Kolar Iyers

History of the people from Ashtagrama

About Us

Although the Ashtagrama Iyers have spread out in all parts of the world, any documentation about their early history, culture, tradition etc., is not available till recently.  It is an immediate task before everybody to share their knowledge with other people of Ashtagrama villages about these matters.   This is an urgent requirement for our younger generation who live abroad and who are interested in these facts.   Some other communities have done lot of work in this field and published books.  No such effort has been attempted in respect of the Ashtagrama community.  


A team headed by a very senior and respectable person of this community hailing from Yelagondahally, Sri Y.M.C. Sharma, has undertaken this work.  After a lot of study and research they have published booklets under the banner of “REGRET IYER PUBLICATIONS”, with its headquarters in Bangalore, India.  The information provided is of historic value and authentic.


The publications so far released have been well received by the people. In these publications, an attempt is also made to give a pen picture of the important personalities of the villages, who have rendered great service to the society. . Further information and data about the activities of the persons of this community who belong to these villages and other persons who have directly or indirectly helped the community in establishing a reputation in the world has to be gathered.


The books so far released and the persons who are actively involved in the Editorial Board are given below:  Persons who are interested may volunteer to share the knowledge they have, with the Editorial Board which will enrich the contents of the remaining books.




Sri Y.M.C. Sharma,   Chief Editor

Native place: Yelagondahally

Educational qualification: 

B.A.(Hons.) LL.B


1944-45:  Advocate, High court of Mysore,

1955-1976: Judicial service. Retired as District and Sessions Judge.

Chairman, Karnataka official language (Legislative) commission for nearly a decade.  Engaged for long in legal services,-Legal awareness, Legal literacy, Lok Adalat programs.

Family court counselor.  

President of The Ashtagrama Association, Bangalore for a long time.



204. Sree Lakshmi Nilaya.

33rd cross, Jayanagar Extension,

Bangalore 560 070. India.

Tel No. (080) 26649223


Sri N.K. Srinivasan, Advisor

Native place: Ganjigunte

Educational qualification:

Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mysore in 1956.


Worked in various capacities in Assam oil company, Digboi, Upper Assam (A subsidiary of the Burma Shell group of oil companies)

Lecturer in the Govt. B.D.T. College of Engineering, Davangere, Karnataka

Public works Department of the Govt. of Karnataka

Karnataka Electricity Board as Executive Engineer.


Hails from the village Ganjigunte and is interested in spreading the knowledge about our villages and also actively involved in development of lands in his native place in Ganjigunte.  He is very knowledgeable about the community and its traditions       . Anchor person to this project.



69. 6th Main road,

5th block Jayanagar extension,

Bangalore 560 041, India.

Tel No. (080) 26635082. 


email address:





Smt. N.K.Lalithamba, Member of the Editorial  Board.

Native place: Ganjigunte –Born in Ganjigunte on 9th July 1925. 


Educational qualification:

Bachelor of Science (1948),

Bachelor of Education (1954) from the University of Mysore, 

Master of Arts from the Benaras Hindu University in 1960

Rashthtra Basha Visharada (Hindi degree). 


Worked in Kamala Bai High school for Girls in Bangalore from 1949 to 1981 and retired as the Head Mistress of this school. 


She is interested in the study of literature and the study of books on Vedanta and Philosophy.  She has visited and traveled extensively across Canada and USA in 1987.  She has authored many books mainly about the culture and the personalities of her native place Ganjigunte.  Her recent book, “Manoranjani” in Kannada about the memories of her native place since about 80 years was recently released .by the world renowned scholar Shathavadhani Dr R. Ganesh, at The Gokhale Institute of Public affairs, Bangalore on 30th March 2008.



Sharada Krupa

407/17 new,  43rd Cross Road

8th block Jayanagar extension,

Bangalore 560 082, India.

Tel No. (080) 26635082. 


Sri Regret Iyer, Technical advisor.

Native place: Kotthamangala.


He is the Proprietor of “Regret Iyer Publications, Bangalore, which has several publications to its credit. 

Regret Iyer’s name is entered in the “Guinness Book of World records” 1989 for his coverage of the Biggest Banyan tree in India.


He is a free lance journalist and a reputed lens man.  He is a versatile personality wedded to Research.  He has deep knowledge of Epigraphy.  He is a cartoonist of great repute.  His cartoons have been appreciated by Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers, politicians and the Press: The Hindu, The Indian Express, Hindusthan Times etc.



Regret Iyer Publications,


36. 3rd Block,

4th cross,Tyagarajanagar,

Bangalore 560 028.

Tel No. (080) 26768665, 

Mobile:  944-854-4997. 


Email address: