Who We Are

Karnataka Itihasa Academy was founded in the year 1986 under the leadership of eminent historians Prof G.S.Dixit and Dr. Suryanath U. Kamat with the intention of bringing awareness about culture and history of Karnataka among the youth. Since its inception it is striving to promote research through workshops, seminars, conferences and various allied activities with the sponsorship of many institutions. Eminent scholar and Professor G.S. Dikshit was the first working president.


Annual Seminar is held every year in a historical town/village in Karnataka. Seminar offers an excellent opportunity to people from all walks of life to present papers on their historical findings and historical research. Academy has conducted 27 conferences in different parts of the state so far. Several , religious institutions, educational organizations with similar view have collaborated in this venture. Scholars from universities as well as common people have submitted their papers and brought out many unknown places, unique article, statues and temples to fore. Several scholars of Karnataka have adored the chair of conference. There is a tradition of honoring the scholars who got their PhD in historical research as part of the annual conference. And conference is attended by delegates from far and near places. The first annual meet was conducted in 1987 under the chairman ship of Dr. Chidananda Murthy. It was inaugurated by D.V.K. Gokak.

Annual publication:

ಇತಿಹಾಸ ದರ್ಶನ  – ‘Itihasa Dharshana‘ is published every year. It contains information about the proceedings of the seminar and the research papers presented for that year.

Save Historical Heritage week:

In the month of August, every year, with the cooperation of our members, teachers and students of schools and colleges, ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಪರಂಪರೆ ಉಳಿಸಿ ಸಪ್ತಾಹ  – ‘Save Historical Heritage’ week is held in all districts of the state. The purpose is to protect the neglected temples, inscriptions, manuscripts and ancient paper records and enlighten the local people about their importance.

Recognizing and Honoring Scholars:

In memory of noted epigraphist Dr. B.R. Gopal, annual award , with a citation and cash of Rs. 10000/ is conferred on selected scholar in the field of Epigraphy. From the year 2012, B.R.R. family trust has come forward to award a title of “Itihasa Sanskruti Sri” and a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees to a scholar who has rendered yeoman service in the field.