Kallidaikurichi Aiyah Nilakanta Sastri

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Kallidaikurichi Aiyah Nilakanta Sastri

Born: 12 August 1892

Died: 15 June 1975

  • He was an Indian historian who wrote on South Indian history.
  • Many of his books form the standard reference works on the subject.
  • He was acclaimed for his scholarship and mastery of sources and was a recipient of the third highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Bhushan.
  • He served as Professor of History, Banaras Hindu University from 1918 to 1920.
  • After that he became the Principal of the (then) newly started Arts College of Annamalai University.
  • In 1929, he was employed as Professor of History at National College, Trichy.
  • The same year, he succeeded Sakkottai Krishnaswamy Aiyangar as the Professor of History and Archaeology at the Madras University, a post he held till 1946.
  • He was the Professor of Indology (Currently renamed as Department of History and Archaeology) at the University of Mysore from 1952 to 1955.
  • He was appointed as the ex-officio Director of Archaeology for the Mysore State in 1954.
  • He was also the President of the All-India Oriental Conference in the early 1950s.
  • From 1957 to 1972, he served with the UNESCO’s Institute of Traditional Cultures of South East Asia, as the Director of the institute.
  • In 1957, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour.
  • In the summer of 1959, he was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago where he delivered a series of lectures on South Indian History.

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