RAMESH K.V., b. 1933

K.V. Ramesh (ramEsh ke.vi.) (ಕೆ.ವಿ.ರಮೇಶ್) is one of the leading epigraphists of India . He joined the epigraphy branch of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1956. He rose to the position of Chief Epigraphist in 1981 and became the Director (Epigraphy) in 1984. He was promoted as the Joint Director General in 1992 and occupied that position till his retirement in 1993.

He under took many important projects during his tenure in the A.S.I. and a number of publications provide sufficient proof of his scholarship, hard work and rigor. He has edited the volumes 41 and 42 of the Epigraphia Indica. Some of his important publications in English and Kannada are as follows.


  1. Indian Epigraphy, 1984,
  2. Chalukyas of Vaataapi, 1984
  3. Inscriptions of Western Gangas, 1984, Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi .
  4. A Copper Plate Hoard of the Gupta Period from ‘Bagh’, Madhyapradesh, (With others), 1990, Archaeological Survey of India.
  5. South Indian Inscriptions, 1990, Published by Director General, Archaeological Survey of India
  6. A History of South Kanara from the earliest times to the fall of Vijayanagara, Research Publication Series, 1970, Karnatak University
  7. TuLunADina itihAsa, 1969, Geetha Book House, Mysore .
  8. Karnataka Shasana Sameekshe, 1971, Bangalore University , Bangalore .
  9. South Indian Inscriptions, Vol 16, Telugu Inscriptions of the Vijayanagara Dynasty, Archaeological Survey of India .
  10. Dynastic List of Copper Plate Inscriptions noticed in Annual reports on Indian Epigraphy from 1887-1969, by G.S. Gai and K.V. Ramesh, 1986, Archaeological Survey of India.

In addition to these books Ramesh has edited Sri Tatvanidhi by Mummadi Krishnraja Odeyar. He is associated as an editor with the felicitation volumes presented to senior epigraphists and scholars such as G.S. Gai, B.K. Gururaja Rao, B.C. Chhabra and G.S. Dikshit.


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