k1 GalleryMM.Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri : A rare scholar who combined in him the depth of traditional scholarship and modern research acumen. He was the first Principal of Madras Sanskrit College, later served as Prof. of Sanskrit & comparative philology at the Presidency College ; as Curator of Govt. Oriental Mss. Library, brought out many rare and important texts and also published descriptive catalogues of the mss. available in the Library. He retired as the Prof. of Sanskrit, Annamalai University. He trained many traditional and modern scholars, many of whom became internationally reputed scholars and were honoured with prestigious awards. This Institute was started to perpetuate his memory and to continue the task carried out by him.

k21 150x150 GalleryDr.V.Raghavan : He joined the Sanskrit Department of the University of Madras in 1935 and since then was engaged on the New Catalogues Catalogorum project; was the Professor and Head of the Department during 1955-68.

Fellow of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, 1969-70

Received the Kane Gold Medal for Sanskrit and Indological Research from Asiatic Society, Bombay, 1953.

Received the Sahitya Akademi Prize for the best book on Sanskrit ; Prize for the best book on Sanskrit Research (Bhoja’s Sringara Prakasa), 1966 ; Elected Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi (posthumously in 1979).

Received the Padma Bhushan from the President of India, 1962.

Member of the Sanskrit Commission of the Government of India, 1956 and of the Central Sanskrit Board since inception ; Honorary Member, Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient and the Academy of Sciences, Vienna ; Awarded Gold Medal and Diploma by the Noble Order of St.Martin, Vienna, 1967 ; Elected President, International Association of Sanskrit Studies, 1973.

Awarded the titles of Kavikokila and Sarvakala-kalapa for his original creative writings in Sanskrit and versatile contributions to different arts by H.H. Sri Sankaracharya of Kanchi; also the title Vidvakavindra. Awarded the Kalidas Puraskar for his original Sanskrit play Anarkali, by the U.P. Government, 1974.

Has toured widely in East and West for study, lectures and conference.

The most prolific writer of this century, having authored nearly 100 books and monographs, besides 900 research papers and 100 creative writings in Sanskrit.

Some of his posthumous publications are: Festivals, Sports and Pastime of India (1979) ; Muthusvami Dikshita – Carita Mahakavya and Meenakshi Suprabhatam in 1980 (both in Sankrit) ; On Kalidasa (1980) ; Abhinavagupta and his Works (1981).

The full Sanskrit text of the Sringaraprakasa of Bhoja edited by him with annotatins is to be shortly published from the Harvard Oriental Series.

Amongst the organizations built up by him is the K.S.R. Institute in memory of his teacher Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri. He was the Founder-Secretary and mainstay from 1944 to 1979.

k31 150x150 GalleryRt.Hon’ble V.S.Sastri : Earned the title ‘Silver tongued orator’ for his mastery and delivery of English language; he was Vice-chancellor of Annamalai University and an admirer of Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri. He was the first President of the Institute.

k41 150x150 GalleryDr.S.Radhakrishnan : Internationally renowned philosopher and later served India as the Vice-President and President of India with distinction. He was the President of the Institute for more than two decades.

k6 150x150 GallerySri.K.Balasubrahmanya Iyer : He is the worthy son of the great visionary Sri. V. Krishnaswami Iyer – and was a well-known statesman, legislator, orator and a scholar. He carried on the difficult task of running the Institution left behind by his father, till his demise. He was awarded the ‘Padmabhushan’ title by the Govt. of India for his service to the society. He was also the Founder – Secretary of the Institute.

k5 150x150 GalleryDr.A.Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar : Former-Vice Chancellor of University of Madras and a well-known educationist. He was the Vice-President of the Institute.

k7 150x150 GallerySir.C.P.Ramaswamy Iyer : Internationally well-known orator and a leading advocate; held many high positions in public life. He was Vice-President of the Institute.

k8 150x150 GallerySri.K. Chandrasekharan : He was the younger brother of Sri. K. Balasubramania Iyer and served as Secretary of the Madras Sanskrit College and also President of the Institute with distinction till his demise in 1988. He was also a public writer in Tamil and English.

k9 150x150 GalleryDr.S.S.Janaki : One of the outstanding Sanskrit scholars of India, she was closely associated with the Institute for more than three decades. She was the Director of the Institute from 1983 to 1991 and later served as Hony. Professor and Adviser. She had guided many Indian and foreign scholars in their post-graduate and post-doctoral research projects.

Dr.C.S.Sundaram (Hony. Professor) : Formerly Prof. of Sanskrit, Univ. of Madras. He has been associated with monumental work of the New Catalogus Catalogorum from its inception till now. He has taught many post-graduate students (Indian and foreign) and guided many research scholars. He was a long time associate and Hony. Professor of the Institute.