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The Mythic Society:

A pioneering institution of Indic studies in South India, the Mythic Society was founded in 1909 by some European enthusiasts in Bangalore. F.H.Richards, who was the Collector of the Bangalore Cantonment District took the initiative and a meeting was held in his residence on 5th May, 1909 and 17 members joined this new academic ‘club’ with Dr. Traverse, the first Director of the Indian Institute of  Science, being its first President too.  Father Tabard, the parish priest of St. Patrick church was its next President for long and he gave the slogan that ‘Mysorean must know Mysore better’ through the Society. Krishnaraja Odeyar IV and the royal family and Dewans like Sir M.V. showed active interest in its works, researches and publications including the Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society, which is being published even now and is up-to-date (from 1909-2020, 111 Vols). All eminent scholars from  Mysore  like  Sir C.V.Raman, Dr. Brajendranath Seal, Prof. Radha Kumud Mukherjee, J.M.Imam, Prof. Metcalfe, B. Puttaiya, Pandit Shivamurthy Shastry,  R.Shama Shastry,   Sir Mirza Ismail etc. were associated with the Society.  It has its own building, Daly Memorial Hall, named after Resident Hugh Daly and built in 1917.
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Daly Memorial Hall

has seen Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel laureates like Rabindranath Tagore and C V Raman deliver lectures. Researchers such as Dr B.L Rice, Sir John Marshall, Fred Goodwill, Dr A Venkatasubbaiah & Dr M.V Krishna Rao were associated with the Mythic Society. The site on Nrupathunga Road was donated by Sir M Visveswaraya, Dewan of Mysuru, and the foundation stone was laid by Krishnaraja Odiyar IV, the King of the princely state, on August 30, 1916. The cost of construction was Rs24,783, of which Rs.10,000 came from the royal treasury. Patrons included the Kings of Baroda and Travancore and the Begum of Bhopal. The crown prince of the state, Kanteerava Narasimharaja Odiyar, inaugurated the building on July 25, 1917. The Mysuru ruler named the hall after Sir Hugh Daly, Resident of Mysuru, and the society’s first honorary president. Daly’s association with Mysuru went beyond administration.In addition to holding regular academic lectures, the Society has held seminars on royal dynasties of Karnataka like the Chalukyas of Badami, the Rashtrakutas and the Kalyana Chalukyas and on subjects like Scientific Heritage of Karnataka, Date of Mahabharatha based on Astronomical Data etc. and published the papers presented in those seminars.Eminent scholars like S. Srikantayya, M.P.L. Shastry, Prof. M.V. Krishna Rao, K. Guru Dutt,  Prof. K.T. Pandurangi, Dr Suryanath U Kamath, Prof M.K.L.N Sastry, Prof K. Narahari and others have headed the Society.  It has been conducting workshops, seminars, training programmes etc.  to train archaeologists, epigraphists and numismatists, to sustain interest in history and other Archaeological studies.  The M.H.Krishna Institute of Indology, a unit of the Society, Prof S.Nagaraju, renowned Archaeologist & Buddhist Architecture expert was running classes for P.G.Diploma in Indology Course, which was affiliated to Bangalore University. The present research center is recognized by Tumkur University.

Some of the Eminent Scholars associated with The Mythic Society

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Nalwadi Krishnaraja Odeyar

Patron of The Mythic Society and presided for number of lectures.

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Kantirava Narasaraja Odeyar

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Maharaja of Travancore Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma V- 1885-1924

Patron

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Maharaja of Baroda (Sayajirao Gaekwad III 1863- 1939)

Patron

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Sri. TagoreGurudev Rabindranath

Visited The Mythic Society in the year 1919 and delivered  lecture on Folk Religions in India.

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Sri. Mahatama Gandhi

Visited The Mythic Society in the year 1927 and delivered lecture on curse of untouchability.

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Dr. C.V .Raman

Noble laureate Eminent Scientist was for long period Honorary President of the Society.

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Dr. Morris Travers

Eminent Scholar was the first President of the Mythic Society and IISc, Director.

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Rev. Father Tabard

Eminent Scholar President of the Mythic Society

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Sir Hugh Daly

Resident of Mysore Kingdom and served as president of the Mythic Society.

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Sri. S. Srikantaiah

A leading Lawyer, scholar and Secretary of the society for very long period(1936-1956)

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Rao Bhadur R. Narasimha char

Renowned Archaeologist was Vice President of the society.

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Sri. C. Hayavadana Rao

Renowned scholar  and close association with Mythic Society

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Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy

Renowned scholar, delivered lectures in Daly Hall , and close association with Mythic Society

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Sir. M. Vishweshwaraiah

Dewan of Mysore, Patron of The Mythic Society

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Sri. T.T. Sharman

Scholar President of The Mythic Society

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Sir. Mirza Ismail

Dewan of Mysore, Patron of The Mythic Society

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Dr. M.H. Krishna

Renowned Archaeologist

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Prof K.T Pandurangi

Sanskrit scholar and also President of The Mythic Society

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Sri. K. Guru Dutt

President of The Mythic Society

 Father Tabard, the parish priest of St. Patrick church was its next President for long and he gave the slogan that ‘Mysorean must know Mysore better’ through the Society. Krishnaraja Odeyar IV and the royal family and Dewans like Sir M.V. showed active interest in its works, researches and publications including the Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society, which is being published even now and is up-to-date (from 1909-2020, 111 Vols). All eminent scholars from Mysore like Sir C.V.Raman, Dr. Brajendranath Seal, Prof. Radha Kumud Mukherjee, J.M.Imam, Prof. Metcalfe, B. Puttaiya, Pandit Shivamurthy Shastry, R.Shama Shastry, Sir Mirza Ismail etc. were associated with the Society. It has its own building, Daly Memorial Hall, named after Resident Hugh Daly and built in 1917.

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