Mysore University to hold seminar to remember pioneering historian Achuta Rao

Mysore University to hold seminar to remember pioneering historian Achuta Rao

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2017-02-10 10:30 Bengaluru: Achuta Rao, the professor from Mysore University who unravelled the social and administrative history of Mysore, will be remembered through a series of events as part of his birth centenary. The first of such events to remember the legacy of Professor Rao, who passed away at 47 in 1965, commenced on Friday under the aegis the DSA Memorial Trust.The commemoration events will begin with the release of a seminal work by Prof Rao, published as a book edited by Prof. S Settar of the Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies, and former Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).Other events scheduled include the Prof. Achuta Rao Memorial International Seminar on the ‘Transfer of Power in Princely South India’, on February 17 to February 18 at the University of Mysore. Fourteen eminent historians from universities in Oxford, Cambridge, Tokyo, Singapore, New York, New Delhi, and Mysore are expected to speak at the seminar.The conference will also see the launch of two books based on the writings and research undertaken in the 1950s and ‘60s by Prof. Rao. The volumes will be released by Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Trishika Devi Wadiyar on the 17th February in Mysuru.History dept with Dr. SSSPaintings from ChinaThe launch of the books will be followed by a specially commissioned Bharatanatyam tribute choreographed and presented by the well-known Bharatanatyam exponent Lakshmi Gopalaswamy. An exhibition on the life and works of Prof. D S Achuta Rao, designed by his grand-daughter, Surabhi Gurukar, will also be held.Speaking at a press conference, DA Prasanna, son of Achuta Rao, said, “Eminent scholars at Mysuru, Manipal and Bengaluru have worked hard over the past year to bring to students, researchers and public the work of Prof. Achuta Rao on Mysore history during the Wodeyar rule. Our family has established a significant endowment in history to perpetuate Prof. Achuta Rao’s legacy by promoting research and publications in history,” he said.Professor S Settar said the early period of Wodeyar rule remained a lean period of Karnataka history. "Achuta Rao explored records hitherto unknown and evolved distinct methods to make meaning of them. Present generation of scholars would welcome this pioneering attempt made in the 1960s,” he said.Professor K Sadashiva, Chairman, Department of Studies in History, Mysore University said, “We have chosen to conduct this seminar to perpetuate the research values of Prof Achuta Rao."Bengaluru-based writer Vikramajit Ram said the endowment presented by the DSA Trust to Ms Lakshmi Gopalaswamy was an important expression of support to the arts, which will go a long way in promoting and preserving Mysore’s unique Bharatanatyam and Carnatic musical traditions.Centenary exhibition CommitteeMC 1951 staff  The trust, which has also presented an endowment to Mysore University, aims to perpetuate Prof chuta Rao’s legacy with annual history seminars at Manasagangotri and regional seminars at the Maharaja's College, Mysuru. There would also be a DSA History Research Series publication of 2-3 books annually by Manipal University Press.