Journal of Karnataka Studies

Kannada University, Hampi, one of the premier institutions of research in India, proposes to address a long felt, unspelt academic need by launching a bi-annual Cultural Studies journal in English entitled Journal of Karnataka Studies: lack of access to available research on the varied aspects of studies on Kannada and Karnataka as well as a fruitful interaction among scholars in the field has often been noticed by the engaged academic community as an embarrassing lacuna. Journal of Karnataka Studies hopes to be a forum for Kannada and Karnataka Studies so as to encourage and enrich interactive research and scholarship among scholars and students of Kannada/Karnataka Studies working in Kannada, English and the other languages; the Journal wishes to orchestrate the variety of notes into a polyphony by addressing issues and debates relating to Kannada/Karnataka-its economy, polity, natural resources, environment, media, nationalism, history, language, culture and other similar issues.

Journal of Karnataka Studies has as its target not only the single-minded but sometimes artificially segregated research community but also the serious student, the interested lay person, the conscientious policy maker, the resident and non-resident Kannadiga and such others. It provides access to the wide range of scholarship, discussions of methodology, documents and other aids to research. It wishes to make available the results of research on Karnataka to scholars working on similar issues elsewhere in India and abroad so as to promote comparative/co-operative work.

Journal of Karnataka Studies will carry research articles in each issue. In addition, it would have a section devoted to varieties of documentation: reprints and/or translations of major writings from the past, excerpts from crucial policy documents and debates in the media or other forums, articles from Kannada journals, etc. Another section of Journal will review important studies on Karnataka, works in regional studies and methodology. Commissioned essays on contemporary events, preoccupations and debates will feature as a separate section. An exclusive section to highlight the conceptual and theoretical achievements of writings in Kannada will make a specific effort towards developing an autonomous and relevant research methodology for Kannada/Karnataka studies. Each issue of the Journal will bring to focus, among other things, a specific theme, the first issue of the Journal is centered primarily around the theme of “Kannada Identity.”

This Journal is published by Kannada University, Hampi, an institution devoted exclusively to the promotion of advanced research and scholarship on Kannada and Karnataka as well as to developing requisite resources in Kannada for research in all the areas of human endeavour including the sciences.


Regular institutional rate is Rs.250, 25 pounds and 40 dollars. Individuals may subscribe at a one-year rate of Rs.120, 12 pounds and 20 dollars. Orders of the subscription should be sent to the Director, Prasaranga, Kannada University, Hampi, Vidyaranya, Bellary District, Karnataka, India- 583 276 either by cash, demand draft, money order and banker’s cheque.


Vijay Poonacha Thambanda
Department of History, Kannada University, Hampi

Editorial Board:

· K.V.Narayan, Department of Kannada Language Studies, Kannada University, Hampi
· J.S.Sadananda, Department of Political Science, Kuvempu University, Shimogga
· M.Madhavaprasad, Central Institute of English and Foreign languages, Hyderabad
· H. Pattabhirama Somayaji, Department of English, Mangalore University College, Mangalore
· Nataraj Huliyar, Department of Kannada, Bangalore University, Bangalore

Forthcoming Issues:

1) Panchayathraj: The Karnataka Experience
2) Kannada literature and Society
Contributions are invited. Research articles should conform to the style sheet given below:

Style Sheet
1. Manuscripts are invariably, submitted in duplicate; they are typed in double space, on one side of the paper only. There shall be ample margins on all four sides. The affiliation and complete addresses of the contributors are furnished at the end of the article. We appreciate if the author could send papers through computer floppies (preferably in Windows). All correspondence is addressed to the

Editor, Journal of Karnataka Studies, Kannada University – Hampi, Vidyaranya, Bellary District, Karnataka, India-583 276. Tel: 08394-441337 (Extn/322) / 08394-426229 ® Fax 08394-441334,

2. Each article is appended with detailed notes, typed in double space, numbered serially and should not exceed 10,000 words. The review article and article on “Policy” should not exceed 4,000 words.

3. References should be typed in double space at the end of article; Citations should appear alphabetically (Ansari 1996, 121; Oomen 1994, 24; Satyam 1997, 234) Multiple citations for the same author are distinguished (Narayan:1991a, 34; 1991b, 23).

Style of reference is as follows:

a) Books:
Sarkar, Sumit (1997). Writing Social History. New Delhi, Oxford University Press
b) Edited Volumes:
Kohli Atul (2001). ed., The Success of India’s Democracy. New Delhi,Cambridge University Press
c) Articles in edited Volumes:
Zydenbos, Robert J (1994) Jaina Godesses in Kannada literature, in Entwistle Alan W and Malliso Francoise (eds), Studies in South Asian Devotional Literature. New Delhi, Manohar.
d) Articles in Journals:

Bhargava Rajeev (October 1990), “The Right to Culture,” Social Scientist. 18 (10): 50-57
e) Unpublished Works :
Vivekanandha S.N. (2000). Colonialism and Nationalism in Karnataka. Unpublished Ph.D thesis, Kannada University.
f) Primary Source citations include town, location and private collection.

4. Double Quotes are used. Single quote is used for quotes within quotations

5. Only British and not American, Spellings are used (for example “Programme”)

6. Figures and tables are on separate sheets of paper and numbered.

7. Titles are, as far as possible, short and crisp. Copyright Permission for figures and photographs from other published works

8. Diacritical marks must be consistent.

9. All articles are subject to review by the designated referees.

The list of the contributors and their title of the articles of the first issue are given below:

K.Ragavendra Rao- Australia, Modernity and Karnataka- Random reflections of an Incorrigible old Bandicoot; V.B.Tharakeshwar- Translating Nationalism: Politics of Languages and Community; M. Madhava Prasad- Cinema as a site of Nationalist Identity Politics in Karnataka; Rajarama Heggade- Dynamics of Sectarian Formations: Saivism in Medieval Karnataka: Shailaja Venugopal- A Village within a Village- The Unheard Voices; Sudha Seetharaman- Selling Education to Save it; D.R.Nagaraj- The Nature of Kannada Nationalism (Translation. M.Madhavaprasad); Ramesh Bayari- K.Raghvendra Rao, Imagining Unimaginable communities (Review article).