, on the top of the list.

    It is most unfortunate that she was born as a mysorean !

    It is our misfortune ! God bless. oh Chamundeshwari save her !

  26. H.R.Laxmivenkatesh Says:

    please tell me who makes this bloody list any way !

    Bringing all the unwanted elements on the top of the list. you should be

    made responsible for this unpleasant reading. All ‘Gomukha vyaghras ‘ !

  27. Doode Says:

    Kuvempu is from Kuppalli, Shimoga.

  28. Sathya Says:

    Kannadada ondu haaDinali “jyothi yaava jaathiyamma jagadeeshwari’ antha keLiddaare kavi? Aadare iiga yellavannuu jaathiya jyothiyalle noDuva paripaaTha beLeyuttiruvudu duradrishTakara. Saadhaneyannu noDi, saadhkana jaathi yake barabeku? Ivanaarava ivanaarava yendu konku prashne keLade ivanu kannaDiga, bhaaratheeya, sadhane maaDiddane antha gauravisuva buddhi koDali yendu praarthisoNa

  29. Prasad Says:

    Raja Ramanna is from Tumkur. Plz dont write without proper research.

  30. Shruthi Says:

    This is quite a good list and gives an insight to the world famous people of Mysore. Since I stay very far from Mysore I enjoy reading good things about my place. It takes time and dedication towards doing such listings. I thank you for providing me a great opportunity to know about my people. Keep it up.

    Regards,
    Shruthi.

  31. Rajeev Says:

    KP – Sir MV was voted Most favorite person in karnataka (or something like that) by CNN IBN, voted by people across karnataka. And he is no. 7 on your list. Wow!!

    I am always agaisnt these top 10 lists. I know you have journalistic liberties and individualism. But still – giving some respect to the large number fo your blog readers, maybe you should have conducted a poll once before publishing it in DH. I know your list will not a definitive guide but somewhere when it gets published in a newspaper like DH, it gets picked up and circulated around. And it PAINS (capital letters intended) to see JJ on the list, to NOT SEE kuvempu on the list, and to see Sir MV at number 7.

    KP – this list has probably pained most people than otherwise. It may not be intentional, but the piece mayhave been a bit more thoughtful.

  32. Ravi shankar Says:

    Well hats off to all famous Mysoreans .It is time to prepare the list of all famous peolpe distirctwise of Karnataka and we an then prpare a consoildated list of top ten famous karnatikians by viewer’s vote!

  33. Merlin Says:

    I am seeing this article now…. I have an interesting tit bit, dont know if it is true… Jayalalitha has been named after 2 palaces in Bangalore and Mysore. Jayamahal Palace and Lalitha Mahal Palace… no wonder she is as big as those 2 palaces

  34. Taleharate Says:

    Javagal Srinath is from Hassan. In fact he was the only player who got selected from Hassan in the zonal level selections when he was doing his PU. He moved from MCE Hassan to JCE after he joined engineering.

  35. Adarsh Says:

    Where is Ambarish in the list?

  36. blorecowboy Says:

    Ambi saar manDya alva?

  37. S.R. NAIR Says:

    The long article on K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar would have had greater value had it been written by someone else than his son K.S. Yadurajan. A son quite often magnifies the worth of his father. Yadurajan, I am sure, will understand this point.

  38. S.S. Shreekumar Says:

    When people talk of Mysore’s sports personalitiies, they only think of cricketers. Way back in 1948, India’s soccer goalkeeper K.V. Varadaraj of Mysore made the City’s name proud and popular by being selected for the Indian team for the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Varadaraj was again selected for the 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki.
    Varadaraj is considered to have been the best goalkeeper who represented the country. A very humble and soft-spoken personality, Varadaraj enabled Mysore to win the Santosh Trophy, the national football title twice in the 1950s. He also represented the famous Bangalore Blues Football Club and then went on to play for Mohun Bagan in Calcutta for a couple of seasons.
    He returned to Bangalore and joined HMT from where he retired from service. Unfortunately, the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shree have eluded him thanks to his low profile and also the indifference and politics of the state and national football federation.
    If Javagal Srinath made Mysore known in a handful of cricket nations, Varadaraj enabled the entire World to know about Mysore long before Srinath was even born.

  39. pandrinath Says:

    How come DVG’s name does not find aplace on this list. Manku thimmi Jayalalitha is there but not DVG.Ayyo Karmave !!, Manku Thimma !!:))

  40. Gaby Says:

    DVG’s relation to Mysore was transitory . His karmabhoomi was Bengalooru and so he is not in the list of ‘ Mysoreans,- I presume:)

  41. pandrinath Says:

    By that token, Sir MV also was not a “Mysorean” as per Gaby’s definition !! He was from MuddenhaLLi and spent most of his time in Bangalore and Bombay. In fact we from the family used to refer to him affectionately as Bombai mama…not Mysore mama !! In the olden days, “Mysorean” meant any one from the old princely state of Mysore . So let us be a little more broad minded, Gaby Guruji !!:))

  42. MI Says:

    Reading this list, I feel proud that I am an mysorean. Inshallha one day i will also be in this list.

  43. guru Says:

    This list is not completly true. So many REAL MYSOREANS names are missing !!!!! Should have done some research before listing it !!!

  44. Harish Bala Says:

    I think the world renowned Musicians Dr.Mysore Manjunath & and Mysore Nagaraj’s names must be included in the list . They have an incredible reputation as Top Violinists of Indian classical music and have Enthralled audiences in more than 40 countries ! have innumerable national and International Awards !

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