Kolar Iyers

History of the people from Ashtagrama

Famous Personalities



Sri K.N. Sastry, Malleswaram , Bangalore , was an Engineer and a leading contractor.  His sons Sri K.N. Nagaraj, Sri K.N. Seshadri are industrialists of repute, Smt Vishala Nagaraj, an active social worker.


Sri K. S. Subrahmanyam, was Chairman, Central Electricity Authority and Advisor to govt. on all  matters concerning Energy and projects.


Sri D. V. Srinivasa Murthy was the Chairman. Pollution Control Board, Madhya Pradesh


Sri D. V. Srinivasa Iyer (also known as Raja) of Devarayasamudram was the Professor at the Manipal Institute of Technology. He has authored a book on the Town planning in Devarayasamudram


Sri R.S. Venkatesh, Engineer.  Was closely associated in the construction activities of   Sri Ramakrishna Vidya Shala (residential school run by Sri Ramakrishna mission) at Mysore.


Sri M.V. K. Iyer, Mining Engineer, worked in Kudremukh Iron ore company.


Sri M. Narayan (also known as Muscat Nana)  Engineer who started a construction company at Muscat.


Sri M.V. Subrahmanyam of Margasahayam family (also known as American mama) who was the first of the earlier generations to go to USA,


Dr. Somasekhar Subrahmanayam (grandson of Sri D.Subrahmanyam), Engineer, Michigan, USA.  .



Sri V. Ramachandran is a Professor of Engineering in University of Mysore.


Dr. S. C. Sharma, holder of several  Doctorate degrees (son of Sri Y.M.S. Sharma), is the Principal of R.V. college of Engineering., Bangalore, and recipient of several awards in recognition of his talent in various fields of    Science, Engineering and Arts.


Sri Y.M. Krishna Sharma (son of Sri Y. M. Muniswamy Iyer) is an Engineer, and a reputed contractor.


Sri K. Srinivasan (son of Sri R.S. Krishnaswamy) is an Engineer and an industrialist.  He is actively associated with the Astagrama Association since a number of years.


Sri K. Seshadri (Giri) (son of Sri R.S. Krishnaswamy) is an Engineer and an Industrialist.  He was working in National Aeronautical laboratory.


Dr. D. V. Chandrasekhara, (grandson of  Kayasubbu) worked  as a Professor at the Regional Engineering college, Srinagar (Kashmir) and at The Technical Teachers Training Institute at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.  He was a brilliant student in his academic career and was the recipient of Sir M. Visveswaraiya Gold Medal for distinction in the Engineer in USA. 


Sri S. Tyagarajan, Engineer, in Military Engineering services.  He has a collection of thousands of Ganesha idols and paintings  of various types and  materials, from different countries and has established a museum for this art.  He is the Grandson of Periyanna of Ganjigunte.


Sri S. Ramanath, Engineer (grandson of Periyanna of Ganjigunte)


Sri K. V. Vishweswaran (son of K. Venkatesha Iyer of Hassan) is an Architect and Engineer


Sri K.V. LakshmanaSwamy Iyer, (son of Sri Pillanna) , was the Deputy Director of Industries in the Govt. of Karnataka.  He was the President of Ashtagrama Association and a social worker and a Philanthropist.


Dr. Jay Srinivasan, Dallas, USA, is an Engineer and Industrialist.  Founder and President of GLOW NETWORKS, in USA.


Sri Kashinath Srinivasan is an Engineer and industrialist. Proprietor of Electro Mech industries.


Sri K. Doreswamy Iyer- Mining Engineer.  Was the First Chief Inspector of mines at KGF after it was handed over to the state Govt.


Sri G. R. Ranganatha Iyer (son of Sowcar NanjiRama Iyer ) of Ganjigunte was the Chief Engineer and  Secretary to Government in the State  of Gujarat.


Sri N.K. Srinivasan, of Ganjigunte, Engineer of Karnataka Electricity Board.  -Actively involved in development of lands in the village and publishing books on Ashtagrama villages and people.


Sri G.N. Subrahmanyam, son of Sri G.R. Narayana Iyer, was the Engineer-in-Chief in Madhya Pradesh Govt.


Sri G.N. S. Murthy, son of Sri G.R. Narayana Iyer, Engineer, in Bhlai and Rourkela steel plants .  Also an Astrologer, Astronomer and an expert in various talents.  Has authored books an astronomy


Sri G.N. Somasundaram,son of Sri G.R.Narayana Iyer, Engineer.


Sri D.R. Somasundar, Engineer In MICO, Bangalore.  A very good organizer


Sri D.R. Nagaraja  -Engineer in Rourkela Steel Plant.