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Hampana-A versatile scholor in Kannada language and Jainology

Updated on December 18, 2011

Scholor from rural background

 

Dr. Hampa Nagarajaiah,Emiritis professor,is an internationally famed scholor in jainology.Now in his seventy fourth year,(born on 7-10-1936)he has written more than 75 books(more than his own age)Out of these 13 books are in English language and the rest are in kannada, his state language.He is popularly known as 'Hampana' in his home state-Karnataka. He taught Kannada language and litereture to students at higher level,and outside, he persuaded people to learn kannada well inorder to enjoy the litereture in it.

Dr. Hampa.Nagarajaiah, lives in Bangalore for the last 40 years.But he is of village origin.He was born and bread at a village called 'Hampasandra' about 200 k.ms away from Bangalore.Even now he has maintained a strong touch with his village.

CARREER AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Dr, Hampa. Nagarajaiah took his early education in his native village, neibhouring towns, and then in Mysore, at the famous Maharaja's college. He finished his post-graduation in kannada litereture in 1959 and soon got appointment as lecturer in kannada. He served in vaious capacities like professor, dean of arts faculty etc, andwas retired in 1996.He is loved by his students even todayand that is his best asset, as he conciders it.

Along with teaching, he took to the habit of authorship, and he hit bounderies and sixers from the very beginning.He was the pioneer writer to write big books in kannada on linguistics and Dravidian linguistics.(at the age of 30).He wrote two novels, literery criticism, essays, books on jainology, so on and so many.He has worked in revising kannada dictionary also.

Dr. Hampa. Nagrajaiah, has delivered guest lectures at various universities both in and outside India.He has toure United States and Europe many times as an invited scholor.

His main field of work is -epigraphy , history, textual editing(of old litereture) and temple architecture. All these are mainly related to Jainology.

AWARDS

Dr. Hampana has virtually bagged almost all awards meant for scholors in karnataka. Forign schlors have expressed very good opinion on his books in English.

Some of his English books are-

1Later Gangas- Mandali Thousand.

2 History of Rashtrakutas of Malkhed and Jainism

3 Opulant Chandragiri

4 Bahubali-story and Sculpture

5 Manasthamha-Piller of jaina image

6 Jina Parsva temples in karnataka

7 Indra in Jaina iconography, etc

FAMILY

Dr.Hampa. Nagarajaiah is very fortunate on his family side also. He married his six year classmate Kamala in 1961, much against to the will of his parents and religious customs, as she belonged to a lower caste.But, by her schlorship and soft behaviour, she won the love and respect by all family members in her husband's family and commands a greater love even now.HErself being an eminent writer and orater, she has served in the teaching post for 38 years. This couple have 3 children all well settled in life, eldest son being an eminent architect in Bangalore. Prof .Hampana could be conatcterd at- hampana@yahoo,com

also see:

http://hubpages.com/_o85hhbz9dfvv/hub/_Dr_Kamala_Hampana-Eminent__lady_writer_fron_Karnataka

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Prof.Hampa Nagarajaiah, recent photograph-2006
Prof.Hampa Nagarajaiah, recent photograph-2006
 The schlor couple-Prof. Hampana and Prof. Kamala Hampana 45 years of happy life partnership
The schlor couple-Prof. Hampana and Prof. Kamala Hampana 45 years of happy life partnership
 How this couple looked likeon the day of their wedding-24-11-1961
How this couple looked likeon the day of their wedding-24-11-1961

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      Nagaraj 

      6 years ago

      jai jinendra......:)

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      Nitin H.P. 

      6 years ago

      Kudos to all the work you have done in the field of Jainology and Kannada literature Sir. You have been a great source of inspiration to youths like me and many others in the field of Jainology. I have grown up hearing, reading your works and interacting with you. I feel proud to have been in touch and interacting with you. I really like the way you encourage youngsters.....Kudos to you once again...

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      10 years ago from Pune, India

      I have read many of his books and had an opportunity to meet him at a history conferance

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      GovindaRaju.T.R.Dr 

      11 years ago

      He was our teacher when we were studying M.A. in Bangalore university.He lectures were very inspiring.

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      dr.m.l.shankaralingappa 

      11 years ago

      DEAR PRASADJAINJI,

      I AM HAPPY TO NOTE COMMENT ON YOUR HUBPAGE. AS I UNDERSTAND THAT DR.HAMPANA ENCOURAGES THE APPROACHES WHO WANT TO GET SUGGESTIONS FROM HIM , AND SUPPORT TO COMPLETE THE JOB.HE NICELY SAYS THAT YOU DON'T LEAVE THE JOB AMIDST.

      ANY HOW IT IS A GOOD JOB WRITING ON A GOOD PERFECT COUPLE AS WEL AS MATURED WRITERS OF KARNATAKA. THEIR WORKS ARE UNIQ IN NATURE AND EXPOSING GOLDEN TREASURY OF OUR HISTORY.

      THANKS,

      M.L.SHANKARALINGAPPA

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